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    Awesome thanks guys!

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    Quote Originally Posted by mikedyk43
    Just a heads up. Some of these threads recommend using straight rubbing alcohol to clean your headlight housings. While this will clear up the haze, it will also peel up the chrome plating on the housing if you let it soak for too long. As in 1 minute of soaking will cause damage! Be careful and try a diluted mixture before going straight rubbing alcohol. As you are probably already aware, these headlights aren't cheap so use caution when cleaning.
    Mike thanks for the heads up as I would hate to have that happen which is why I only used plain water but since I changed to led's for the drl I haven't had the haze come back since which is great.

    Just a FYI to everyone don't use silver star bulbs at all in the drl as it only make the haze show up quicker I found that the hard way before it got to the point I had to clean them.

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    Taking the headlights off in a few to do the rubbing alchohol solution fix...any last minute pointers?

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    Tried soap and water first.....letting the sun evaporate the rest of the moisture. Will keep you posted.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrojas1128
    Tried soap and water first.....letting the sun evaporate the rest of the moisture. Will keep you posted.

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    Leave the caps on the back off and it can make it a bit faster.

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    Not perfect but ill take it!!!

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    Re: 2005 Escalade advice

    No offense meant here. Other than the "my service air ride" thread here, the next closest reviewed thread is "how to clear the fog in the headlamps".

    Here is the skinny...

    1) you need to remove the grill..period!
    --->this is a simple task, "pop" hood open, remove the 8 plastic "push/pull pin" radiator splash guard pins.
    2) remove the radiator splash guard.
    3) remove 1 10mm bolt in the center of the grill.
    4) pull grill up and out (set aside)
    5) remove 2 headlamp "L shaped" (total of 4 for both haeadlamp assemblies) alignment "pins"
    6) pull headlamp forward (towards yourself) disconnect the 2 wiring harnesses
    7) remove all light bulb covers and light bulbs
    8) have on hand a $2.00 bottle of rubbing alcohol, and a 1/4 measuring cup, and a frickin' funnel
    9) mix 1/4 cup water and 1 cap full of alcohol
    10) place said funnel into one of the light bulb holes Add said mixture into headlamp assembly
    11) swish headlamp assembly above your head for a 30 seconds or a bit longer---> watch the magic happen! POOF clear headlamps!
    12) pour out mixture, do not rub the chrome coating inside the headlamp assembly
    13) let sit in the sun for a few hours to dry out, or put over a heat vent in your house (this will take an hour) if doing this procedure during the winter.
    14) reassemble

    **plain water, nor water and soap will have the effect of the rubbing alcohol and water mixture!**

    With the OEM drl's I do this semi annually (twice a year), the whole process will take less than an hour MINUS the drying time for your local (where you live).

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    Re: 2005 Escalade advice

    BTW jrojas, your headlamps look pretty good, but they will be "cleaner or clearer" with the above info.

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    Re: 2005 Escalade advice

    i didn't use a funnel but i have steady hands need to cause i work on computers 1 slip and i have to explain to someone why they're machine isn't working

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnrsesv
    BTW jrojas, your headlamps look pretty good, but they will be "cleaner or clearer" with the above info.
    Im just afraid to damage the chrome so I opted for the soap and water with a bit of oxy clean...the results aren't perfect but, for what it is , I'll settle. Believe me I was really close to using the rubbing alchohol mix but chickened out in the end.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the cadillac man
    i didn't use a funnel but i have steady hands need to cause i work on computers 1 slip and i have to explain to someone why they're machine isn't working
    I did everything he described except the mixture lol...got scared.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jrojas1128

    I did everything he described except the mixture lol...got scared.
    I am in the same boat I don't like to risk messing up a 700.00 dollar housing which is why I used water only.

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    Re: 2005 Escalade advice

    If some of the alcohol/water mixture does get on the chrome coating resist the urge to wipe dry, just let it dry and the chrome will be fine. Its the wiping with a towel or such that will remove the chrome coating.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jnrsesv
    If some of the alcohol/water mixture does get on the chrome coating resist the urge to wipe dry, just let it dry and the chrome will be fine. Its the wiping with a towel or such that will remove the chrome coating.
    I still don't think I will risk it given the housings are over 700.00 bucks for one just seems to pricey to take that kind of risk.

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    Quote Originally Posted by the cadillac man

    I still don't think I will risk it given the housings are over 700.00 bucks for one just seems to pricey to take that kind of risk.
    I'm thinking hard about it....may say what the hell and go for it next weekend.

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