98 E36 318is Coupe - Headlight only on one side?

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  1. 98 E36 318is Coupe - Headlight only on one side? 
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    Hello peeps,

    Back again for more help!!

    One of my headlights is not working (wasn't when bought the car)

    Had a look into it today, drivers side works fine, fogs work fine, passengers side only little sidelight is working, no full beam either!

    don't suppose this is a common problem or if anyone would know what has gone wrong?

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    This might be a silly question, but have you checked out the bulb Mike?
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by NealP View Post
    This might be a silly question, but have you checked out the bulb Mike?
    Did just remember I forgot to put that the bulb is fine!

    My fault so was sure to get a silly reply :P

    lol
     
     

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    Are you good with using a multimeter to check for voltage?
     
     

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    bulb is ok...good
    and you've obviously checked the fuses?
    what i've felt,what i've known
    never shined through in what i've shown.

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    Quote Originally Posted by NealP View Post
    Are you good with using a multimeter to check for voltage?
    I should be able to figure it out, work with electrics daily lol.

    Not had much chance to look at it, tested bulb and put prongs on plug for light but only 1 was giving voltage, will have to test the working one to see which ones are supposed to be and then compare.

    From what I found in way of fuses they all seem fine. pulled couple of relays out, got the headlight one, pulled it and all went off, as would expect lol

    Also forgot to mention the plug on one of them was melted, not really bad but could see something was not right lol
     
     

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    All fixed.

    Thanks for your help people!

    It was a fuse in the end, had chance to have a proper look and buzz them out, the fuse looked fine when first looked but was bit dark out! doh! lol

    Full beam turned out to be the Bulb, looked like new, no blackness or breaks, but tried other one just to be sure and it worked!

    Thank god it was a easy fix!

    Now, is there any threads on De-Fogging these bloody headlights? common I know, but annoying! lol
     
     

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    Turn the car on and lights on to main beam and place a towel or similar over the lights, the lights themselves will need resealing to help stop them misting again, some people have also drilled holes in the rear bulb covers
     
     

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    Quote Originally Posted by Ronnie View Post
    Turn the car on and lights on to main beam and place a towel or similar over the lights, the lights themselves will need resealing to help stop them misting again, some people have also drilled holes in the rear bulb covers
    Thanks mate.

    Would it be best to take them apart and do this?

    Was thinking of trying some of that RainX Antifog stuff inside after, if I take them apart, anyone else tried this?
     
     

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    Yes, if the headlight glass seals have gone bad then remove the lens and reseal them, also see below for some info on the problem
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