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My girlfriend recently acquired a used 2013 Dart Limited. The driver's side low beam started going on and off intermittently.

We went in to change the bulbs with halogen 9012s and found this aftermarket HID conversion kit. From what I can tell, it seems like the whole thing is just plugged into the manufacturer's 9012 socket.

Question time:
1. It looks like I can just remove this whole assembly and install a halogen 9012 bulb. Would that work?
2. I can't tell if this is a CANbus ballast or not, but all I can find online is conflicting information anyway. Some say a CANbus ballast is all you need. Some say you'll break your car without a relay. Some say the relay will break your car. Some say a warning canceller doesn't do anything, some say you'll break your car without one.
So
2a) What am I looking at?
2b) What should be here?
2c) Is the bulb going out intermittently because of a bad ballast or because I'm missing some other critical component?
2d) Should I just throw this in the trash and buy a whole new assembly with the right parts?

Thanks folks. I've been getting pissed off for like three days trying to figure out what to do with this thing.

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I my opinion, ditch the HID aftermarket crap and go back to a SIlverstar zXe bulb...FOR NOW. There are also LED kits from Sylvania that do work with their CANBUS adapters but they are not cheap. The zXe bulbs are plenty bright and a much cleaner, whiter light as far as I can tell anyway, two years running now and no issues at all.
 

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I think that's what she's leaning toward right now. I'm looking for someone to verify that I can just disconnect the entire harness from the 9012 socket and plug in the normal 9012 bulb. Like there's probably not other stuff installed somewhere else to make this stupid thing work, right?
 

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I think that's what she's leaning toward right now. I'm looking for someone to verify that I can just disconnect the entire harness from the 9012 socket and plug in the normal 9012 bulb. Like there's probably not other stuff installed somewhere else to make this stupid thing work, right?
Probably not, most HID's are designed to be Plug and Play so if they were working probably a ballast issue now. Simple check, go buy a bulb, plug it in and turn on the headlights...you won't blow anything up.
 
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