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Old 04-29-2007, 07:40 PM   #1
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angel eyes trouble

so.... for some reason.. my left halos dont work (both of them)... im pretty sure there is a current going through seeing how i got electricuted by it.. (haha).. im not wire/electrical savvy so how can i diagnose where the problem is? im worried cause BOTH of them dont work.. they began malfunctioning when i replaced the Xenon ballast on that side.. the wires might have been tugged a bit.. so yea.. if that helps...
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swap the angel eye ballasts (the little black boxes). see if that helps. if it does then contact your vendor for a replacement ballast
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Old 04-29-2007, 08:15 PM   #3
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swap the angel eye ballasts (the little black boxes). see if that helps. if it does then contact your vendor for a replacement ballast
how do i do that? do i just pull out the white wires?
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yea. when you installed it, there should be a black plug where you used to plug the white wires into. just unplug that and switch it out
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Old 04-29-2007, 09:06 PM   #5
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just to make sure.. you are talking about this right?



the black rectangle boxes in the the baggy

edit: do i just pull them out hard? cause i remember trying to pull out the white wires before from the black boxes but it was harrdd to take out and i didnt wanna break it..
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yea those black boxes in the bag. do you have the thinlines? looks like you do. in order to take the white wires out. you'll have to take some thing small and poke it in the holes (where the white wires connect to the black ends) and push a small metal tab to get them out.
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Old 04-30-2007, 01:37 AM   #7
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yea those black boxes in the bag. do you have the thinlines? looks like you do. in order to take the white wires out. you'll have to take some thing small and poke it in the holes (where the white wires connect to the black ends) and push a small metal tab to get them out.
what are the thin lines? sorry.. that picture isn't a pic of my set up.. i linked it from google.. mine are inside my engine bay.. so yea.. i think i know what you mean.. ill try it out in a bit and let ya know.. thanks for your help sillie
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oh the thinlines are a type of angel eyes set up. the ones you linked seemed to be what i was referring to. take a picture of your set up in the engine bay. and the connectors as well. if yours are different, you can probably just take them apart without doing what i advised earlier.
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oh the thinlines are a type of angel eyes set up. the ones you linked seemed to be what i was referring to. take a picture of your set up in the engine bay. and the connectors as well. if yours are different, you can probably just take them apart without doing what i advised earlier.
ok.. i will do so tomorrow.. seeing as i still have 100 pages to read of my poly sci book for a test tomo.. hahaha.. thanks for your help.. ill try to take a pic of the set up later and update you... thanks!!!
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yea no problem. i will be up for awhile as well. i got a history test to study for as well.
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sorry for the late response sillie.. today is my day off since i have no classes on tuesday!.. haha.. i took some pics.. it looks like a mess so ill try to explain the wiring job.. i did cut some wires as you'll see down below but i reattached them with that red thingy (i have no idea what they're called... my friend did that for me.. please dont blame it on those considering they've worked for months prior to my HID ballast change... one of the rings wirings looks PERFECT.. yet BOTH don't work.. so i dunno where to look.. im pretty sure its not the halo ballasts cause i accidentally touched a blue wire and it electricuted me... so there IS electricity running through it.. yes i tried to make sure there was no metal showing on the other one.. but the fact that the other wiring is fine yet doesnt work leads me to believe something is wrong w/ both of them.. AHHh iuno what to do!!!!









YES those 2 wires are cut and i reattached them with that red thingy.. i dunno what they're called.. haha.. dont blame it on those please.. they worked like that for months.



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lol wth is that? why were the wires cut? it seems that one of the connectors melted?

well after looking at this for a couple of minutes. i see that the red part of the ballasts goes to the relay. the white to the blue (which are the halo wires). i don't understand why you would cut them though. for the red it's fine. but both whites should go into the connectors where the 2 blue meets.

and those red things are called wire taps lol

ok it seems to me that inorder to take the ballasts apart you have to:
1. pull the connectors apart where the white meets the blue (for black connectors - push the tab on the blue side and pull) (for red wire taps - just pull)
2. cut apart where the red meets the red (for both sides)

that's the only way to do it.
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lol wth is that? why were the wires cut? it seems that one of the connectors melted?

well after looking at this for a couple of minutes. i see that the red part of the ballasts goes to the relay. the white to the blue (which are the halo wires). i don't understand why you would cut them though. for the red it's fine. but both whites should go into the connectors where the 2 blue meets.

and those red things are called wire taps lol

ok it seems to me that inorder to take the ballasts apart you have to:
1. pull the connectors apart where the white meets the blue (for black connectors - push the tab on the blue side and pull) (for red wire taps - just pull)
2. cut apart where the red meets the red (for both sides)

that's the only way to do it.
the wires were cut because the blue wire covering got messed up.. it's been a while but i remember we did it 'cause the wire covering was stripped and we couldnt put it in completely.. so we figured it'd be easier to connect them using wire taps.. the connectors i dont believe are melted.. they were very difficult to take apart.. that might explain why we just ended up cutting them and connecting them via wire tap.. yea those connectors are a b**** to pull apart.. im so lost on how to mess w/ it still..

would it be the ballast still even though there's electricity running to the blue wires?

ahhhargg.. thanks for helpin me though sillie... as you can tell.. i have the electrical knowledge of a 5 year old... hahaha.. i dont know jack about wiring etc..

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oh yea.. you'll notice the wires by the connectors are all smooshed and look melted.. that is due to us using pliers to try to shove the wires into the connectors (further helping my argument that those connectors are ridiculous).. after doing that so many times.. it's no surprise that the wire sleeves are like that.. arg.. help please!! =]

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lol actually those connectors are easy to pull out. you're just supposed to push the tab that's connected to the blue end (shown in white). and on the white side, you just use the triangular nubs (shown in yellow) to pull out.

the directions of the push and pull are shown in blue:


it could still be the ballast. the ballast may have shorted, sometimes it could still carry a small current.

wish we could meet up. would be a lot easier if i could just do it for you. like a bimmerfest or something.

btw. if you want, you can just cut all the wires. and then buy a bunch of those red wire taps and put them back.
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Old 05-02-2007, 04:11 PM   #15
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lol actually those connectors are easy to pull out. you're just supposed to push the tab that's connected to the blue end (shown in white). and on the white side, you just use the triangular nubs (shown in yellow) to pull out.

the directions of the push and pull are shown in blue:


it could still be the ballast. the ballast may have shorted, sometimes it could still carry a small current.

wish we could meet up. would be a lot easier if i could just do it for you. like a bimmerfest or something.

btw. if you want, you can just cut all the wires. and then buy a bunch of those red wire taps and put them back.
lol.. i know how to take those apart.. but it wont budge!.. where in socal are you? im in SD but i go to irvine and la once in a while.. i end school in a bit too so ill be drivin allll the way to norcal after. .haha..
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Old 05-02-2007, 04:32 PM   #16
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i'm in fountain valley/costa mesa area. about 20 or minutes from irvine. you could come by and we'll figure out what to do with it
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