Somebody Please Help!
I really need your guys help. I just installed a set of Hella 500's on the front of my 2000 XTerra. I followed the wiring diagram exactly, except instead of wiring the hot lead on the switch to the headlamps as Hella suggests, I wired it to my cigarette lighter for a constant hot. (Hella has the wiring set up this way because of DOT regulations - you're not supposed to have fog lamps, driving lamps, etc on unless your headlights are on) At first I tried wiring the negative and positive leads on the switch directly to the battery with no fuse, and it fried the switch because there was too much amperage. Then I tried connecting it to the cigarette lighter leads, and noe I'm blowing fuses. What I'm wondering is this: Am I blowing fuses because the switch is drawing too many amps, or because there is a short in the system? To make things even more confusing, I temporarily wired up the lamps a couple of weeks ago when I first got them, and they worked fine! The onloy thing I did between now and then differently was permanently run the wires for the switch. When I hooked them up the first time a few weeks ago, I had the ground to the switch connected to the body, and the positive on the battery post. When I fried the switch today, I had both connections directly on the battery posts - could the fact that the current was running throught the body of the car be enough to reduce the amperage? Anyone's thougths on my problem here would help