REVscene - Vancouver Automotive Forum


Welcome to the REVscene Automotive Forum forums.

Registration is Free!You are currently viewing our boards as a guest which gives you limited access to view most discussions and access our other features. By joining our free community you will have access to post topics, communicate privately with other members (PM), respond to polls, upload content and access many other special features. Registration is fast, simple and absolutely free so please, join our community today! The banners on the left side and below do not show for registered users!

If you have any problems with the registration process or your account login, please contact contact us.


Go Back   REVscene Automotive Forum > Technical Discussion > Autobody, Lighting, & Structural Tech

Autobody, Lighting, & Structural Tech This forum is brought to you by RPM Electronics in Burnaby.
Discussion about modifying your auotomotive lighting, retrofits, auto body, share projects, ideas, etc.


Reply
 
Thread Tools
Old 07-18-2015, 10:35 PM   #1
HELP ME PLS!!!
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 5,544
Thanked 652 Times in 346 Posts
HID lights not turning on

I've had my kit for a few months. Everything was working fine last night, all of a sudden when I started up my car. Both HID headlights are not turning on. I don't hear a clicking sound either. It's too dark right now to perform a thorough diagnosis. What seems to be the cause of it? Are my ballasts dead? Kinda hard to believe both can die at the same time though. I checked the relay harness to the battery.. The positive and negative are both connected securely.
Advertisement
willystyle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-18-2015, 11:10 PM   #2
My dinner reheated before my turbo spooled
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 1,717
Thanked 686 Times in 271 Posts
fuse?
Recon604 is offline   Reply With Quote
This post thanked by:
Old 07-19-2015, 12:07 AM   #3
HELP ME PLS!!!
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 5,544
Thanked 652 Times in 346 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Recon604 View Post
fuse?
My highbeams are working though. Shouldn't they be from the same fuse?

EDIT: Nevermind, low beam LH & RH uses separate fuses.

Last edited by willystyle; 07-19-2015 at 01:10 AM.
willystyle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2015, 09:31 AM   #4
14 dolla balla aint got nothing on me!
 
pingu81's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2006
Location: Mission
Posts: 694
Thanked 682 Times in 129 Posts
Generally with aftermarket HID kits there is a dedicated fuse protecting the ballasts. You will find this in-line within the positive lead (usually close to where it connects to the battery or main fuse box).

If this fuse is good (assuming you have one), check the input signal to the relay. What's the voltage when the headlight switch is turned on. If it's ~12V, then check your ballasts. Relays can be bench-tested relatively easily. If you have the matching socket, just un-plug it, apply 12V across the terminals. You should hear a distinct *click* and you can confirm continuity with a tester.

It's odd that both sides went dead at the same time. Therefore isn't probably not your bulbs since the ballasts regulate the voltage to them but check them anyways.
pingu81 is offline   Reply With Quote
This post thanked by:
Old 07-19-2015, 01:20 PM   #5
HELP ME PLS!!!
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 5,544
Thanked 652 Times in 346 Posts
So I just checked the fuse in my car and it looks fine. I'm using a relay harness for my HID setup so I will take that off and see if that may be the problem. If the hid kit isn't working without the relay harness then I'm just gonna use stock lights and consider it a lost. I don't wanna go thru all that trouble with diagnosing.
willystyle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2015, 01:36 PM   #6
My dinner reheated before my turbo spooled
 
Join Date: Feb 2011
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 1,717
Thanked 686 Times in 271 Posts
theres a fuse in the relay harness, should be near your battery terminals
Recon604 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2015, 05:12 PM   #7
HELP ME PLS!!!
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 5,544
Thanked 652 Times in 346 Posts
Turns out the Relay Harness was the culprit, can't believe it lasted only a few months.

I just got rid of it altogether.
willystyle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2015, 09:27 AM   #8
HELP ME PLS!!!
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 5,544
Thanked 652 Times in 346 Posts
Went back to Halogens. A bunch of warning indicators popped up on my dash after I "fixed" it.
willystyle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2015, 08:27 PM   #9
Rs has made me the man i am today!
 
Euro7r's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 3,125
Thanked 553 Times in 263 Posts
Maybe consider led headlights now?
Euro7r is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2015, 12:28 PM   #10
RS.net Licensed Automotive Lighting Vendor
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Burnaby
Posts: 435
Thanked 9 Times in 5 Posts
Come see us if you want to run a reliable HID setup.

There are many components going into an HID system. Depending on the vehicle, you may need a relay harness to integrate with factory DRL. Some vehicles require custom modified harnesses to work properly. We have over 5 years experience selling and installing HID kits into cars from Honda to Porsche vehicles.
__________________
www.rpmelectronics.com

RPM ELECTRONICS - RevScene Licensed Sponsor

7131 Randolph Ave
Burnaby BC V5J 4W5
604-428-0675
sales@rpmelectronics.com
www.rpmelectronics.com

Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 9AM - 6PM

VISA, MasterCard, Interac, and Cash accepted!
gummo604 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-21-2015, 03:34 PM   #11
OMGWTFBBQ is a common word I say everyday
 
Join Date: Apr 2006
Location: Tres Ciudades
Posts: 5,399
Thanked 3,685 Times in 1,524 Posts
that's pretty much why i gave up on my hid's lol
the relay harness was some pos i got from crystal mall...lasted a year and then both lights started flickering.

if i was ever to do it again i'd probably do a retro fit project but i'm lazy af these days.
__________________
"There's a lot of dead people who had the right of way."
"Never argue with stupid people, they will drag you down to their level and beat you with experience."
"I have a lot of beliefs, and I live by none of them. They're just my beliefs, they make me feel good about who I am. But if they get in the way of a thing I want, like I wanna jack off or something, I just do that."
6o4__boi is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2015, 05:36 PM   #12
HELP ME PLS!!!
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 5,544
Thanked 652 Times in 346 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Euro7r View Post
Maybe consider led headlights now?
How are they progressing?

