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E36 (1991 - 1999)
The E36 chassis 3-Series BMW was a huge hit among driving enthusiasts from the first moment the car hit the pavement. The E36 won numerous awards over the years it was produced and is still a favorite of many BMW enthusiasts to this day! -- View the E36 Wiki

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Old 05-15-2015, 10:49 PM
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Tail light with water inside!

Hey guys anyone know how to fix a tail loght with water inside? The tail light still works, there is just water in it. Is it possible to dump the water out and seal it some how?
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Old 05-16-2015, 04:56 AM
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There are bolts inside the rear of the car, about three I think, that let you remove the tail light assembly. You could just empty it through the bulb hole, but I'd be inclined to disassemble it and reseal it with silastic. The original seals get a bit manky at this age. Mine looked like some new life form was evolving in them.
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Old 05-16-2015, 06:13 AM
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Yeah I had this issue too, and the problem is that it's between the two lenses. I tried everything and could not get it out. Eventually I drilled two small holes in the bottom corners to allow for draining (only through the first lens and not the second). This worked great and then I eventually replaced them with an aftermarket set.

If you drill the holes you can get them small enough and low enough to where Rey are not even really noticeable unless you are really looking.
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Old 05-16-2015, 08:36 AM
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Yeah, I would recommend replacing them rather than drilling holes in them to allow drainage. Even if the drains allow water to escape, the fact that they are allowing water to get inside in the first place is not a good thing and will undoubtedly eventually lead to electrical shorts. You can usually get nice aftermarket replacements for under $100.
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Old 05-16-2015, 11:05 AM
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I would just replace them too. It will likely start looking old and foggy. Corrosion will start taking over and will start causing unwanted issues. You can find new ones on amazon/ebay for about $60.
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Old 05-16-2015, 12:42 PM
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My lights were 3/4 full water, and was how I got the car. By the time I got the new ones they had been drilled maybe a total of two months. By no means did I make any kind of connotation of this being any kind of permanent fix. Over that two months I had no fading, discoloration, dirt, or blockage occur. Also I had no issues with shorting, blowing fusses, or frying any circuitry.

That said this is by no means a permanent fix, but I know how life is and sometimes there is just not 60-100 bucks in the bank to do what needs to be done. If it is bad do what you need to do to get it out. Just know that they need to be fixed proper.

Anyhow... Yeah, sometimes you just got to do what you got to do.... That's all.
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Old 05-16-2015, 01:17 PM
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My lights were 3/4 full water, and was how I got the car. By the time I got the new ones they had been drilled maybe a total of two months. By no means did I make any kind of connotation of this being any kind of permanent fix. Over that two months I had no fading, discoloration, dirt, or blockage occur. Also I had no issues with shorting, blowing fusses, or frying any circuitry.

That said this is by no means a permanent fix, but I know how life is and sometimes there is just not 60-100 bucks in the bank to do what needs to be done. If it is bad do what you need to do to get it out. Just know that they need to be fixed proper.

Anyhow... Yeah, sometimes you just got to do what you got to do.... That's all.
I agree with what you say and yes sometimes you got do what you can get away with. I had the taillight lens fill up in my truck. I had to separate the lens from the rest of the assembly to clean it up because the inside plastic plate chrome stuff was turning black. Put it back together with silicon and was good to go for a while. But I have since purchased new LEDs to put in its place and now looks much nicer.

Although the discoloration, shorting, ect may not happen soon or even not at all, water filling up the lens does increase the possibility. The little caps the bulb sits in are prone to this all on its own.
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Old 05-19-2015, 01:12 AM
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Thanks guys really appreciate the help! I ended purchasing aftermarket lights just to not have to fiddle with em. I wanted to fix em but i rather take it safe and bought new ones. Thanks again guys!
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