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HID's stuck on brights

I just purchased a used '04 F350 last week. It has HIDs installed in it which is fine but when they are on they are stuck on brights. I wouldn't think this is usual on HIDs but this is the first set I've had any experience with. The dash light symbol is on but not as bright, then when you switch to brights the symbol becomes brighter but nothing changes in the light pattern in the headlights. Any suggestions on what to check? I have not investegated the current wiring - before checking for stuck relays I thought I'd check on here for any help.

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I just purchased a used '04 F350 last week. It has HIDs installed in it which is fine but when they are on they are stuck on brights. I wouldn't think this is usual on HIDs but this is the first set I've had any experience with. The dash light symbol is on but not as bright, then when you switch to brights the symbol becomes brighter but nothing changes in the light pattern in the headlights. Any suggestions on what to check? I have not investegated the current wiring - before checking for stuck relays I thought I'd check on here for any help.

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I would start by checking the grounds for the ballasts.

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I'll report findings tonight when I get home assuming this storm moves out.

Should the ballast be ran to battery ground or is chassis ground good enough?

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Never run anything to the battery ground. It has to be a chassis ground to filter out the fluctuations in voltage.

What brand are these? And what happens when you flash the brights?

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Definately chassis ground.

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Never run anything to the battery ground. It has to be a chassis ground to filter out the fluctuations in voltage.

What brand are these? And what happens when you flash the brights?
I don't think he knows since they were installed before he bought the truck.

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ahh maybe I need to read better than skim over. But any markings or stuff on the bulbs or ballasts that will give it away?

Are these a plug n play style or are they spliced in?

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That's what I figured but wanted to make sure.

Nothing happens when flashing the brights.

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Mine are from DDM and there are no markings on them anywhere to indicate the brand. Not sure why either.

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ahh maybe I need to read better than skim over. But any markings or stuff on the bulbs or ballasts that will give it away?

Are these a plug n play style or are they spliced in?
I haven't given them much look but will after work and report back on brand. From a quick glance, look to be plug and play.

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