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Old 01-29-2002, 12:39 PM
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Condensation in tail light lens

My left rubber gasket on my tail light assembly has apparently gone bad as condensation is appearing inside. Dealer wants $28.50 for the gasket which I'm not willing to pay.

My question is, has anybody tried a sealant such as RTV or any other type sealant to seal this area with success?

If so, please tell me what you used!

TIA!

-Iodyn-
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Old 01-29-2002, 04:37 PM
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Condensation

Got the same problem with my head lights on my 300D.I thought I'd try a couple of those little packs of crystals that they always pack with electrical items to keep out the moisture.Can't hurt to try.My gaskets are ok but i think it's moisture in my vacuum system. BEAR
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Old 01-29-2002, 04:49 PM
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One trick you may want to try is to remove the gasket and clean it real good with rubbing alcohol. Then give it a good wipe with a laquer thinner moistened cloth on both sides (you may want to use something less volatile - but I am a Tim the Toolman type - more cleaning power-and dries instantly). Then give it a thin skin of RTV silicone on one side and let dry a few hours. Then put a skin layer on the other side. Hang it up on a wire overnight and re-install the next day. The new coatings will give you a good seal.
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Old 01-29-2002, 04:59 PM
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Sounds like you blew a tail gasket, as opposed to a head gasket
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Old 01-29-2002, 05:06 PM
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Yeah! and the tail light assembly really got steamed over blowing that gasket:p :p
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Old 01-29-2002, 07:28 PM
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Thanks moedip for the tips and you too Jim for the laughs :p :p
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Old 01-29-2002, 11:30 PM
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Water in taillight lens

I have tried sealing tail light lenses with silicone with no luck. Seems like once they start leaking - that's it. One thing that has worked for me is to drill a very small drain hole in the bottom of the lens to help excess water drain out. I would definitely do that if there is any chance of freezing and cracking the lens.
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Old 01-29-2002, 11:38 PM
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I bought some small soft vacuum hose of approx the same OD at autozone. Tacked it to the lens with silicone. It has worked fine.
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