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    Hi Guys

    Anyone experienced the Pre-facelift headlight misting up? My mate says take the gater off and let the condensation evaporate with the head from the light... But do you think its worth taking the headlight out and cleaning it up? I am wondering if the headlight has a crack somewhere which is letting moisture in

    And if so how easy is it to get the headlight apart?

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    After fitting HIds I had the headlights steam up because the rear cover slipped off. I got the wifes hair dryer out and did the best I could, but still steamed up ever so slightly. Left the covers off and indicator bulbs out on a couple of good days and that cleared them up completely.

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    Cheers...

    Sounds about right... I put in HIDS in about 4 months ago... and its happened since then.. Might be because the gater has a whole in it for the HID cable

    I want to take the headlight off to polish the scratches out so might ge the wifes hairdrier when I do....

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    Stick one of the little silica gel packets that you get in electronics boxes inside the back of the light, that will help absorb any moisture. A few people have these in their lights, you can just leave them there.
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    I unmisted mine back in March, and they haven't misted up since. This is what I did:

    Wait for a dry day - that means dry with no chance of rain.
    Open bonnet
    Remove rubber cover from back of headlight (if this is missing, you have no chance of them staying mist free).
    Remove main beam, sidelight and indicator bulbs.
    Put a 150W halogen lamp on a chair about 50cm from the headlight (no closer or you risk melting the plastic headlight).
    Leave for an hour or so until the moisture has gone.
    Refit the bulbs and the rubber cover.

    I did try with silica gel bags, but with the bulbs in place there's not really enough of a gap for the moist air to get out of the headlight unit. Also don't forget that if you warm up a silica gel bag, it releases the moisture it's captured...

    The important thing is to take the bulbs out so the damp air can get out, and make sure the round rubber sealing disc is fitted to stop any more getting in.

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    i took mine out of the bumper,dried them ith a blow-heater,re-fitted the rubber end cap,as i had fitted HID's so there was a bigger hole,so a little electrical tape first then some black silicone,added a silica sachet just for good measure,have had no misting up at all

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