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Headlight Holding Water?

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by tacoman15, Aug 28, 2011.

  1. Aug 28, 2011 at 8:07 PM
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    tacoman15

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    Ok so when I bought my Tacoma from the stealership, I didn't notice that the front right headlight had condensation...until it rained. It pretty much has condensation in it 90% of the time. I talked to some guy at Autozone who told me "that the seal had been broken and the only way to fix it is to replace it. He said that for one...JUST ONE...front right headlight it was going to cost me 250 dollars. I can't afford that right now and my headlight does not illuminate much of the road and it is driving me crazy. PLEASE HELP ME! Is there any other way to fix this without spending that much money?
     
  2. Aug 28, 2011 at 8:09 PM
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    There's a bunch of different things that people do. Some drilled tiny holes in the bottom, allowing water to drain.
    some opened them up and resealed them with more silicone


    and as a temp solution, some have even put silca gel packets inside until the haze goes away.

    But, I'm not a second gen expert, so bump for more input!
     
  3. Jul 6, 2014 at 8:04 PM
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    If it is a new Tacoma under warranty, take the truck back and I am sure they will replace the headlamp in question. If it is an older truck out of warranty---here is the cheap fix and it will work!!! You might have to remove some parts because the whole idea is to "drill a 0.0625" hole through the bottom of the headlight(and this is important) about 0.250" from the inside front.So basically you will be drilling from the bottom up into the inside of the headlight. Drill no larger than 0.0625" that is all that is necessary.And keep the drill centered 0.250" from the inside of the face of the headlight.
    Good luck.
     
  4. Jul 6, 2014 at 9:09 PM
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    Or you could follow the BHLM (Black headlight mod) instructional and reseal the sides with butyl. Guaranteed to work and no permanent damage. Unlike drilling a hole in the housing.

    #1 take it back and get the dealership to replace it.

    #2 bake it apart and reseal it (BHLM).

    #3 buy a Depo aftermarket headlight. They're $100 and nearly the same. (might need extra sealant, just in case )
     
  5. Jul 6, 2014 at 9:11 PM
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    It's probably not even the headlight sealant. Dry them out and flip the gaskets on the bulb sockets and see if it helps. A lot of times its the bulb socket gaskets.



    If not put the headlight in the oven and heat it up and smush the lens in more. The heated sealant will flow and seal any imperfections in the seal
     
  6. Jul 7, 2014 at 7:54 AM
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    do NOT seal headlights with silicone. it will outgas and haze the reflector over a few weeks. it will seal, but your photometrics will be skewed and it looks like ass when it happens. only use specific headlight sealant or putty
     
  7. Jul 7, 2014 at 8:27 AM
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    First, don't use silicone. It will cause other problems over time.
    My experience is with the front marker lights on my 02 tacoma; they literally filled with water over time with it sloshing around. I believe they developed a crack at a seam...
    I drilled a 1/32 hole in the lowest part front of the lens-from underneath the lens. Have to protect the paint and be patient in the drilling. I left it that way. The liquid slowly dripped out and the forward motion of the car continued to keep it ventilated enough so it was dry.
    If no warranty, you can try that with the head light. Lowest part and leave it open. Smallest possible drill.
     

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