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Xenon not firing/working

Discussion in 'A3/S3 Forum (8L Chassis)' started by s3 Hoggy, Nov 11, 2011.

  1. s3 Hoggy
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    s3 Hoggy Whats going on???

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    Hi all,

    I'm having a bit of a nightmare with my drivers side headlight at the moment, basically it wont turn on (ever)...
    Now stupidly I presumed that it must be the bulb so went out and bought some new bulbs. Fitted them and it still wont work! Ive been having a read and it looks like it could be the Ballast that's the problem? anyway my question is would I be able to buy a ballast from somewhere or will I need a whole new light? already spent £130 on two bulbs! so I hope I'm able to get a ballast!

    Any help would be great!
    Thanks, Matt
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    Ive wondered before if the balast ( which is stuck to the headlight unit itself ) could be replaced with one of the after market items used in the kits sold on say ebay??
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    Its not stuck to the headlight, its on a bracket below the light, and yes an aftermarket ballast should work..
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    Ah, The man at audi had me thinking it was all one and was £300 plus vat per side
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    The little tinkers...:tapedshut:
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    Don't suppose you know what ballast I would need do you Dave? I'm a bit clueless with anything electrical
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    Just searched 'audi s3 ballast' on ebay mate, 6 hits......

    'audi ballast' got 80 odd hits.

    Chris
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    £130 on two bulbs! Are they gold plated :wacko:
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    I had that prob and just bought a new set from gti international now when I go over a bump it turns off then switch lights on and off again comes back on what's going on
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    Fixed the problem with a second-hand ballast, the ballast is a separate part to the headlight it sits just underneath the headlight in a bracket. You have to take the whole headlight out to replace it! bit of a pain but its all sorted now so I can see where I'm going again!

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