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Hideaway Problem

Discussion in 'Strobe Lighting' started by millsaps118, Dec 27, 2007.

  1. millsaps118

    millsaps118 Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    I installed the flange mounted hideaways this fall and made sure that they sealed flush and tight. I never had a problem with 'em until I started plowing and the snow was blowing up and over the hood (don't have a snow flap). I have 2 mounted in each headlight and am thinking that just enough snow is getting in there on the wires and melting from the heat and getting my connections wet causing all of them to not work. After about an hr or so they all start working again. My pwr unit is mounted in the cab behind the back seat so I know that's not getting wet. I checked to see if it was over heating but it didn't feel unusual or overly hot. Each head is grounded directly to the battery so I'm guessing that's out of the Q.

    Any suggestions????????
     
  2. ultimate plow

    ultimate plow PlowSite.com Addict
    from N. IL
    Messages: 1,761

    water might of got in if you didnt seal your amp connection, unless you have waterproof connections? I just put silicone on my AMP connections.
     
  3. millsaps118

    millsaps118 Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    I never did silicone the connection's so I'm going to try that.:drinkup:
     
  4. OSLIGHTS

    OSLIGHTS Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 44

    Do not get silicone in the actual amp connector..that could short them out. If you have di-electric grease, put that in the amp connectors, then tape up the outsides real good. I am assuming that you have a Whelen kit, but maybe not. If water/snow gets in the outside of the amp connectors, it will short them out. If it shorts out, the power supply will usually start to act crazy at first, then shut itself down to avoid damage.
     
  5. BlueLine Ent

    BlueLine Ent Senior Member
    Messages: 570

    On the outsides of the amp connector, inject all the back spaces with silicone real good and you'll be all set. Never had a problem, and I do primarily plow and work trucks. Don't waste your time with tape, it just gets wet and salty and falls off. No offense OSLIGHTS, but things here are different than in Florida, tape is useless up here cause of cold and salt.
     
  6. ultimate plow

    ultimate plow PlowSite.com Addict
    from N. IL
    Messages: 1,761


    I did that with mine too blueline. Been like that for 2 years and no problems. Its also cheaper than getting waterproof connections.
     
  7. fordzilla1155

    fordzilla1155 Senior Member
    Messages: 127

    liquid "tape" the can with the brush works wonders, Ever try Fluid Film on them?
     
  8. harley hauler

    harley hauler Senior Member
    Messages: 214

    I shrink tubed mine after I had the same problem, been fine ever since
     
  9. millsaps118

    millsaps118 Senior Member
    Messages: 694

    Well I siliconed the backs of all my connections and di-electric greased the fronts. Thanks for all the great tips guys, I'm sure it's going to be fine now.:drinkup: