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Old 01-20-2014, 02:32 PM   #1
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Do I need new bulbs or is there another problem?

When I turn my headlights on they both are the same color, but after a few seconds the passenger side turn yellow while the driver side stay white/blue. I have oem zenons btw. Any help is appreciated, thanks. (Sorry my pic is upside down lol)
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Old 01-20-2014, 03:19 PM   #2
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If you want to rule out the ballasts, etc. Swap bulbs. If the left bulb turns the same color on the other side you need to get new bulbs (and yes in a pair)
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If you want to rule out the ballasts, etc. Swap bulbs. If the left bulb turns the same color on the other side you need to get new bulbs (and yes in a pair)
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Old 01-21-2014, 07:52 AM   #4
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you're not getting intermittent light just different degrees of color temperature. The bulbs are rated for eight years of use roughly if I remember correctly. If you end up needing lights this website is where I bought mine. I shopped for a long long time and nobody could beat their prices. Not eBay bulbs, high-quality replacements. https://www.theretrofitsource.com


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you're not getting intermittent light just different degrees of color temperature. The bulbs are rated for eight years of use roughly if I remember correctly. If you end up needing lights this website is where I bought mine. I shopped for a long long time and nobody could beat their prices. Not eBay bulbs, high-quality replacements. https://www.theretrofitsource.com


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when I was driving yesterday my friend told me the right headlight went out.. I turned of the headlights and back on, and the right side came back on. Could it be the ballast that is bad on the passenger side? Or possibly the ignighter? I'm ordering new bulbs this week.
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DONT order new bulbs until you diagnose it properly. Read sillieidiots guide to troubleshooting lights.

Swap both bulbs around then let us know what happens.
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DONT order new bulbs until you diagnose it properly. Read sillieidiots guide to troubleshooting lights.

Swap both bulbs around then let us know what happens.
I'll do that today
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ok im so late updating this but here's a quick recap and update. 1st problem was right headlight flickering and warm color.. After swapping bulbs the left light turned warm. so therefore i need new bulbs correct?

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