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Old 10-09-2011, 06:22 AM   #1
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ebay headlamps leaking - common issue? solution?

Installed a pair of oem like black-housing headlamps from ebay recentely, and they started leaking after I washed the car. Is this a common issue? I am thinking of using some sort of silicone caulk to seal them, but I am not too sure if thats a good idea, as there might be a better compound to use?
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Thats what I've always heard you had to do.
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I pull stock headlights apart this way so that I can paint the housings on the inside. This is the best way to reseal a headlight.

1. Pre heat oven to 165*
2. Remove all screws and bulbs from headlamp.
3. Use blue painters tape and mask off all openings and cover the entire lens.
4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
5. With screwdriver, gently pry apart the headlight. In your case, just enough to apply an indoor/outdoor weather proof silicone.
6. Then, using a padded C clamp (I just wrapped my headlight in a towel and clamped it) gently clamp the housing back together.
7. Let the silicone cure before removing clamp(s).

I know this sounds like a lot of work but it is the most effective way to repair this problem. Btw, have a buddy with you. An extra set of hands is always a good idea. Good luck!
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Re: ebay headlamps leaking - common issue? solution?

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I pull stock headlights apart this way so that I can paint the housings on the inside. This is the best way to reseal a headlight.

1. Pre heat oven to 165*
2. Remove all screws and bulbs from headlamp.
3. Use blue painters tape and mask off all openings and cover the entire lens.
4. Bake for 8 to 10 minutes.
5. With screwdriver, gently pry apart the headlight. In your case, just enough to apply an indoor/outdoor weather proof silicone.
6. Then, using a padded C clamp (I just wrapped my headlight in a towel and clamped it) gently clamp the housing back together.
7. Let the silicone cure before removing clamp(s).

I know this sounds like a lot of work but it is the most effective way to repair this problem. Btw, have a buddy with you. An extra set of hands is always a good idea. Good luck!
Thanks for the tip. I actually have taken apart headlamps before to do a projector retrofit (Nissan Maxima)...never had an issue with leaks.

What I am going to do is actually wait for the water to dry on its own, and maybe even help it along by removing bulbs and placing it in the sun, and using a blowdryer to force the water to evaporate... then i am going to use RTV silicone sealant and seal it up. Here is another how-to video:

Prevent and Remove Condensation Inside Headlights | AutoHow.TV
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