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Old 02-02-2003, 07:20 PM   #1
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Exclamation My Aftermarket HID ballast failed. HELP

I have had my FOCUZ HID H4 kit installed in my car for a few months. Today one of the lights wouldn't come on, so I swapped the bulbs and the relays from one side to the other, no go. The only possibility left is the Phillips ballast, which I haven't swapped because they are taped under the engine bay. Is there any way I can tell if the Ballast is no good? When I turn on the light there's a clicking noise that lasts for a second at the supposedly bad ballast.
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Old 02-02-2003, 07:49 PM   #2
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When you said "taped" under the engine bay. Does the housing make good ground contact, to the frame? Does your unit have in line fuse, if so, did you check that?
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Old 02-02-2003, 07:54 PM   #3
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No fuse, the ballast is taped onto the metal. It has worked for a few months that way.
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Old 02-02-2003, 08:39 PM   #4
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OT isn't really the place to post this, it'll probably get moved eventually.
You'll have to swap the ballasts to confirm that is the problem and eliminate anything else such as wiring, although it sounds like the ballast is most likely NG.
If you bought the HIDs new from a vendor try contacting them. Perhaps they would be willing to send you a new ballast so you can replace the bad one and send it back.
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Old 02-03-2003, 08:46 AM   #5
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Default Re: My Aftermarket HID ballast failed. HELP

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I have had my FOCUZ HID H4 kit installed in my car for a few months. Today one of the lights wouldn't come on, so I swapped the bulbs and the relays from one side to the other, no go. The only possibility left is the Phillips ballast, which I haven't swapped because they are taped under the engine bay. Is there any way I can tell if the Ballast is no good? When I turn on the light there's a clicking noise that lasts for a second at the supposedly bad ballast.
I can tell you one thing that might have caused it to die - daytime running light circuit. If you have daytime running lights on your car, what happens is the module sends a lower voltage to the headlight assembly and the HID ballast would try to ramp that voltage up to the HID's operating voltage. It would burn it out in a rather untimely manner.

If you don't have DRL's on your car, nevermind.
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Old 02-03-2003, 03:26 PM   #6
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Do you start your car with the lights on at times? I know that'll kill the ballast and bulbs real quick.
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Old 02-03-2003, 05:53 PM   #7
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No, the HID kit had never been abused or put away wet.

How much would a replacement ballast cost?
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Old 02-03-2003, 10:27 PM   #8
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About the same price as a new kit nowadays. You could sell of the bulbs and single ballast to people who need them. I'll buy the bulbs for $50, provided they still work.
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