Seeking Help With HID Diagnosis
chance9121 at gmail.com
Tue Oct 4 09:53:53 PDT 2011
I can certainly speak to the quality of the parts. I have his e55 setup
with 5k philips bulbs, 50w gredddy balasts, and clear lenses all installed
in the factory headlights with factory shrouds in my mazda. Bi xenons are
a bit of a conscession with the low beams not being as potent as a single
would be, but its half as much as a single high and single low, and its
Id personally seek out the projectors independantly on ebay or a jy, he
charges too much for those. All other things are quality and worth the
On Oct 4, 2011 11:20 AM, "Greville Bowles" <gbowles at cansafe.com> wrote:
> Thanks Nick. They show some very nice retrofits on that web site. Maybe my
> Audi's should have HID's, someday.
> Mr. Greville H. Bowles
> Ralston CanSafe
> 525 Glengarry Cres.
> Fergus, Ontario N1M 2W8
> Phone: (519) 787-1297 Ext. 39
> Fax: 1-800-669-2392
> E-mail: gbowles at cansafe.com
> www.cansafe.com <http://www.cansafe.com/>
> From: NIck Miller [mailto:chance9121 at gmail.com]
> Sent: Tuesday, October 04, 2011 11:56 AM
> To: Fred Munro
> Cc: gbowles at cansafe.com; Quattro List
> Subject: RE: Seeking Help With HID Diagnosis
> If you need new ballasts, 55w upgrades may be nice. You can also ask this
> guy for advice he's very knowledgable. About hids.
> Good luck!
> On Oct 3, 2011 9:54 PM, "Fred Munro" <munrof at sympatico.ca> wrote:
>> The bulb is just an arc-discharge capsule, so if it lights sometimes it
> should light all the time. The problem is more likely with the ballast or
> the igniter. If the bulb lights and then goes out later, it is likely the
> ballast. If the bulb fails to light when you turn on the lights, it could
> the igniter. I don't know the Volvo system - some system have separate
> igniters, and some have them incorporated into the ballasts or into the
> capsule base. My Audi HIDs have separate igniters. I've not found a good
> to troubleshooting HIDs other than by replacing parts to see what fixes
> problem, and to this end I have a box of spares I bought cheaply off eBay
> over the years.
>> The first step, as you mentioned, is to check the power feed connections
> and grounds.
>> Fred Munro
>> '97 S6
>> -----Original Message-----
>> From: quattro-bounces at audifans.com [mailto:quattro-bounces at audifans.com]
> On Behalf Of gbowles at cansafe.com
>> Sent: October 3, 2011 10:01 PM
>> To: Quattro List
>> Subject: Seeking Help With HID Diagnosis
>> My Audi's all have halogen headlights. The help I'm looking for is for
> wife's Volvo, so NAC here.
>> A while back the 2004 XC70 began showing the "bulb failure, low beam"
> error message on the dash. The driver side headlight was out. My immediate
> thought was, "Oh oh, it's a $150 bulb problem". Then the message
> and the bulb was working.
>> I haven't found any pattern to it, but every so often the bulb goes out
> and the message re-appears. Eventually it will come back on and resume
> normal operation. I have found that if I shut down and re-start when the
> error appears everything returns to normal, for while. This is beginning
> sound like Windoze, don't you think.
>> My experience with HID is zero so I hope someone here can shed so light
> what is going on. Do I just replace the lamps and hope that's the problem?
> (With halogens that's what I'd do and it would cost me $25.) There are
> (costly) components that could be the problem, so trial & error could get
> expensive. I haven't found much info on HID diagnosis other than "check
> connections for corrosion" which is what I plan to do next.
>> Any advice is appreciated. TIA
>> Mr. Greville H. Bowles
>> Ralston CanSafe
>> 525 Glengarry Cres.
>> Fergus, Ontario N1M 2W8
>> Phone: (519) 787-1297 Ext. 39
>> Fax: 1-800-669-2392
>> E-mail: gbowles at cansafe.com
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