HIDs Flickering??

yodaddy4200

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Feb 3, 2013
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So now all of the sudden my HIDs are being a POS!!

Ill be going down the road and my lows will turn off, and then right back on like i flashed them??

Also now when i get in the truck the lights come on but if i turn them off they wont come back on even if i toggle the switch back and forth??

I have the "cap mod" ive redone it because i thought it might be part of the issue but no change. Ive also added a battery post extender on to the positive side.

I also have the "relay harness" installed. Kit is DDMuning.com

Everything worked fine until my battery took a shit. Had Les Schab's put in a optima redtop. Im thinkin those f:lipsrsealed:ck tards messed up my relay? I had zero problems before that. I checked the ring terminal and it looked sound.

Thoughts??
 

Meltdown211

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Dec 4, 2011
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DDMtuning HIDs are garbage. The ballasts are probably going bad due to the battery problem. People cant just "mess up" HIDs. Get a good set from theretrofitsource.com, yes their more expensive but you wont have to worry about them.
 

MAY03LT

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Nov 18, 2011
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Since both are acting up simultaneously, I would be looking at the relay harness or its connections. You got any electrical testing tools like a dmm or test light? Also, if you can get it where the headlight switch is "on", but the lows aren't coming on, it will make troubleshooting it a lot easier.
 

yodaddy4200

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Feb 3, 2013
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Yes i have a dmm and a test light. Im not to good with them tho:biggrin:

Im thinking about switching the ballasts with my fog ballasts and seeing if the problem persists... I dont know. Its wierd they both go out and back in simultaneously...:confused:
 

Blckshdw

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Nov 20, 2011
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:iagree: with checking your connections. I know when I got my first extended battery terminal, I got the bottom one, and it gave me similar erratic problems, like you're experiencing. The problem was, the stem was too long, and prevented it from seating properly, and maintaining the connections, so I would appear to lose battery power, and even getting jumps wouldn't work. Once I went to the shorter one, everything behaved. :twocents:

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yodaddy4200

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The one in the middle is the one i got from oriellys for $5 something. I had one like that long one and it worked fine for awhile. But when stuff started acting up i switched to the one in the middle to get a better fit...
 

yodaddy4200

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The actual "relay" in the relay kit was burnt/rusted. I pulled the relay out cause i was getting 12v to the bulbs but they wouldnt fire.

The relay made no sounds when i toggled the headlight switch. My fog relay (same exact thing) would click each time i turned the fogs on/off.

Thankfully i had a dorman relay #84601 laying around from a drl killer mod i never did because i chose the cap mod instead.:biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:

Everything is back to normal!!
 

NinjuhhNutz

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Oct 15, 2012
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yodaddy4200 said:
The actual "relay" in the relay kit was burnt/rusted. I pulled the relay out cause i was getting 12v to the bulbs but they wouldnt fire.

The relay made no sounds when i toggled the headlight switch. My fog relay (same exact thing) would click each time i turned the fogs on/off.

Thankfully i had a dorman relay #84601 laying around from a drl killer mod i never did because i chose the cap mod instead.:biggrin::biggrin::biggrin:

Everything is back to normal!!

you were getting 12v to the BULBS, and they weren't firing? :confused:
we had an issue at the shop with a ram that came in, same problem, turns out the factory harness for the headlights was funky to begin with...not making a good connection, and wiggling it would on/off/on/off/on/off the hid's :duh:

but if you're getting power at the bulbs, but the problem was the relay, something isn't right...there's nothing on the other side of the equal mark :eek: lol
 

DFWWIZ

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I have relays with the 5 wire plug for $6 plus shipping if anyone ever needs one
 

Sparky

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NinjuhhNutz said:
you were getting 12v to the BULBS, and they weren't firing? :confused:
we had an issue at the shop with a ram that came in, same problem, turns out the factory harness for the headlights was funky to begin with...not making a good connection, and wiggling it would on/off/on/off/on/off the hid's :duh:

but if you're getting power at the bulbs, but the problem was the relay, something isn't right...there's nothing on the other side of the equal mark :eek: lol

You can have a really crappy connection that with no load gets you 12V on the meter, but if you try to draw any sort of current it drops off/goes unstable/etc
 

NinjuhhNutz

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Oct 15, 2012
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Sparky said:
You can have a really crappy connection that with no load gets you 12V on the meter, but if you try to draw any sort of current it drops off/goes unstable/etc

gotcha, I was thinking he meant that with them "turned on" he was getting 12v and no joy from the lights~
 

KNBlazer

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Feb 8, 2012
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yodaddy4200 said:
So the issue I was having was my relay was corroded. Bought a new one all good.
I was going to suggest check your harness and relay.... I use clear silicone and sal my relay because water somehow would make its way and corrode the relay... Haven't had a problem with the relay failing me in almost 4 years...
 
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