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post #1 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-11-2010, 08:15 AM Thread Starter
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Anybody have any idea how this could happen?

Ok, so this is just really REALLY odd.
I can't really come up with any good ideas as to why or how this could/would even happen.

So the story goes,
We go camping last weekend after a small meet.
It was like 9:30 or so, completely dark.
I turned all my lights off. Lows and fogs, and went to bed.

At like 3 AM, we randomly wake up and go "Sure is bright outside for 3AM"
Open the tent, And my Passenger side fog light is on.
Just the passenger side fog, nothing else.

As I said before, All the lights were turned off, and keys taken from the ignition when we went to sleep.

So here's where I get stumped.
My headlights have to be on for the fogs to be turned on.
As if the fogs being on wasn't odd enough, it was just one of them.

The only thing iv'e changed lighting wise from stock is dropped 6000K HID's in both the lows and fogs, and they were just plug and play, no re-wiring or anything special.


So what in the hell could possibly have caused just one fog to randomly fire up?

My best guess is a rouge squirrel, because I really don't have any other guesses.


Has this happened to anybody else?


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post #2 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-11-2010, 11:59 AM
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Re: Anybody have any idea how this could happen?

call an exorcist lol
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post #3 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-11-2010, 07:00 PM
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Re: Anybody have any idea how this could happen?

Sounds to me like you were the victim of a battery jacking...
We use to sneak and plug peoples head lights up to a battery pack and stash it randomly in the bumper just use two wire splicers and tap the hot and ground and hook up to a power source and then wake the unsuspecting soul to find his/her lights some times running /fogs/or a head light or blinker randomly on when all the switches were off... ...

That stuff coming out of your HUGE chrome exhaust you have mounted at an angle isn't power..It's Rice!!!
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post #4 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-11-2010, 07:25 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Anybody have any idea how this could happen?

I guess it's possible, But that would be pretty random at this camp ground.
with a bunch of old people around..LOL
(and I mean OLD)

We got out, turned the car on, turned the lights on, and at first the Driver's side fog didn't fire, So we turned the lights off, and they all went off.
The next morning, they all worked fine.

It was just really REALLY odd...


But so far, this is the only explanation that would make any kind of sense...


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post #5 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-11-2010, 07:55 PM
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Re: Anybody have any idea how this could happen?

[quote author=L_Legit301 link=topic=180698.msg3824624#msg3824624 date=1286839526]
I guess it's possible, But that would be pretty random at this camp ground.
with a bunch of old people around..LOL
(and I mean OLD)

We got out, turned the car on, turned the lights on, and at first the Driver's side fog didn't fire, So we turned the lights off, and they all went off.
The next morning, they all worked fine.

It was just really REALLY odd...


But so far, this is the only explanation that would make any kind of sense...
[/quote]
hmmm...yea you might want to take hommies advice a couple post up and swing by the church and have the priest give it a once over with a cross and some verses from the holy book

That stuff coming out of your HUGE chrome exhaust you have mounted at an angle isn't power..It's Rice!!!
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post #6 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-11-2010, 08:38 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Anybody have any idea how this could happen?

LOL
Nah, Im not all about that.



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post #7 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-12-2010, 08:57 AM
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If it vomits pea soup please post!
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post #8 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-12-2010, 08:09 PM
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Re: Anybody have any idea how this could happen?

Sounds like you got a stuck/defective fog light relay. Replacing the existing lamps with the 6000K HID's might have been too much amperage draw for the original relay.
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post #9 of 11 (permalink) Old 10-14-2010, 01:24 PM Thread Starter
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[quote author=Kamabuki link=topic=180698.msg3825986#msg3825986 date=1286928566]
Sounds like you got a stuck/defective fog light relay. Replacing the existing lamps with the 6000K HID's might have been too much amperage draw for the original relay.
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This is the only logical conclusion...


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post #10 of 11 (permalink) Old 11-24-2010, 10:01 PM
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Re: Anybody have any idea how this could happen?

I don't know if this has anything to do with your issue, but I too have a weird fog light story...

I was installing a 'Automatic Headlight Circuit' which I had built. I had to hook it up to a power source and found a wire in the steering column that was 0 volts when the keys were out, 12 volts when the keys were in ACC, but dropped to 0 volts when the parking lights were switched on... perfect for my application. I tapped into it and tested the circuit. But as soon as the keys were turned to ACC I heard a loud "click" like a relay switching. There were no indicator lights on the dash to say any lights were on. But in getting out and looking I saw the foglights were on???

Strange, but the system must be more than a simple 12 volt on/off thing. Maybe it's microprocessor controlled??? I know the indicators are controlled by a tricky system. Have you noticed you can adjust the volume of them?
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