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    Thread: Another wiper motor failure due to aftermarket HIDs

    1. 10-24-2009 12:56 PM #101
      It's pretty much the same, got it from seller from Ebay, w/ full details for its supposed purpose. I forgot which seller/store it was.

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      10-24-2009 01:07 PM #102
      Mine looks different, but it's the same stuff... keeping my fingers crossed.

    3. 10-24-2009 03:03 PM #103
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      Mine looks different, but it's the same stuff... keeping my fingers crossed.

      Perhaps, you should opt to VAG it for added security....I think the Retrosolution's digital ballast works well alone, but i wanted addiotional peripheral for ''added feeling" of security... so far so good.......
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      10-24-2009 06:15 PM #104
      maybe i should go back to my stock halogen bulb which i hate so much! on top of that i wear glasses and i want good night vision! and no i don't want a night vision goggle....
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      10-24-2009 06:50 PM #105
      Quote, originally posted by tiptronic »
      Perhaps, you should opt to VAG it for added security....I think the Retrosolution's digital ballast works well alone, but i wanted addiotional peripheral for ''added feeling" of security... so far so good.......
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      That was the first thing I had done. I only got the modules after one of the Toronto guys using RS kit had his motor blow. He had the digital ballast and had it switched in vagcom but not CanBus module. Soon as I heard about that I ordered a set and still a bit worried.

    6. 10-25-2009 06:26 PM #106
      Quote, originally posted by Gryphon001 »
      That was the first thing I had done. I only got the modules after one of the Toronto guys using RS kit had his motor blow. He had the digital ballast and had it switched in vagcom but not CanBus module. Soon as I heard about that I ordered a set and still a bit worried.

      Can you be more elaborate of who this Toronto driver is- was it really
      Retrosolutionskit, 35w? How long did he have it? Does he have Auto-Lights? etc etc.. we need to pin down exactly what works and does not...
      thanks
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      10-25-2009 06:51 PM #107
      The driver was Kwanja_a3 and he said he's had the RS kit for I think about 2 years or more. I don't know whether he has Auto lights or not, but he messaged me about 3-4 weeks back saying that his wiper motor blew. I know he's had the lights vagcommed and he had the RS kit but did NOT have the CanBus modules.

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      11-19-2009 05:43 PM #108
      looks like i got boned. Intalled my RS with can bus. And went to check the wipers. NOTHING. Ugh at least im under warranty still I think, under 50k right? I'm hoping it will just work later but im doubting it.

    9. 11-19-2009 06:09 PM #109
      Quote, originally posted by guiltyblade »
      looks like i got boned. Intalled my RS with can bus. And went to check the wipers. NOTHING. Ugh at least im under warranty still I think, under 50k right? I'm hoping it will just work later but im doubting it.

      This is quite alarming... do you have auto-lights? and what ballast kit did you get? 35 or 55w?
      everytime i read this- I knock on wood and hope and pray i wont have that same fate. I've had VVME kit (no canbus) for about 30k, and currently have the RS (w/ canbus) and car now at 56k, wipers are still working.

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      11-19-2009 07:10 PM #110
      Quote, originally posted by guiltyblade »
      looks like i got boned. Intalled my RS with can bus. And went to check the wipers. NOTHING. Ugh at least im under warranty still I think, under 50k right? I'm hoping it will just work later but im doubting it.

      bet you didn't vag com though right? i've had my vwkit? first time my wiper blew even with vagcom second time they sent me canbus and no wiper failure almost a yr now
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      11-19-2009 08:06 PM #111
      yup no vagcom. I should have vagcomed, but was anxious to get them in. And well that what i got. I had ziza bulbs in before that were alright, but HID looks sooo much better.
      35w, digi-ballast, 6000k, no auto-lights. Just went to the store came back tried again hoping it was a fluke. Nope they are gone. So hopefully I can get it replaced by the dealer, tell them I have no idea what happen and just use my ziza.

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      11-20-2009 02:09 AM #112
      did you try the wipers immediately after powering up the HID's ... if not, how long did you wait? I have pretty much the same setup but vagcommed but the lights worked fine for at least 2-3 weeks before the vagcom update.
      Quote, originally posted by mkim »
      bet you didn't vag com though right? i've had my vwkit? first time my wiper blew even with vagcom second time they sent me canbus and no wiper failure almost a yr now

      people have reported theirs going as much as 2-3 years after install... keep your fingers crossed.

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      11-20-2009 07:38 AM #113
      i think i forgot went inside. left it probably for a half an hour to an hour and was like crap, I should check that. Then nothing. I can get it vagcommed, but I'm afriad to blow another motor after I get this one replaced.

