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steamy headlights and fixes?

my headlight are steaming up now the sun has come after all the rain.is there a way of getting in there to sort it out,and one of my light covers has gone blurry looking any ideas.

aslo one rear is steaming too when you touch it there is movement so how are they cliped in as i guess mine is not fitted right
p.s my b lives on the drive so always has to put with the weather have got a cover but it keeps blowing off another problem!!
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Re: steamy headlights and fixes?

Place a gel pack in each headlight

you know the ones you get in a box of shoes or similar

i used to have the same problem with my E36 and this was how i resolved it

place one just inside the cap,dont worry it wont melt.
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Re: steamy headlights and fixes?

You can remove the headlights, use Meguir's PlastX to clean them inside and out, then fit them back tightly closed. Easy but will take time. Be careful not to break the clips.
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PS: Some black silicon under the headlight (under the main unit) could help sealing it.
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Re: steamy headlights and fixes?

TBH the climate in the UK is so changeable that one day you have heavy rain and the next bright sunshine.

I am yet to meet a b owner in the UK who does not suffer from this issue - Stavros' suggestion could work but tbh I don't think there is any way you can get away from condensation. Also, if you do seal the unit you will probably suffer from condensation in the summer on sunny days...................
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Re: steamy headlights and fixes?

is there a guide on the site to show how to get into lights so i can polish covers?
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is there a guide on the site to show how to get into lights so i can polish covers?
Erm, nope, 'fraid not!! TBH the cost of replacing the headlight unit (if you break it while trying to get into it) is not cheap - I live with it, it does not interfere with the headlight projection on the road - but then I have converted to HID's!!!
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Not road legal HIDs as I understand?
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Police friend of mine advised that that have more important things to do (Donuts/chips etc) than chase down cars with HID's. Unless they are blatantly stupid..ie funny colours, dangerously bright/badly adjusted etc.

The DOT says HID retrofits are illegal on any vehicle which didn't have them fitted OEM by the makers. Enforcement is apparently a grey area. There's an issue anyway with focusing the beam. Older cars where the front element does the focussing (old Renaults for example) have a problem with HID's. Cars with projector lamps like the B are normally fine. Both my Coupe and the B had to have the lights adjusted after fitting HID's but went through the MOT fine.
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Police friend of mine advised that that have more important things to do (Donuts/chips etc) than chase down cars with HID's. Unless they are blatantly stupid..ie funny colours, dangerously bright/badly adjusted etc.
Yep but if he don't watch his step I might make an exception
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better hope my local policeman are looking the other way,postman came today with my hid conversion kit.so watch this space
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Re: steamy headlights and fixes?

Hi there all,
My B went trough the MOT test last week with success and the only note on the HID lights was
"main beam intensity - low"
LOL!!!
I think I can now go for two sets of off road lights like these!!

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Re: steamy headlights and fixes?

Are there any bulbs that one can buy that work better than the normal ones? I can't be bothered with getting HIDs - nor do I want the rally look on my B

I'll have to remove my head lights before I have my car fixed so I figured I might change/upgrade the bulbs at the same time.

eBay links accepted (Btw., blueish bulbs are usually not legal here afaik.)
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