Owning a car is a milestone, but you have to agree that it comes with responsibilities. You must ensure everything is working so that you do not endanger the lives of others while on the road. One of those responsibilities is to ensure that the headlights are working effectively.
You find that after sometimes, your car’s headlights are clogged with moisture. This is a common problem that is giving numerous drivers sleepless nights. But thankfully, you can get the moisture out of the headlights in a matter of seconds. You only required to have all the necessary materials ready to carry out the task.
- Be Patient the Moisture May Eventually Go Away on Its Own
This may sound funny, but it works. Sometimes it is good to rely on science to deal with problems. The good thing about this guideline is that you don’t have to open the headlights unit. After you turn on the lights, the heat makes the moisture evaporate, thereby getting moisture from the headlights. Also, leaving your car on the sun produces the same results. In some cases, this method may prove futile, and the only thing to do is to open the headlight unit and do the cleaning.
- Remove the Headlights Unit
If the moisture does not go away even after being exposed to heat, then do not hesitate to remove the headlight unit. This gives you a perfect opportunity to clean up and rectify any mechanical problems.
You must have access to your car manual. This is because cars are of different brands and have specific well-stipulated guidelines for removing the headlight unit. But even before you undertake this procedure, you must have all the tools that make your work easier. Some of the basic hand tools that should be inside your car include;
- Breaker/pry bar
- Jack and jack stands
- Screwdriver set
- Wrench and socket
These are some of the items you should never lack inside your car’s toolbox. Modern cars only require you to have a ratchet and socket to remove the three screws around the car headlights. While for the old cars, you only need a screwdriver to remove the Philip screws. Once you remove the headlight unit, go ahead and remove anything that you can. This includes bubs, plugs, vents, and electronics. Also, carry out this exercise, do not be tempted to break the seal between the lens and the housing. It can be time-consuming if you choose to reseal everything.
- Getting the moisture out of the headlights
Well, this forms the main basis for this article. There are a couple of ways of removing moisture from the headlights. And the method you use largely depends on the moisture content in the headlights. Some of the methods you can use are as follows;
- Use lint-free cloth– you can use these clothes to wipe out any moisture trapped inside the headlights. There is no rocket science when it comes to using them. You only need to locate areas with moisture and gently wipe out the moisture. Keep doing it until you are rest assured that everything is fine.
- Hairdryer. The good thing about the hairdryer is that you can perform many functions, and getting moisture out of the headlights is one of them. However, when using this tool, you must remain extra vigilant. This is because you may end up damaging the electrical wirings and morphing the rubber components. The recommended temperature should be around 180 degrees Fahrenheit. Nothing more than that.
- Add desiccants- These silica gel packets are highly effective in absorbing moisture. In case you find out that the moisture content is low, then the best thing to do is to use silica gel packets. This is an inexpensive way of removing moisture from the headlights without having to install new reseals. However, it is good to note that their effectiveness depends on the severity of what is causing moisture in the headlights.
- Use compressed air- sometimes, the primary reason for moisture inside the headlights could be the headlight vent is blocked. The best way to deal with this menace is to blow out the debris to unblock the vent. However, you must exercise extra caution; otherwise, you may be forcing the debris to the housing.
- Change the headlight assembly- for some reason or another, all the tricks we have recommended here could prove futile. There is still a good way to deal with the problem, and that’s replacing the headlight assembly. Cracked headlight units should be replaced since they allow moisture inside the headlight unit.
- Return the Headlight Units
Once you have completed removing moisture, return the headlight unit. But as you do that, you must come up with ways that prevent further entry of moisture into the headlight unit. You do not want to carry out this procedure each week. Your car’s headlight unit comes with a number of rubber seals. They work perfectly in sealing the electronics, the bulb cover, and vents. Also, you find rubber sealant in between the lens and housing. It is important to have a god inspection of these areas to identify whether they are openings that allow water through or where air might not escape through. You can as well add silicon gels packets. They help in absorbing any moisture that gets is. These are some of the ways that will keep away the moisture in the future.