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Hella Problems? Help!

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by Forster46, Jan 30, 2012.

  1. Jan 30, 2012 at 5:55 PM
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    Forster46

    Forster46 [OP] Very nice how much?

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    So I hooked up a pair of Hella 500's, following the diagram and using the relay they came with. Hooked up everything exactly how it says and no light?

    The lights work, I tested them before. Grounds are all good. The switch is supposed to light up, but isn't... I have it hooked to a fuse tap so the light shouldnt be on when the truck is off, but I am getting no light at all. I stuck two 10A fuses into it and nothing.

    Any help would be appreciated!
     
  2. Jan 30, 2012 at 5:57 PM
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    i had that problem too. check all of your connectors. thats what my problem was
     
  3. Jan 30, 2012 at 5:59 PM
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    I had a problem like that, i had to wire the switch the opposite from the diagram
     
  4. Jan 30, 2012 at 6:06 PM
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    I will try switching the connectors on the switch around. If that doesnt work then I guess I have to go through all the connectors ahhh
     
  5. Jan 30, 2012 at 6:07 PM
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    Do you own a test light? Or a multimeter that will measure DC voltage? Without one of these, we are just guessing. With that said: If your switch won't light up, everything is connected properly, and the switch is grounded, it sounds to me like you may not have power coming into your switch.

    I've seen a few posts where guys have messed up installing Hellas using the crappy instruction sheet they come with. Here's basic aux light wiring 101

    The relay has marked terminals:
    terminal 30 goes to the positive terminal of the battery, connected through an inline fuse as close as possible to the battery. There should be power here all the time, even with the lights off.

    Terminal 87 goes to the positive wire feeding your aux lights.

    Terminals 85 and 86 are the relay's "coil". One of them gets grounded. The other goes to your switch and should recieve positive power when the switch is turned on.

    The switch should be marked for power in, and power out. The third remaining terminal is for a ground. All the ground is for on the switch is to make the light inside the switch work.
     
  6. Jan 30, 2012 at 6:10 PM
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    switch doesnt light up bc you dont have power running to it. my lights had the same problem. moved the wires around on the switch and continued trial and error on that with 3 wires. (1 from relay, 1 from ground, 1 from hot). move those 3 around and one combination should work! hope you get it figured out!!!
     
  7. Jan 30, 2012 at 6:13 PM
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    I'm guessing this is the issue. I gave up for the night because its raining out now, and I don't have a garage. Not to mention I can't see.

    I'm guesing the relay is correct, because it came with the wires imbedding into the relay, then you just plug it in, and there is only one way to do it..
     
  8. Jan 30, 2012 at 6:15 PM
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    Yeah just trial and error with those wires man and itll work out! it took me about 2 minutes to get it all sorted out. have someone help you hold the wires if need be but itll work! if not just check the connections. BTW how many lights do you have running together??
     
  9. Jan 30, 2012 at 6:17 PM
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    Just a pair. I bought the kit and have them mounted behind my grill (which is not yet satoshi'd) the Hella 500 Driving Lights
     
  10. Jan 30, 2012 at 6:19 PM
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    ok, and have them wired directly to the battery or what? just making sure you have enough running to the lights.
     
  11. Jan 30, 2012 at 6:21 PM
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    check your in-line fuses to make sure they arent blown...and i also had my wires mixed up connected on the back of the switch so try and look at that also.
     
  12. Jan 30, 2012 at 6:23 PM
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    One of the wires from the relay is wired straight to the battery (the one with the fuse). One the back of the switch theres a ground, one going to the relay, and one I have hooked up to an add a fuse.
     
  13. Jan 30, 2012 at 6:28 PM
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    where did you plug your add a fuse into? I have one from the relay, Once grounded, and one hot form my fuse block to illuminate the switch. Might not be getting enough power from the add a fuse or the wires are in the wrong locations. just try it out and see what happens when you switch them around.. that should be an easy fix.
     
  14. Jan 30, 2012 at 6:31 PM
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    Uh its in the one in the cab, Second row, second collumn. I saw someone do it in a write up for something else, so I know that one is supposed to be only hot when the ignition is on.

    I'm gonna go switch around the plugs in back of the switch and see what happens, then check the inline fuse.
     
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    alright, let me know man! good luck :cheers:
     
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    Will do! Thanks!
     
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    you get it figured out man??
     
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    Got it fixed! Just had to move the wires on the switch around. The switch won't light up like its supposed to, but it turns the lights on. So I'm good with that.

    On a side not, a found a carling switch in the tool room at my dads shop in a bin of "random switchs". Its a on/off/on. I would like to use it for these and just wire it to turn on one way and do nothing the other way, but not sure how I would do it. Any help with that would be great!
     
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    Awesome! I'm glad you got it fixed and it was easy man!

    On the switch, I am not sure how to wire it. Sorry man.
     
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    Okay more lights problems.
    So when rewired my switch yesterday, I bagged the addafuse idea, and ran a wire straight to the battery like it says.

    Turns out, that just drains my battery 100% overnight. Guess who woke up to a dead battery this morning? Me.

    Came outside, and my battery was making a fast clicking noise. Yes, before I even touched the truck. I thought I was screwed. I cut the wire that I ran and the clicking stopped, but my battery was totally dead.

    I reran the wire today with an inline fuse and just have the fuse removed for now. Not sure how to fix this problem right now. May try the addafuse again.
     
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