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Old 06-29-2005, 11:16 AM   #1
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Default Aftermarket HIDs + Rain = angry me.

This is starting to drive me crazy so I'm posting looking for a permenant fix.
The strange thing about this is that I can drive IN the rain all day and night with them running and I've never had a problem. However, AFTER a rain(without the lights on, car sitting, etc) if I turn the headlight switch I get nothing.
This happened twice before. All I did to fix them then was to swap the OE headlight harness. So I had the HID harness>OE driver side harness. Rained. They didn't work. Swapped the HID harness to the passenger harness and they worked fine.
It rained two days ago and I went to leave last night and no lights again. Swapped the harnesses and still nothing. I checked all the fuses, both headlight relays, lighting switch relay, HID fuse off the battery, wiring. The only thing I dont know how to check is the actual relay in the HID kit.
The only thing I can think of that could be happening here is the rain gets in the OE harness that's not in use cause something to go worng. Maybe they've just dried out in the past?
Any insight? Ideas on how I can fix this.
Xenon HID kit with Philips ballasts - individually grounded. Foglight/hi-beam mod.

EDIT: The DRLs are disabled and have been since I installed the kit.
EDIT2: In case someone digs this up with a search, the RELAY was bad. I was able to get a replacement from RadioShack
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Old 06-29-2005, 12:51 PM   #2
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Just got done playing around with my lights to see if I was missing anything.
For what it's worth, if I turn my headlights on and disconnect/reconnect the relay in the actual HID kit, I can hear the relay click. Does that mean it's functioning? Properly?
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Old 06-29-2005, 01:37 PM   #3
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try disconnecting all ends and reconnecting them, i had similar problem, but mine was due to a bad ground.
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Old 06-29-2005, 02:02 PM   #4
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I kind of bypassed the HID relay the ghetto way and found out that was the problem.
Radio shack almost had the exact relay I needed but its rated 30A as opposed to 40A.
So far so good. Who the hell would've though $6.29 and 2 seconds would be the fix?
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Old 06-29-2005, 02:30 PM   #5
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its usually the cheap parts that fail first.

Mine did the same after some heavy rains, I mounted the relays differently and weatherproofed them a little better.

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Old 06-29-2005, 02:50 PM   #6
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Thanks for the input man. How did you go about weatherproofing the relays?
Silicone? Tape? Ziploc baggie?
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Old 06-29-2005, 03:56 PM   #7
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Thanks for the input man. How did you go about weatherproofing the relays?
Silicone? Tape? Ziploc baggie?
all of the above


seriously, I mounted them so that the harness wouldn't collect anymore water, which what they did I suspect. Then I covered them in Parafilm, which is a medium temp waxy paper that molded to the relays, and then I closed up the loose ends with some 200mph tape.

I haven't had a problem with them since (about 2 years now).

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Old 06-29-2005, 04:21 PM   #8
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Thanks again for the pointers, RR
I'll have to look for some supplies to do this.
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Old 06-30-2005, 10:00 AM   #9
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I love any time people use parafilm. It's really interesting, it was originally developed for the science industry, to be a covering to test-tubes, beakers, etc. People use it for all kinds of stuff. A lot of modelers use it to mask things off when they paint, I have used it to seal things like this, it is really pretty interesting.
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