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Old 09-04-2007, 01:15 PM   #1
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"bulb out" error at start up

so i recently purchased a set of after market depo hid projectors w/ ccfl angel eyes. regardless, when i start up my car i get a "bulb out" error message on the right side and after about ten minutes of driving, turning off my car, then turning it back on it goes away and my right xenon works. anyone know what could be causing this, have replaced bulbs once and switched ballasts ... problem isn't isolated. what gets me is that i don't even need to try and turn on the lights for the message to appear, comes on right away when i start up my car. any ideas? i'm desperate

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Old 09-04-2007, 01:21 PM   #2
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You sure its not your corner bulbs? That normally happens when the bulb is about dead and needs to be replaced soon I believe.
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Old 09-04-2007, 02:53 PM   #3
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Tyler,

Did you have your LCM reflashed for xenons or install resistors with the HID kit? If not, installing a xenon kit on a halogen equipped car will produce a bulb out warning that needs to be corrected through a reflash or resistor install.
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Old 09-05-2007, 01:58 AM   #4
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^ but it's only on one side. usually when the warnings come on, it's for both headlights. but nevertheless, has your car been reflashed.

check your turn signal, maybe a bad connection between the bulb and socket, or it's loose or something.

but what you're describing sounds like a ground issue. make sure that your ground to your angel eyes has a good connection. try tightening the bolt, or move it elsewhere. should fix the problem.
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Old 01-14-2008, 05:26 PM   #5
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I NEED HELP TOO. As soon as I turn on my car, the left one xenon is out. And I have to turn it on and off on and off and then it works. It's only the left one. It's like it needs to be warmed up or something. It does not flicker as some ppl have that problem. It's just at startup. Do I need new xenon bulbs. I have 67,000 miles.
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^ advise against doing that. but switch the bulbs and see if the problem switches side. if it does, then it's your bulbs. if not, then it's most likely the ignitors
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Old 01-15-2008, 01:53 AM   #7
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^ advise against doing that. but switch the bulbs and see if the problem switches side. if it does, then it's your bulbs. if not, then it's most likely the ignitors
Agreed! Turning the switch on and off repeatedly in succession is not recommended when you have xenonsas it can shorten its life. Try the process of elimination to determine the cause of the problem. Switch bulbs and if theydon't work,switch the ballasts and then if they sll don't work switch the igniters if they are not built into the ballasts. Hope this helps.
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Old 01-15-2008, 07:40 AM   #8
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check your connections sounds like a bad contact
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thanks guys. is there a diy on removing the xenon bulbs. thanks so much that helps alot. i heard that you're not suppose to touch the actual bulb. anything else i should know?
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you can touch the actual bulb, if you wear a latex glove. so wear that, so you can accidentally touch it lol
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thanks guys. is there a diy on removing the xenon bulbs. thanks so much that helps alot. i heard that you're not suppose to touch the actual bulb. anything else i should know?
just don't touch it with your skin. The oils on your skin will ruin the bulb
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how do you reflash? or resistor it? i am tired of the bulb out lights..
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