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      11-20-2009 12:05 PM #114
      Would this be the first case of blown motor with can-bus harnesses installed? That's scary. It has been three months since I have replaced my wiper motor, so far so good, keeping my fingers crossed...

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      11-20-2009 12:30 PM #115
      I replaced mine nearly a year ago and than ran it with the kit that blew it out for a few months before going with the RS kit. Ran that without the vagcom or canbus for a while and than had it vagcommed and later put in the canbus module. So far, konck on wood, all is well.

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      11-23-2009 02:42 AM #116
      yea so it sounds like my dealer will fix it no prob under warranty. But now i have to take it all off to bring it in. I'm afraid to reinstall honestly. I wish there was a legit fix cause I really love my HIDs.
      So we have instances of vagcommed, no can bus.
      and now can bus no vag com.
      Anyone have it fail with both?

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      11-23-2009 04:01 AM #117
      not so far... but I think I will just keep my fingers crossed from this point on.

    18. 11-23-2009 07:32 AM #118
      Can you please tell me what i need to do to get my wipers working again do i need to get it vagcomed or a bypass relay i need help it rains all the time in england so i cant even go out in my car please help thanks michael

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      11-23-2009 10:15 AM #119
      Quote, originally posted by TIPPA21 »
      Can you please tell me what i need to do to get my wipers working again do i need to get it vagcomed or a bypass relay i need help it rains all the time in england so i cant even go out in my car please help thanks michael

      Once the wiper motor is blown, it can't be fixed, it must be replaced. This is my understanding, someone feel free to correct me if otherwise.
      GOLDEN RULE for everyone using aftermarket HIDs: DO NOT turn on your low beams if you have the wipers going. The HIDs must be powered on and warmed up to full brightness BEFORE ever turning on the wipers. If you follow this rule, you will GREATLY decrease your chance of blowing your wiper motor.
      So for example, let's say you're driving in the rain in the late afternoon and have your wipers going, it starts to get dark and you wanna turn on your headlights, FIRST turn off the wipers, then turn on your headlights, WAIT until HIDs are fully warmed up, then turn on your wipers again. Pain in the butt? yes. Worth it? yes.
      oh and use rain-x or a similar product on your windshield, it removes the need for using wipers altogether in many situations, especially at highway speeds.

    20. 11-23-2009 10:38 AM #120
      So dont i need a can-bus or to get it vagcomed mate thanks for the help...

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      11-23-2009 12:26 PM #121
      I am not sure that you absolutely NEED either one of those, however it is always the best policy to CYA and lean towards overkill when something as expensive as the wiper motor is involved. I think you should do both since I believe that they do decrease the chance of anything happening. The vagcom took away a minor flicker in one of my lights and I think they warm up a bit quicker now so they definitely do something at least. vagcom should be free and the canbus can be had for under $50 shipped so I don't thing there is any reason not to get them.
      P.S. Kwanja_a3, are you coming out to the meet this thursday?

    22. 11-25-2009 10:51 AM #122
      Hello mate can you tell me what you mean about dont turn on low beams because ive just had my motor replaced and im scared to turn my lights on now ive got the r8 lights with LED`S at the bottom can i still use low beams or not thanks.

    23. 11-25-2009 12:53 PM #123
      Quote, originally posted by TIPPA21 »
      Hello mate can you tell me what you mean about dont turn on low beams because ive just had my motor replaced and im scared to turn my lights on now ive got the r8 lights with LED`S at the bottom can i still use low beams or not thanks.

      I think what he meant by turning off your wipers, before turning on your (aftermarket) HIDS, will lessen the chance of voltage spike from the HIDS which can transend back to the can-bus module which controls both headlights and wiper electronics. It has been assumed (somewhat) that the aftermarket's HID power spike are causing the A3's wiper motors to blow.
      In simpler words- HIDs on first before wipers. And dont use your "auto-lights" feature if you are so equipped.
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      11-25-2009 02:32 PM #124
      Ugh. So got back from the dealer/rape in the butt. So first my car was just out of warranty, so im boned out of like 500. But this is the freaking kicker. I took it in perfectly fine, nothing expect the wiper motor, expecting I could get raped for 520. And I did. Fine. But I pick up the car, and suddenly my radio is in safe mode, and the headlight switch won't turn off . Ugh. Annoying.

    25. 12-01-2009 08:02 AM #125
      Can some one please tell me how to connect my canbus units to my relay unit please as im keep getting right and left dipped headlights out.

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