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Mold in Taillights (?!)

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Does anyone have dirt and/or mold growing in their tail lights on the tailgate? (Yeah, I know….weird.) While detailing the Jeep (2011 GCX) over the weekend I noticed green mold and dirt in the narrow, vertical, clear part of the lens (appx 1/4” x 2 1/2”) mounted on the tailgate closest to the opening. The mold and dirt is in both lenses – left side and right side. I tried to blow it out with compressed air and had limited success. The channel is L shaped and very narrow so it is near impossible to get anything in there to clean it properly. Just wondering if anyone else has experienced this and if they had any success removing the mold and/or dirt.

I tried taking pics, but the mold/dirt did not show well. I live in the Northeast and we had a pretty dry summer. Jeep is washed very 7 – 10 days. No reason there should be dirt or mold in the lights. Warranty is up next month.

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Old 10-11-2013, 02:57 AM
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I literally have the exact same problem with the left tail light..only in clear lens part..there is little room to fit anything in there to clean it. I was thinking of maybe trying to spray mildew/mold cleaner in the crack there but that might effect the car negatively somehow.
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Old 10-11-2013, 03:03 PM
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Re: Mold in Taillights (?!)

Thanks Rt. I'm glad to know I am not the only one with this bizarre issue. I'm sure others have it but have not noticed it. I'm still trying to figure out how to get the dirt and mold out. Due to the narrow gap and weird angle nothing seems to fit. Like you, I am a bit hesitant to try the mold/mildew spray. Not sure what - if any - effect it would have on the plastic lens or the surrounding paint. Please let me know if you try the mold/mildew spray and if it worked for you. If I come up with anything I will post again.

Thanks again for the "sanity" check.

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Thanks Rt. I'm glad to know I am not the only one with this bizarre issue. I'm sure others have it but have not noticed it. I'm still trying to figure out how to get the dirt and mold out. Due to the narrow gap and weird angle nothing seems to fit. Like you, I am a bit hesitant to try the mold/mildew spray. Not sure what - if any - effect it would have on the plastic lens or the surrounding paint. Please let me know if you try the mold/mildew spray and if it worked for you. If I come up with anything I will post again.

Thanks again for the "sanity" check.

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Most mold/mildew sprays are detergent or chlorine bleach or hydrogen peroxide, none
of which I'd care to have near any electrical circuit expected to turn a light on.

Can you get the lens off? Once off, ordinary Windex or similar can probably remove it.
On an older jeep, I added a line of cheap rubber cement to my lenses as otherwise they were always collecting dust inside. The rubber cement removes easily and doesn't prevent removal of the lens.
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Old 10-14-2013, 06:48 AM
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Re: Mold in Taillights (?!)

The dirt and mold are actually in a small cavity on the outer edge of the lenses and not where the bulbs and sockets reside. Thanks for the tip about the rubber cement. If I can eliminate the dirt and mold already in the space I will give it a try.
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