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Old 01-15-2014, 03:38 PM   #1
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anyone try this before?

about a month or two ago, i hit a deer. not too much damage, just a slight crack in my pass headlight cap.
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after about a week, moisture built up and the bulb stopped lighting. all turn, indicators, drls, and highbeams still work. so i replaced the D2Ss, no go. moved the 'bad' igniter to the known good lamp, still works (good igniter). all grounds, switches, and relays are good. only thing left is the ballasts. this is what i found.

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hard to see on the board pics, but its all wet.

my question is, has anyone done the old 'let it sit in rice overnight' trick? it doesnt smell like its totally fried, so im hoping it still works after it dries. i did it for my submerged iphone once, and worked like a charm. i figure if im staring down the barrel of a $300+ ballast, the least i can do is give it the old college try. thoughts?

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Old 01-15-2014, 03:50 PM   #2
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See if you can get your hands on silica gel or packs of dessication powder. I've never had success with the rice trick, but when I dropped my phone in water at work last week I surrounded it with packs of dessication powder it worked phenomenally. It's the same concept as the rice, but it's a much faster process..

Craft stores like Michael's and AC Moore sell dessication powder for flower drying/pressing. I happened to get lucky and just took mine from the meat department at Walmart (beef and pork come with several packs in each box for freshness).
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Old 01-15-2014, 07:23 PM   #3
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One word FUKED!!!!!!!!! I looked up the zenons one time and dude dude dude. That is the most expensive part on the car. Your fuked son fuked just die, kill yourself.

Just joking but they cost this $800.00 brand spanking new for one light complete, so for both headlights you are looking at $1600.00 without tax and $1760.00 with
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Old 01-27-2014, 04:33 AM   #4
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Damprid, you can buy it at Home Depot
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Old 01-27-2014, 07:01 AM   #5
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One word FUKED!!!!!!!!! I looked up the zenons one time and dude dude dude. That is the most expensive part on the car. Your fuked son fuked just die, kill yourself.

Just joking but they cost this $800.00 brand spanking new for one light complete, so for both headlights you are looking at $1600.00 without tax and $1760.00 with
$800 is a good deal. A complete oem replacement is over a grand here. I just asked this very question to my parts guy Friday. $1,076/side. Fuk me :0
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