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Old 09-10-2013, 08:44 AM   #1
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Exclamation Fuse melted, both HID blown. Need HELP find bulb replacement!

First I must apologize if there's another thread that has answered my predicament, I've done several searches and after an hour of reading/searching, I was not able to find a solution to my problem.

I'm needing some help with my bi-xeon HID bulb and/or kit. I bought this H4 kit from here about 2yrs ago. Both ballast has gone out on me, I have replaced both ballast since (about a year after installation). Last week the fuse on the power wire from the harness to the positive terminal on the battery melted thus causing both HID bulbs to blow. I am not exactly sure what cause the meltdown, the lights started flickering and boom, no lights. Good thing I was still in the driveway. So no lights for over a week now.


**Above is the fuse location I'm referring to; courtesy of OP user CableTec.

**Below is my fuse, this is what the melted fuse holder looks like once found (has been replaced)** **




Below is my HID bulb/adapter from various angles:








My question:
This is my first HID kit so being the curious George, after unscrewing the 3 tiny star screws from the back of the bulb adapter to see if it was possible to replace just the bulb, it doesn't look possible since it's a single piece. Looks to me, you have to buy a whole new bulb w/ adapter. If this is the case, where/how can I find out/order the correct one for my truck? I would hope I don't have to buy a whole new kit just to replace the bulb? My truck is a 2005 Tacoma Crew cab.

Thank you for your feedback.
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Old 09-10-2013, 08:56 AM   #2
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After seeing the fuse and that you have had to replace the ballasts multiple times I would buy a whole new kit from a reputable person.

I have had HID's for 3 years and only replaced 1 ballast and that was due to standing water and mud.
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Hi nfs257,
I bought it from Slimcubby. While the HID lighting has been great, it's been frustrated with issues. I don't mean to be negative but the idea behind spending $140 every year or two for a whole HID system is a little ridiculous imo and/or having to constantly replace ballasts. Granted halogens cost $20 for two new bulbs and it's plug/play.
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Hi nfs257,
I bought it from Slimcubby. While the HID lighting has been great, it's been frustrated with issues. I don't mean to be negative but the idea behind spending $140 every year or two for a whole HID system is a little ridiculous imo and/or having to constantly replace ballasts. Granted halogens cost $20 for two new bulbs and it's plug/play.
That was my point I havent had to buy any new items except for my own negligence. The ballast was bouncing around and sitting in mud and water which caused it to go bad.
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It probably melted due to insufficient wire gauge or too big a fuse for that size wire and moisture is a problem too. On my old truck i cut off that cheapy fuse holder and soldering in a covered fuse holder
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When you order the bulb from a place like TRS, it comes with the adapters. You wouldnt be able to use the bulb without them, and as you say its not easy to take apart.
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