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So ive replaced my stock headlights with 10k d2s off of ebay. Ive had them for about a week or so and they have been working fine till last night. My passenger light was out so i opened the headlight and turns out the back of the bulb burnt the ballast. (correct me if im wrong because im kinda new to this modding thing) But what is my next step to fix this? and how much would it cost?
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^^^^^BUMP:mecry: Same thing happened to mine;but didn't melt as much. Would anyone happen to know what causes this? I used a Sylvania to replace my passenger side headlight, which is not the same as the OE but it's not ebay junk either. Please help, I don't want to buy a pair of Osrams and just have it burn right out.



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That's the igniter. You'll have to replace it and possibly both the igniter and ballast if both were ruined. Try ebay or a junkyard for a working set. I don't know of any other way to replace those without removing the bumper cover but I'm sure someone can chime in regarding that.

In one case, I saw this happen from the igniter being installed slightly crooked.

If that was not the case, BigRodz, I'd study the bulb specs for OE vs. Aftermarket for wattage- they can be 35, 55 etc. Make sure the contacts in the igniter are not deformed or bent from trying to install or remove it.
 

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That's the igniter. You'll have to replace it and possibly both the igniter and ballast if both were ruined. Try ebay or a junkyard for a working set. I don't know of any other way to replace those without removing the bumper cover but I'm sure someone can chime in regarding that.

In one case, I saw this happen from the igniter being installed slightly crooked.

If that was not the case, BigRodz, I'd study the bulb specs for OE vs. Aftermarket for wattage- they can be 35, 55 etc. Make sure the contacts in the igniter are not deformed or bent from trying to install or remove it.

I hope it's neither..haha, cuz the bulb was still working but would flicker from time to time and it could be that I didn't sit it right. So I'm going to try to switch out my good headlight and see if I can make it work and get away with it and if it works, sweet! really appreciate your input.
 

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So ive replaced my stock headlights with 10k d2s off of ebay.

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1. 10k bulbs which decreased the light output.

2. Cheap Ebay bulbs that melted the ballast connector.



Don't do this ricer kid stuff.
Throw both Ebay bulbs in the garbage can.
Purchase a new ballast and re-install the original quality bulbs that provide better light output.

Focus on quality, proven performance mods that improve the car.
 

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I'm going to echo that Calgary. If it was starting to flicker from time to time it's possible that the ballast was on it's way out as well and the crap quality of both light output and bulb be the one-two punch to finish them off. Get bulbs from the retrofitsource if you don't want to spend a fortune and have decent quality. They're 45-50 bucks a pair for the bulbs
 

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if it started to flicker after you changed your bulb its most likely not the ballast or ignitor.
Dont use crap bulbs, check the W rating on them and dont put stupid 10k bulbs in a TSX. for godsakes! have some class, this isnt a civic. ... yaya i know to each their own but come on be smart about the mods you do.

i have an ignitor for sale btw... hit me up if you want to go that route
 

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So I got away with it! so happy, although my ignitor was chard, I managed to clean off all the burned plastic, scraped and cleaned the metal contacts inside and my lights work perfect!. The problem I had was that I didn't install the replacement bulb right and was flickering due by not twisting the bulb into place on the socket, which caused the ignitor to burn. I also installed new Morimoto 5500 K bulbs and the output of these just kills the OEM osram bulbs by a mile. I appreciate everyone's input.

Thanks,
Rod
 
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