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Old 01-27-2013, 10:05 PM
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Is anyone else having problems with water getting into their fog lights with HID bulbs? Ever since I put in my fog light HID's I've been getting water in them when I go through the car wash. I've tried 6 sets of bulbs and they all do the same, some more than others.

Just last week I replaced the fog light housings under warranty thinking maybe something was wrong with the housings. Tonight I went through a car wash with the new fog light housings and sure as s*it there was water in both housings and the lens were all fogged up.

I'm getting fed up with this problem and am starting to think that maybe I should put the original bulbs back in.

Anyone having this problem? any ideas on how I can fix this problem? I could try putting rtv on the bulbs o rings and maybe that will seal better...
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No issues. I am running **************** HID bulbs in mine. I don't know what brand you chose to run but from what I've seen you can't cheap out on HID's.

All I can recommend is when you put the bulb in make sure it is straight and flush into the housing. I know when I installed my HID bulbs I turned it and it stopped. Then I had to push into the bulb and it turned a bit more locking into place.
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I have my fogs wired to run as DRLs.

My "09 facyory fogs housings were replaced (2 on left, 3 on right) under warranty. Using stock bulbs, 100 watt, and HID. All got condensation inside.

Now out of warranty, I removed the units and sealed the lens to the housing with silicone, 7 months and no water inside. Turns out they are not sealed units. Mine were not leaking at the bulbs.

Be SURE the inside is DRY befor sealing. Good luck
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dont have water but i get condensation when weather goes from 20-70 and 70-30 could always run a bead of silicone around them
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No issues. I am running **************** HID bulbs in mine. I don't know what brand you chose to run but from what I've seen you can't cheap out on HID's.

All I can recommend is when you put the bulb in make sure it is straight and flush into the housing. I know when I installed my HID bulbs I turned it and it stopped. Then I had to push into the bulb and it turned a bit more locking into place.
most hid kits come with the same o ring its the bulb thats a better quality not the o ring
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Well I figured it out and fixed the problem, and it wasn't the housings but I still replaced them both under warranty anyway, took some convincing to my service manager to do it but I won in the end lol. I actually ended up doing two "repairs" to the bulbs.

I did not buy extremely expensive HID replacement bulbs, the bulbs them selves were $40 for the pair off of highperformancebulbs.com. I took the truck to one of those no touch car washes and bought the most expensive wash since that would spray the most water for the longest time. Then I took it directly to where I work and put it up on the hoist to blow compressed air at the fog light to see where the water was coming in from.

The actual lenses are sealed perfect, none of the water moved when i blew air around the lens to housing seam. Then I blew air around the bulb and BOOM water was moving inside the lens all over the place.

I found two problems:
1. The HID bulb was slightly loose even in the locked position, I could pull it back and forth about a milimeter.
2. The bulb was not sealed where the wires go into the bulb, water was actually coming through the bulb via the wires.

I fixed problem one by taking the o-ring off the stock h10 bulbs and putting it below the HID o-ring on the base of the HID bulb. Basically it takes up that 1 mm gap and makes the bulbs nice and tight in the housing, like the stock bulbs.

As for problem two I put a small dab of silicone where the wires go into the HID bulb, after the silicone dried I wrapped the wires in electrical tape making a "loom" like all the factory wiring on the truck. Water can't get anywhere close to the wiring or the bulbs.

I blew out the housings and let the completely dry (luckily no staining or discoloring happened to my brand new housings) and drove the truck around for 3 days just to make sure they where completely dried. Last night I took it through the same wash at the same car wash as before and there wasn't a drop of water in either housing, no water, no moisture, no fog, nothing. I did buy a set of 6000k HID bulbs from retrosolutions.com because I planned on just changing out the bulbs AGAIN, but now that this works I'm just going to store those untill I need them because these cheaper bulbs actually do look really good and match my headlights perfectly.

Also looking at the retro solutions bulbs, they are sealed where the wires go into the bulbs, so If anyone else ever has a problem with water in their fogs with HID's you can either do what I did, or buy your bulbs from retro solutions.

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