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#1 Contsis

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Posted 07 May 2018 - 09:29 AM

Noticed this a while back and eventually removed it to repair some of the lights that stopped working.
Now I'm noticing condensation in there. I read a couple of posts about it here but didn't see a fix.
Can anything be done to permanently fix this issue. I would also be interested in finding a replacement lens
since I couldn't get rid of the dull film that develops at the reverse light.

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Posted 07 May 2018 - 10:09 AM

There's a foam seal on the back of the lights that's probably squished and all deformed at this point in time.  That's where you moisture enters in, or, even water as it rolls of the back tailgate.  There was someone on here a while back who was making new foam cut-outs (I think maybe Natallica) that you could install.  If there still available that should help solve your problem.  

To remove the lens, you will have to baked it off.  The glue will get soft and you can pull them apart.  I've never done in on a Starquest so I'm not sure what temp is necessary.  You'll have to find another light to do the swap, or just find a better light and replace it.  It's hard to come by just the lenses.  Not impossible, but they don't pop up often.

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Posted 07 May 2018 - 10:51 AM

Not sure why..But its ALWAYS the passenger side taillight that gets the water damage.....

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Posted 07 May 2018 - 12:08 PM

http://natallic6.wix...illight-gaskets

Just ordered some and they arrived Saturday.

Didn't put them in yet because I might need to caulk the lenses themselves first.

Both my driver and passenger side have water.

I'm going to just follow these instructions for repair - http://www.austarion...jatailrecon.pdf

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Posted 07 May 2018 - 12:19 PM

It is more than the foam seal. Google starion tail light repair. There's a video on youtube about this.

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http://www.starquest...howtopic=145280

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Posted 07 May 2018 - 10:20 PM

oh if you have spider cracks, you can try to fix it with methylene chloride... I'm going to try that also :/

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Posted 07 May 2018 - 11:34 PM

You can bake it for a few minutes, and it'll soften up the glue enough to pull the lens apart from the backing. Do not and I repeat do not go over 200 degrees. I found that out the hard way and melted A lense LOL. Do some searching around for tips on how to get it apart. There's a YouTube video on it I know of. You can accomplish it with a heat gun. It's probably safer to do so.

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Posted 08 May 2018 - 05:36 AM

Have to order me some seals also.

Edited by croquest87, 08 May 2018 - 05:38 AM.


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Posted 08 May 2018 - 06:14 AM

$9 heat gun from Harbor Freight works perfectly.   Just go slow and pry slowly.

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Posted 09 May 2018 - 08:54 PM

Just a note.  Plastic weld from the hobby shop did fuse all the cracks in my taillights and is preventing water from getting in.  But the cracks are still visible.  :/

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Posted 28 May 2018 - 01:08 PM

I was successful in fixing my tail light a few yrs back by removing the bulbs from the back and using a hair dryer to first dry it out.  I then used clear silicone along the seams on the back, around where the bulbs fit, and let cure for a day before putting back on the vehicle.  Not a single issue since then and silicone is not irreversible in the event that you want to get inside the lens at a later date.  About 2 years later and still working well.

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 08:10 AM

What are people using to glue the lens back in again?

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Posted 08 August 2018 - 08:28 AM

As Matt says above I used clear silicone.
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Posted 09 August 2018 - 05:32 AM

The exhaust heat rises behind the bumper up to the light and the hot cold cycle
causes the condensation along from sitting in the sun.

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Posted 14 August 2018 - 03:12 PM

View Postscott87star, on 08 August 2018 - 08:28 AM, said:

As Matt says above I used clear silicone.

Thanks!  Maybe if I read first I would have known... haha




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