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Old 12-03-2004, 01:55 PM   #1
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I am having problems with my headlights. One bulb keeps turning on and off intermittently. I have checked the connectors and bulbs as well. Do you know what could cause this?
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Old 12-03-2004, 02:00 PM   #2
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stock headlights?
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Old 12-05-2004, 04:51 AM   #3
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they are higher wattage bulbs, the ones with xenon gas. still using the stock headlights, not a projector type or anything like that.
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Old 12-05-2004, 07:12 AM   #4
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The higher wattage bulbs have probably damaged your connectors and/or harnesses from the excess heat. Only stock wattage bulbs should be used to avoid this problem, the 9007 configuration cannot support the extra heat safely.
Examine your wiring carefully, if the connectors and/or harness ends have melted go to the parts store and get replacement 9007 connectors w/wire pigtails. Cut the damaged portion off and splice in the replacement using proper methods (preferably solder and heat shrink).
Get rid of the bulbs you have and replace them with stock wattage ones. Don't use cheap aftermarket bulbs (such as sold on Ebay) that are sold as "hyperwhite", "HID look", "superblue" etc. even if they are the stock wattage as some of these can still overheat and cause damage. For safely improved lighting with the proper wattage try a set of Sylvania Xtravisions.
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Thanks Mulder. What about Piaa superwhite, would you say those are safe?
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Old 12-06-2004, 07:32 AM   #6
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I wouldn't bother with PIAA. They may be somewhat better than the really cheap bulbs, but might still run hotter and damage the harnesses. Also they are expensive and do not last all that long. Try a set of Xtravisions, they can be found at most parts stores and should have a similar life to OEM bulbs.
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Old 12-14-2004, 01:38 AM   #7
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Thanks Mulder. You are right, the connectors were melted and damaged. Successfully soldered replacement sockets and put in Sylvania bulbs this weekend.

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