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PostSubject: Re: AutoMatic Headlights HELP   AutoMatic Headlights HELP - Page 2 EmptySun Oct 25, 2009 7:41 am

1998 Riv wrote:
Albert, thanks for taking the time and effort to give a thorough explanation of this situation. Way too often, it seems, some guys just jump into modifying factory stuff, w/o researching the issue first. study

I suspect a piece of the problem here is, odds are JordyNarz followed the HID kit makers instuctions by copying the Accord install - but for whatever reason that won't work for the riv. Give him the benefit of the doubt for now and see what he says.

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jordynarz wrote:
The HID's had a plug that plugs into the factory wiring of the headlight. So I didn't modify anything. And the accord is a 1992 and does not have DRL's. The kit did not come with a relay. And I do agree with you about the size of the wire not being large enough for the current to flow through it properly.

Now we're making progress.

This problem may not be fixable without changes to the wiring. However there are things you can try.

One is, disconnect the HIDs and test for resistance between the terminal that plugs into headlight wiring and the HID ballast. If the terminals were not crimped right some insulation may have got caught under one or more crimps or the wires may have broken under the crimp, which would create resistance and make the ignitors difficult if not impossible to start. If you find connectors with any resistance you will need to disassemble the connectors and recrimp them or replace them. You should be able to get replacements at an auto part store or form Rockauto.com. Or try leaving them in place and soldering them at the crimp, sometimes flowing some solder in there will bridge gaps where the conductors broke under the crimp.

Another thing to try is to clean the terminals with a spray electronic cleaner and some emery cloth. You can cut a skinny piece of emery cloth, or go to a store (sally beauty, CVS, walmart) and get a pack of the cheapie cardboard emery boards. Trim a couple with scissors so you can stick 'em into the female connectors to clean off any corrosion or manufacturing dirt. Use the wide ends to clean the male connectors off.

If these don't work, you could consider buying a different HID kit or rewiring this one to use heavier (14 or 12 ga.) wire and a relay to take + power for the ignitors from the terminal block on the passenger side frame rail in the engine compartment, under the windshield washer reservoir. Relay coil gets energized by the + line from headlights and when closed conducts power from the + terminal block to the ignitors. Watch out for RFI problems from the ignitors.

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If you put the old headlights back in, does your car stay running when your headlights are on?
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