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Old 11-01-2012, 01:51 AM
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Default Found why my one HID wasn't working... and glad I found it NOW

I've had a burnt out passenger-side HID for a few months, and a few people from my car club mentioned it to me on a trip up to Red Deer. At that point I had a new set of ballasts and bulbs coming from AAC. When I finally got the chance to make the swap, I found that the new ballast/bulb combo didn't function either, so I plugged the old ballast into the driver-side, which was still working, and this resulted in a most interesting bubbling and popping sound for a few seconds before I got scared and unplugged everything. I had to delve a little deeper into the system and this is what I found:

This is the fuse of the original AAC harness


Here is where the wiring apparently melted through the insulation and was arcing to the frame


And to make it worse, apparently all of the wires inside the looming and shrink wrap were fused together, so I'm amazed that the driver-side was still working at all because that fuse was still passing enough electrical power to keep the d-s HID lit. I'm glad I check this when I did because who knows how long it would have taken for something to go really wrong.

I replaced the entire harness with a new one that came with the new HIDs and everything is back in working order but I will be keeping a close eye on this in the future.
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Wow good find. Surprised with how you are describing it that there wasn't more happening. Sounds like you got pretty lucky with that
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Sounds to me like you need to find a fuse set up that functions a little bit more like it was designed. Having a fuse fail in that manner is scarey as hell...

One usually figures on the fuse popping to prevent this sort of thing....

good luck, and hope you get it all straightened out and fixed up

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What I'm thinking about doing in the spring is remove the fuse altogether and just wire it into the auxiliary fuse block I have, I just worry about how much the HIDs draw and the gauge of wires.
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What amp's is your fuse? maybe its to high for the rest of your circuit if your wires fail before your fuse does youve got alot of current
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that looks like long term near current capacity usage to me, the wires need to be larger and you need to heat sink the fuseholder. also make sure the fuse is as close to the battery/power source as possible so that all the wire is protected! If that happens between the battery and teh fuse, you can have a fire very easily.

another thing is if the contacts get dirty/wet often they corrode up and this causes arcing. once that starts the only fix is to replace that contact point or fuseholder/relay harness/etc...
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Sounds like you caught that just in time Kurtis. Well done.
I have just taken my HIDs out & gone back to stock.At least this way i know i have some light all of the time since most of my driving is done at night..
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