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    Red face problem with hid on car!!!

    put the correct hid kit on the car, and all is well, but if i put the lights on, then they are on, go up the road, and turn them off, then put them back on 10 mins later on 1x light comes on!, if left for a while they will both come on? any ideas

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    Quote Originally Posted by j1 wyx View Post
    put the correct hid kit on the car, and all is well, but if i put the lights on, then they are on, go up the road, and turn them off, then put them back on 10 mins later on 1x light comes on!, if left for a while they will both come on? any ideas
    Sounds like the problems several of us have had retro fitting HIDS on a veccy. I believe it's canbus related and the reason why I wouldn't touch a retro set on a veccy again with a barge pole

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    I have retro fit and no issues, yes i have half canbus but the kit i got will suit full canbus cars as something in the ballast stops the errors.

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    I was told that too How long have you had them? Mine were installed for months trouble free before the problems started.

    Some people's are fine though. I don't think anyone still fully understands what causes them to break down over time. Hopefully yours will be one of the fine batch. Others have had them for ages with no problems

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    Mine came with a 2 year warranty so id expect them to last that long at least! They cause errors because of the different currents running. Hid draw 35w and at an extremely high voltage and because its not exactly what the computer thinks it will be getting it flashes up a warning as if the bulb had blown. With the canbus system they has "special" wiring to stop this happening. I expect that they has basically put resistors and capacitators in the ballasts

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    fitted mine a month ago, i have same ones as Mugualigwian and mine have started doing the same? drivers side fails to wrk ( restart car and its fine?)

    do you think its faulty or just the vecy c?

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    It could be a faulty or poor connection, probably the earth.

    Xenon's require a good clean supply. If they are experiencing a voltage drop and only getting between 8-10 volts, it will cause the bulb to extinguish and not have the power to re-strike. As xenon's are different to filament bulbs, where you would see a noticeably dimmer bulb if there was a voltage drop, the light output would appear normal until the voltage dropped to such a level where the ark could not be maintained and the bulb would just go out.

    This could also be said for hot re-strikes also; it's harder to relight a xenon that has already been on than it it with a cold bulb.

    Try testing the voltage at the ballast and then at the battery to ensure all is well.

    It's worth a try.

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    also there is a harness you can get to directly link you ballasts to the battery and use the standard power cables as signal only

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectra1.9cdti View Post
    fitted mine a month ago, i have same ones as Mugualigwian and mine have started doing the same? drivers side fails to wrk ( restart car and its fine?)

    do you think its faulty or just the vecy c?
    Not at all surprised. They will gradually worsen I'm afraid.

    The problems mentioned to do with bulb failure were got over in my set. The problem wasn't false readings of bulb failure. It was failing and after a few months 'they' were failing, and failing more regularly until they were completely effed and I had to bin the lot.

    This is a common problem retro fitting HIDs on veccys and I don't believe anyone has yet found a fool proof way of fitting them. Some just seem to work ok, but many more work fine for some time before ballast shut down problems start then gradually worsen

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    just spoke to the bloke is the ebay shop . he thinks faulty ballast pack? hes kindly sending a new one out today. fingers crossed this will sort it out


    (fault of not starting o/s/f bulb up)

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