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Old 06-19-2013, 03:16 AM   #1
JeanetteWrx
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Unhappy My battery drained, since trickle charging the headlights stopped working...

I have an HID kit that has a relay to the battery.

I left a cabin light on the other day and it drained the battery. after jumpstarting and trickle charging my lights will no longer turn on. My high beams work, my signals and blinkers work as well as my parking lights. the only thing not working is the head lights.

my battery is the battery that came with the car that i bought 4 years ago, could it be that the battery is no longer able to supply enough power to start the HID's? should I replace the battery? or would it not matter? I dont know if these batteries can get weaker with age.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:24 AM   #2
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There may be a problem with the ballasts for the lights. The battery won't cause the trouble.
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Old 06-19-2013, 04:56 AM   #3
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There may be a problem with the ballasts for the lights. The battery won't cause the trouble.
I have a spare ballast so I'll check to see if one of the lights will turn on after switching it.

Its kinda weird that both the ballasts would stop working though.

also the other night, I was driving around with my high beams on, and half way through the drive my headlights turned on...

Edit: I'm really considering just going back to halogens, having HID's are nice but they have been such a hassle to maintain... Little things kept happening and then i get them to work perfectly for six months so they decide to shut off completely...

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Old 06-19-2013, 07:07 AM   #4
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Put your finger on the relay and have someone turn the headlights on. See if the relay clicks . If it does and the lights still do not work, check the fuse for the power kit. Also make sure that the battery clamp didn't brake the HID power wire at the battery.
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Old 06-19-2013, 09:04 AM   #5
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The relay harness should have a fuse in it, check that fuse first.

The headlight switch turns on the relay. The power to the ballasts is supplied through the relay contacts which should be supplied by a separate fused wired which is part of the relay harness.

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Old 06-19-2013, 11:06 AM   #6
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If the HIDs have a different single source of power than the high beams do then make sure that the ballasts are getting proper power to them.
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