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Old 02-28-2011, 08:24 AM   #1
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08+ Taillight Condensation HELP

I installed a set of used, but super nice shape coupe taillights on my 2010 SE this weekend. Went to car wash on saturday, noticed after I was done the drivers side tail had some condensation in it. It was the one side of car that was sitting in the direct sunlight, I think it happened because of the cool water washing over the light. I made sure and sealed both bulbs with bulb grease, everything was a tight fit.

Could it be a bad seal? Is it possible to re-seal these? or do these have a self venting design? The condensation is still there today, small water droplets, not rolling down and only on the outside of the lens and in the reverse light, NOT in the brake light section at all. I can get pics shortly.


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Here are a few pictures, the fogginess was worse yesterday, but still there.



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Really? Nobody can help or has any idea? Blow Dry the best way? then can you re seal them?

I searched and searched and this has not come up for me......
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I would say a bad seal too. These should crack open the same way headlights will by baking them and then resealing them. You might also be able to do a pressure test. With a can of CO2 for computers, make a seal around the bulb socket and blow air into it after spraying the tail light with soapy water. Wherever bubbles appear, is your leak.
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I really dont want to crack them open all the way, I would prefer to try and find the weak seal and patch it up.

I was asking because I am unsure if these are fully sealed to begin with or are they vented to relieve moisture?
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They are apparently much harder to break open than the headlights... so I wouldnt try that.

See if you can take them off and blow dry them. You might be able to see right away where the problem is.

Maybe the seal around the bulb is bad, and water leaked in there with the car wash?
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I have the EXACT same problem with my 09 in the exact same spot, the dealership said they cant do anything about it unless they can actually see the condensation inside the light.
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I would say a bad seal too. These should crack open the same way headlights will by baking them and then resealing them. You might also be able to do a pressure test. With a can of CO2 for computers, make a seal around the bulb socket and blow air into it after spraying the tail light with soapy water. Wherever bubbles appear, is your leak.
Do something like this
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I have the EXACT same problem with my 09 in the exact same spot, the dealership said they cant do anything about it unless they can actually see the condensation inside the light.
I guess you are past warranty right? That would be covered, the only reason why I'm not is the obvious. purchased them used.

I pulled the one in question off. Took the hair dryer to it, cleared all moisture up nicely, only took about 10 minutes or so. I have decided to leave the fixture inside from last night to tonight. After work tonight I will add a bead of RTV silicone I bought to the edges to make sure they are sealed, and let cure until tomorrow evening. then reapply bulb grease to seal those areas too.

Thanks to who answered, Will let you know how it goes in about 48 hours.
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