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Both Headlights on my WK2 GC have developed cracks in the lens, Jeep Dealer said only way to fix was to replace both Headlights at $4000 each (AUD) this is nuts, represents 20% of what the vehicle is worth. Does any one have any suggestions here? is this a common problem? Automotive parking light Hood Automotive lighting Grille Vehicle
 

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Both Headlights on my WK2 GC have developed cracks in the lens, Jeep Dealer said only way to fix was to replace both Headlights at $4000 each (AUD) this is nuts, represents 20% of what the vehicle is worth. Does any one have any suggestions here? is this a common problem? View attachment 246635
Not normal at all…
I’ve seen this before at work when people use the wrong chemicals to clean them.
I agree there is no way to fix them obviously. But $8,000 for a pair 😂 yea nope.. go on eBay
Even with shipping your much better off.
 

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Rhd ones are super rare used. It’s the same trying to get them in U.K. second hand. Weird if both sides have gone so wonder if it’s been previously tinted & overheated or as suggested above, cleaned with dodgy chemicals. Rhd AFS lights are about £800-£1000 used here so 1600-1800aud / 1000-1200usd roughly each
 

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I have a long crack in the center from top to bottom on both (identical cracks) and they have not leaked yet. If they leak I'll turn them into insurance as they were likely rock hits. But also have some other smaller cracks on both, but on the lower outside edges. Never seen plastic headlight covers crack like that.
Will need to start checking eBay out more often for good deals on used HID's.
 
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Rhd ones are super rare used. It’s the same trying to get them in U.K. second hand. Weird if both sides have gone so wonder if it’s been previously tinted & overheated or as suggested above, cleaned with dodgy chemicals. Rhd AFS lights are about £800-£1000 used here so 1600-1800aud / 1000-1200usd roughly each
What’s the difference between LHD and RHD headlights other than the cut off lines??
could you not just adjust LHD cutoff line to suit??
I adjusted my WK2 HIDs and there is a surprising amount of height adjustability.
 

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Not normal at all…
I’ve seen this before at work when people use the wrong chemicals to clean them.
I agree there is no way to fix them obviously. But $8,000 for a pair 😂 yea nope.. go on eBay
Even with shipping your much better off.
From what I have found out so far, this is not caused by chemicals etc, there seems to be lots of complaints world wide, my GC is in perfect condition and 'garaged'. I believe this is a 'Chrysler Jeep' problem which they are ignoring, there is definitely some problem with the plastic as the headlights age, also maybe a 'heat' problem too? Be great to get a specialist on board to investigate the problem.
 

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I have a long crack in the center from top to bottom on both (identical cracks) and they have not leaked yet. If they leak I'll turn them into insurance as they were likely rock hits. But also have some other smaller cracks on both, but on the lower outside edges. Never seen plastic headlight covers crack like that.
Will need to start checking eBay out more often for good deals on used HID's.
Yep this is how it starts, mine small cracks on LH side growing to much larger ones, the RH side was ok then but after a couple of months cracks developed here too.. As far as I am concerned this is a JEEP PROBLEM! a fault in the quality of the material used, or maybe excess heat from the headlamp.. who knows
 

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From what I have found out so far, this is not caused by chemicals etc, there seems to be lots of complaints world wide, my GC is in perfect condition and 'garaged'. I believe this is a 'Chrysler Jeep' problem which they are ignoring, there is definitely some problem with the plastic as the headlights age, also maybe a 'heat' problem too? Be great to get a specialist on board to investigate the problem.
It may be heat related…I doubt it. I think it’s an age related issue. I haven’t seen the headlights do that here in Canada. We get temp swings of -35c to 38c not sure what the climate is like where you’re at..
certainly single digit percentage of Jeeps experiencing this issue.
We are talking about 9 year old headlights here… Jeep cannot be held responsible… sorry

Also nobody answered my question about differences between LHD and RHD headlights… could you not adjust the lights to suit your needs?? (See my above post)

This is also why I choose not to own European vehicles… parts and repairs are astronomical… same applies to the American vehicles as imports…. $8,000 for headlights! 😂
For fun price out BMWs new laser headlights
$20,000 for the pair !!!
 