Are they comparable to HID's now?

Quote:
Originally Posted by gummo604 View Post
Come see us if you want to run a reliable HID setup.

There are many components going into an HID system. Depending on the vehicle, you may need a relay harness to integrate with factory DRL. Some vehicles require custom modified harnesses to work properly. We have over 5 years experience selling and installing HID kits into cars from Honda to Porsche vehicles.
I had my HID setup done by you guys a few months ago then it went dead couple of days ago. So yeah, more trouble than it's worth.

Quote:
Originally Posted by 6o4__boi View Post
that's pretty much why i gave up on my hid's lol
the relay harness was some pos i got from crystal mall...lasted a year and then both lights started flickering.

if i was ever to do it again i'd probably do a retro fit project but i'm lazy af these days.
Yup heard alot about these POS relay harnesses, can't believe it died so quickly. I think HID conversion kits are fine in general. But it becomes a nightmare when your DRL also falls on your HID low-beams.

If I ever use HID's (or LED) again, I want to make sure it's done properly, but like you said, too lazy to do a proper retrofit.

Last edited by willystyle; 07-22-2015 at 05:45 PM.
willystyle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-22-2015, 10:13 PM   #13
Rs has made me the man i am today!
 
Euro7r's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 3,125
Thanked 553 Times in 263 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by willystyle View Post
How are they progressing?

Are they comparable to HID's now?

Yeah, I'd say they are quite good. It's not blinding like HID, easier on the eyes even if you look directly at it. Two of my friends installed them, been 6 months and no issues so far.
Euro7r is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2015, 09:33 AM   #14
RS.net Licensed Automotive Lighting Vendor
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Burnaby
Posts: 435
Thanked 9 Times in 5 Posts
willystyle, so this setup that you are having issues with was done at our shop?

How come you are trying to fix it yourself? If done at our shop, there is 1 year warranty including parts and labour. All you have to do is call in and then drop by and we replace whatever faulty parts or installation issues at no charge.



Quote:
Originally Posted by willystyle View Post
How are they progressing?

Are they comparable to HID's now?



I had my HID setup done by you guys a few months ago then it went dead couple of days ago. So yeah, more trouble than it's worth.


Yup heard alot about these POS relay harnesses, can't believe it died so quickly. I think HID conversion kits are fine in general. But it becomes a nightmare when your DRL also falls on your HID low-beams.

If I ever use HID's (or LED) again, I want to make sure it's done properly, but like you said, too lazy to do a proper retrofit.
__________________
www.rpmelectronics.com

RPM ELECTRONICS - RevScene Licensed Sponsor

7131 Randolph Ave
Burnaby BC V5J 4W5
604-428-0675
sales@rpmelectronics.com
www.rpmelectronics.com

Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 9AM - 6PM

VISA, MasterCard, Interac, and Cash accepted!
gummo604 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2015, 09:43 AM   #15
HELP ME PLS!!!
 
Join Date: Jan 2005
Location: Vancouver
Posts: 5,544
Thanked 652 Times in 346 Posts
Quote:
Originally Posted by Euro7r View Post
Yeah, I'd say they are quite good. It's not blinding like HID, easier on the eyes even if you look directly at it. Two of my friends installed them, been 6 months and no issues so far.
Which brand and where was it purchased?

Quote:
Originally Posted by gummo604 View Post
willystyle, so this setup that you are having issues with was done at our shop?
Yes

Quote:
How come you are trying to fix it yourself?
It failed on a Saturday during your non-hours of operation, it was approaching dawn, and I needed the car so I had to "fix" it myself. Now that I pulled everything out, I don't care for HID conversion kits anymore, so there's no point of getting it fixed.
willystyle is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-23-2015, 10:04 AM   #16
RS.net Licensed Automotive Lighting Vendor
 
Join Date: Aug 2006
Location: Burnaby
Posts: 435
Thanked 9 Times in 5 Posts
willystyle, I'm sorry to hear that. If you bring the kit in accompanied with the original bill of sale, we will be more than happy to give you a full refund for your troubles.

Customer satisfaction is our number one priority and have built our business upon this model. Unfortunately, there will aways be a percentage of problems with electronic products, but that's why we are here to help

Quote:
Originally Posted by willystyle View Post
Which brand and where was it purchased?


Yes


It failed on a Saturday during your non-hours of operation, it was approaching dawn, and I needed the car so I had to "fix" it myself. Now that I pulled everything out, I don't care for HID conversion kits anymore, so there's no point of getting it fixed.
__________________
www.rpmelectronics.com

RPM ELECTRONICS - RevScene Licensed Sponsor

7131 Randolph Ave
Burnaby BC V5J 4W5
604-428-0675
sales@rpmelectronics.com
www.rpmelectronics.com

Hours: Mondays to Saturdays 9AM - 6PM

VISA, MasterCard, Interac, and Cash accepted!
gummo604 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -8. The time now is 10:07 PM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.7
Copyright ©2000 - 2017, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
SEO by vBSEO ©2011, Crawlability, Inc.
Revscene.net cannot be held accountable for the actions of its members nor does the opinions of the members represent that of Revscene.net