Mazda

Mazda repair questions? Ask mechanics for answers ASAP

Ask an Expert,
Get an Answer ASAP!

Mazda 3 SP23: 2005 Mazda3 SP23 with factory HID headlights.

Customer Question
2005 Mazda3 SP23 with factory...
2005 Mazda3 SP23 with factory HID headlights. Driver side HID fuse keeps blowing. What are the likely causes? HID bulb, igniter/ballast, short, etc.
Submitted: 3 years ago.Category: Mazda
Show More
Show Less
Ask Your Own Mazda Question
Answered in 8 hours by:
6/2/2015
Mazda Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 3 years ago
Chris (aka- Moose)
Chris (aka- Moose), Technician
Category: Mazda
Satisfied Customers: 52,083
Experience: 16 years of experience
Verified
Hello, I'm Chris. Thanks for seeking us for help.
I am sorry for the delay in getting a response to you. Sometimes we get alot of customers and just can not keep up. Sometimes you just have to wait for the correct tech to login.
Do you even still need help. Sometimes customers seek help elsewhere or figure it out on their own before we get to each and everyone.
I am sure I can help a lot or a little at least something if you give me a chance and work with me. I am going to get an answer to you regardless if you reply or not sooner or later.
If your concern is urgent reply and let me know and if you have anything more you think will help me, to help you, let me know. I work on here normally 3pm-3am central.
Thanks Chris
Ask Your Own Mazda Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Yes, I am hoping for a response before my dealer appointment Thursday morning for this issue. What would be helpful is advice on Is this problem likely to be difficult to diagnose or are there one or two known common issues that would probably solve the problem? Thanks!
Mazda Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 3 years ago
Hi
Open the fie below to see the diagrams I am using.
https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/90220402/05mazdahead.pdf
Is it the low or high beam fuse failing?
If you unplug the headlight and command it on, does the fuse still blow?
Do you have daytime running lights?
If the fuse blows with the headlight unplugged then its a wire short to ground.
You want a excellent 5 star answer & I would like to be rated the same for providing it. Consider I don't know your skill level & I can't see, smell, hear, or touch the vehicle. It may take a few back and forth replies. Try your best to respond with good detail so I can do the same. I normally log in at 3pm and work late. A rating is required. Your rating me, what I type. I am not an employee of this website, nor have control over the fees or the time it took to get a response. If you rate negative or not at all you still paid, but I get nothing. I want you pleased with me and my efforts, so let me know if your experience here has come up short.
Thanks Chris
Ask Your Own Mazda Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Left low beam fuse 15 and blows. 2005 Mazda three SP 23 has factory H ID low beams only. Highbeams are regular bulbs. No DRL's. Not sure I can get to the headlight plugs. Most online instructions say to remove the bumper to access the bulbs. I can try later today. Are you familiar with possible faults for the H ID components?
Mazda Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 3 years ago
You are correct the bumper cover will have to be removed to gain access to the low beam HID bulb connector to figure out if its the wiring or HID causing the fuse to fail.
Ask Your Own Mazda Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
I probably won't be able to remove the bumper today. (I've seen a youtube video on how to do this; seems fairly simple but let me know if there are things to look out for.)
Please let me know if the following makes sense. Possibilities include:
a) Bad HID bulb causes fuse to blow [Replace bulb]
b) Wiring to headlight shorted somewhere between headlight and fusebox [Follow wiring to find short, replace wiring]
c) Short in fusebox [Replace fusebox]
d) ?? Bad ballast or igniter?? [Is the igniter integrated with the ballast as an assembly?]
e) Any other possibilities?
Mazda Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 3 years ago
A bulb can short the filament but its not common.
Very possible to be a chaffed wire.
Rare to never is there a short in the fuse box.
The ballast and igniter are integrated and a possible cause.
Ask Your Own Mazda Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
I took the bumper off. Unplugging the headlight then turning on the lights does not blow the fuse. I think this means there is not a short in the wiring. Let me know if a short is still possible.
I swapped the bulb from the good side to the bad. The fuse blew. I need to swap the bulb back to the good side to see if the bulb also burned out or not.
** Does this sound like the ballast is broken?
** If so, would you advise against replacing the ballast for only the one bad side? They are pricey, $600 each at the dealer but I think less than $200 online.
** Is a "rebuilt" ballast legit? I see at least one of these on Amazon. Don't see how you would rebuild an electronic part.
Gotta say, this is crazy pain for a burned out headlight. Used to be 5 minutes to change a $5 bulb.
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Another question- the security/alarm dash light is now showing. I don't recall seeing a hood switch while removing the bumper, but where would the hood switch be?
Mazda Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 3 years ago
I suggest a aftermarket ballast to address the concern with the lamp and fuse. Not a new one or rebuilt one.
The hood switch is on the hood latch.
Ask Your Own Mazda Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Who makes replacement ballasts/igniters? I see plenty of conventional to HID conversion kits but not OEM replacement ballasts. BTW, it appears the igniter is a separate piece from the ballast, connected by wires.
Mazda Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 3 years ago
Zenon is the only aftermarket HID light company I have used.
Ask Your Own Mazda Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
Chris, I haven't been able to work further on the car this week; I'll get back to it when I return home from my business trip this weekend. Can a bad ballast/igniter cause a bulb to blow? I did search for "Zenon" but did not find a vendor with that name.
Do you have a link?
Mazda Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 3 years ago
The post is due to time out and close in 23 hours being there has not been a rating.
Yes a faulty ballast or igniter can cause bulb failure.
http://www.xenonhids.com/
Ask Your Own Mazda Question
Customer reply replied 3 years ago
xenonhids.com appears to have only conversion kits, not oem components. The ballasts they have appear to be different form factor from the factory units so it is unlikely they will mount to the factory location (back of the headlight housing). Any other ideas for sourcing the ballast?
Mazda Mechanic: Chris (aka- Moose), Technician replied 3 years ago
That is the only place I know to get parts that will work, though they are a conversion. I know of no companies that sale OEM replacements.
Ask Your Own Mazda Question
Was this answer helpful?
Ask Chris (aka- Moose) Your Own Question
Chris (aka- Moose)
Chris (aka- Moose)
Chris (aka- Moose), Technician
Category: Mazda
Satisfied Customers: 52,083
52,083 Satisfied Customers
Experience: 16 years of experience

