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Join Date: Aug 2015
Location: Parkersburg, W.Va
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I was driving with my low beams on and I very quickly reached up and haphazardly pushed the stalk forward to engage the high beams. It felt as though I didn't get it pushed all the way forward as though it was "in between" low and high beam and the headlights went completely out, but the parking lights were still on. In a split second I grabbed the stalk again and pushed it forward and the low and high beam came back on. It all happened very quickly in just a second or two. Then after I rounded the "s" turn I pulled the stalk to me to return to low beam because a car was coming towards me. That's when I noticed the low beams seemed dimmer. When I got to Walmart I got out and looked and sure enough I had the driver side out.
Been too busy to check it out. I took on a job doing some house remodeling for a lady friend and I have had no time to check out the problem, just drive it right now. I need to switch out bulbs to see of it is the ballast. I hope driving it with the headlamp out doesn't ruin the ballast. Guess I should unplug the ballast until the new bilbs come in. I don't know if the ballast continues to fire at high voltage to try and start the lamp. Seeing how a HID lamp is a glass cylinder with 2 electrodes in it and filled with gas, I don't see how it could just burn out all of a sudden even from the a quick shot of "startup voltage" after it's heated up and working. There's no filament to break. It seems as one would die it would get dimmer as the bulb uses up the gas in it. And they tout that HID's last alot longer than halogens. I even have the anti flicker modules which I presume is some sort of a capacitor that smooths out the voltage spikes to keep the bulb from flickering. It seems that those should have protected the bulb a little. Gonna have to read up on it when I get a chance.
I'm afraid to try and duplicate what I did with the stalk for fear that I would blow out the remaining headlight. Using the top adjuster that raises or lowers both hi and lo beams, I have the low beams right where they need to be, but now the high beams are almost in the trees. I need to adjust that 5 sided stud on the bottom back side of the assembly, but need to cut a slot in it to use a screwdriver on it. The driver side 5 sided adjuster I have already replaced with a threaded rid and wing nut, so adjustment on that side will be easy.
Ordered extra ballast and bulbs kit just like I installed and even bought a couple more extra HID bulbs but they won't be here for a couple of weeks. I'm afraid of getting pulled over for a dead headlight. Driving with my green LED DRL's and green LED's glowing through the grille is bad enough. DCO