Re: Please help diagnose my HID problem!!! (BananaCo)
It quite possibly could be a ballast problem. And I've had quite a bit of ballast problems and experience. In my experience though, a ballast will have the hardest time igniting the bulb (when it's hot) and if it's going to fail it'll do it then.
It seems like your lamp is igniting but then cutting out later???
I looked at both vids and to me it just looks like a failing bulb. Why? Well, mostly b/c of how it ignites first then cuts out.
Do you have any "ghetto" wiring of any sort, b/c if you do just double-check it real good for any exposed wires (from radiator fans, engine movement, etc...). If not, your next step (and my best suggestion) would be to switch out either your ballasts or your bulbs to the other side (whichever is easiest).
This is only happening on that passenger side, right? If so, then switch sides...
Personally, I'd switch out the bulb to the other side first. Failure rate on those Korean-made bulbs seems to be anywhere w/in the first 6 mos to 1yr so I'd be willing to guess them first.
If the problem stays on the pass side then you KNOW it's not the bulb. Then switch out the ballast.
A Philips ballast can go bad too. I've had it happen (due to non-manufacturer caused problems thought). It just isn't as common as an asian-made bulb malfunctioning.
Let us know how it works (when you swap sides).
As you know I'm sure...swap only the bulbs or the ballasts - not both.
Modified by nater at 8:37 AM 8-18-2003