[200q20v] RE: burned headlight plugs

Mark Trank MTrank at albemarle.org
Wed Jan 23 12:10:41 EST 2002

Awhile back I saw a 92 S4 at the local dealers that had basically burned up
due to what I was told was faulty Euro light installation by the
owner........the interior of the car was basically destroyed (as was most of
the engine compartment).  anybody else ever heard of such a phenomenon?


Message: 7
From: "Gary Anderson" <wanemardo at attbi.com>
To: <200q20v at audifans.com>, "Quattro List" <quattro at audifans.com>
Cc: "Pat Anderson(h)" <ptanders at attbi.com>
Date: Tue, 22 Jan 2002 21:56:41 -0800
Subject: [200q20v] Burned Headlight Plugs

An electrical question for the collective Audi knowledge pool.
My son's 4Kq, vintage 1985 has done it a second time.
His budget upgraded (bright bulb wiring harness kit with 80/100w, from
2Bennett) stock headlights has burned the ground plug  connection in the
wire harness plug again.
The plastic has melted, and turned black around the ground wire terminal
portion of the plug.
Any suggestions where/what the problem could be? Any BTDT's?
New bulbs, clean connections, is one the passenger side both times.
Thanks, Gary A...

Message: 8
Date: Wed, 23 Jan 2002 08:46:14 -0500
To: "Gary Anderson" <wanemardo at attbi.com>
From: Peter Schulz <peschulz at cisco.com>
Subject: Re: [200q20v] Burned Headlight Plugs
Cc: <200q20v at audifans.com>, "Quattro List" <quattro at audifans.com>,
	"Pat Anderson(h)" <ptanders at attbi.com>


Sounds like the ground path is being asked to sink more current than its
potential capacity...causing the overheating and melting of the plastic.

I would first recheck your ground connections to ensure that they are
indeed clean and low resistance....an at the same time ensure that the
ground wire is the same gauge wire as the wire supplying current to the

I'm not familiar with the 2Bennett harness kit - does it include relays?


Peter Schulz
1990 CQ
1991 200 20v TQW indigo mica
1991 200 20v TQW titanium grey
Chelmsford, MA USA
peschulz at cisco.com

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