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bimmee
09-03-2002, 02:37 PM
Last nite I washed da car and this morning I found vapor inside of the headlight lens. Dont think I have ever seen that, is it something to be worried about?

Ack
09-03-2002, 02:45 PM
Originally posted by bimmee
Last nite I washed da car and this morning I found vapor inside of the headlight lens. Dont think I have ever seen that, is it something to be worried about?

I had the same thing happen this weekend. It had to do with me taking my headlight apart and not putting it back together properly. If the seal isn't air tight, you will get condensation inside the lens.

If you or the dealer hasn't messed with the headlight, I would have them check your seals. There is a rubber boot on the back of the headlamp assembly, and another rubber seal around the whole plastic lens.

operknockity
09-03-2002, 02:47 PM
I've had that happen too, after washing the car at the self-serve wash with the high pressure hose. It cleared up after a few minutes in the sun. I don't think its anything to worry about.

bimmee
09-03-2002, 02:58 PM
Thanks for the posts.

And Ack...... yes I DID!!! Just yesterday I replaced the headlight trim and thats why I needed a wash because of all the dust and dirt.....

Dang, that installation was such a pain(esp the ending part) and now looks like I have to redo it...:bawling: :bawling:

Ack
09-03-2002, 03:02 PM
Originally posted by bimmee
Thanks for the posts.

And Ack...... yes I DID!!! Just yesterday I replaced the headlight trim and thats why I needed a wash because of all the dust and dirt.....

Dang, that installation was such a pain(esp the ending part) and now looks like I have to redo it...:bawling: :bawling:

Tell me about it. I spent an hour yesterday taking the headlight assembly apart and putting it back together. It sounds like its definitely your cover. You probably just missed one of the clips. You can take the cover off without removing the entire assembly; its really tight, but it can be done. Just make sure your eyebrow is out of the way.

Good luck! :D

bimmee
09-03-2002, 03:07 PM
Originally posted by Ack


Tell me about it. I spent an hour

I spent two... and broke two nails...

Maybe I didnt put the rubber strips on??!!?? The package comes with two bags of black/orange rubber strips. I didnt know what they are and nowhere in the instruction shows what to do with them, so I just placed them in the trunk.

Ack
09-03-2002, 03:11 PM
Originally posted by bimmee


I spent two... and broke two nails...

Maybe I didnt put the rubber strips on??!!?? The package comes with two bags of black/orange rubber strips. I didnt know what they are and nowhere in the instruction shows what to do with them, so I just placed them in the trunk.

I'm not sure about the seals. The headlight should already have them, but maybe with the new trim, there is a different seal. :dunno: Can you take a picture of them?

bimmee
09-03-2002, 03:17 PM
yup, will do it tonite!!

operknockity
09-03-2002, 05:45 PM
Hmmmmm. I have never done (or had anyone do) any work on my headlight assemblies and I have had moisture in them after a wash. Guess I'll have to get the dealer to investigate. This car is only 8 months old. Argh.

rwebbe
09-03-2002, 06:13 PM
Interested if you chaps had the Xenon units. I had moisture problems on my 528i and the dealer replaced both lamps at my request. Have had no problems with my Xenons.

operknockity
09-03-2002, 11:47 PM
I've got the Bi-Xenons.

JPinTO
09-04-2002, 04:14 AM
I had that on my car when it was a few months old... the dealer replaced it under warranty.

Now 3 years and a lot of miles later (=no warranty)... it's doing it again. I'll just live with it (or perhaps use it as an excuse to get Xenons)

bimmee
09-04-2002, 09:11 AM
ok, last nite I took the headlight apart and I think(hope) I found out which clips are not on properly. Anyways, within the package, there are two bags of these strips:

<img src="http://www.bebemau.com/image/rubberstrip.jpg">

BTW, operknockity, sounds like your best option is to have the dealer take a look!

operknockity
09-04-2002, 10:53 AM
Originally posted by bimmee
operknockity, sounds like your best option is to have the dealer take a look!

I think what I'll do is take a picture of the water vapor in the housing after the car is washed to take with me to the dealer (that is once I get my hands on a digi-cam).

Ack
09-04-2002, 11:03 AM
Originally posted by bimmee
ok, last nite I took the headlight apart and I think(hope) I found out which clips are not on properly. Anyways, within the package, there are two bags of these strips:


The orange strip looks like its just the protective backing for the glue. Since I can't tell how big this strip is, I don't know where that would go. The strip around the headlight assembly didn't seem that thick. :dunno: I didn't really take a lot of time to look at it when I took apart my headlight; sorry bimmee!

Was it the clips surrounding the headlamp (I think there are seven total) that weren't on all of the way?

bimmee
09-04-2002, 11:41 AM
Hey Ack,

I think it was the ones on the top, those three clips. Honestly I really am not sure. I started with the bottom and the side. Without touching those three clips on the top, I noticed they were already released. So it could be I didnt properly clip them back the day of installation, or they released themselves while I was removing the lens last nite. :dunno: :dunno:

Cant tell now, will have to wait until I wash again.

And those strips, I will just keep'em in the trunk.

Thanks for all the help!! :thumbup:

Ack
09-04-2002, 12:03 PM
Originally posted by bimmee
Hey Ack,
. . .
Thanks for all the help!! :thumbup:

No problem bimmee! :D Anything to help out. Hopefully those three clips were the culprit. I noticed if they aren't clipped all of the way, the seal isn't perfect and water will get trapped in there. Let me know if this solved your problem. Worse comes to worse, just take the car to the dealership and have them replace it under warranty. :p

bimmee
09-04-2002, 04:26 PM
Originally posted by Ack

Let me know if this solved your problem.

Will do!!

Originally posted by Ack

Worse comes to worse, just take the car to the dealership and have them replace it under warranty. :p
How wise.....they may replace the whole thing with Bi-Xenon if out of stock!!! :lmao: