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    Default Condensation in Headlight!

    A few weeks ago had a go at seeing how easy it was / wasn't to remove the dipped beam bulbs on my Pre facelift - quite easy, but forgot to replace the circular rubber seal on the back of the bulb housing as I found out earlier this week after giving the car a good wash. To my horror after drying her down found the front nearside headlamp has got water in and condensation on the inside of the glass. Its 2 days or so now and its reduced but still not gone. Ive removed the bulbs left the bonnet up overnight to let air get in to allow the condensation to evaporate but its still there - Any advice anyone??

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    hair dryer with piece of flexi hose directed into lense, but if you still have water in it, i think you will have to remove headlamp and get rid of water...

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    Try leaving the rear covers off the light and parking the car so the headlights are in the sun for a few hours, it worked for me.

    Good luck

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    Someone posted up a while ago that those little packets of silica gel that you get in boxes with new electrical equipment in do the trick at stoping condensation. Thats the reason they're included in some packaging.

    Don't know if it works though.

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    I've just done the same thing with my watch, took the back off to put a new battery in it and didn't push the back on enough, took a shower and now it's sitting on my desk drying out slowly.

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectravirg View Post
    Someone posted up a while ago that those little packets of silica gel that you get in boxes with new electrical equipment in do the trick at stoping condensation. Thats the reason they're included in some packaging.

    Don't know if it works though.

    i tried this on my old vectra headlight, it worked a treat, after a week it was bone dry

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    Quote Originally Posted by vectravirg View Post
    Someone posted up a while ago that those little packets of silica gel that you get in boxes with new electrical equipment in do the trick at stoping condensation. Thats the reason they're included in some packaging.

    Don't know if it works though.

    i tried this on my old vectra headlight, it worked a treat, after a week it was bone dry

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    Or leave the cap off and go out with the lights on. The heat will help dry the water out. I just did this to my fog light as the cap had 5mm of water sitting in it!
    Now I need a turbo to keep up!

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    Hairdryer - worked for me !

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    Thanks for the advice chaps, though I had a brainwave last night and it workes a treat. I took the rear covers off and bulbs out and gently heated up the front glass with a hot air paintstripper and hey presto condensation evaporated and now dry! If you try it yourselves be careful with the heater though as the glass can get really hot.

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