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Old 03-10-2008, 05:39 PM   #1
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Flickering HID, HELP PLEASE!

My setup:
-Retrofitted E46 projectors, using Hella Gen4 Ballasts with separate igniters
-Soldered the ballasts' wires to female 9006 plugs, which then hookup to the male 9006 on my car to power the low beams
-The soldering is properly sealed and the power/ground are not in contact so there shouldn't be a short over there

The problem:
-Driver's side low beam stopped working.
-Initially thought it was the ballast/igniter, so I replaced it and still wouldn't work
-Turns out the fuses for both the low beam and high beam on the driver side blew
-Replaced fuses, high beam works and now the low-beam fires up but the bulb is at like half intensity and keeps flickering, then eventually turns off.
-Swapped bulbs, and the problem still persists on the driver's side.

WTF is going on? I'm guessing its the ballast but I just had it replaced...
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Old 03-11-2008, 12:07 AM   #2
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don't mean to jack your thread but i have the same issue if some one can help us out that would be great.
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Old 03-11-2008, 12:18 AM   #3
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anuk, bro i'm happy to look at it for you
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Old 03-11-2008, 12:46 AM   #4
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Read this thread, it may answer a lot of questions: http://faqlight.carpassion.info/headlamp-harness.html

Initially, I did not use a wiring harness relay for my HIDs and I could occasionally hear loud crackling noises in my stereo when I turned on the HIDs. After installing the relay+diode harness, no more strange noises thru my stereo.
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Old 03-11-2008, 12:43 PM   #5
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^^lot of good info. I wouldn't agree with every single thing written there, but a most of it is dead on.
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^^lot of good info. I wouldn't agree with every single thing written there, but a most of it is dead on.
So you recommend we buy a wiring harness for HID systems b/c the load is too high initially??
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So you recommend we buy a wiring harness for HID systems b/c the load is too high initially??
just make one, its simple. and all you need is the wires and a relay.
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well, if you get your kits from me, they come with a relay free of charge. You dont NEED a relay, its preventative.

anuk, swing by my place, we can test it.
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My initial stab at a wiring harness was with just a relay, but the Bosch foglight relay that I used seemed to cause scary sounding kickback into my electrical system that I could hear in my stereo (loud popping/crackling noises). This happened when I turned on the HIDs. I finally eliminated that by installing a diode into the circuit as described in that link I posted above.
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did you figure out what it was?
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Old 03-27-2008, 03:44 PM   #11
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Yeah, busted ballast.
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well, if you get your kits from me, they come with a relay free of charge. You dont NEED a relay, its preventative.

anuk, swing by my place, we can test it.
im no expert..but i was told that you do need a relay for E36's because the stock wiring cant handle it. (bimmerforums.com)

actually, i tried to hhok up my hid kit using my stock wiring and it didnt work.
i wired it myself with a relay, and it was good to go.
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I've been using HID kits on my E36 for almost 3yrs now without a relay. No problems whatsoever.
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