Chris (aka- Moose) is online now

A new question is answered every 9 seconds

How JustAnswer works:

  • Ask an ExpertExperts are full of valuable knowledge and are ready to help with any question. Credentials confirmed by a Fortune 500 verification firm.
  • Get a Professional AnswerVia email, text message, or notification as you wait on our site. Ask follow up questions if you need to.
  • 100% Satisfaction GuaranteeRate the answer you receive.

JustAnswer in the News:

Ask-a-doc Web sites: If you've got a quick question, you can try to get an answer from sites that say they have various specialists on hand to give quick answers... Justanswer.com.
JustAnswer.com...has seen a spike since October in legal questions from readers about layoffs, unemployment and severance.
Web sites like justanswer.com/legal
...leave nothing to chance.
Traffic on JustAnswer rose 14 percent...and had nearly 400,000 page views in 30 days...inquiries related to stress, high blood pressure, drinking and heart pain jumped 33 percent.
Tory Johnson, GMA Workplace Contributor, discusses work-from-home jobs, such as JustAnswer in which verified Experts answer people’s questions.
I will tell you that...the things you have to go through to be an Expert are quite rigorous.

What Customers are Saying:

I would (and have) recommend your site to others I was quite satisfied with the quality of the information received, the professional with whom I interacted, and the quick response time. Thanks, and be sure that I'll be back whenever I need a question answered in a hurry.

Stephanie PElm City, NC

used your service this weekend with "Trecers" help. thank you ,thank you, thank you. replaced an A/C fan motor. Local Auto Zone had part. $15.00 "tracer" fee and $40.00 for parts, I saved several hundreds of dollers at a shop. i will recommend you and use you in the future.

