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Old 08-02-2011, 09:03 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Switchbacks Keep Malfunctioning

So the switchback bulb on my driver's side has malfunctioned twice now. It seems to have started after I installed the Maxi-LED turn signal mirror cover. (Yes, I currently only have the driver's side cover installed ) Is there anyone else that has switchbacks and Maxi-LED turn signal mirror covers? Have you had any problems with your switchbacks like this?
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Default Re: Switchbacks Keep Malfunctioning

Altho this isnt my area , my driver side switchback also blew out, probally for myself a bad bulb.

maybe you need to add resistors ?
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Default Re: Switchbacks Keep Malfunctioning

i was just thinkin resistors also. everyone that has switchbacks AND LED tails need resistors... i think this is just another case of switchbacks plus LEDs. throw in a couple resistors and you should be good.
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Default Re: Switchbacks Keep Malfunctioning

Officer, i say get some resistors if you dont have them, I have led tails and switchbacks and have had no issues, knock on wood
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Old 08-02-2011, 09:26 PM   Thread Starter #5
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Default Re: Switchbacks Keep Malfunctioning

I have the resistors. Everything flashes properly. This all started happening after the Maxi-LED installation.
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do you have LED tails too?
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Yes, the EZs.
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resisitors would be my next upgrade if I was you James.

that would be the most logical reason right now esp since you have LED tails and those LED mirrors wire into the turn signal
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Default Re: Switchbacks Keep Malfunctioning

maybe bigger reistors are needed i would also assume the switchbacks, tails and covers are putting an excessive load on the smaller ones you may have. I say try that
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Default Re: Switchbacks Keep Malfunctioning

honestly, i'd say throw either another pair of resistors, or i would throw in a pair of higher ohm resistors. since the LED tails and switchbacks may have used up all of the resistor power so if ya add in more power it should be good.
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Won't bigger resistors make them flash slower?

2 bulbs have gone bad on the driver's side (with Maxi-LED) while I still have the original one on the pass side (without Maxi-LED).
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i dont think it will. i think it will just go to its regular flash since you are exceeding the amount of ohms needed.
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I mean check the bulb on the driver side ( and try it on the passenger to see if it working )

if the bulb is fine then you know your issue is overload.

if the driver switchback doesnt work on the passenger then the bulb is done.

(if that makes sense )

but more than likely you need resistors
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I forgot to say this part - it's always the white LEDs that go out. The amber ones are still working.

First bulb - with headlights on, it should have been white. Amber was on. Turn signal still flashed amber.

Second bulb - with headlights on, it should have been white. Nothing is on. Turn signal still flashes amber.
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I forgot to say this part - it's always the white LEDs that go out. The amber ones are still working.

First bulb - with headlights on, it should have been white. Amber was on. Turn signal still flashed amber.

Second bulb - with headlights on, it should have been white. Nothing is on. Turn signal still flashes amber.
Definitely something to do with resistors ... I had the maxi- led mirrors covers on first with stock bulb.. No problem... Then I when added the amber led with no switchback and it flashed fast... Blew a few fuses too... It is something with that combo of led's... I just said f it and put the stock bulb back in... But I know you guys with the switchbacks like em so... It is beyond my scope of practice...
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OK, I'll try some more resistors. I have the EZ tails that have resistors built in and I installed 2 - 6 ohm resistors (1 on each side). What should I install on top of that? And how should I wire them in-line?

Stupid question - which is a bigger/greater resistor, 3 ohm or 6 ohm? (I know nothing about resistors other than they resist/restrict the flow if current)
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OK, I'll try some more resistors. I have the EZ tails that have resistors built in and I installed 2 - 6 ohm resistors (1 on each side). What should I install on top of that? And how should I wire them in-line?

Stupid question - which is a bigger/greater resistor, 3 ohm or 6 ohm? (I know nothing about resistors other than they resist/restrict the flow if current)
Lol.. Me too that's why I just said f it.. And then I had to order them.. Local radio shack ain't have em... But If you figure it out... I might try it again...
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OK, I'll try some more resistors. I have the EZ tails that have resistors built in and I installed 2 - 6 ohm resistors (1 on each side). What should I install on top of that? And how should I wire them in-line?

