I'm new to this forum and have read several post about the HID headlight systems. My passenger side low beam is operating intermittently. I took it to the Dealer who informed me the inverter was bad and wanted $750 to fix. My question is this.. How hard are they to replace? Due to the high voltage, are there any precautions I need to take or be aware of if I decide to buy the part and attempt to replace myself?
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sounds like a bad connection, but just to be safe, you culd try switching out the bulbs. i had the same problem on my 99 tl tho, light went on and off then finally just dies. ended up being a bad ballast/inverter.
search ebay or post a WTB ad in the black market for an inverter for your car and hopefully you'll find a used one for cheap. or new ones, i think they go for like $200+. to switch is real easy tho, search the forum for the DIY on taking off front bumper, and theres also one for switching ballast i think. just use common sense when switching it, dont have any water next to ya, etc.
i believe its best recommended to not have turned on your lights for at least a few hours. so maybe do it one morning like i did. good luck, and use the SEARCH button
dont buy one from ebay. i just replaced mine this wekeend with one from an acura dealership. go to acuraoemparts.com. i payed lke 178$ for the part and it took me about 15 minutes to do. disconnect the neg on the battery so you dont get zapped. bumper drops down without much problem ( i did however have a tough time lining it back up going in, so give it a good study before you drop it) after that there is a few screws on the headlights to take out, very easy to see. and the ignitor is inside the headlight attached to the top of the ballast. unscrew the ballast and you can just pop off the ignitor. I suggest doing the swap test as suggested. first swap bulbs on both sides and see what you got, then ignitors. If it is not fixed you are left with trying the ballasts.
The dealer told me it was the inverter. I have not tried the swapping yet but I will. Is the inverter the same as the ballist, is it the same as the ignitor, or is it a totally separate part. I know some part names are interchangable but since I'm new to HID systems I don't know all the technical terms and parts well enough to know the difference.
I'm glad that y'all are finding success doing it yourselves. the alternative to get my low beams working on a 2003 CL was close to $1900 for diagnosis of my headlights not working and the the bulbs that were alledgedly shorted by the inverters and the inverters that were $485 (x2) from the dealer and the bulbs were $140 (x2) from auto supply store
I will take them for $40.
email me firstname.lastname@example.org. We will work out the paying and shipping details.
I see you have a 2002 ,I take it these igniters are from this car or they will work on this car.
I have a 2001 TL and just got my passenger side inverter replaced because my headlight kept going out. Now I am having issues with my battery draining. I noticed that every time that I start my car, it keeps getting slower and slower to start and 3 days later since my inverter was replaced, my car now won't start.
I got it jumped, went to Auto Zone who did a diagnostic check on it and the alternater and battery are fine so my question to all of you other TL'ers.....would the new inverter slowly drain my battery? Something they did is causing this because I NEVER had this problem before!
Thanks, Rajca! Could it be a coincidence that sense I got this work done to my car, the battery drains? I've done nothing different to my car. You can see that something is running since it arc's when you tap the battery. Anyone have suggestions?
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