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 Post subject: Re: Left front headlight not working
PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 4:03 pm 
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Don't reseal them with anything except butyl rubber. You can buy it online and it is what they use to seal the lights from factory. Any leaking headlights should be disassembled and new butyl rubber inserted. Only way to 100% fix it

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 Post subject: How Long do Factory OEM HID's Globes last in reality?
PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:15 pm 
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Are the ballasts able to be re located anywhere to keep them aware from moisture.

Do they have to be mounted under the headlight.

Could they be secured to the back of the headlight unit which will stop them from getting wet ?


Yes I did that with my old foz .....Not as neat but heaps better location than under the light and easy serviceable

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 Post subject: How Long do Factory OEM HID's Globes last in reality?
PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:27 pm 
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Vehicle: MY06 XT White

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Location: Raymond Terrace
PCXT wrote:
westTAHger wrote:
Are the ballasts able to be re located anywhere to keep them aware from moisture.

Do they have to be mounted under the headlight.

Could they be secured to the back of the headlight unit which will stop them from getting wet ?


Yes I did that with my old foz .....Not as neat but heaps better location than under the light and easy serviceable


Thanks for that. How did you secure them ? Mounting screws etc or by other means ?
Are you able to put a photo, if you still have one, on here, or on a PM to give me an idea, where to move them too.

Any help is greatly appreciated.
Thanks again.


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 Post subject: Re: How Long do Factory OEM HID's Globes last in reality?
PostPosted: Sun Sep 27, 2015 6:50 pm 
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I could not find any pics but it was pretty simple I just drilled a small hole through one of the plastic sections of the rear of the headlight on each side and ran a cable tie across the back of the ballast to keep it in place of the original headlight cover , it was a bit ghetto spec

Glenn has the car maybe send him a PM unless he has changed it back to stock
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 Post subject: Re: Left front headlight not working
PostPosted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 7:48 pm 
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When I have a go at removing the front bumper bar to get the headlight out are there are any tricky things to look out for.

Once I get to the ballast and remove it ,I'm guessing its a sealed unit.
Can it actually be pulled apart so it can be dried thoroughly?

Is it better to replace it, if so does anyone know the part number and how much do they roughly cost.

any advice is very much appreciated.


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 Post subject: Re: Left front headlight not working
PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 6:30 pm 
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Admin people.
I have put a couple of threads up about drying / dis-assembling a HID ballast.

They seem to have been deleted, I am un sure why ?

I just need some advice on how to ix this headlight problem I have, so I don't get fined by the police, as the long week-end double points is coming up.


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 Post subject: Re: Left front headlight not working
PostPosted: Wed Sep 30, 2015 7:34 pm 
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Best to keep all the related information in the one spot, hence why your other topics have been merged in to this one, and duplicate posts removed. :ok:

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 Post subject: Re: Left front headlight not working
PostPosted: Thu Oct 01, 2015 8:45 pm 
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Has anyone ever pulled a ballast unit apart ?

If so any hints on how or what to look for ?


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 Post subject: Re: Left front headlight not working
PostPosted: Mon Jun 12, 2017 9:48 pm 
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Old thread, but I thought I'd post photos of the internals of the OEM MY06-08 SG9 XT ballast. Our Foz suffered from the dreaded moist headlight/no HID output issue recently.

They are potted in a slightly flexible material which prevents the PCB from getting wet. The short-circuit that occurs when the ballast is flooded with water from a leaking headlight occurs via the exposed component leads. Note the rusted screw!

I did not heat mine in an oven. Instead, I removed the lid, mopped-up the water (there was quite a bit in there!), and sat the unit in front of a heater for 30 mins or so. Afterwards, I sprayed the area around the little transformer (labelled OT256dT) with some isopropyl alcohol and sat it back in front of the heater for a further 5 mins to ensure it all evaporated away.

My rationale behind this is that whilst most of the components are well sealed by the potting material, there's a chance that moisture could be trapped within the transformer windings. I get the feeling this could be the difference between those who manage to get their ballasts working again, and those who do not.

2m of replacement butyl rubber sealant and the lights are like brand-new! Very happy with the result.


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