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    Headlights Starting to fog

    The Headlights on my 2002 are begining to fog. I thought that some time back I saw a post that told how to fix with ordinary household products. Does anyone remember it or have any sugesstions?


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    Re: Headlights Starting to fog

    Yeah, its actually heat steam/smoke from the DTRL (Day Time Running Lights) and been discussed here.
    Remove the Headlights (takes 5 mins) by pulling two rods (1 horiz and 1 vertical), then remove the light bulbs and run alcohol/water thru them. Then let them dry.
    Its easy.


    Quote Originally Posted by awkaczor View Post
    The Headlights on my 2002 are begining to fog. I thought that some time back I saw a post that told how to fix with ordinary household products. Does anyone remember it or have any sugesstions?


    Tony

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    Re: Headlights Starting to fog

    People have had good results using an alcohol water mix, water and a mild detergent, and some use plain old warm water. Thoroughly rinse the inside of the headlamps to remove the smokey film and allow to dry well before reinstalling.
    The above post is my 2 cents....nothing more.

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    Re: Headlights Starting to fog

    Just water will wash it off....it'sa lot simpler if you just pull the bulbs out of the housing/out of the way and pour a little water(1/4 cup) in one of the bulb sockets and hold the headlight above your head and swirl it around.The fog will come off 1st pass of the water.I did put about a cap full of rubbing alcohol in but doubt it did anything.Then slowly tilt the housing for the water to drain out of the main wiring harness in the bottom corner.It will flow right out but slowly.The whole point is to avoid getting water on the chrome reflectors.

    Then let the housing dry out.

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    Re: Headlights Starting to fog

    can this procedure be done for the HID oem lights as well?
    I remember removing the light housings, but could not remove the wires in full?? Any help?

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    Re: Headlights Starting to fog

    this can be done with the HID head lights but I dont understand your question. All the bulbs and wires can be removed and it is all pretty self explanatory.

    When I did mine I just used water. Rubbing alcohol on plastic is not a good idea. If you find that water is not good enough use dish soap... not ALCOHOL!

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    Re: Headlights Starting to fog

    Ok I did this with water and soap and it turned out great but now two days later I am getting condensation inside - what can I do to fix this??

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    Re: Headlights Starting to fog

    i need to do this as well, starting to fog/cloud a bit on the inside

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    Re: Headlights Starting to fog

    Give it time an the condensation will go away with the heat build-up in there.

    Rubbng alcohol is a dryer...it works for that purpose.

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    foggy headlight pix

    I hate to revive an old thread. However, the idea of just pouring water inside the housing...I don't see it. I just took this picture from my drivers side headlight. I have an 04 with OEM HID.











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    Quote Originally Posted by spirit man
    I hate to revive an old thread. However, the idea of just pouring water inside the housing...I don't see it. I just took this picture from my drivers side headlight. I have an 04 with OEM HID.









    I was the same way until I tried it myself it worked like a charm(that and swapping out my drl bulbs with LEDs and my high beams with hids to prevent it from happening again)
    Mine is a 03 with the factory hids

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    Re: Headlights Starting to fog

    I suppose I was a little nervous. I just poured into where the DRL bulb socket is. I got them both done. Light output has improved and DRL bulbs swapped for LED. I used a drop of dish soap in hot water. I thought my whole headlight was going to bubble over with suds. Project complete.

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    Re: Headlights Starting to fog

    hmmm i might have to try this on my lights, so i can leave in the bottom hids/ballast and just remove the drl sockets? which leds did you use to replace the bulb? any pics onho wit looks with the leds?

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    Quote Originally Posted by sosatyme72
    hmmm i might have to try this on my lights, so i can leave in the bottom hids/ballast and just remove the drl sockets? which leds did you use to replace the bulb? any pics onho wit looks with the leds?
    If it my LEDs from superbrightleds I have a few pics of them in the truck if you want me to email them
    I have been thinking of getting different ones sometime but haven't decided yet(brighter and more spread out on the bulb)

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    Re: Headlights Starting to fog

    These are the bulbs I bought.
    http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00...?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    I'll have to wait until tomorrow to see what they look like. Here are some more pics.





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