: Headlights Starting to fog



awkaczor
12-07-08, 01:48 PM
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

Robscountach
12-07-08, 01:54 PM
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.



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

Rolex
12-07-08, 03:15 PM
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.

shore
12-07-08, 07:19 PM
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.

oldworld
04-09-09, 11:41 PM
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?

trodder
04-15-09, 12:12 PM
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!

pcguy760
04-16-09, 03:09 AM
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??

becks
06-14-09, 02:48 PM
i need to do this as well, starting to fog/cloud a bit on the inside

shore
06-14-09, 04:27 PM
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.

spirit man
05-18-13, 09:43 PM
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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the cadillac man
05-18-13, 10:44 PM
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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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

spirit man
05-18-13, 11:47 PM
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.

sosatyme72
05-18-13, 11:56 PM
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?

the cadillac man
05-19-13, 12:52 AM
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)

spirit man
05-19-13, 01:50 AM
These are the bulbs I bought.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0089GTC92/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?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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HoustonBussa
05-19-13, 02:45 AM
These are the bulbs I bought.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0089GTC92/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

I'll have to wait until tomorrow to see ......]

Does that bulb (or any of the LEDs) require a resistor in order to not error out? Pretty sure I'm going to LED's and waiting 'til I can get some good ones to swap them out with.

the cadillac man
05-19-13, 03:28 AM
Does that bulb (or any of the LEDs) require a resistor in order to not error out? Pretty sure I'm going to LED's and waiting 'til I can get some good ones to swap them out with.

The only thing the would need a resistor for led bulbs would be the blinker (that or a heavy duty flasher)else you would get rapid flash

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These are the bulbs I bought.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0089GTC92/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?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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Those look good and are cheap let me know how it goes

spirit man
05-19-13, 03:34 AM
Those look good and are cheap let me know how it goes
I'll take it for a spin some time today. The only problem I foresee is if I have to reverse the polarity and flip the bulb around.

the cadillac man
05-19-13, 11:58 AM
I'll take it for a spin some time today. The only problem I foresee is if I have to reverse the polarity and flip the bulb around.

True so try it before you put the headlights back in the truck
If you want to see them on in the truck during the day cover the sun load sensor on the dash with a newspaper or something like that then hit the unlock button on the remote(if the setting is on)

chacho44
05-20-13, 04:05 AM
These are the bulbs I bought.
http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B0089GTC92/ref=oh_details_o00_s00_i00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

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

http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w303/ctl46/Forums/null-8.jpg (http://s179.photobucket.com/user/ctl46/media/Forums/null-8.jpg.html)
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http://i179.photobucket.com/albums/w303/ctl46/Forums/null-12.jpg (http://s179.photobucket.com/user/ctl46/media/Forums/null-12.jpg.html)when you did this did u remove the highs and low bulbs or did u leave them in, please lmk how u did it. Thanks

spirit man
05-20-13, 08:13 AM
I took all of the bulbs out.

ROCKETW19
05-20-13, 04:50 PM
I took all of the bulbs out.

damn they look brand new. I actually thought I needed to buy new headlights but found this instead gotta try it this weekend hopefully it comes out like yours

spirit man
05-20-13, 04:57 PM
damn they look brand new. I actually thought I needed to buy new headlights but found this instead gotta try it this weekend hopefully it comes out like yoursI was nervous about it. Also, while they were drying out, I left the round plastic covers off so moisture would not seal in.

the cadillac man
05-20-13, 05:08 PM
I was nervous about it. Also, while they were drying out, I left the round plastic covers off so moisture would not seal in.

I did the same way

grayparatrooper
05-20-13, 05:27 PM
how do you take off the headlight? Is there a write up i missed?

the cadillac man
05-20-13, 10:05 PM
how do you take off the headlight? Is there a write up i missed?

It shows in the owners manual
But here goes
Pop the hood
There are little retaining clips that hold the plastic shroud in place at the top of the radetior and grille(remove these) and lift the shroud out of the way
On each housing there is a rod at the top and side remove those
To remove the housings from the area pull the grille loose on the side your working with and the housings will be free

sosatyme72
05-20-13, 10:17 PM
so you have to take the grill off to get the headlights off??


