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      05-28-2007, 09:00 PM   #1
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MTEC HID Fogs... Error Code SOLVED!

After about 6 months of having my MTEC HID Fog lights i found a way to solve the error code!!!

I got the idea first from a guy who had a e46, they went on e46fanatics and found the same thing.

Basically all you need to do is add a 4700uf capacitor to the line and bam. all better

you can find these capacitors at Radio Shack and they cost about $5 each. Heres what to do.

Get 2 capacitors, one for each side.
In the power wire coming from the oem plug into the ballast for the HID, remove a 3-4 inch section of the shielding to show the wires.
In the center of that cut section, using a stripper push away a small section to show the bar wire( on both the red and black wire)
now insert the capacitor between the + and - wire, with the arrows( or direction of current) going from the + to the - .
solder the wires in place
tape it up nice and good!
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Thats it
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      05-28-2007, 09:04 PM   #2
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wohoo NICE!! I want!! pictures please!
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      05-28-2007, 09:12 PM   #3
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VERY NICE!!! good find man!!

Seriusly the manufactor told me to wrap foil around teh wire!! lololol
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      05-28-2007, 11:38 PM   #4
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Nice found!
i got Mtec foglight and will install this saturday and if error code, I shall try this mod.
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      05-29-2007, 12:13 AM   #5
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I just installed them today, and I don't think i got an error the whole day. Now i know where to look if an error does pop up though. THanks for the tip man
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      05-29-2007, 12:21 AM   #6
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i got some "made in china" HID fogs.....will it work too?
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      05-29-2007, 01:05 AM   #7
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Very useful information will do this if my mtec hid fogs start throwing a code.
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      05-29-2007, 12:04 PM   #8
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NatureBoy - give it a shot!!! the capacitors are only about $5 each, so its definately worth a shot!
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      05-29-2007, 08:58 PM   #9
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WOW thanks this should be add to the master DIY list
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      05-29-2007, 08:59 PM   #10
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I'm gonna try it this weekend..........
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wow thats pretty interesting......im gonna have to try this
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      05-29-2007, 10:03 PM   #12
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thanks!! i just ordered resistors already though.. if they dont work ill attempt this
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I still get an error message every once in a while, i hope it will go away though!
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Awesome. Are these electrolytic capacitors, the ones that will blow if you hook them up backwards?
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Awesome. Are these electrolytic capacitors, the ones that will blow if you hook them up backwards?
For capacitance as high as 4700μF it has to be electrolytic. I wonder what minimum voltage rating is needed in order to connect to an HID bulb.
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Super find! Cheap, fast and great! You rock! One question, dont those get real hot and might burn the wire? Wouldn't it be safer to move them towards a metal mounting area?
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today, i installed mtec HID foglight.
However, I get error message IF the car is not running.

If I drive the car at normal speed, then the error message won't pop up.
Weird. Anyone is having same problem?
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OK nevermind - my HID Fogs still dont work :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
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OK nevermind - my HID Fogs still dont work :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
Dont worry, mines are coming in today, they are not mTEC, but I'll figure it out!
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OK nevermind - my HID Fogs still dont work :mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad::mad:
please don't misunderstand.
I have not tried it. Today, I will visit the dealer to reset my computer and see the result first. If still pop up, then I will try it. I will keep it post.
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I just tried this.......the final result:

But I have a relay harness attached to my HID fogs because it needed more power........

But I'm going to try it without the relay harness this weekend and see what happens....
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the dealer reset the computer and it seems ok.
no more error.
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