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Old 01-22-2005, 03:55 AM   #1
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So tonight, I was installing some plug and play HIDs into my '04. I installed the X-Tec 6000k ballast and bulb it didn't work. We tried different wiring configurations but after more than 2 hours, I called it quits. Since my headlight assembly was out, I proceeded to installing my second set of HIDs (Brightstar 10000k, I was orginally going to sell these). Seeing my trouble with the first one, I wired everything out of the housing and it worked. I got a nice bright color. So I hook everything back up into the housing and it DOESN'T WORK! I was so frustrated. I tried everything. I switched up the ballast, and the starter and tried every combination possible. I tried the other bulb. I checked the fuse. I reinstalled the stock bulbs and they were shining quite nicely. I tried a few more times with the HIDs and I gave up. After putting everything back in, the right headlight doesn't work. W. T. F. The left headlamp was lighting up fine, so I unplugged the left bulb and put it in my right headlamp to make sure it wasn't just the bulb. Surely enough, it wasn't the bulb. I am thinking that it is the wire on the twisty cap located on the back of the headlight assembly (the one that powers the light bulb). But right now I'm not sure. I don't want to bring it into the dealership yet because I'm scared they void my warranty since I had to drill holes in the back of my twisty caps for the HIDs. If anyone can help... that'll be great. THanks.

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Old 01-22-2005, 03:02 PM   #2
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try the HID faq??? maybe???
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Old 01-22-2005, 04:44 PM   #3
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try the HID faq??? maybe???
Well, I would. But the problem right now isn't the HIDs. Its my stock halogen low beams that aren't working.
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Old 01-22-2005, 04:47 PM   #4
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Did you check the headlight fuse on that side? There are two fuses, one each for the left and right headlight.
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Old 01-22-2005, 04:54 PM   #5
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Yeah I did. I pulled the fuses for both side out to double check. The fuses are fine.
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Old 01-22-2005, 05:10 PM   #6
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Carefully check the connectors and wiring for any damage, melting etc. Probe at the bulb with a meter or test light to see if the problem is on the power or ground side. One side of the bulb should have common positive 12V when the headlight switch is on, the other side is a switched ground. If the switched ground is open and the bulb is good, you'll see the 12V on both sides of the bulb. If you don't see any power on either side the problem is in the positive circuit.
There are relays for each headlight as well as the fuses, try swapping them from side to side and see if the problem moves.
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Old 01-22-2005, 07:30 PM   #7
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where can I locate the relays?
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They are in the underhood fuse box, and the locations are marked inside the cover.
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