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    Hi
    I have a problem with the driver’s side headlight with a lot of condensation behind the main front glass.
    Is there anyway to clean and stop this or do I have to replace the complete unit?

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    You can replace the rubber seal alone, providing that is the cause (perished rubber seal). Also you can ge such issues from minor unoticeable cracking in the lens, so just be sure you know what the root cause of your condensation is.

    If its a new lens you need, you can get that too so no need to replace the entire unit.

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    Quote Originally Posted by dx90 View Post
    Hi
    I have a problem with the driver’s side headlight with a lot of condensation behind the main front glass.
    Is there anyway to clean and stop this or do I have to replace the complete unit?

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    I assume you are looking not to replace, but if you decide otherwise i have seen xenon angel eyes for e36 on fleabay for £39.99 free p+p, i don't know how good/bad they are but they are being sold by a powerseller with excellent feedback who is offering a guarantee of sorts i think (if anyone has any experience of these particular lights i would like to know how they perform?),
    I think unless i hear some bad press on them i will invest in a set soon. Incidentally, second hand OEM units go for peanuts on the bay but obviously you run the risk of ending up with a headlight with the same problem!
     
     

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    I will have ago at replacing the seal at the weekend. I will let you know how I get on.

    Thanks all
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    Hi mate

    Dont do the seal first!!

    Try taking the cover off that allows access to the MAIN beam (smaller of the two) Drive with it off for a few days and i promise the condensation will go away!! youll have no probs at all with water gettin in as they arent a sealed unit, they just have poor ventilation!

    Iv taken both smaller covers off and never put em back on coz when i do they fog up (not enough ventilation)

    You could go as far as removing the lenses and cleaning the inside of the glass then silicon them back in.

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    Tried that and it worked a treat.

    Isn't there anyway to vent them on a more permanent basis?
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    Quote Originally Posted by dx90 View Post
    Tried that and it worked a treat.

    Isn't there anyway to vent them on a more permanent basis?
    Not sure if it's been covered elsewhere............but on my old FTO a few years ago, drilling a small hole at the bottom of the unit got rid of most peoples problems. Im sure its worth a try?
     
     

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    I'll look into doing that. Wonder if anyone has tried it on these.
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    just take the two little covers at the back off as dds789 said and drill one hole in either cover of about 2-3mm and put them back on, iv done and they are perfect! you can keep the covers on and have the headlights ventilated everyones a winner! =D
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