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    HID problem

    I got a 2002 Escalade and i replaced the factory headlights with HID headlights..Well the problem is that when i start my car the headlights flicker as its starting and when the car is started sometimes one of the headlights is off..So i have to restart my car..I contacted a local car shop around here and they said the HID"s are extremely sensitive to voltage drops so thats why i'm experiencing flickering and sometimes a missing headlight...any info on a way to fix this problem or to deal with it besides always restarting my car?

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    Re: HID problem

    Quote Originally Posted by mskittrell05
    I got a 2002 Escalade and i replaced the factory headlights with HID headlights..Well the problem is that when i start my car the headlights flicker as its starting and when the car is started sometimes one of the headlights is off..So i have to restart my car..I contacted a local car shop around here and they said the HID"s are extremely sensitive to voltage drops so thats why i'm experiencing flickering and sometimes a missing headlight...any info on a way to fix this problem or to deal with it besides always restarting my car?
    you could just turn your headlights off then on again. dont need to turn the car off.

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    Re: HID problem

    On my cars and trucks that did not come with HID from the factory I always added a HD headlight wiring harness and connected it from the battery to prevent any voltage drops, I went through hell on one of my Grand Cherokee's until I added the aftermarket harness, I would have trouble getting both light to come on, I would have to turn the headlight switch a few times to get them both to fire up. What manufacturer HID bulbs do you have?

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    Re: HID problem

    HCVONE,

    Who did you go with for the aftermarket HID wiring harness?

    I purchased a HID foglamp conversion from a member here and it works great.
    However it is using the stock wiring to get it's power..I had to increase the fuse from 15 amp to 20 amp.

    However I don't want to burn out my stock harness..perhaps a aftermarket will help out and I can keep my stock equipment intact.

    Any direction is appreciated..

    Larry

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    Re: HID problem

    sounds like a bad ground to me

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    Re: HID problem

    Quote Originally Posted by ICEMAN
    HCVONE,

    ..I had to increase the fuse from 15 amp to 20 amp.

    However I don't want to burn out my stock harness...Larry
    If you have a Philips LV212 ballast, the maximum current the unit is designed to draw is 20A. Like a fluorescent light, HIDs draw a much greater current but only for a second or few when they first start. At 12.4V the ballast will rarely draw more than 14A & that's just for a second or so. It typically cruises at 3 to 3.2A. The only time you're ever drawing more current than the stock wiring is designed to carry is if it's really cold or your battery is getting weak.

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