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    Overnight my N/s headlight has gone from clear to full of condensation, thought it would clear itself on a drive to work but still really bad, any solutions to clearing it or is it a new headlight job!!

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    If its just a small bit of water you can get away with using the wifes hair dryer to dry it out. Find out where its coming in first. Since fitting after market HIDs ive had water getting in where the grommet goes through the rear cover, ive used Vaseline to seal the grommet and thats working fine.

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    Some people also put the little silica gel packets that you get in boxes for electrical goods into the backs of the headlights, downside of this is you need to fish them back out every so often and dry them out on a radiator for a few hours so tie a bit of string to them
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    Take the rubber gaiter off the back of the light , and drive home/around with your lights on that way the heat from the engine bay will access the light and dry it out .
    If this does not clear it after a couple of days then you probably have a pool of water in the headlight and this will have to be removed first , when your happy with the light put a couple of those silikane satchet,s inside the light that come with electrical eqpt should keep it dry .
    That along with being more carefull when you fill the windscreen washer bottle,dont worry we all do it and this is the single cause of head light,s filling with condensation .
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    I work nights so headlights are on all the time have 50k hids fitted, also not topped up washer level for months so i know its not that, just happened one night, on way to work clear on way home full of condensation!!

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    mine did it after I changed the bulbs a couple of weekends ago, but I also don't have the plastic caps that sit over the back of the dipped bulbs. Trying to find some but having a bit of trouble buying them on their own, was thinking about trying some plastic, ballon or something tied on with a rubber band if I can't find any to buy. Could just be the change in temperature of late.

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    vec headlights have condensated since new, worse with this cold weather.

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    I looked up this thread after the Halfrauds chappies failed to put the rubber cup back on my n/s light after fitting a new bulb and the lens was running with condensation!

    Now its fair to say I'm a complete DIY eejit but I thought I'd have a poke so took the cover off, removed the dipped bulb and holder and pointed a Russell Hobbs three speed hairdryer at the back of the light unit.

    It wasn't long before I realised it was going to get dark before I got any result so decided to get the front end of the hairdryer in very close proximity of the plastic lens cover and after about 15 minuter I had a result, the condensation was lessening.

    Just make sure the bulb is out to allow the heated air to escape and apply copious amounts of patience and job done.

    Now feeling very smug and with a clear lens again

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    Quote Originally Posted by krisby View Post
    mine did it after I changed the bulbs a couple of weekends ago, but I also don't have the plastic caps that sit over the back of the dipped bulbs. Trying to find some but having a bit of trouble buying them on their own, was thinking about trying some plastic, ballon or something tied on with a rubber band if I can't find any to buy. Could just be the change in temperature of late.
    I've got a damaged zafira headlight in my loft. I'll check and see if the rubbers fit the vec if they do. You can have them

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    Yeah - those rubber covers are critical. When I bought my Vectra the let headlight was full of condensation. Guess what? No cover. Found the cover sitting under the headlight.

    I dried it out by taking out all the bulbs, then pointing a halogen lamp at the front of the headlight to gently heat it for an hour or so. Once it was all clear, I refitted the bulbs and the rubber cover, and it's been condensation free ever since.

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