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IPF Headlights not working - what am I missing?

I've got the IPF headlights in my 07, and for the past 6 months or so that I've had them, they've been great. However, as of last night, they both just went out. I have no headlights at all - high or low beam. I can get my fogs & turning signals to turn on normally. I've checked the fuses and they're fine too. I took the whole headlight out and checked to see if everything was still connecting ok and put in new clean electrical grease, and still...nothing. I'm doubting that its a battery issue either, because I'm not getting a dimming or any problems with anything else electrical.

Can anyone think of anything to check that I'm missing? I was going to call ARB soon, but thought that I'd see if anyone else had an idea that I hadn't thought of yet.
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What about your headlight bulbs?

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TIPM is the usual suspect.

Were the bulbs stock wattage (55/60)?


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I know where you are coming from.

Unplug the cross-over harness and look at the grounding pin. I bet you a six pack that it will be all black/shorted. This will be the center pin in the harness.

I cut the wire on both sides of the harness and just connected them directly together.

Hope this makes sense, I can try to explain it better with a photo if you are interested.
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Bulbs are fine. I'm going to check the voltage in the lines tonight after work (to see if there's anything even going there) so I'll check the wires and pins again too.

What exactly is the TIPM though? And what would be involved in fixing/replacing that? (I'm electronically retarded.)

Thanks for the assistance everyone.
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I cut the wire on both sides of the harness and just connected them directly together. Hope this makes sense, I can try to explain it better with a photo if you are interested.
If you can get a picture for reference, that would be great.
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I will take a photo to show you what I did, give me a bit, I am at work now.
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This show the wires I hade to cut. The "pin" was shorted inside the harness.




And here is the wire I "jumped" the harness with.

Make any sense?
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And here is the wire I "jumped" the harness with. Make any sense?
I think so. I'll have a better idea when I'm looking at mine for reference. Thanks a ton though.
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Your welcome, no problem man.

Unhook the harness and take a peek inside. You will know right off the bat if this is your issue. The center pin will be black or broken.
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We have success!!! Took it over to a buddy's house and we took everything apart. It wasn't the ground wire, everything there looked fine.

Long story short, I think that when I originally installed my IPF's, I must have pulled the wiring harness out too much, so the wires were pulling out from the harness on the engine side and shorting out. So...we just cut the harness out and hardwired the wires to the IPF pigtail. Works like a charm now!

Thanks for everyone's help though.
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When in doubt...Butcher the factory wiring.... I win!
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Good to see you traced the problem.
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i seem to be having the same problem but only with the driver side headlight. ive tried changing the harness with new ones and zip tying everything together. i will try doing all this with some more electgrical grease and some water proofing.... any other ideas in not real big on hacking up the stock harness.......

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I've tried changing the harness with new ones and zip tying everything together.
We tried doing the zip tie trick as well yesterday, but the problem was the wires going into the harness connectors themselves. All the zip ties did was held the connectors together. You can test if yours are working by taking the headlight out (still connected and the lights turned on) and pushing the engine side wires into the harness connector. If that gets the light to turn on, then that's the same problem that I had. You can also check the voltage to see if juice is getting there.
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what kind of connector did you use>? i dont wanna like soter them together....
what other kind will work???

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what kind of connector did you use? I don't wanna like solder them together....
what other kind will work???
We just used some small wire nuts and then wrapped everything in electrical tape. Originally wanted to use crimp connectors, but couldn't get enough reach in the headlight cavity to crimp them.

Should have taken pics...but didn't. It was getting late.
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Merlin=TechTarded .... Wire nuts are for construction. We used crimpable closed end connectors.
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Merlin=TechTarded
This is nothing new.
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This is nothing new.
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