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Old 24-09-2019, 08:36   #1
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HID turning off

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I have my lights set to 'on' all the time so when I start the car they come on and the auto shut off.

In the last few days the passenger side light will flicker a bit then shut off.

If I cycle the lights it turns back on and I'd fine for the rest of the trip (usually no more than 20 mins).

There is no purple or pink hue around the light.

Time for new bulbs?
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Old 24-09-2019, 09:00   #2
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Could it be the ballast on its way out?
Have a go switching the ballasts over to check

Take it the headlight case is in good condition and no condensation going on in there?


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Old 24-09-2019, 12:13   #3
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Yeah, the case is fine, no condensation.

May swap the bulbs first. The fact that the bulb comes on at all may indicate the ballast is fine.
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Old 26-09-2019, 17:22   #4
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Hope itís a simple a fix as the bulb mate.
Weird that itís fine after you cycle through again.


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I had this, albeit with an aftermarket kit, and was a bad connection to a ballast

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I had this, albeit with an aftermarket kit, and was a bad connection to a ballast

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Thanks for that stu, will check the connections today. Might have to check the pasenger footwell too
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Just to be clear, i found a connector had pushed together, but the seal had squashed up rather than go into the connector, and from that i think the ballast has some sort of safety that shuts it down if it detects an issue. My light would work for various lengths of time, then go off, turn lights off and on again and the process repeats

After re-connection, with the seal corrected and it was never an issue again

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Old 27-12-2019, 17:10   #8
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Still having this issue.

It's becoming more and more prevalent. The passenger light is flickering quite a lot now. Previous it was happening only when taking a left hand bend or 9ver a speed ramp, now any bit of a bump in the road and the light flickers.

Also, the light is more 'blueish' than the drivers light.

Thanks for your info Stu. I'm not very familiar with the HiDs and ballasts - could you possibly elaborate on your previous post please?(not sure which seal your referring to)

Has anyone else experienced this issue?

Thanks.
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Old 27-12-2019, 19:53   #9
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my aftermarket hid kit had this type connector

https://uk.rs-online.com/web/p/autom...ctors/3141198/

the yellow seal on 1 of the connectors had squashed rather thank locate properly, and was causing intermittent cut outs, over bumps etc.

My point really is check all connectors are still good. But as you now say there is a difference in the light output, it would make me think a ballast or bulb is failing

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Took the headlight out yesterday, couldn't see anything obvious.

Replaced the bulb as a test.

There was a very slight 'rocking' in the housing and tried to tighten. Quick drive last nght and all seemed fine. Will update in a week or so after more driving.
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**** me....double post...Thanks VS

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Old 06-01-2020, 18:25   #12
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Quick update.

The light has not flickered of cut off since last week (driving the same routs, speed bumps etc)

Will replace both bulbs in the near future
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