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Old 04-13-2010, 06:58 AM   #1
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Question Forcing a taillight seal leak

I got a seal leak in the back up lights in my 2009 focus, so I took it to the dealership to have em eather fix it or give me new taillights and they said they cant do anything unless they can actually see the moisture inside the lights (it wasn't in there at the time). so I waited for it to rain, nothing happened, sprayed it with water, nothing happened.

is there anyway I can force the leak? (I know that sounds kinda bad)

I could just reseal it but I got the warranty on my car and I might as well use it before its up.


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mmm could use a smoke tester and try to seal where the bulb is??
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It is most likely a matter of condensation inside the light housing. My daughters car has the same problem on one light. Noticed it as the cooler, moist nights turned to a warmer day. Maybe soak the area as if a heavy rain and apply heat from a hair drier. You might have to warm the light first also. Then, if you get the moisture, take a picture as it may not last to the dealer. I have to watch for it on her car too.
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just wondering......... if they can't see any moisture in there, and it didn't leak when it rained then what does it matter to get it replaced?
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Free taillight.. maybe even the smoked coupe ones lol
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Old 04-13-2010, 03:14 PM   #6
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I already got the smoked coupe ones, real classy.

Vista Blue with the smoked grill and head and tail lights

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I'll try that, thanks.
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car wash, spray on high?
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i would deffinetly try geeting a pic as soon as you see any moisture in there. its basically a new car theres no reason why there are leaks or moisture in your lights

moisture in my lights pisses me off so much
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I used to work for Visteon and designed tail lamps. Here's how to find the leak..
1 remove the lamp
2 remove the bulb sockets
3 use duct tape to cover the socket holes.
4 using duct tape, seal a small hose into one of the socket holes. Using a comperssor and only about 5lbs of air pressure, submerge the lamp in a bucket of water and apply air pressure into the hose. any seal leake will bubble.
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