David L.Richmond, TX

9 dollars, 2 hours of my time, and I drove away. Your diagnosis was right on the mark. Thank you so much.

PhilMarysville, CA

Lurch. Thank you very much. I had real doubts about this website but your promptness of response, quick followup and to the point answer with picture was incredible.

CharlesWalnut Creek, CA

As a single woman, I really appreciate an excellent and affordable opinion.
Thank you Geordie, I will not hesitate to contact justanswer in the future!

SueCharleston, WV

Another great insight to what may be the problem. I will have my mechanic take a look at it tomorrow. Thanks again, Frank...you do indeed know your stuff.

JimCastleberry, FL

Wonderful service, prompt, efficient, and accurate. Couldn't have asked for more. I cannot thank you enough for your help.

Mary C.Freshfield, Liverpool, UK

< Previous | Next >

Meet the Experts:

Drew

Drew

Super Mazda Tech.

2,188 satisfied customers

19 yrs. experience. Mazda Senior Certified Tech, with Ford, Linc. & Merc. experience. ASE L1 Advanced Certified Master Tech.

Chris (aka- Moose)

Chris (aka- Moose)

Technician

52,083 satisfied customers

16 years of experience

mazdamaster577

mazdamaster577

Master Technician

691 satisfied customers

mazda master/shop foreman for 15 years.

George H.

George H.

ASE Certified Technician

457 satisfied customers

15+Years

Ron Z.

Ron Z.

- Mazda Tech -

399 satisfied customers

18+yrs experience. State Inspector and Mazda Diagnostics

Mike Kelly

Mike Kelly

Mazda Mechanic

273 satisfied customers

17 years experience as an auto mechanic, foreign and domestic. 5 years running my own repair business.

