BMW generally uses high intensity discharge headlights on their vehicles. These are also commonly referred to as HID headlights and that offer the driver far superior lighting to other cars on the road. At dusk and during the deepest, darkest part of the night, it’s nice to have headlights that cut through and show what’s coming around the next bend.
Changing the headlights on your BMW will depend on the specific year and model, but the following directions will likely provide the right information to help you see more clearly once again. Please note: it’s a good idea to check your headlights and taillights consistently and regularly to ensure that they are working properly. Make it a habit to do this once a week, at least.
Changing the Headlight
1. Open the hood and locate the HID connector that is connected to the back of the headlight housing unit.
2. Carefully remove the rubber dust cover from the back of the housing unit. Do this with your fingers; don’t use plyers or a screwdriver as that can damage the cover, allowing dust and water to get in, causing corrosion.
3. Turn the headlight collar ¼ turn counterclockwise and then remove the collar out of the housing unit.
4. Carefully replace the headlamp with a new one and then replace the collar into the housing. Turn the collar ¼ turn clockwise to lock it in place.
5. Replace the dust cover. Be sure that the dust cover returns to its original position. If it is not all the way on, it could cause problems in the future.
6. Reconnect the power connector to the back of the headlight and check to ensure that the headlight is operating properly.
Whenever you change one headlight, it’s best to replace both at the same time, even though the other one will likely still be operating properly. This will ensure that you have two working headlights on your BMW for a longer period of time.
If you have questions or run into problems, don’t hesitate to contact an authorized BMW service center for assistance. It’s better to know that your headlights are working properly and aligned than to take any chances.