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I went to an automatic carwash this afternoon and when I got home I noticed a small amount of condensation/fog on the inside lens of my driver's side headlight. I have not noticed this before after having my truck washed. The outside temps here in Michigan have been in the low 30's and today it was 32F when washed. When I put my truck in my insulated garage, which is only about twenty degrees warmer than the outside, the condensation disappeared in about ten minutes.

I have the quad headlights and the condensation was only near the corner on the lower headlight and on the other corner by the turn signal. There was no water sitting inside the headlight and no water spots were left inside the lens. Is it possible that the headlight lens was really warm when it was sprayed at the carwash and the heat of the headlight on the lens may have caused condensation to form on the inside of the lens if it was sprayed with cold water?

The driver's side was power sprayed by the attendent before being sent into the wash and the headlights had been on for a long time. I did not notice a problem with the passenger side.

I hope it is a fluke temp thing. Just don't want to have to have a headlight assembely replaced. Truck is only 7 months old.

Long post, but looking for some answers or if anyone has experience the same problem. I am going to try and duplicate the problem later today as temps are supposed to be the same.

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I went to an automatic carwash this afternoon and when I got home I noticed a small amount of condensation/fog on the inside lens of my driver's side headlight. I have not noticed this before after having my truck washed. The outside temps here in Michigan have been in the low 30's and today it was 32F when washed. When I put my truck in my insulated garage, which is only about twenty degrees warmer than the outside, the condensation disappeared in about ten minutes.

I have the quad headlights and the condensation was only near the corner on the lower headlight and on the other corner by the turn signal. There was no water sitting inside the headlight and no water spots were left inside the lens. Is it possible that the headlight lens was really warm when it was sprayed at the carwash and the heat of the headlight on the lens may have caused condensation to form on the inside of the lens if it was sprayed with cold water?

The driver's side was power sprayed by the attendent before being sent into the wash and the headlights had been on for a long time. I did not notice a problem with the passenger side.

I hope it is a fluke temp thing. Just don't want to have to have a headlight assembely replaced. Truck is only 7 months old.

Long post, but looking for some answers or if anyone has experience the same problem. I am going to try and duplicate the problem later today as temps are supposed to be the same.

Thanks
I have seen the same thing on my mine. I tend to agree with you, it's a temperature thing. The factory lights are pretty well sealed but they're not purged or anything. They are filled with air on the other side of the seal and if that air happens to be moisture rich air, the condensation will form with a fast temperature swing.

If it really bothers you, you might try opening up the housing on a really dry/low humidity day, drying it out (maybe blowing into it with the wife's hairdryer for a few minutes?) and putting the sealed cap back on. That would limit any humid air in the housing (assuming there are now leaks in the housing). Good luck.
 

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I have my fog lights wired to be on with the engine. (like DRLs) Dodge has replaced my left light once and my right light twice and it needs to be replaced again. All for condensation on inside. This is has been all the time, not just after wash or rain. Moisture in side will discolor the reflector and cut down even more on the light out put!

Now to my point.

My SM says that the test Dodge uses to verify need for replacement for condensation is to turn the lights on, if in 15 minutes the moisture is gone, then no replacement is warranted.

This is the test for fogs, the headlight test may be the same.
 

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*****EVERYONE***** The 09'-current have "Self-venting" headlight housings. Condensation is ABSOLUTELY normal with the new trucks. There is nothing that needs to be replaced. Perfectly fine.
 

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*****EVERYONE***** The 09'-current have "Self-venting" headlight housings. Condensation is ABSOLUTELY normal with the new trucks. There is nothing that needs to be replaced. Perfectly fine.
Good to know, but where did you get the info from? I've never seen anything mentioned about it. Not doubting, just curious. :smileup:
 

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My dodge service manager. I went to him with the same problem. He said he had about a hundred truck owners contact him about the same thing.
And you believe your service manager, and water in your headlights is acceptable to you...?
I have a 2010 sport hemi ram, never any condensation issues ever (@ 33,000 miles)
 

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And you believe your service manager, and water in your headlights is acceptable to you...?
I have a 2010 sport hemi ram, never any condensation issues ever (@ 33,000 miles)
It's called condensation. The word water is blowing it a bit out of proportion. And yes I believe him. He is a very knowledgeable and explains everything. Instead of the remarks call and find out for yourself and comeback to let us know that you then agree.
 

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It's called condensation. The word water is blowing it a bit out of proportion. And yes I believe him. He is a very knowledgeable and explains everything. Instead of the remarks call and find out for yourself and comeback to let us know that you then agree.
Condensation, water, moisture, all are wet no matter how you see it at the end of the day.
None of the above are any good for ANY headlight, case AND point.
If you`re happy with your service manager, thats what counts.
 

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my dealership just ordered me new lights for the truck after we noted about 1/8 inch of water on the bottom of my lights, service pulled them and noted that I'm missing caps on both lights, someone at the plant was in a hurry to go home for the weekend hahaha, so I get new ones next week.
 

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I can't say I've seen any condensation on the inside of my headlights yet, but the humidity levels here are typically below 40%. That would make some difference.

As long as you don't see water pooled up at the bottom of the housing, I'd think you have nothing to worry about.

Darin
 

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I can't say I've seen any condensation on the inside of my headlights yet, but the humidity levels here are typically below 40%. That would make some difference.

As long as you don't see water pooled up at the bottom of the housing, I'd think you have nothing to worry about.

Darin
:smileup: I totally agree...!
 

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2014 ram headlight moisture

Hello,
i recent bought a 2014 ram and after the first time i washed it i've noticed heavy moisture in my passenger side headlight. All the forums i've read have said theirs goes away after 15 min or so where as mine has stayed this way since it first apeared the dealer says its on a do not replace list has anyone else had this issue.
 

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my 1999 dodge 1500 has condensation in both headlites everyday
the only way to get rid of it is to replace them
 

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I have the same issue. Headlights fog up in the winter when its below -20 C. Huge safety issue on the back roads and reduced visibility. Dealership told me that the lens are meant to fog. What a dumb design Dodge get your shit together and issue a recall. Not only does it look horrible its a safety issue at night.
 
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