Condensation in headlights

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Condensation in headlights

Post by Geoffscat » Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:22 pm

I just brought my 2016 XE back from having it's service, I went out to check the oil level when I noticed what I thought was polish on the lower half of a headlight.
I tried to wipe it off with a cloth but couldn't . It was then that I noticed that it was on the inside . I also noticed that the other headlamp has some in it .
It this a common fault ? My warranty runs out in June .

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Re: Condensation in headlights

Post by Faltwen » Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:26 pm

If i recall correctly it is mentioned in the manual. Think it states that it is usual and will clear on its own,

https://www.ownerinfo.jaguar.com/docume ... c/G1801417
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Re: Condensation in headlights

Post by Kaikoura » Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:53 pm

Jaguar specialise in headlamp condensation. I keep goldfish in the ones fitted to my 2004 XKR :lol:
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Re: Condensation in headlights

Post by Jeff123 » Mon Mar 29, 2021 7:59 pm

They probably cleaned your car with a power hose and went slightly OTT. I have done the same to mine. They are sealed units but NOT airtight units so this happens.

Either:

1. Drive around for a couple of days with your headlights on main beam - I assume modern bulbs generate some heat?
2. Put a hairdryer onto the glass until it dries out - this doesn't take long and I personally would do this.
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Re: Condensation in headlights

Post by Wastegate84 » Mon Mar 29, 2021 8:04 pm

I hope 1 is a joke...

I wouldn't do 2 either as they are plastic not glass.

In fact I would head straight back inside, put your feet up and grab a beer. As long as the vent isn't blocked up the moisture will soon disappear.
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Re: Condensation in headlights

Post by Geoffscat » Mon Mar 29, 2021 9:11 pm

It could be due to the car being pressure washed but I think this is s pretty lame excuse by Jaguar!

I would expect water ingress on a car 10 years old but not one just over 4 . I will see if it clears up on its own .

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Re: Condensation in headlights

Post by rayaans » Mon Mar 29, 2021 9:24 pm

Should clear up on its own but over time will cause the headlight units to fail unfortunately
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Re: Condensation in headlights

Post by Geoffscat » Tue Mar 30, 2021 7:57 am

One of the lights has almost cleared completely this morning , the other one still has moisture by the indicator lamp .
I will keep an eye on them to see if they clear and see if it happens again .
I may be slightly suffering from lockdown fever and being a bit grumpy . Especially having just spent £450 on a service .

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Re: Condensation in headlights

Post by Fighterpilot » Tue Mar 30, 2021 8:18 am

I had a few cars with plastic outers that did the same thing. My car has been OK so far.
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Re: Condensation in headlights

Post by Geoffscat » Tue Mar 30, 2021 12:43 pm

I'm over the moon with my courtesy car wash ! Not only goldfish in the headlamps but I just arrived home in our other car to find a large blister in a helicopter tape section on the rear bumper. They must have gone full blast with a pressure washer !

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