Stupid question - which is a bigger/greater resistor, 3 ohm or 6 ohm? (I know nothing about resistors other than they resist/restrict the flow if current)
The 3 ohm will allow more current to flow. The larger the number the more resistance. ie less current flow. now what might get very confusing is when you have them in parallel, so if you have a 6 ohm on the fronts and a 3 ohm or 6 ohm on the ez leds tails (not sure what's built in) then you basically have 2 ohms (6 & 3) or 3 ohms (6 & 6). But from what you are saying its the whites that keep going out so the resistor may not be your problem seeing that they are added to the amber side. Check the connection at the plug I had a similar problem when I first installed mine the amber would light when the parking light was on and then when the turn signal was on nothing would light. It turned out that I had to tinkle with the connections on the bulb.
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Did you hook the mirrors to the BCM or tap all the way up front to the blinkers? Let me know so I can build my theory, lol

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So the switchback bulb on my driver's side has malfunctioned twice now. It seems to have started after I installed the Maxi-LED turn signal mirror cover. (Yes, I currently only have the driver's side cover installed ) Is there anyone else that has switchbacks and Maxi-LED turn signal mirror covers? Have you had any problems with your switchbacks like this?
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I forgot to say this part - it's always the white LEDs that go out. The amber ones are still working.

First bulb - with headlights on, it should have been white. Amber was on. Turn signal still flashed amber.

Second bulb - with headlights on, it should have been white. Nothing is on. Turn signal still flashes amber.


Your issue has nothing to do with your MAXI-LED's, LED tail lights, resistors, or even turn signals for that matter since it is one parking light out. All of the parking lights front and rear have one power feed out if the IPDM. If there was a problem with a fuse in the IPDM then none of the parking lights would work.

My 2cent's is it's an issue with quality control of the switchback bulbs they have been sending you. My first switchbacks i bought from autolumination.com got returned three times in 6months until the warranty ran out and they said i would have to purchase a new set. I gave them the deuce's and ordered a set from vled's nearly three years ago with zero problems since. Though the LED's that i put in the corning lights from autolumination are still going hard after four years.

Swap another bulb in there and see if the parking light works. If it does then its the LED bulb. If it doesn't then its an issue between the IPDM and drivers side turn signal which is unlikely unless the car has been in a front end collision.
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Your issue has nothing to do with your MAXI-LED's, LED tail lights, resistors, or even turn signals for that matter since it is one parking light out. All of the parking lights front and rear have one power feed out if the IPDM. If there was a problem with a fuse in the IPDM then none of the parking lights would work.

My 2cent's is it's an issue with quality control of the switchback bulbs they have been sending you. My first switchbacks i bought from autolumination.com got returned three times in 6months until the warranty ran out and they said i would have to purchase a new set. I gave them the deuce's and ordered a set from vled's nearly three years ago with zero problems since. Though the LED's that i put in the corning lights from autolumination are still going hard after four years.

Swap another bulb in there and see if the parking light works. If it does then its the LED bulb. If it doesn't then its an issue between the IPDM and drivers side turn signal which is unlikely unless the car has been in a front end collision.
There have been quite a few people that have had issues with Autolumination's lights. I had a set of switchbacks from VLEDs go out on me, but I had some negative feedback issues due to a wet relay (don't ask) that I think contributed to thier failure. To VLED's credit, they replaced them for me, even though I was out of warranty. So far (knocks on wood), I haven't had any issues with the replacement set.
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There have been quite a few people that have had issues with Autolumination's lights. I had a set of switchbacks from VLEDs go out on me, but I had some negative feedback issues due to a wet relay (don't ask) that I think contributed to thier failure. To VLED's credit, they replaced them for me, even though I was out of warranty. So far (knocks on wood), I haven't had any issues with the replacement set.
Can you send me a link to what bulb you've got?
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This is what I have:

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$70.00 PER BULB?! And I thought autolumination's $30.00 per bulb was high!
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