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Ever had an HID ballast go bad?

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Veccster, Jan 23, 2011.

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Have you ever had an HID ballast fail?

  1. No

    25 vote(s)
    38.5%
  2. Yes

    23 vote(s)
    35.4%
  3. Yes...more than once

    17 vote(s)
    26.2%
  1. Jan 23, 2011 at 11:55 AM
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    Veccster

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    I bought 2 kits - headlights and fog lights (4 ballasts total). I've had 3 of them go bad in less than 6 months.

    Just curious if this is common or if I am doing something wrong.
     
  2. Jan 23, 2011 at 12:05 PM
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    brians05taco

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    yeh had the same problem which is why i went back to stock bulbs less trouble
     
  3. Jan 23, 2011 at 9:56 PM
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    Are you running a relay or installing them correctly ?
     
  4. Jan 23, 2011 at 10:56 PM
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  5. Jan 23, 2011 at 10:59 PM
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  6. Jan 23, 2011 at 11:23 PM
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    Had this happen (3 go bad in 4 months), then had issues with my hid harness and replaced that then never had any more ballast issues over the past year.
     
  7. Jan 24, 2011 at 5:28 AM
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    Never a problem with four ballasts in two years.
     
  8. Jan 24, 2011 at 8:00 AM
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    Not sure what a relay does but...yes, I am installing them correctly. There are several write ups on here that I followed very closely. Pretty difficult to screw it up. I mean, they DID work. If they were installed incorrectly, they would not work at all.
     
  9. Jan 24, 2011 at 8:29 AM
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    not true. you can make them work with a bad install. a relay is a little black box that runs between your battery, and a switch. as soon as the switch is thrown, the relay opens and connects your battery to the lights
     
  10. Jan 24, 2011 at 8:58 AM
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    i have 4 ballasts and have had them for almost a year now and..."no issues at all"
    i made sure they were mounted good and wired well.....i also put sealant around all electrical connections......
     
  11. Jan 24, 2011 at 11:13 AM
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    I am now going to wrap all of my connections with black electrical tape. Sealant is a good idea though. What kind did you use?

    Something else that's odd....
    I disconnected one of my fog light ballasts because it was bad and I needed to send it back. I then verified that the remaining one worked. I did not use the fogs for the next 2 weeks because only one worked. Then yesterday, I install my new one and turn them. Now the other side (that was fine 2 weeks ago) does not turn on. Can it go bad even while I'm not using it?
     
  12. Jan 24, 2011 at 11:16 AM
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    i've been runnin $30 ebay specials for almost a year now and no prob yet. (knock on wood)
     
  13. Jan 24, 2011 at 11:32 AM
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    i used just rtv silicone sealant........i think it was blue....
    any auto parts store......

    check all your grounds
     
  14. Jan 24, 2011 at 11:35 AM
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    OP, what brand are you using?
     
  15. Jan 24, 2011 at 11:45 AM
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    Thanks.

    Fogs aren't grounded. They are just plug&play. The heads have a solid ground.
     
  16. Jan 24, 2011 at 11:46 AM
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    And now that I think about it...there is no way to verify that the ballast is bad on the fogs. They are not swappable, right? The ballast that fits the passenger side is different than the one that fits the drivers side. They both "fit" but they are not compatible.

    So it could very-well be the bulb that went out too.
     
  17. Jan 24, 2011 at 12:18 PM
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    I got ddm, and they seen mud, water, ect
     
  18. Jan 24, 2011 at 12:25 PM
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    I lost track thousands of dollars ago.
    when I first bought mine for the truck one was bad already it was replaced under warranty other then that I have never had a problem with HIDs in any of my cars.
     
  19. Jan 27, 2011 at 10:08 AM
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    I have the DDM digital ballasts and havn't had any issues...
     
  20. Jan 27, 2011 at 6:54 PM
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    someone mounted their ballasts on the wiper fluid resevoir and the fuse box.
    They get warm, but certainly shouldn't be getting super hot. Most ballasts are mounted with zip ties or double stick tape... if it doesn't melt those, it sure as hell shouldn't melt a wiper fluid resivoir or fuse box. If yours are getting hot enough to melt plastic, you've got a problem.

    I have mine VVME brand slim HID ballasts on my fuse box with no problems.. on the other side I have one on the fender and the other down a little lower... no problems at all..
     
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