How does moisture get into our headlights, anyway? No one wants to find moisture in their headlights, especially if you have invested in custom lights for your car. Finding moisture in your headlights doesn't mean your headlights are damaged or broken, or that you need to run out and buy a new pair. Fear not, although you may find a foggy cloud inside your headlights on occasion, they might still be just fine. Condensation that forms in your headlight is something that happens when the air outside of your headlight is cooler than the air inside the lens. If you drive around for a few hours, more than likely, the moisture will dissipate because your headlights have warmed up. Most headlights have tiny vents on the top and bottom of each headlight; for this reason, these vents will allow moisture to come in, and escape as needed.
Have you special ordered new headlights, and received them, opened the package to find them fogged up? This can be a very distressing occurrence, and instinctively, it is easy to assume that they are defective, however, in all of reality, they were most likely shipped from a dry climate, in transport, condensation will build up in the headlights, so remember, that even brand new headlights have this issue and it self resolved in a matter of a few days.
Another cause for moisture in your headlights could be that the light bulb socket boot is not properly sealed. If this occurs, you can find your headlight filled with excessive moisture. To fix this issue, all that you need to do is remove the lightbulb and the seat, then reinstall it correctly. If the boot is old and worn, or the rubber is checked, it could be time to replace the boot itself. Vent tubes are often built into your headlight to allow moisture to escape; you will want to be sure that this tube is not blocked off, trapping moisture inside the lamp assembly.
If your headlight is holding standing water, it may be time to replace your headlight assembly. However, there is a chance that the seal itself around your light bulbs or your headlight assembly itself is failing. If this is the case, and you are resistant to replacing the assemblies, you can source new seals; however, if your headlight has a crack or hole, it may just be time to replace the assembly or find a headlamp restoration shop near you.
If you are finding excessive moisture in your headlights, are burning out headlamp bulbs frequently and feel concerned, come into CARSTAR Robert's Collision & Repair in Monterey, our team will always put you first. Our experts offer top-notch service and speedy turnaround times. Whether you need a full service, auto bodywork, or auto service or repair, or a complete detail, make your appointment with Robert's Collision & Repair today. See you soon!