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Old 09-23-2003, 08:55 PM   #1
devinm88
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Default My Fog lights has over an inch of water in it; Help.

My drivers side fog light has over an inch of water in it. Is this an easy fix (bad seal) or does the entire unit need replacing? How to I access this? From the front, from underneath, from under the hood??? If I have to, I'll use epoxy, tape, anything... Thanks in advance for you help.
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Old 09-23-2003, 09:23 PM   #2
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Quick, take the light off and drain it before anything rusts inside the reflector and bulb!

This happened to me and I procrastinated (the usual: busy at work, busy with family..etc) and eventually things started to corrode - now it's completely worthless and it's $200 Cdn (approx $140 US) to replace it.

Here's what happened to me: the fog light housing is entirely plastic and is secured by a steel bracket to the inner bumper area. This plastic housing is pretty fragile in my experience and is definitely prone to cracking. I believe a simple front end impact is enough to crack the housing, such as an overly aggressive parking n00b.

Anyways, a crack on the upper side of the housing will slowly admit water as the car is driven in the rain and/or from overspray during car wash activities.

I suggest you remove the light, drain it and drying it throroughly before sealing it up with silicone to prevent further leaks.

Good luck,

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Old 09-23-2003, 09:26 PM   #3
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If you dont mind keeping the car perfect you could drill a small hole in the lowest spot of the housing to let the water escape. The fog light heat would be enough to remove any remaining moisture.
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Old 09-23-2003, 09:34 PM   #4
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Thank you Bill. I will take care of this immediatlely. However, how do I take the light off, how do i access this? From underneath, from under the hood, from the front...?
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Old 09-23-2003, 10:03 PM   #5
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I believe it is accessed from below, you have to remove part of the plastic fender protector.

See this link on Scoobymods..

It is for an ob- basically the same instructions though, just replace the big round fog with your rectangular ones.

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Old 09-23-2003, 10:44 PM   #6
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I don't know if the bulbs are Halogen (not likely with their poor output), but I find cleaning them with rubbing alcohol gets the bulb nice and clean with no oil deposits which would cause them to burn out.
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