Mazda Ed

Mazda Ed

ASE Certified Technician

264 satisfied customers

ASE Certified Mazda Master Technician

< Previous | Next >

Related Mazda Questions
My Mazda Demio Lady is not starting. There is no signal of
There is no signal of electricity in sparking plugs. … read more
Cesar Jimenez
Cesar Jimenez
Owner/CEO
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
171 satisfied customers
THE DASH SHIFT INDICATOR IS STUCK IN DRIVE, SHIFTER MA. THE
THE DASH SHIFT INDICATOR IS STUCK IN DRIVE, SHIFTER MA … read more
Chris (aka- Moose)
Chris (aka- Moose)
Technician
52,083 satisfied customers
Are you I have a Mazda 6 that backfires when accelerating
hey how are you I have a Mazda 6 that backfires when accelerating and it seems to be idling rough and it pulls up the code random misfire what do I need to do … read more
Chris (aka- Moose)
Chris (aka- Moose)
Technician
52,083 satisfied customers
Limp mode. 2006 mazda miata. I am fixing i am stumped
Limp mode JA: What is the model/year of your Mazda? Customer: 2006 mazda miata JA: Are you fixing your Miata yourself? What have you tried so far? Customer: I am fixing i am stumped JA: Anything else … read more
Richard Greer
Richard Greer
Vocational, Technical or Trade School
46 satisfied customers
2008 mazda 3 hatchback 2.4L AT light came on but no check
2008 mazda 3 hatchback 2.4L AT light came on but no check engine light. I replaced output(pulse generator)speed sensor and solved the problem for a day. AT light is on again should I replace the input… read more
Chris (aka- Moose)
Chris (aka- Moose)
Technician
52,083 satisfied customers
The tail pipe is smoking. 137. I got oil changed like a
The tail pipe is smoking JA: How many miles are on the car? Have you been losing oil or coolant? Customer: 137 JA: What is the model/year of your Mazda? Customer: I got oil changed like a month ago JA… read more
baddad1
baddad1
technician
High School or GED
5 satisfied customers
07 Mazda B4000 4.0L sohc I need timing chain and cylinder
07 Mazda B4000 4.0L sohc I need timing chain and cylinder head re-installation instructions.… read more
David Craig
David Craig
OWNER/MECHANIC
Associates
5,456 satisfied customers
I have a 2010 BT50 3li I have a reco eng new injections .i
Hi I have a 2010 BT50 3li I have a reco eng new injections .i have checked compression and tappets clearance when you start it. It blows black smoke and runs like if running on 3 cylinders it feels li… read more
Pete
Pete
Independent Auto Technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
138 satisfied customers
I have a 2011 CX9 and the water pump went out. A CF to be
I have a 2011 CX9 and the water pump went out. A CF to be sure! We're there any recalls for this device? Short of putting a new engine in it I don't know what to do. It only had 80,000 miles on it whe… read more
Eric
Eric
Auto Technician
589 satisfied customers
Something broke on the inside of the passenger side door
Something broke on the inside of the passenger side door with the door closed cant get panel off because cant get the door open. How do I get the door open? … read more
Chris (aka- Moose)
Chris (aka- Moose)
Technician
52,083 satisfied customers
I have two 2003 Mazda pickup trucks. one is a 3000 with a
I have two 2003 Mazda pickup trucks. one is a 3000 with a blown motor the other is a 4000 with rotten body. … read more
Chris (aka- Moose)
Chris (aka- Moose)
Technician
52,083 satisfied customers
Low beam light went out on passenger side (2009 Mazda 6),
Low beam light went out on passenger side (2009 Mazda 6), purchased a new bulb and put it in and it did not turn on. … read more
Chris (aka- Moose)
Chris (aka- Moose)
Technician
52,083 satisfied customers
The ABS light and all wheel drive light are most likely a
The ABS light and all wheel drive light are most likely a seperate problem from the low tire pressure. It sounds like a speed sensor or ABS sensor that has gone out and is causing these issues.The fac… read more
David Craig
David Craig
OWNER/MECHANIC
Associates
5,456 satisfied customers
02 millenia S cooling fans operate only when ac is on. No
02 millenia S cooling fans operate only when ac is on. … read more
David Craig
David Craig
OWNER/MECHANIC
Associates
5,456 satisfied customers
It only revs up to 3000 rpm paddel to the floor then when i
it only revs up to 3000 rpm paddel to the floor then when i let go it goes to 1500 rpm surges for 2 sec. then it goes down to 1200 rpm and stays there same thing revs up to 3000 rpm it runs well no mi… read more
Pete
Pete
Independent Auto Technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
138 satisfied customers
After a few years of driving my cx5 Mazda 2014 I've had to
After a few years of driving my cx5 Mazda 2014 I've had to change the front headlamps. When I change the driver side I now don't have low beam and guitar often drive with high beams. So my problem is … read more
Chris (aka- Moose)
Chris (aka- Moose)
Technician
52,083 satisfied customers
Master warning light showing. Master warning light showing
Master warning light showing on dashboard, of our Mazda CX-5 … read more
indy-tech
indy-tech
Shop owner, technician
Vocational, Technical or Trade Scho
11 satisfied customers
2002 mazda tribute my radio does not work also over head
2002 mazda tribute my radio does not work also over head courtesy light does not work. Checed … read more
eric remington
eric remington
FORMER SHOP OWNER/TECHNICIAN/INSPECTOR
associates degree
694 satisfied customers
Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Disclaimer: Information in questions, answers, and other posts on this site ("Posts") comes from individual users, not JustAnswer; JustAnswer is not responsible for Posts. Posts are for general information, are not intended to substitute for informed professional advice (medical, legal, veterinary, financial, etc.), or to establish a professional-client relationship. The site and services are provided "as is" with no warranty or representations by JustAnswer regarding the qualifications of Experts. To see what credentials have been verified by a third-party service, please click on the "Verified" symbol in some Experts' profiles. JustAnswer is not intended or designed for EMERGENCY questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals.

Show MoreShow Less

Ask Your Question

x