Hella 500 problem...
I installed Hella's inside the grill like so many others. The one thing I did differently is to use the power wire from the radio to power up the lights (still using the relay, but instead of being able to turn on the lights at any given time, I wired it so the lights could only be turned on when the truck is turned on... in other words, only when the radio is rec'ing power).
It started two weeks ago. I got a call from my father saying that the grill lights were on and he couldn't turn them off. I thought he just was crazy because I asked him if the truck was running and he confirmed it wasn't.
I didn't have any problems until yesterday. Even with the key out of the ignition, the radio would sometimes turn on, therefore the lights would be lit up.
Today while at work, a co-worker told me the lights were on again, so I went to my truck and disconnected the relay that goes with the Hella's. After doing this, the radio doesn't power up unless the key is in the ignition like it's supposed to be.
At first I thought it could be a melted fuse holder in the lighting system, but even at that point, it shouldn't route any power to the radio without the key in the truck.
So basically, I can only think of the relay itself as the culprit. Since it's been raining and too cold, I haven't been able to go investigate.
Does the relay malfunctioning make sense? Am I overlooking something else?
2003 Ranger Edge Stepside | Sonic Blue
| 4x4 | 4.0L V6 | Purchased 5.1.09 | Toneau cover | Flowmaster 40 series dual exhaust | 265/75/16 GoodYear Wrangler Authority | Hella 500ff grill lights | Expo roof rack |