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Old 04-19-2009
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This just recently started happening in the headlight... the fog light has been that way for a while now... is there a simple solution to this??
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take apart clean let dry and reseal, or take in house and let dry and reseal... but there will usually be water spots in the glass on the inside
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Is that the same process as painting the inside of the headlight... puitting it in the oven and all? And what should I re seal it with?
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Clear bathroom silicone. I need to do the same for my fogs
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is it the round fogs or square one of them have a vent hole and will let water in still
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looks like that foglight has a crack in the glass
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gotta love fl. i had the same problem with my rear lights on both sides.
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Theres no crack in the fog light it just looks like that because at one point there was spray tint on it haha... bfut makes me mad because it is literally the drivers side ONLY that this happens on...
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If you have a low humidity bin in your fridge, put them in there for a little bit before sealing them. If you seal them up with humid air in them it will just happen again to a lesser extent.
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Those round foglights are famous for that. I had 7 replaced under warranty on my 01. Then when it was out of warranty I bought a painted edge bumper from ford (came with new fog lights) and within a week one of them was foggy. I hate those lights. If I ever have another 01-03 I will replace it with an 04-05 valance and square fogs. I never had troubles with those on my 04.

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I think Ima try the fridge thing... can I do that with the headlight too? Im also considering justreplacing the bumper with something more offroadish... and puttin some driving lights ...
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Ah that's frustrating, I feel your pain. I only have a preventative solution for you. What I do on all my lamps is I use gaffers tape (or duct tape) to seal off the points where the bulb retainer meets the housing so that moisture can't seap in through the bulb holes. Those factory bulb retainer rubber washers don't cut it by themselves.
On my first set of 01 lights, I didn't do this and 5 years later they looked like **** on the inside. Same with my old tails. So I started doing this and the insides of my current lamps still look brand new.

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Could be one of two things:

1. bad seal between the two halves of the lights

2. bad seal wherer the bulbs seal....bad gaskets on the bulbs.



Me personally...I'd replace both pigtails and check that O-ring on the 9007 bulb. Then, I'd take the lamp apart and seal it back up. Search 'headlight mod how to" or something along those lines.


Fogs probably just need disassembled like I did, and silocone in between the glass lense and the plastic 'bezel' on thefront side. Take the two halves apart(very easy to do), and clean the seal. Mine was full of gunk and was fogging just like that....and I let it sit outside for a good 1.5years getting full of water and building condensation...I took it apart, silocone around the front glass, cleaned the seal between the two pieces, and i havn't seen fog the past year after I've done that.
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My trucks seven years old and has the same fogs and heads and i've never had this happen. Wonder why?
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i know this is old but this might be a useful tip for anyone with this problem, talk a small drill bit and drill a small hole in the bottom corner of the headlight, as you drive this will cause air to blow through that hole and dry out your headlight, i used to have about an inch of water in the bottom of my headlight, and they were foggy, but since i drilled a hole in them i havent had to worry about any of that
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my driver side headlight is doing the same crap my trucks still under warrenty would that be something i could get done under warrenty?
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My best suggestion is to completely seal it, with as low humidity air as possible.

I had a small leak in one of my headlights, had a horrendous rain storm, and had a semi douse my driver side with water.

(Wasn't his fault, I got stuck in the slow lane, and was letting him pass to get behind him.)

A hole in the headlight will just allow moisture in.
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Clear bathroom silicone. I need to do the same for my fogs
my tail light does this,if i use the clear bathroom silicone like you say, do i coat the rubber o-ring with the silicone? and will this make it harder to change the bulb? or is there any other ideas
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i know this is old but this might be a useful tip for anyone with this problem, talk a small drill bit and drill a small hole in the bottom corner of the headlight, as you drive this will cause air to blow through that hole and dry out your headlight, i used to have about an inch of water in the bottom of my headlight, and they were foggy, but since i drilled a hole in them i havent had to worry about any of that
I've heard of people doing this before with great success. I've always had luck with my lights so I haven't had to worry about this.
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I've heard of people doing this before with great success. I've always had luck with my lights so I haven't had to worry about this.
any tips on the tail lights?
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I had this issue awhile back. I broke the seal, dried them out and then resealed it with silicone. Worked like a charm.
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don`t forget after several years of being exposed to the elements
rubber will deteriate.
what i do is grab the socket in 1 hand , use your thumb and pry back the rubber seal
with a butter knife, use your other hand and carefully putty some white lithium grease between the socket casing and the rubber seal in several spots, coat the whole gasket / seal surface
then gently rotate the seal around the socket to ensure an even coat

insert the bulb, then carefully coat the outer seal surface with grease,, then carefully insert the bulb/socket assembly back into the headlight casing.
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The problem usually is no venting.
Check out the vent for the housings if nothing and the water continues try a series of small holes along the lower edge of both lights.
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