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#1 2017-05-16 19:43:46

Registered: 2016-05-20
User Number: 36729
Posts: 5

Headlight condensation and HID removal

Had a super foggy day today my passenger's side headlight has lots of condensation. So much that the HID no longer functions.

Is there an easy way to remove the HID without removing the bumper?
Is this something that will require me to reseal the fixture?
what are my next steps in this project?

Disclaimer: I am not exactly experienced mechanically.

Thanks in advance!



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#2 2017-05-17 01:43:49

Potato, Patreason...
From: San Antonio, Texas
Registered: 2011-07-31
User Number: 5779
Posts: 2247

Re: Headlight condensation and HID removal

Take the bumper off, take the headlight out, reseal the headlight and don't worry about it again.

2005 Saab 9-2x Aero:  More than you've had done to your car.
2015 Forester XT Touring



#3 2017-05-18 13:49:38

accept no substitutes
Registered: 2014-11-30
User Number: 25881
Posts: 395

Re: Headlight condensation and HID removal

This is a very annoying multi-faceted issue with the HIDs (and headlights in general) on the Saab 92x
The headlights suck, they either get hazy or generate leaks, which means water gets inside the headlight, and then drips down to the bottom and gets into the HID ballast.
Then to make things worse, you have to remove the bumper to get the headlights out.

as stated above, the solution here is to remove the bumper then either replace the headlight outright or replace the HID ballast and then separate the headlight housing to reseal it.
I had to do it multiple times on my last 92x... i got really good at removing the bumper



#4 2017-05-29 16:21:27

From: Maine
Registered: 2007-09-08
User Number: 2266
Posts: 47

Re: Headlight condensation and HID removal

You should also make sure the rubber seal on the underside of the hood is clean and creates a good seal against the top of the headlights when the hood is closed.

2005 SAAB 9-2x Aero, Arctic Silver Metallic Prodrive CAI, Cobb endlinks, Porterfield brake pads R4-S, and stripped interior.
2010 Cannondale Flash F1



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