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moisture in tail light

Discussion in 'Stock 2002 - 2005 Explorers' started by MGG, August 2, 2011.

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    1. MGG

      MGG Active Member

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      I took the whole tail light assembly out and had it dry out in the house for 3 days.

      No cracks and seals look good.

      3 days later it has moisture in the bottom by the reverse light.

      The thing is it didn't even rain...

      How can this happen?

      Where is the moisture coming from?
       
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    3. Peanut74

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      Condensate

      The water is from the condensate in the light housing.
       
    4. Drummadude

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      My 02 Explorer had a small hole in one of the taillights from a minor bump. After a while of doing nothing, condensation built up.

      My solution sounds funny, but it worked for me. Take the tail light housing out and leave the bulbs hanging. With a rag and a little screwdriver, push the rag in the bulb holes and try to dry it out.

      After that, I took my electric leafblower and blew air through the tail light until it was dry.

      I then used super glue and red duct tape to cover the small hole for good.

      If there are no cracks, perhaps you could find a gasket for the bulb holes or run some sealant along the crease of the assembly.
       
    5. MGG

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      Sounds like a good approach to me. I have a leaf blower!
       

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