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Old 10-19-2006, 08:12 PM   #1
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help!.. headlight out.. not the bulb

hey... so i installed my DDE's and then about a week later my right HID went out... i thought it was the bulb so i ordered a new pair of d2s bulbs... this time 6000k so it would be more white... but i just switched out the bulb and the right side is still out!!... what could it be? can anyone list the possible errors it could be? the only reason i mentioned the DDE's was because maybe the wiring had something to do with the bulb goin out? maybe.. iuno.. thanks for the help guys!
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Old 10-19-2006, 08:19 PM   #2
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Could be the ballast. Contact the vendor you purchased from. They should be able to help you out.
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Old 10-19-2006, 08:22 PM   #3
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what does the ballast look like? remember it's the HID not the halos that are out...
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Old 10-19-2006, 08:23 PM   #4
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maybe the igniter.... you can get bad ones some times.
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Old 10-19-2006, 08:25 PM   #5
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what does the ballast look like? remember it's the HID not the halos that are out...
are they OEM HIDs?

If so, there is a ballast, ignitor and bulb. those are the 3 components. Its one of those. Hope that its the ballast. You can get a used on on ebay for about $50 or so... the ignitor is a PAIN to replace because you need to remove the projectors from the housing...

Here's a picture of an e46 Xenon headlight disected. Th ballasts are all the way to the right. The ignitors are the red things:

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oh god so either way it's gonna be relatively expensive to fix huh?... -_-... thanks for the help guys... is there any way i could find out specifically what is wrong with it? like... an electronics shop or something.. im trying to avoid the stealerships... but where can i go to find out what is wrong with it? once again thanks for the help guys.. and thanks for the pics sna77!
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oh god so either way it's gonna be relatively expensive to fix huh?... -_-... thanks for the help guys... is there any way i could find out specifically what is wrong with it? like... an electronics shop or something.. im trying to avoid the stealerships... but where can i go to find out what is wrong with it? once again thanks for the help guys.. and thanks for the pics sna77!
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You can unmount the ballast from the non working headlight and swap it with the working headlight to see if the problem switches sides.
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how do i unmount them?
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You can unmount the ballast from the non working headlight and swap it with the working headlight to see if the problem switches sides.
This is exactly what I'd do.

- Take both headlights out of car
- Flip headlights over
Use a T-somethingorother Torx driver to remove the 3-4 screws holding the ballast in.
- Take good ballast and put on bad headlight. Plug in that headlight and see if it now works.


If I were a betting man, I'd say it was the ballast... I've seen more of them fail than I have ignitors... If so, you can pick a used ballast up oin ebay for about $75 or so...

My car uses this ballast, so I actually bought an extra one in case it gets burnt out etc:
http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/02-05...spagenameZWDVW
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how come that ballast on ebay doesn't look like the ballast in the picture?
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Old 10-20-2006, 03:11 PM   #12
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how come that ballast on ebay doesn't look like the ballast in the picture?
The ballast is different for xenons, bi-xenons, and by AL or ZKW manufacturs...

The only way to tell what you have is to take the headlights off and look at the part # labeled on the ballast
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If you are saying your replaced the OEM H7 lights with HID lights what you may have done is melted the contacts. The HID lights are hotter and can melt the connecting wire post. I have seen this happen. If you wiggle the lights do they come back on?? (Not sure what lights are OEM with a 01)
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If you are saying your replaced the OEM H7 lights with HID lights what you may have done is melted the contacts. The HID lights are hotter and can melt the connecting wire post. I have seen this happen. If you wiggle the lights do they come back on?? (Not sure what lights are OEM with a 01)
Ewww... I HOPE you did not put HID bulbs into halogen projectors.

Are these OEM HID lights or did you do an illeagal hack retrofit?
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haha.. naw.. i have the OEM projectors.... well.. i was wondering if these would fit mine.. is there a difference between the one you linked earlier and these ones..

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Xenon...spagenameZWDVW
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haha.. naw.. i have the OEM projectors.... well.. i was wondering if these would fit mine.. is there a difference between the one you linked earlier and these ones..

http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Xenon...spagenameZWDVW
I feel like I'm talking to a wall here....


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The only way to tell what you have is to take the headlights off and look at the part # labeled on the ballast

I have no idea if those will fit? Is that what yours look like? Did you pull them out yet?


Have you done this yet? I wouldnt buy anything until I was sure what the problem was:

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- Take both headlights out of car
- Flip headlights over
Use a T-somethingorother Torx driver to remove the 3-4 screws holding the ballast in.
- Take good ballast and put on bad headlight. Plug in that headlight and see if it now works.
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