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post #1 of 9 (permalink) Old 04-22-2012, 05:19 PM Thread Starter
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2010 headlight service with HID and ATS lights

I had the right headlight go out and am having trouble getting it fixed or even finding anyone who will work on it. The right light went out, then worked again for a week, then went out. I replaced the bulb but no joy. From what I've read the likely problem is the ballast. Since I can't even see the ballast I tried a local dealer who said they have to remove the bumper cover to access the ballast but they don't stock them so not much sense in taking it to them if they can't even fix it in one visit (Seems like a pretty stupid design). Tried the local Goodyear service who looked at it, said they think it is the ballast since I already replaced the buld with no effect, but they can't work on it since you have to take off the bumper cover.

1) How hard is it to take off the bumper cover

2) Once off is it easy to service the ballast and is there anyway to test it to make sure it is the problem first?

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Re: 2010 headlight service with HID and ATS lights

Bumper isn't too hard at all to take off, there are a couple guides out there that can help you out. I did it when I installed my fog lights. It helps to have another person there when pulling the thing off the clips.
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Re: 2010 headlight service with HID and ATS lights

I've tried a couple search engines but didn't find anything, do you have a link to a bumper cover removal info?

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Re: 2010 headlight service with HID and ATS lights

http://mazda3revolution.com/forums/2...uide-pics.html

I also ordered the actual fog lights from Mazda and they came with an extremely in-depth installation guide that was super helpful.
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Re: 2010 headlight service with HID and ATS lights

Thanks. I also found a link on a horn install where I can actually see the ballast under the lights which helps. Don't know why it didn't show before.

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Re: 2010 headlight service with HID and ATS lights

Have the light repaired. It was the ballast unit. Dealer price is $750 and they don't have any stock. Got a used one from the parts recyclers for $350. Mightly high price for headlights! None of the parts places list an aftermarket one.

Due to rain and schedule I had a local privately owned shop do the work who did a good job for reasonable labor (and they chased the used part down too).

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Re: 2010 headlight service with HID and ATS lights

why wasn't it covered under warranty?
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Re: 2010 headlight service with HID and ATS lights

Warranty is 36/35,000 and currently at 73,000 miles.

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[quote author=GregP link=topic=209577.msg4222810#msg4222810 date=1335467969]
Have the light repaired. It was the ballast unit. Dealer price is $750 and they don't have any stock. Got a used one from the parts recyclers for $350. Mightly high price for headlights! None of the parts places list an aftermarket one.

Due to rain and schedule I had a local privately owned shop do the work who did a good job for reasonable labor (and they chased the used part down too).

Thanks - Greg
[/quote]

OEM Headlights are quite expensive... for every car.



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