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Old 07-14-2010, 11:11 AM   #1
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Help!! Problem with my Xenon HIDs

Sooo I just traded my old stock wheels for Xenon digital balast HIDs (headlights and fog lights) from a local tacoma owner (not on TW)...

So here is the issue. When driving home last night my driver side headlight did not come on! The two fogs and passanger side lights were working fine.. So just taking a shot in the dark I turned my headlights completely off and then back on.. When I did that it came on.. Any ideas on why it didnt come on the first time?

I hope I don't have to replace it already, I have only had them for a week but I got them used.

Thank you TW!
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bad ballast or weak wiring. did you get a wire harness with it? to test swap the ballasts and see if the other side does the same thing.
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That's a good suggestion but whats the ballast? Is that the metal box that came with it? LOL I have not really messed with them because he put them in for me and I have NO experience with things like this. Also, I have had them for about a week or two and this is my first time experiencing this issue, so there is no telling when it will and won't happen, if it ever happens again....
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bad ballast or weak wiring. did you get a wire harness with it? to test swap the ballasts and see if the other side does the same thing.
X2. Yeah jen, first make sure all your connections are nice and tight. Then try swapping ballasts and lastly, try to even swap the bulbs with each other and see if the problem continues. Other then that, I'm not sure what could be wrong with them. I'm 90% sure its the HID's issues and not the truck itself.
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X2. Yeah jen, first make sure all your connections are nice and tight. Then try swapping ballasts and lastly, try to even swap the bulbs with each other and see if the problem continues. Other then that, I'm not sure what could be wrong with them. I'm 90% sure its the HID's issues and not the truck itself.
Yeah I sincerely doubt that it's the truck... I have never had the problem before. The only thing is it has only happened once out of the 40+ times I have turned them on.. Also I don't really know what I am looking at.. I am sure I can figure it out myself. From now on I will just have to make sure that both come on before I drive off..

This blows. I don't even have the guys number anymore becuause I broke my phone!!! I will have to see if it will turn on again..
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yea swap the metal boxes lol. if you follow the wires do they go to a relay somewhere? harness should look like this:

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...2852d66dbc613b

if you don't have a harness that's most likely the problem
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I don't have the high and low beam options though.. I don't think mine looks like that.. I will look at it when I get off work and maybe take some pictures to show you guys if I can't find anything loose or w/e.. (hopefully it will stop raining by the time I get off...)
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Yeah I sincerely doubt that it's the truck... I have never had the problem before. The only thing is it has only happened once out of the 40+ times I have turned them on.. Also I don't really know what I am looking at.. I am sure I can figure it out myself. From now on I will just have to make sure that both come on before I drive off..

This blows. I don't even have the guys number anymore becuause I broke my phone!!! I will have to see if it will turn on again..
Yeah its not hard, you will be able to figure it out. ANd yes, just make sure they both come on whenever you use them.
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Were they turning on when you were starting the truck? Mine did that once and it was from an amperage drop when starting the truck. Has never done it again.
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I don't have the high and low beam options though.. I don't think mine looks like that.. I will look at it when I get off work and maybe take some pictures to show you guys if I can't find anything loose or w/e.. (hopefully it will stop raining by the time I get off...)
you still want a harness, here's a low beam harness

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...cb692836c8c9dd
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Yeah its not hard, you will be able to figure it out. ANd yes, just make sure they both come on whenever you use them.
Thanks danny... I wan't to go look at them now! Dern work

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Were they turning on when you were starting the truck? Mine did that once and it was from an amperage drop when starting the truck. Has never done it again.
Yeah they have turned on fine when starting the truck, the will be dim for a second (when cranking the engine) but then get bright once the truck is running.. I was not concerned with that.. They have also come on fine every time I turned them on seperately (with or without truck running).. Until last night, all of a sudden the driver side headlight decided not to work.. I am hoping something is just loose, it's strange that all I had to do was turn them off and back on to get it to work..
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you still want a harness, here's a low beam harness

http://www.theretrofitsource.com/pro...cb692836c8c9dd

Thanks, I am not sure if he had one of those or not.. I should have paid more attention I will look and if not I will get one.. It just conncects the stock wires to the xenon wires? Sorry I am so clueless on this subject..
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I am hoping something is just loose, it's strange that all I had to do was turn them off and back on to get it to work..
lol i'm going to sound like a broken record..harness!! it bypasses your stock wiring which in some cases isn't well off enough to handle HIDs. your stock wiring turns on the relay and the relay is what connects the battery to your HIDs

http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/HI...Wiring-Harness
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lol i'm going to sound like a broken record..harness!! read the info

http://www.ddmtuning.com/Products/HI...Wiring-Harness
look at previous post..

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yea sorry lol too many posts all at once!! let us know IMMEDIATELY upon testing
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yea sorry lol too many posts all at once!! let us know IMMEDIATELY upon testing
Hahaha will do. For now Ill check for loose connections and see if I have one of those nifty "harness" thingys.. if not I will be ordering one (or two.. or four? whatever.. lol)

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Well, I didn't see anything loose.. Getting the harnesses ASAP.. and my truck just failed inspection for my HIDs.. what a headache!!!
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Well, I didn't see anything loose.. Getting the harnesses ASAP.. and my truck just failed inspection for my HIDs.. what a headache!!!
Hmmmm? So it didnt have a wiring harness? And what did you have your truck inspected for?
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huh? because it didnt come on it failed? or was it because you had HIDs? i passed with flying colors with my HIDs... hmmm i guess it didnt turn on
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Hmmmm? So it didnt have a wiring harness? And what did you have your truck inspected for?
State inspection

No, there was only what came with the plug and play kit.

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huh? because it didnt come on it failed? or was it because you had HIDs? i passed with flying colors with my HIDs... hmmm i guess it didnt turn on
It failed because the lights are not DOT approved / are not in the correct housing.. basically because of the HIDs not because they didn't work. I also took it to the stealership because I get free inspections I should have known better.
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