It shows in the owners manual
But here goes
Pop the hood
There are little retaining clips that hold the plastic shroud in place at the top of the radetior and grille(remove these) and lift the shroud out of the way
On each housing there is a rod at the top and side remove those
To remove the housings from the area pull the grille loose on the side your working with and the housings will be free

the cadillac man
05-20-13, 11:35 PM
so you have to take the grill off to get the headlights off??



Just pop the top half loose it doesn't need removing from the truck

chacho44
05-21-13, 04:12 AM
Just finished mine on my esv, what a hella difference. Thanks for the write up, a must do imo

Snowboarder
05-21-13, 12:50 PM
Is everyone leaving the headlight "on" the car when doing this? I removed the headlight via the two rods, took out the bulbs, but there is still a rubber house coming from the bottom of the housing. I'm assuming thats the power cord for the ballast. How is that disconnected?

spirit man
05-21-13, 02:02 PM
Yes , that "tube" wire was still connected. There is enough slack that I laid mine face down on a microfiber towel which was laying on the bumper.

Snowboarder
05-21-13, 02:15 PM
any ideas on how to disconnect that? I don't have a garage so I need to bring the headlights in my house.

the cadillac man
05-21-13, 02:20 PM
any ideas on how to disconnect that? I don't have a garage so I need to bring the headlights in my house.

It has a harness connection at the ballast just behind the grille(sliver box you can't miss it)on the radiator support

delliot
05-22-13, 04:00 PM
Well, I tried this today... Mixed results so far. using water with a touch of simple green, it got most of the fog but left behind a few spots of fog on each light. Also, got some water spots...

the cadillac man
05-22-13, 04:08 PM
Well, I tried this today... Mixed results so far. using water with a touch of simple green, it got most of the fog but left behind a few spots of fog on each light. Also, got some water spots...

Let the sit with the caps off
If it don't clear up rinse them again with just plain water

sosatyme72
06-16-13, 12:13 AM
ok so i pulled out my headlight, do I have to pull off all the bulbs out and the lil silver hid ballast? I see that the wiring runs within the headlights. When I add the water to clear out the
foggyness would the water run out of all the 4 openings? I just dont want to screw anything up when I do this...thanks!

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the cadillac man
06-16-13, 12:45 AM
ok so i pulled out my headlight, do I have to pull off all the bulbs out and the lil silver hid ballast? I see that the wiring runs within the headlights. When I add the water to clear out the
foggyness would the water run out of all the 4 openings? I just dont want to screw anything up when I do this...thanks!

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Just pull out the socket for the drl or turn/running light and pour some water in the housing and work it around and that will clear it up
Leave the rubber caps off till the housings dry out
You can add a drop of soup if you want to
No you don't need to remove the hid ballast wire from the ballast

sosatyme72
06-16-13, 01:12 AM
so just pulls those off, leaving the hid ones in place and not removing them?


Just pull out the socket for the drl or turn/running light and pour some water in the housing and work it around and that will clear it up
Leave the rubber caps off till the housings dry out
You can add a drop of soup if you want to
No you don't need to remove the hid ballast wire from the ballast

the cadillac man
06-16-13, 01:48 AM
so just pulls those off, leaving the hid ones in place and not removing them?



You can pull either the turn signal/running light socket or the drl socket and leave the hid bulbs still in the housing
I left all but the drl in when I did mine

sosatyme72
06-16-13, 01:21 PM
really ok,i thought that the inside of those lenses were all open so if you put water through one of the openings it will go throughout the headlights. i guess they are closed up in sections?? But the foggyness is all along the top of headlights which one part is over the hid bulb. Water wont affect it being poured in from the open socket next to it....just making sure, knowing my luck i do it and i'll short something out with water.


You can pull either the turn signal/running light socket or the drl socket and leave the hid bulbs still in the housing
I left all but the drl in when I did mine

the cadillac man
06-16-13, 01:36 PM
really ok,i thought that the inside of those lenses were all open so if you put water through one of the openings it will go throughout the headlights. i guess they are closed up in sections?? But the foggyness is all along the top of headlights which one part is over the hid bulb. Water wont affect it being poured in from the open socket next to it....just making sure, knowing my luck i do it and i'll short something out with water.



