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Cadillac STS Forum - 2005 through 2012 Discussion, Headlight assembly condensation solutions in Past Cadillac Vehicle Discussion; Yeah that dusty look is what I have on my projector but not on the inside of the lens...
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    Yeah that dusty look is what I have on my projector but not on the inside of the lens

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    I just looked at mine...and my lenses look like they have tiny cracks on the inside maybe that's what you're seeing mullah?

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    Re: Healight Condensation Solution Thread

    Once the plastic has become crazed(millions of tiny cracks) you are SOL. Even if you find it is shallow enough for you to polish out it will soon return. The crazing is caused by surface stress from moisture, UV light, and/or cleaners containing ammonia or other chemicals.
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    ^^^^ this is what it is.

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    Re: Healight Condensation Solution Thread

    ****! oh well i guess i need some bright HIDs then

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mullah88 View Post
    ****! oh well i guess i need some bright HIDs then
    Unfortunately that won't really help much. Time to get new housings.

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    Re: Healight Condensation Solution Thread

    Even on eBay, you may find there to be a Cadillac tax.

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    Re: Healight Condensation Solution Thread

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    Unfortunately that won't really help much. Time to get new housings.
    yeah i know it wouldnt help...ming has HIDs and still has the problem. i got more pressing matters (EVAP leak) than that for now

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    Mine have a bit of that "crazing" issue too, right in front of the low beam projector, grainy looking on the inside, the outside is smooth as butter...not worth the $$$ to worry about it right now as these assemblies are so damn expensive. It is annoying though...

    Yes, I know the driver side marker light is out ...That can wait until spring, going with LEDs, those halogens are ugly

    Hit a Bambi in my 2001 Seville a few years back doing about 50-60MPH, trashed the entire passenger headlight...Called the Caddy dealer and they wanted over $900 (halogen version) for a new one, even the parts lady was shocked! Her words exactly; "Yeah, we can get those, they run for $914 each, holy sh!t! I'm sorry about that, I didn't realize they were so expensive!"

    Ended up getting a used one in pretty good shape for $325 from a local salvage yard.

    I can still see better than most at night in the STS (get flashed for my low beams ALL THE TIME) so this is not high on my list of things to replace/repair.
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    Watch for a replacement headlight assy on ebay. Car-part has them too. Inspect the replacement for broken plastic tabs.. in the meantime the moisture prob could be a couple things: there are poly seals on the exterior and poly seals for the plate access. Good chance it is off track. Of course you have to take it out. There are also ventilation holes that could be clogged. Yes you would still have to pull the assy.

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    Re: Healight Condensation Solution Thread

    I have the same problem on my '07, mine looks just like "curtc" pics. When I bought the car there was water in the lenses so I took the the front of the car off, took apart the lenses, cleaned and polished it all and resealed both. The are nice an dry now but still have that "grainy look". It is on the inside of the lens too, doesn't make sense but it is. There is no way it is worth the cost of replacement so I live with it.

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    Re: Healight Condensation Solution Thread

    The quality of these headlamp lenses are complete shit. The smallest scratch/imperfection is extremely noticeable and they scratch like carbon paper. Going brighter only further amplifies the flaws. I have adjustable ballasts and when I dial my bulbs up to 100w, every tiny little imperfection is visible.

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    Quote Originally Posted by eatyoursandwich View Post
    The quality of these headlamp lenses are complete shit. The smallest scratch/imperfection is extremely noticeable and they scratch like carbon paper. Going brighter only further amplifies the flaws. I have adjustable ballasts and when I dial my bulbs up to 100w, every tiny little imperfection is visible.
    It's not just the lens ... The whole unit was / is complete shit. Go look at my hid thread and you will see how terrible the reflector bowls are. Hint: they should be smooth mirror like cups that have the hid in them, but they clearly aren't the output from them is abysmal at best. Not sure how the halogen guys can even see the cars in front of them.

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    Re: Healight Condensation Solution Thread

    My headlights are just fine. Lenses are clear with no moisture inside.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KRSTS View Post
    My headlights are just fine. Lenses are clear with no moisture inside.
    Well currently mine are still factory fresh looking no moisture or crazing either. This was one of my prerequisites when buying the car... As in I refused to even look at the car in person if the online photos showed any hint of fogging / hazing / moisture / etc.

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