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Old 11-10-2011, 11:19 PM   Thread Starter #1
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Default Headlight Condensation

Just noticed that my front left headlight has a pretty bad condensation build up, I've never had this problem until yesterday. Do you guys have any suggestions as to how taking the condensation out?

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Just noticed that my front left headlight has a pretty bad condensation build up, I've never had this problem until yesterday. Do you guys have any suggestions as to how taking the condensation out?

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What year is your car? If it is an 04-06, the headlight should be sealed. You'll need to pull all of the plugs out of the back of the headlight and check the weather seals on the plugs. You'll also need to check the housing seems for any cracks in the factory seal.

If you have an 07-08, the headlight housings are NOT sealed, so you will occasionally see condensation, but it should burn off pretty quickly.
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i have the same problem on my left headlight on a 06
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Default Re: Headlight Condensation

Originally Posted by 1hawaii50 View Post
What year is your car? If it is an 04-06, the headlight should be sealed. You'll need to pull all of the plugs out of the back of the headlight and check the weather seals on the plugs. You'll also need to check the housing seems for any cracks in the factory seal.

If you have an 07-08, the headlight housings are NOT sealed, so you will occasionally see condensation, but it should burn off pretty quickly.
Didn't some members temporarily put in those desiccant packets in their headlight housings?

Could've sworn I read that somewhere...
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Default Re: Headlight Condensation

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Didn't some members temporarily put in those desiccant packets in their headlight housings?

Could've sworn I read that somewhere...
I think you're right. As I said, I have factory HID's (07), and I've noticed condensation in my housings, but it seems to burn off pretty quickly. It was also pointed out to me that 07-08 HID housings are NOT sealed. I'm not sure on the 07-08 halogen housings, or the 04-06 HID housings. I know the 04-06 halogen housings should be sealed.

To the OP, you need to check the rubber weather seals on all of the plugs and make sure that they are not cracked, torn, or missing. Then you need to check the factory seam sealer on the housings themselves.
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Default Re: Headlight Condensation

yea you might wanna throw in one of those silicone packets int the headlight takes it out real easy...but i resealed my headlights havent had a problem....
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Default Re: Headlight Condensation

i have a 04 maxima and someone told me to try to drive with my headlight on to help with the condensation...

but you guys recommend the desiccant packets?
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Default Re: Headlight Condensation

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i have a 04 maxima and someone told me to try to drive with my headlight on to help with the condensation...

but you guys recommend the desiccant packets?
The heat from the headlights should burn off the condensation, but depending on the weather and outside temps, it may/may not come right back. You need to figure out why they are no longer sealed.
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The heat from the headlights should burn off the condensation, but depending on the weather and outside temps, it may/may not come right back. You need to figure out why they are no longer sealed.
exactly how do i go on with the process of finding out if its no longer sealed...its my front left headlight...do i have to removal my headlight itself?
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exactly how do i go on with the process of finding out if its no longer sealed...its my front left headlight...do i have to removal my headlight itself?
If it has condensation in it, then it's no longer sealed. Pull the headlight out, and remove all of the bulb harnessess. Each harness should have a rubber gasket on it that seals the plug to the housing when it is installed. Check each gasket and make sure that they are not cracked, or missing. The will dry-rot over time. If they check OK, then you need to check all of the seems on the housing itself and look for breaks or cracks in the plastic, or in the factory seam sealer that was used to originally seal them. If you find a crack, you can seal it with clear silicone.
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if its small juss fill it with a small amount of silicone if you baking it i suggest you use butyl tape...
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Default Re: Headlight Condensation

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If it has condensation in it, then it's no longer sealed. Pull the headlight out, and remove all of the bulb harnessess. Each harness should have a rubber gasket on it that seals the plug to the housing when it is installed. Check each gasket and make sure that they are not cracked, or missing. The will dry-rot over time. If they check OK, then you need to check all of the seems on the housing itself and look for breaks or cracks in the plastic, or in the factory seam sealer that was used to originally seal them. If you find a crack, you can seal it with clear silicone.
sounds like a PITA...i noticed when i rub my hands down the headlight that some of the condensation drips down the headlight...do you guys know a methond to get all that out without taking everything apart?
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Until you fix it, it's just going to keep happening. Naturally any heat source will help clear it up until next time....


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Does any one know how the aftermarket headlight in terms of quality compare to the oem headlights?
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Well I have some condensation in one of mine now. (Passenger side). I think will wait until the summer and then on a hot day take it out, find the leak and seal it up.

I love the new headlights, no amount of sanding could have made them look this clean but now I have some condensation for some reason.
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If you have an 07-08, the headlight housings are NOT sealed
Hey Don I have the 07-08 heads and when I took them apart to paint, mine were sealed.
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Hey Don I have the 07-08 heads and when I took them apart to paint, mine were sealed.
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I believe the halogen heads are sealed. The HID heads are vented to help them deal with the heat from the lights.
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Ray,

I believe the halogen heads are sealed. The HID heads are vented to help them deal with the heat from the lights.
The stock HIDs have a moisture absorbent bag hidden underneath the plastic chrome housing inside. If they have condensation, it means the outside rubber seal is broken or work out and the moisture bags can't absorb all that water. They need to be re-opened and re-sealed
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Ray,

I believe the halogen heads are sealed. The HID heads are vented to help them deal with the heat from the lights.
Mine are HID and still sealed the same as my 04-06 were.
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Hey Don I have the 07-08 heads and when I took them apart to paint, mine were sealed.
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The stock HIDs have a moisture absorbent bag hidden underneath the plastic chrome housing inside. If they have condensation, it means the outside rubber seal is broken or work out and the moisture bags can't absorb all that water. They need to be re-opened and re-sealed
OK guys, here you go...

I had a condensation problem last year and started a thread. Apparently the factory housings ARE vented...

http://my6thgen.org/f11/condensation...adlights-8346/

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