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Old 01-07-2010, 03:16 PM   #11
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Lemme check with you on this, I'm a little bit confused. You connected the wires going to the ballast (not the relay, or the bulb) directly to the battery?

If so, and it didn't work, then something is DOA. Did your ballast make any noise at all when you did this? If it didn't, then the ballast is dead. If it did, it might still be, but it could also be the bulb or the ignitor.

You CAN try hooking them up to the stock harness...it won't harm anything...but if connecting it directly to the battery didn't work, that almost certainly won't either.
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I connected the one positive and two negatives from the relay to the battery, not the actual ballasts themselves.
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I connected the one positive and two negatives from the relay to the battery, not the actual ballasts themselves.
Ah, okay. Try popping the two metal terminals from the ballast connector (the one that connects to the relay) and try connecting those to the battery. They should come out with a small screwdriver.

If it works, then your HIDs are fine, and something in your wiring or the relay itself is borked.
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Thank you so much Dan. I deviated from your instructions slightly in that I used a spare car battery (my hood is currently frozen shut) and I used small jumper leads to connect the pins to the battery (I didn't want to accidentally mess something up and void my warranty), but it worked. Both lights and ballasts work. So does this mean it'* the relay harness?
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No problem!

Possibly it could be that you have a faulty relay, but I wouldn't doom it just yet. When your hood gets unfrozen, double check all your wiring and connections again. If you're absolutely sure that you connected everything right (try reversing the polarity of the wiring even, you never know if those guys might have mixed up the colors!) then I would try another relay. If nothing else, you can run it off of the stock wiring, although in my opinion it'* always preferable to run HID'* with a good relay.
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Had my dad show me how to test a relay with an ohm meter and the relay is fine. Also checked the in-line fuse and it'* perfectly fine as well. Guess I'll have to make attempt 2 at hooking it up in the car. Could anyone with an 00+ bonneville tell me where specifically to hook the positive and negative? I hooked the positive to the positive terminal and the negative to a ground that was right in front of the fuse box.
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