The BMWE60xenon headlight bulb is located in the outer reflector of the assembly (see image below). When the headlights are on, the bi- xenon bulb can be manually switched between low and high beam by pressing the turn signal lever back and forth.
Since you will need to remove the headlight assembly to perform this repair, now is an excellent time to replace it. As discussed at the beginning of this article, in order to replace the bi- xenon bulb the entire headlight assembly must be removed from the vehicle.
Using a T30 torn bit, remove the two upper mounting bolts from the headlight assembly. Avoid completely removing the lower mounting screws…they can drop underneath the bumper and get lost very easily.
Grasp the headlight and pull it forward slightly until it releases from the two lower mounting screws. Lay the headlight assembly on a bench so the rear xenon bulb cover can be removed.
To remove the rear bulb cover, use a flat blade screwdriver to depress the plastic tabs as shown below. Remove the xenon bulb from the headlight by rotating it counterclockwise until it release from the reflector.
From March 2007 production, the optional bi- xenon headlight is equipped with an electrically activated shutter, which directs the low beam cone of light in the same direction as the high beam. The headlight assembly seals can wear out over time resulting in water leaks and repeat bulb failures.
Water can enter the module electrical connector causing headlight faults. If this happens to you, you will have to replace the headlight, the electrical harness and the HID module.
The procedure below highlights Xenon style bulb replacing. Halogen bulb replacement is similar, but not covered in this tech article.
Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. However, the low beam bulb (yellow arrow) can only be accessed by removing the headlight assembly.
Be sure that the bulb is properly seated in the socket before trying to install it into the headlight. Headlight assembly: Working at the radiator support, remove the hood seal (green arrow).
Lever out one side of the assembly (inset) to release the retaining clips. Headlight assembly: Then, remove the five T30 Torn bumper cover fasteners (green arrows).
Then loosen the two 8 mm fasteners (red arrows, inset) about four turns. Then slide the headlight assembly toward the front of the vehicle until it is out of the lower fasteners.
Slide the main electrical connector lock down to unlock it. Then remove the smaller connector by pressing the release tab and pulling it straight off (inset).
Once disconnected, remove the headlight from the vehicle and place it on your workbench. The electrical connector will automatically release (red arrow).
Headlight assembly: Pull the bulb holder off to remove it. New headlights are one of the easiest and cost-effective ways to improve your nighttime driving experience.
Xenon headlights are not powered with incandescent bulbs but run off of an arch between two elements and are known as Xenon from the type of gas contained in the bulb housing. All headlights wear or burn out over time and will need to be replaced.
Please note that this repair article is only for BMWE60 5 series vehicles with a production date to 03/2007 (pre-lab) with the xenon headlight option only. If you are not sure of the production date of your 5 series, please check the VIN decal in the driver’s side door jamb.
As we have alluded to in other articles, one of the most misunderstood error messages to pop up in our drive display is the infamous “parking lamp malfunction”. On the BMWE60 5 series, the vehicle’s parking lamps are actually the headlight’s angel eye rings.
A small 5w bulb located within the interior headlight reflector is what supplies the power to light them. The front parking lamps allow oncoming traffic to know you are there without blinding (or confusing) them with your headlights on.
Performing a BMWE60 parking lamp/angel eye bulb replacement on your own 5 series is a simple procedure that only takes a few minutes if you have the right tools and a little of patience. You will need a long flat head screwdriver and a pair of long nose pliers to remove the parking lamp bulb; unfortunately it is tucked deep within the headlight housing making it difficult to reach with fingers.
Now is an also a great time to upgrade your parking lights/angel eyes to colored or bright white custom versions. Be careful using cheap aftermarket or LED custom bulbs that have not been tested with BMW vehicles…they can cause error lights.
Turn the parking lamp bulb cover counterclockwise and remove it from the headlight assembly. Pull the flash to pass bulb free from the headlight assembly and lay it gently to the side.
The parking lamp/angle eye bulb is located deep inside the headlight housing near the bottom. We suggest using a long flat blade screwdriver to turn the bulb counterclockwise until releases from the headlight reflector.
When the bulb releases from the reflector, use a pair of long needle nose pliers to grasp it and extract it from the headlight. Sometimes it helps to have a helper hold the bulb in place while you turn it clockwise with the flat blade screwdriver.