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condensation in my taillights?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by TacomaPrime, Feb 19, 2012.

  1. Feb 19, 2012 at 2:52 PM
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    wtf. never seen that on tacomas before. Bought a pair of 2011 oem tails from someone and have had them on for a while now. Almost a year I think. Today I went from my garage, which was cold to outside, which was still cold, but sunny. And after the truck being outside for 20-30 minutes, I noticed this....

    It's in the same spot on both taillights. Any idea whats causing this? This is the first time I have ever noticed it. The taillights came with the bulbs all in it, so I didn't have to put any bulbs in it. I havent been hit or anything, so there's no cracks in them. I'm stumped.

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  2. Feb 19, 2012 at 6:59 PM
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  3. Feb 19, 2012 at 8:08 PM
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    I would start by checking the gaskets on the bulb holders first. They can get worn if taken on/off multiple times. If there are no cracks that is the only way water is getting in them.
    I would also dry up the moisture too.
     
  4. Feb 19, 2012 at 8:33 PM
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    I've seen the same on my driver's side.
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    The Bulb's been removed a couple.
    I've yet to look into it, but suspect the seal between the front lens and back housing.
    Once moisture is in the assembly, it may condensate and dissipate by temp changes and being hit by sunlight.
    If I get around to looking at it, I'll post any pertinent info.


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  5. Feb 20, 2012 at 2:32 AM
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    they may be vented somehow and if you seal them up they wont dry out
     
  6. Feb 20, 2012 at 7:42 AM
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    I suspect the same thing. I was going to get some silicone and seal that part this weekend. What's the best way to dry the taillights out? Should I bring them inside my house, or leave them outside in my garage?
     
  7. Feb 20, 2012 at 7:52 AM
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    I noticied some on mine the other day. I have never touched the taillights before, so not sure why it would get moisture in there. One of these days I'll get around to checking it out.
     
  8. Feb 20, 2012 at 8:18 AM
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    I just noticed this happening on my '09 rears
     
  9. Feb 20, 2012 at 8:31 AM
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    Their should be a little rubber elbow on the back end of the lights torwards the bottom, this is supposed to let condensation slip out. On cold mornings to warm afternoons it may happen to condensate. part of nature... You could try to seal this outlet off, may fix your problem!
     
  10. Feb 20, 2012 at 8:36 AM
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    Oh really? Is it like a lets water out, but not in kinda thing? Or just open?
     
  11. Feb 20, 2012 at 9:05 AM
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    I had the same problem with my previous lexus sc headlights. You'll have to do the oven trick to get it open and then polish it up real good and then reseal it real good.
     
  12. Feb 21, 2012 at 12:37 PM
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    Yeah they should be facing down so it can dripple out moisture and not catch water. But that should be the only way of moisture getting in or out:)
     
  13. Feb 21, 2012 at 2:49 PM
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    There is really nothing to worry about, unless they are full of water then I would get worried.
     
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