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Fog Light Moisture

Discussion in 'Lighting' started by ryangriffin88, Nov 28, 2013.

  1. Nov 28, 2013 at 9:15 PM
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    ryangriffin88

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    I have ddm tuning hid's installed in my factory fog light housings and am starting to get some moisture/condensation in them. I am trying to decide what is best to do in this situation.

    Is it due to rain/cold weather?

    Do I need to buy new housings?
     
  2. Nov 29, 2013 at 2:08 AM
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    Justus

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    not so low, not so slow 2006 6 lug
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    take out the HIDs, then take out the fogs.

    leave them with the opening facing down on a towel and in direct sunlight for a few hours.

    If that doesnt help, get back to us........ Ive used the oven before with perfect results. but the oven needs to be brought to temp first and then TURNED OFF, then the lights set on a piece of cardboard into the oven.

    Try taking the O-ring off of your STOCK fog light bulbs. Use this O-ring instead of the one that came on the HID bulbs.

    Its VERY common to have halogen and even HID bulbs come with O-rings that do not provide a good seal.

    Its due to the heat of the bulbs/housings inside........ Combined with the poor sealing o-ring allowing cool air to come in when the bulbs are off, and then condensation occurs.

    Atleast thats what I suspect
     
  3. Nov 29, 2013 at 7:11 AM
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    I'm a little hesitant to remove the actual lighting assembly lol, just afraid I will mess something up
     
  4. Nov 29, 2013 at 5:22 PM
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    Then I'm not sure of another way, sorry.


    U could maybe try a packet of dessicant on a piece of twine or dental floss. Then pull it out when the moisture is absorbed?

    If the packet breaks open or off of the string, ur not gunna be happy.

    The fogs are easy to remove.

    Iirc, 1 latch type deal, and 2 tabs.

    I havent taken em out in a long time so I may have forgotten a step. Its simple tho.

    Dont do anything and u will eventually run the risk of mildew forming in there. I had that happen after a creek crossing.
     
  5. May 3, 2014 at 11:58 AM
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    Just went to dealer to follow up with this issue with only ONE of my fog lights. It was under the 3/36k warranty, and I purchased the 7/100k. At first they said my truck was too old being a 2012 and I was out of warranty. Truck has 34000 and I was like um no fix it its 2 years. they owned up and apparently the 7/100k would not cover it. So may get rid of that.... But anyway the fixed the light and it was only one light. They called me up and told me everythings all set and that the charge of $350.56 was charged to toyota for the warranty. WTF is one light and an install $350? So anyone who has this happen better off going out and get a aftermarket kit and wire it up. Thank god I was under the 3/36k
     
  6. May 4, 2014 at 7:19 AM
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    Exact same problem on my 2012. I had tried removing, baking (which worked), and adding more sealant. But it happened again, and is starting to get yellow crap on the inside. So I figured it has the be the HID bulb not sealing properly. I will try the o-ring off stock bulb like suggested by someone else when I get my new one from the dealer, they covered mine under the extended warranty.
     
  7. May 4, 2014 at 7:19 AM
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    ryangriffin88

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    Wow! That's crazy 350 for one light, so that would've been 700 for a whole set , good grief!

    I installed a set of smoked lens Spec-D Tuning oem replacement fog lights got from Auto Anything, only concern is doesn't look like I will get as much light output vs the stock lens. I guess that is to be expected from a smoked lens though. I haven't driven yet at night since I've put them in maybe it won't be too big of a decrease in light.
     

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