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It may be heat related…I doubt it. I think it’s an age related issue. I haven’t seen the headlights do that here in Canada. We get temp swings of -35c to 38c not sure what the climate is like where you’re at..
certainly single digit percentage of Jeeps experiencing this issue.
We are talking about 9 year old headlights here… Jeep cannot be held responsible… sorry

Also nobody answered my question about differences between LHD and RHD headlights… could you not adjust the lights to suit your needs?? (See my above post)

This is also why I choose not to own European vehicles… parts and repairs are astronomical… same applies to the American vehicles as imports…. $8,000 for headlights! 😂
For fun price out BMWs new laser headlights
$20,000 for the pair !!!
Thanks for the reply, I still feel that the Headlights shouldn't simply crack open, my brother has a 2004 Nissan Maxima with acrylic lenses and the headlights are fine. I live in Queensland Australia and we are in the Sub Tropics here, my Jeep GC is well cared for and garaged most of the time with 180K on the speedo. Bring back the old round glass headlights at least they lasted the life of the vehicle and you could buy them at any Auto Shop..hey.
 

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I have a long crack in the center from top to bottom on both (identical cracks) and they have not leaked yet. If they leak I'll turn them into insurance as they were likely rock hits. But also have some other smaller cracks on both, but on the lower outside edges. Never seen plastic headlight covers crack like that.
Will need to start checking eBay out more often for good deals on used HID's.
Yep..that's how my cracks started, first the LH followed a month later by the RH one, go figure
 

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Not normal at all…
I’ve seen this before at work when people use the wrong chemicals to clean them.
I agree there is no way to fix them obviously. But $8,000 for a pair 😂 yea nope.. go on eBay
Even with shipping your much better off.
Thanks, but no chemicals used and the GC spends most of its time in an enclosed Garage, well serviced and looked after.
 

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I have a small crack (chip) at the bottom edge of one headlight. Didn’t do a thing about it for a couple years. Crack didn’t migrate, so I finally applied a clear wrap to hopefully keep any moisture from entering. So far so good after 3 years. 😎
 

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Both Headlights on my WK2 GC have developed cracks in the lens, Jeep Dealer said only way to fix was to replace both Headlights at $4000 each (AUD) this is nuts, represents 20% of what the vehicle is worth. Does any one have any suggestions here? is this a common problem? View attachment 246635
Dont even think about buying replacement headlights in Australia - get them from the US - should be a lot cheaper and you'll probably get them quicker - I've received shock absorbers in Cairns from Michigan in 4 days (AND they cost half the Australian price - INCLUDING postage) - while the springs for the same job took nearly 3 weeks from brisbane....
 

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Apparently some are convinced LHD headlights won’t fit RHD models… I find this very hard to believe.
buy the LHD headlights and re-aim the beams.. done.. simple.
 

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They fit but the beam pattern is off so will fail mot (annual road test). The beam on lhd is flat or kicks off to the right. Rhd kick up to the left to illuminate the pavement & if you have rhd & press the option on radio for lhd driving, it will make the beam flat so won’t be complaint. Yes they fit & yes they will connect up & if you select the option to flat the beam then won’t cause issues but it is not legal & will not pass a mot. It’s down to the cut off in the xenon reflector so cannot be adjusted by changing the adjustments
 

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I have read the dealership computer is able to adjust the bi-xenon projectors. Certainly worth looking into. Whatever the case…. I sure as hell wouldn’t pay $4,000 for a headlight… the beams are adjustable.
sorry to hear about your MOTs they sound ridiculously strict…
Only inspections over here are when buying a used vehicle from another province, and they wouldn’t check the headlights exact aiming…
Once the vehicle is registered, you can defeat emissions, hack the muffler off and let it get consumed by rust… if you’re so inclined.
 

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I have CDA, you 100% cannot adjust . It’s a manufacturing difference in the lens between rhd & lhd. I can adjust all angle ls without issue but it cannot counteract the reflector having a shut off in the refector between standard beam pattern & rhd export
We are on a pissy little island so the rules don’t stretch that far. Every vehicle is (or at least should be) tested as part of the mot. If you remove the cat on a car post 1992 it will automatically fail unless you have a ‘friendly’ tester
 
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