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Old 05-23-2012, 01:13 PM   #1 (permalink)
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As if it is a recall I have not a clue. But what I can tell you is that the dealer has changed my headlights for moisture in them. I have read it was a recurring problem so it may help some of you out with water in your headlights if you are still within warranty or know someone at a dealer.
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Did you have a photo with the moisture in the headlight?
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No I didn't get one but I will probably get one the next time we get a hard rain and get to drive in it. I actually get to go back to the dealer when I get on land. I noticed it again right before I came back to work.
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That's messed up!

I used to know a guy that would heat his lamp in the oven and pull of the lens. He would sit it out to dry in the oven on very low heat and then silicone it all back together... No more moisture!
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I know someone who does that too but on a Honda Accord for a black housing. Have to be very carefull to do that, not for me lol
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One of my headlights is like that too. But no warranty.
I know plenty of people who have done the oven thing on Bonnevilles butg I have never tried it

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Both mine do it a lil after I wash it, but the HID's dry them out fast
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As if it is a recall I have not a clue. But what I can tell you is that the dealer has changed my headlights for moisture in them. I have read it was a recurring problem so it may help some of you out with water in your headlights if you are still within warranty or know someone at a dealer.
Hi, What happens with these headlights is the automatic on lights are on for such a long period of time that it ages the headlight assembly faster then normal. All cars that are weathered over the years will have condensation and or fading problems, but with equinox it starts early. The automatic lights
cause so much heat that in a small amount on time the headlight lenses start
to get small hair line cracks in them that cannot be fixed you will have to buy new headlight lenses and remove the auto on light relay which is located under the hood so that the lights only turn on at night and your lense will have a longer life span. If you take the headlight off and air dry it then reseal it then put water on it (pressure) or run it threw the car wash you will see that the condensation comes back. Theres nothing wrong with the seal, its the excual lense. Well I have a passenger side lens for sale brand new for $100. Hope this helps.
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Originally Posted by 1sLoY7 View Post
As if it is a recall I have not a clue. But what I can tell led lighting you is that the dealer has changed my headlights for moisture in them. I have read it was a recurring problem so it may help some of you out with water in your headlights if you are still within warranty or know someone at a dealer.
You need to change those lights as they are of no use now.

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I dont know how much truth to this, but for those that are out of warranty, (& cannot afford new headlights) I was told that if you drill small holes under or behind the housing, it creates a vent & avoids the condensation... *Again, I dont know if its true... don't go drilling unless you're sure; I wont be held responsible for any errors in driling the housing.
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Check the seals on the bulbs, if they are worn out you may want to replace the headlight bulbs.
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I have the same issue with my 2007 Equinox
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I have had this in both headlights. It is a seal issue according to mechanic. Easy fix was to drill small holes in bottom of lens and let water drain out and air in....Headlights after 6 years look 'dirty' but i'm not ready to fork out lots of money for the assembly yet. It's not a recall b/c it really doesn't affect performance of car and isn't 'dangerous' I'ev had to replace the bulbs in each headlight twice now
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Moisture can def reduce the life of your bulb. I wouldn't recomment drilling holes in the lamp housing tho, because once you have a hole there moisture can continue to get into the housing. Especially if you live in a Wet/Humid climate

I would

A. Make sure there are no cracks in the housing
B: Take the lamp out remove the bulbs and allow the housing to dry out.
C. Check the seal on the bulbs (may need cleaned or new bulbs with new seals)
D. (I did this with an older car and it worked well) Using Silicon on the exisiting seal. Or Follow some of the youtube videos out there that so how to heat the housing up to take apart and reseal.

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I ended up pulling mine out n baking it n pulling it apart n drying it out n painting it n put it bak together with black gasket seal n hasn't condensate yet, been bout 3 months
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