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Old 11-06-2004, 03:31 PM   #31
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TH=hey won't fog them up quicker... The filament is run above 100% it'* rated duty, so it'* not too dim from the blue filter.
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I've been running SS lows and Cool Blue highs for 2 years, and nothing has burned out yet. Make sure you don't get moisture in your headlamp assemblies. This will kill good bulbs, and don't touch the glass when you install them. Finger oils are bad news on them, too.

My navigator fogs burned out on one side (oem 55w H3). I replaced both with 100W H3'* 5 months ago, with no problems since.
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before we jump to conclusions here, buy the cheapest bulbs you can find and try them for awhile...
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could the fact that when my car'* running its voltage is 16 volts have anything to do with it? I don't have a moisture problem I don't think because the headlight housings are totally c leared and not fogged up at all (like you usually get with moisture in lenses.) I didn't touch the bulbs at all either when installing them.
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hmmm melted silverstar bulb. pretty aint she?
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alright I tested it out. I had the voltmeter on while I started the car:
Before starting: 12.6 volts
Immediately after starting: 16.3 volts
a minute after starting: 15.3 volts

Just to see if other cars ddi this, I tested it on the Bonneville too
Before starting: 12.45 volts
Immediately after starting: 14.5 volts
a minute after starting: 14.3 volts.


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I just remember that there was something on www.autos.msn.com about an alternator "thermister" going bad on these cars. Will that cause this problem or not? I don't even know what a thermister is. lol
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Occasional problems with this vehicle are the Ignition Lock Cylinder and the Thermister to the alternator. The cost to repair the Ignition Lock Cylinder is estimated at $132.13 for parts and $97.00 for labor. The cost to repair the Thermister is estimated at $25.00 for parts and $19.50 for labor. All prices are estimated based on $65.00 per flat rate hour and does not include diagnostic time or applicable taxes.
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That'* a bad regulator, not thermistor.

A thermistor is a resistor that changes resistance based on it'* temperature. Your Alt needs rebuilding/replacing, as it can't control the power it puts out anymore.
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Just installed some CoolBlue 9006'* in my 91...... I don't like the color temp on them at all... very yellowish..... compared to the old bulbs (not sure.. maybe Eurolite) that I had in.
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ok tested it out with these accessories on:
1. rear defogger
2. vent on high and set on floor
3. windsheild whipers on hi
4. heated seats on
5. interior lights on
6. headlights on (on high beams too)
7. ELC pump running
8. My 1000 Watt stereo bumping pretty good...

and I STILL GOT 15.2 volts at idle! If I revved the engine up to around 2kRPM the voltage went up to 15.9
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Yeah Fantastic88, I suggest that you have that checked out... pulling 16v with all of the accessories on doesn't seem like a good thing to me... With everything on I think I pull 13.0-13.5... I think 17.1v will set of the SES... But please do have it checked... Like Jason stated there may be a regulator issue...
fantastic88? this is a case of mistaken identity. I'll have to check it out at a shop maybe next week. My schedule is so tight this week that I won't be able to get it in. :( Hope the shop doesn't try and rape me just for checking the car out.
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