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Old 11-15-2019, 03:47 PM   #21393
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So I installed secondhand Monogram headlamps tonight, though the unit I bought had the connectors already converted to 6-pin with LED + HID functionality (both lights come on when the stalk is turned to the headlights).

Now my car's electronics seem to be fighting each other for power. My car's lights are flickering all over the place and my door speakers dramatically lose volume. My windows are extremely slow. Since it was the middle of the night, I didn't want to start up my car.

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- Aftermarket Seicane Android Headunit
- Blackvue DR-700S with a Power Magic Pro hooked up via an add-a-fuse
- Hella horns directly connected to the battery (removed, replacing the harness with a better PNP solution)

In addition to removing the horns, I also disconnected the DRL resistor since it was no longer necessary. Still having issues.

Any ideas on where to start? I have a suspicion that there's too many electronics; more than the car can handle, since everything was working fine just moments ago before I installed the lights (except for the fact that I had intermittent speaker issues beforehand).

Hopefully I didn't buy a pair of janky headlights here. I don't really believe that to be the case since I've had subtle electronic issues before.

EDIT: Out of curiosity, I attempted to start the car. Nothing but clicks. I'm getting less than 9 volts according to my OBDII scanner. I truly wonder if my battery really needs replacement considering it started the car without issues just a moment ago when I needed to reposition it so I could work on it.
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With the lockdown kit, so you a less floaty feeling in the steering wheel when one side is loaded up?
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Old 11-18-2019, 08:26 AM   #21396
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So I installed secondhand Monogram headlamps tonight, though the unit I bought had the connectors already converted to 6-pin with LED + HID functionality (both lights come on when the stalk is turned to the headlights).

Now my car's electronics seem to be fighting each other for power. My car's lights are flickering all over the place and my door speakers dramatically lose volume. My windows are extremely slow. Since it was the middle of the night, I didn't want to start up my car.

For the record, I have the following electronics installed so far:

- Aftermarket Seicane Android Headunit
- Blackvue DR-700S with a Power Magic Pro hooked up via an add-a-fuse
- Hella horns directly connected to the battery (removed, replacing the harness with a better PNP solution)

In addition to removing the horns, I also disconnected the DRL resistor since it was no longer necessary. Still having issues.

Any ideas on where to start? I have a suspicion that there's too many electronics; more than the car can handle, since everything was working fine just moments ago before I installed the lights (except for the fact that I had intermittent speaker issues beforehand).

Hopefully I didn't buy a pair of janky headlights here. I don't really believe that to be the case since I've had subtle electronic issues before.

EDIT: Out of curiosity, I attempted to start the car. Nothing but clicks. I'm getting less than 9 volts according to my OBDII scanner. I truly wonder if my battery really needs replacement considering it started the car without issues just a moment ago when I needed to reposition it so I could work on it.
Sounds like you have a short. "Too many electronics" is a thing but youre nowhere near that. Unplug your headlights one at a time until the symptoms go away. Pretty sure something is grounded that shouldn't be
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Sounds like you have a short. "Too many electronics" is a thing but youre nowhere near that. Unplug your headlights one at a time until the symptoms go away. Pretty sure something is grounded that shouldn't be
I actually did unplug the headlights before starting up the car. Same issues as before.

Forgot to mention I had the radio on the whole time during the install. Not sure if that was enough to drain the battery, but it probably did.
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I actually did unplug the headlights before starting up the car. Same issues as before.

Forgot to mention I had the radio on the whole time during the install. Not sure if that was enough to drain the battery, but it probably did.
Charging the battery should probably be your first step then
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Charging the battery should probably be your first step then
That's almost the plan. I'm looking up threads to see if I need to check fuses. I'll attempt to jump-start the car tomorrow night and see where that takes me.

Hopefully it's just the battery.
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That's almost the plan. I'm looking up threads to see if I need to check fuses. I'll attempt to jump-start the car tomorrow night and see where that takes me.

Hopefully it's just the battery.
If fuses were blown then stuff would 100% not work. Not partially work
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EDIT: Out of curiosity, I attempted to start the car. Nothing but clicks. I'm getting less than 9 volts according to my OBDII scanner. I truly wonder if my battery really needs replacement considering it started the car without issues just a moment ago when I needed to reposition it so I could work on it.
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I actually did unplug the headlights before starting up the car. Same issues as before.

Forgot to mention I had the radio on the whole time during the install. Not sure if that was enough to drain the battery, but it probably did.
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Hopefully it's just the battery.
Sounds like just the battery to me. You started the car and moved it a short distance and then had the radio on for a while. Drained the battery to the point where it just won't start again. Charging it up may work but it may be on it's way out.
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With the lockdown kit, so you a less floaty feeling in the steering wheel when one side is loaded up?
The engine mounts kind of dominated the experience so I haven’t even paid attention. Also doesn’t help that either one of the mounts or something else loosened and now at idle it sounds like the engine is a jackhammer that’s trying to escape from under the hood with lots of scary noises and movement. So the car is going back to the shop to have that re-torqued possibly.

As for the lockdown, it’s a bit cliché but it does really feel like the steering is locked down. There is less wobble. The rack feels lighter, which I personally don’t like, but overall it is an, albeit small, improvement.
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The engine mounts kind of dominated the experience so I haven’t even paid attention. Also doesn’t help that either one of the mounts or something else loosened and now at idle it sounds like the engine is a jackhammer that’s trying to escape from under the hood with lots of scary noises and movement. So the car is going back to the shop to have that re-torqued possibly.

As for the lockdown, it’s a bit cliché but it does really feel like the steering is locked down. There is less wobble. The rack feels lighter, which I personally don’t like, but overall it is an, albeit small, improvement.

Seems like it may be worth it to me. Oddly enough, I was considering the upgrade with motor mounts since if I'm going to have everything off, I may as well. Thanks for the insight, best of luck with the jackhammer! I wonder if the trans mount is loose now?
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Thanks for the insight, best of luck with the jackhammer! I wonder if the trans mount is loose now?
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That did cross my mind, but not being too savvy mechanically, I have no idea how to rule it out. I have the Perrin trans support also. Is that different from a mount? The impacts (really best way to describe them) sound like they go with every other engine pulse, so I'm not sure what that means. One side of the engine seems to be moving more than the other and the sound is also apparent more on one side. It's also A LOT more apparent when I'm in the car as opposed to outside of it. If you've ever had a misfire and felt that jolt when pushing the gas, that's kind of what it feels like. Just a very loud THUD-THUD-THUD, which subsides once I'm past 800 rpm. Sucks cause the first two drives were amazing, just a tiny bit of vibration at the pedals and as soon as I started it for the third time, right away something felt off.
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That did cross my mind, but not being too savvy mechanically, I have no idea how to rule it out. I have the Perrin trans support also. Is that different from a mount? The impacts (really best way to describe them) sound like they go with every other engine pulse, so I'm not sure what that means. One side of the engine seems to be moving more than the other and the sound is also apparent more on one side. It's also A LOT more apparent when I'm in the car as opposed to outside of it. If you've ever had a misfire and felt that jolt when pushing the gas, that's kind of what it feels like. Just a very loud THUD-THUD-THUD, which subsides once I'm past 800 rpm. Sucks cause the first two drives were amazing, just a tiny bit of vibration at the pedals and as soon as I started it for the third time, right away something felt off.
This definitely sounds like one mount is loose. I will assert that with upgraded mounts you will get a lot more noise and thudding in the car's interior, but it shouldn't be at all like you are describing unless they were solid mounts, haha.
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