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Old 01-07-2012, 10:17 PM
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headlight condensation

so i drove through a little river this past weekend and got a TON of condensation inside my headlights, both of them.

the only thing i did was change the bulbs to 6000k bulbs and thats about it... wondering what would make them build up so much water inside... any ideas? its really bugging me and would love to fix this, thanks.





me driving through the river



i mean if these damn things are "TRAIL RATED" i shouldnt have any of these issues!! rabble rabble rabble!!

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Old 01-07-2012, 10:29 PM
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I'm right there with ya dude! I did a few water crossings a few months ago and got water build up in both headlights. The passenger light went down when I left the high beams on for like 20 min. But the driver side is still bad. Now I have an excuse to take them apart and paint them.



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Re: headlight condensation

Those headlights are mosly likely ruined, they are going to have dirt on the inside as well
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Re: headlight condensation

Check the seals around the apertures the bulbs fasten in, if the seals are even slightly unseated, condensation will form. Found out the hard way after this little jaunt through some standing water:







When I hit the puddle at speed, like you did in your pic, water flew upwards into the engine with enough force to unseat the seals. These pics are from one of scottina06's posts, ignore the red arrow but take note of the rubber seals that cover the hid aperture and surround the high beam socket



Although the seals will look seated, just pull them off clean any dirt off the seal. Use a hair dryer, not condensed air form a pump or a tank, to dry the inside of the housing, then securely refasten the seals...lets try the easy solution first.
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Re: headlight condensation

i dont want to take these things apart... i feel like they are already ruined. I will check the seals thats a good idea NO ONE.

i have a feeling that even with the seals set, this might happen again because now they are loose... i might just have to buy some new headlights and thats it.... i am going to be annoyed if they are dirty on the inside and i cant clean them.
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Re: headlight condensation

The headlights are vented as well. So you could have splashed water in there some how.
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Re: headlight condensation

hmmmm ... well when i drove through the river it was pretty cold out, once i made it across the Jeep was steaming like crazy since i got a whole bunch of cold water on my hot engine... maybe its because of that? My buddy went through the same thing in his Dodge Ram and his engine was steaming as well, no condensation! lame.
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Re: headlight condensation

I cleaned the seals and pushed them on, problem solved. If the seals are too loose, there is likely an adhesive that will do the trick. No need to drop a wad of cash on new headlights unless yoyu are just looking for any excuse to upgrade. You do not have to justify it to us, we understand...you want OEM projectors or a reasonable facsimile.
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Re: headlight condensation

Bake them in the oven to get the condensation out, see if there is any dirt on the inside, if not, seal them up like he^^ said and it's a done deal.
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Re: headlight condensation

lol i dont want the projectors, they are WAY too much $$$... but i do appreciate the advice guys... I've been spending way too much money lately on crap so i think i'm going to take your guys advice and see if i can clean them out and maybe add a little more sealant somewhere... thanks y'all

another thing is... one of my headlights is out... on the one that works the condensation is practically gone... the other one is still there all over the damn place kus there is no heat... im gonna try leaving my brights on for a bit and see if that helps any
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