Fixing Headlight Condensation on Your Kia Vehicle
If you hardly drive at night, then you may not realize that your headlights are foggy. In this world of uncertainties, you may never know when an emergency would come up. It could come in the middle of the night, you never know. Your loved one can fall sick. You may get an emergency phone call. It could be just anything, and you end up on the road. At night! Headlight condensation reduces visibility and can lead to accidents. You definitely don’t want this, so always inspect your headlights to see if they are foggy. And if they are foggy, fix them! How? So we asked the service department at Classic Kia of Beaumont, TX for the 411 on how to do this simple process. They should be your number one choice for official Kia parts and accessories in the SouthEast Texas area. Well, here is how to fix headlight condensation or fogginess in your car.
What You Need
· Lint free cloth
· Tools needed to remove your headlight (consult your owner’s manual to know the specific tools you need).
· Hair dryer
· Desiccant packets
· Soapy water
· Denatured alcohol
Steps to Get Rid of the Condensation
1. Consult your owner’s manual for tips on how to remove your headlight and follow the instructions to remove it. Usually, unscrewing the bulb, removing the back of the assembly, and opening the hood would work.
2. Once you gain access to the assembly, use the lint free cloth to remove the moisture from the lens.
3. Put the silica gel into the lens assembly. Make sure it does not come into direct contact with the bulb. Put the headlight back.
Alternatively, you can go with the steps below:
1. Use soapy water to wash the lenses, then rinse and wipe it dry.
2. Dip a rag into denatured alcohol then use it to clean the lens in a circular motion. Repeat this process until the lenses become clear and then rinse.
3. Soak sandpaper in water, and then sand the lens in small, circular motion. Only stop when the lenses are smooth. You may then apply car wax to prevent headlight condensation in future.
You can also use desiccant packets to get rid of minor condensation. However, if the condensation is major, consider using a hair dryer to dry out the headlight’s housing. If you opt for this method, be cautious to use low heat, preferably less than one hundred and eighty degrees Fahrenheit.
Additional Advice and Tips
1. Any silica gel pack can work. These packs are usually found in white bags with a message “DO NOT EAT”. They are nonhazardous and nonflammable.
2. Ensure that the gel pack does not come into direct contact with the bulb. If there is barely enough space, do not leave it at the bottom of the assembly since any contact with the bulb will make things worse.
3. Silica packs will only absorb forty percent of their weight in water. While this will address most condensation issues, it will not necessarily fix the problem. You may need to replace seals and gaskets then apply silica gel to fix the problem completely.
4. If it is mandatory that your car is inspected annually, you will most likely be forced to replace your headlights if they are in bad condition. Maintain your headlights to avoid costly and unnecessary replacements.
Prevention is always better than cure. However, if your headlight is already blurred, you will need to take corrective measures. If headlight condensation is troubling you, the tips, steps, and tricks discussed above will come in handy. You never know when an emergency will come up, so always ensure that your headlights are in good condition.