Mine was the same way the water trick fixed it
Just do like I said in the previous post and it will clear it up

LS1-IROC
06-17-13, 10:33 AM
Just did this yesterday on my 02...it worked like a charm. I used windex instead of water though. Dried up crystal clear.

caddydaddy
06-17-13, 03:29 PM
I installed these as DRL bulbs. They are very bright and have worked great for 3 months now: http://www.ebay.com/itm/110995759571?item=110995759571&viewitem=&vxp=mtr

sosatyme72
06-17-13, 03:55 PM
ok sounds good guess im just leaving the hid's in as you say...thanks


Mine was the same way the water trick fixed it
Just do like I said in the previous post and it will clear it up

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you have a pic on how the look on truck?


ok sounds good guess im just leaving the hid's in as you say...thanks

spirit man
06-17-13, 04:31 PM
I have washed my passenger side light out 3 times already. Every time it's humid or it rains, it fogs up. The driver's side stays perfectly clear. I think it's not sealed, but I don't know how to determine that. Should I just go ahead and replace it?

the cadillac man
06-17-13, 05:08 PM
I have washed my passenger side light out 3 times already. Every time it's humid or it rains, it fogs up. The driver's side stays perfectly clear. I think it's not sealed, but I don't know how to determine that. Should I just go ahead and replace it?

Fogs up like condensation?
If yes then check the rubber caps on the back mine did this and it took me a week to keep it from happening(mine did it on both sides)

spirit man
06-17-13, 06:29 PM
Fogs up like condensation?
If yes then check the rubber caps on the back mine did this and it took me a week to keep it from happening(mine did it on both sides)Yes, it's condensation. Maybe I'll swap the rubber caps with the drivers side. I hope that's all it is.

the cadillac man
06-17-13, 08:09 PM
Yes, it's condensation. Maybe I'll swap the rubber caps with the drivers side. I hope that's all it is.

Leave them off during the day while the truck sits in the sun I did that and it helped then put them back on at night to prevent the condensation from hopefully returning

spirit man
06-17-13, 08:22 PM
Leave them off during the day while the truck sits in the sun I did that and it helped then put them back on at night to prevent the condensation from hopefully returningThat sounds liked I would have to do this everyday. It stays humid in Arkansas....

the cadillac man
06-17-13, 08:45 PM
That sounds liked I would have to do this everyday. It stays humid in Arkansas....

Ouch man that sucks

If you want wait till they clear during the day then leave the caps on if it returns try it again if needed
But if it is in the sun directly it shouldn't take long to clear up it took mine two to three hours to fully dry in the day

texaninsouthfl
07-06-13, 12:34 AM
I just bought a 2003 ESV and of course the headlight lenses were fogged. I thought at first that it was just like other older cars with the same problem... So I was delighted to this see thread upon my first visit to the forum after signing up. I was even happier to discover that the suggestion actually works. It's amazing how much newer a vehicle looks when the headlights aren't all crappy looking. Thanks fellow Caddy owners. :thumbsup:

sosatyme72
07-13-13, 02:44 PM
thanks man I did the yesterday came out great!! appreciate it the help!

Mine was the same way the water trick fixed it
Just do like I said in the previous post and it will clear it up

the cadillac man
07-13-13, 03:46 PM
thanks man I did the yesterday came out great!! appreciate it the help!


Glad to help

Abe_Diesel
08-01-13, 04:17 PM
great!!!!!!!!!!!!

grayparatrooper
08-09-13, 09:37 AM
any pix with the led drl?

the cadillac man
08-09-13, 04:44 PM
any pix with the led drl?

If you want I can post a pic

grayparatrooper
08-09-13, 10:14 PM
If you want I can post a pic
If you don't mind I want to get some but trying to see how bright.

Levonh
08-11-13, 05:28 PM
Will water damage the silver reflector coating? I know it did on my fog lights when the lenses came loose.

the cadillac man
08-11-13, 08:51 PM
Will water damage the silver reflector coating? I know it did on my fog lights when the lenses came loose.

Yes it will only if it touches the coating for a long time

Levonh
08-11-13, 09:33 PM
So.... I guess the trick is to keep the water level low, outer lense face down...... and swish carefully?????

the cadillac man
08-11-13, 10:54 PM
So.... I guess the trick is to keep the water level low, outer lense face down...... and swish carefully?????

Yep that will work