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post #1 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-31-2013, 08:20 PM Thread Starter
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2010 GT HID Help

I have a 2010 GT hatch with factory HID system and the high and low beam on the drivers side has stopped working. I have swapped the bulb from the right side and it still does not work. As well, the suspected bad bulb works fine on the other side. Is there a way to test the amplifier or wiring to determine what is going on?
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post #2 of 8 (permalink) Old 07-31-2013, 09:55 PM Thread Starter
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I think that the problem has revealed itself. There was a slight bit of moisture in the non-working headlight. I decided to try swapping the ballast or amplifier from side to side... When I removed the drivers side, water came out of it and could be heard sloshing inside the finned body. I will try to find a tamper resistant torx bit and open it up to possibly dry it out.
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I took a hair dryer and dried out the headlamp housing, shook the water out of the ballast (not sealed where the harness plugs in), and warmed it all up nice and toasty. It all works now.

Obviously I think this is a big design flaw of not having drain ports in the headlight housing and no seal on the ballast. All of this trouble, just because I went to an automatic car wash with forced air drying. I have always hand washed in the past and certainly will do so in the future.

Case closed.
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For future reference, there's no drains because large amounts of water should never be in the assembly. There are vents that allow small amounts of moisture out. You have a bad leak somewhere if that much water got into the assembly.

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I agree that there is a leak and shouldn't be, but the amplifier should still be sealed.
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The ballast isn't sealed because large amounts of water should never be present for it to be a concern in the location they are. No OEM ballasts are sealed.

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Should never be present, but it is because the headlight leaked on a vehicle that has less than 60k miles. And of course Mazda does not really seem to care either and would not consider any type of warranty. With that, I got rid of it last week and bought a Subaru. Suck it Mazda!
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Just want to add to this that I also had a HID headlight go out and thought it was a bad bulb or ballast but realized there was a crack in my headlight housing that was letting rain water in and it had pooled on top of the ballast. After removing the ballast, shaking all the water out and letting it dry thoroughly and sealing the headlight housing, my HID works again! Total cost: $5 for a tube of silicone sealant (plug a $45 tax for me buying a new bulb without finding the root of the problem first ).

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