: Front Head Light condenstation

02-18-13, 02:54 PM
It's becoming a chronic problem for my on my 2010 SRX. The passenger side has fogged up consistently and eventually it shorts out the lamp. After a time it might dry out enough and now it's happening on the driver side as well. The dealer has cleaned out a clogged drain (3 or 4 times now) and replaced a water logged ballast this last visit. They also "increased ventilation" per the service order. I am not sure if that is a TSB fix or an independent attempt to help alleviate the issue.

Is this common with other SRX owners? It's getting to the point where it's not safe to drive the car at night with the possibility of the lights winking out because of water buildup.

And it's getting to be a rather annoying inconvience to bring it back to service to unclog the lamp housings. I have looked myself but it seems there must be a decent amount of dis-assembly to access said drains as they aren't visible from under the hood with most of the plastic trim removed.

I won't claim to be mr car show of the year, but I do remove leaves when they gather around the wipers/hood, it's not parked under any trees.

02-18-13, 05:22 PM
I had my driver's side headlight assembly replaced under warranty due to internal moisture and condensation. Would have cost me $1, 000 of out of warranty.

Cadillac Cust Svc
02-19-13, 02:24 PM
Zinner, I'm sorry you've been experiencing these frustrations! If you would ever like Customer Service to step in to follow up with your dealer on your behalf, don't hesitate to email me and I can explore your options with you. I'm reachable at Katie_Lucille@gmexpert.com.


Cadillac Customer Service

02-20-13, 03:06 PM
I believe the headlights are sealed assemblies. From my understanding, they are not designed to "drain" moisture, but rather, not allow moisture to get in in the first place.

My passenger side one had moisture, and I too had the entire assembly replaced under warranty.

02-20-13, 03:20 PM
Doing more searching I discovered there are two different head lamps the fixed lenses and the articulating lenses. I have the articulating (turn as you turn) in my car. I don't know if it makes a different, we have been lead to believe the lamp assembly is vented/drains, but they are putting it on the work orders so I trust it's there.

I believe if it happens again we will insist that they replace the unit on the passenger side. I would be pleasantly surprised if it doesn't happen again.