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Offline FullMetalScorpion

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Condensation rear light units
« on: April 28, 2014, 07:54:24 am »
I have condensation in both my rear light units although the passenger side is much worse. I have done loads of research on this and I know its a common problem on the Evo. I know I could have them replaced at the dealer but I dont see the point if its just going to happen again and again. I did hear that Fiat had a fix but I asked the dealer and he said almost all Evos have it and there is no fix. I dont fancy stripping the lights down and heating them up with a hairdryer every time condensation forms. So I was thinking about drilling some small holes in the unit as its just a space between the actual light unit. I would obviously have to avoid drilling into the led strip. Has anybody done this and if so where have you drilled? I was thinking about drilling from the back but not even sure if that would work. Maybe some small holes at the bottom on the outside so that any trapped water can escape. Any help would be greatly appreciated as its doing my head in trying to find an answer. :(

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    Re: Condensation rear light units
    « Reply #1 on: April 28, 2014, 08:59:38 am »
    I can see that drilling a hole might help the condensation clear more quickly, but can also be another entry point. Once the good weather comes :whistle: dry them out using the hair drier method and maybe they will stay clear, for at least the summer.

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    Re: Condensation rear light units
    « Reply #2 on: April 28, 2014, 12:53:22 pm »
    I might even be tempted to fit Grande Punto rear lights but its probably not a straight swap.

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    Re: Condensation rear light units
    « Reply #3 on: April 28, 2014, 06:12:15 pm »
    Well I took off the lights and heated them with a hairdryer. It eventually cleared the lights of water but it took ages. However once the lights cooled down there was more....yes you guessed it condensation! I dont have the time to leave the lights in the house to gently warm up and I dont even know if it would help. I think the only option is to drill a hole in the unit. Because its a sealed unit and the lights are sealed separately it shouldn't matter if water gets in. I mean water is getting in anyway somehow. Also having a hole will make it easier to remove any existing condensation. I cant believe there isnt a fix for this problem as the Punto Evo has been out years.

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    Re: Condensation rear light units
    « Reply #4 on: April 30, 2016, 11:58:52 pm »
    Hi

    Has anyone found a fix for this yet? I have this issue with both rear lights. It is worse on sunny days, they just seem to collect moisture and never able to shift it naturally.

    It is ridiculous having to take the light off and put it in the plate warming draw once a week to get rid of the condensation.

    There is nothing wrong with the rear lights on my EVO, one is even a new replacement for the previous one that the LED died in clearly due to moisture....so that one could be replaced under warranty again I guess.

    This is the one thing that is actually making me want to get rid of my Abarth, it just spoils the look when clearly something is wrong with it.

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    Re: Condensation rear light units
    « Reply #5 on: March 22, 2017, 12:10:56 pm »
    Anyone have any ideas?

    I've still got this issue and have recently tried using compressed air to dry it out. Although this cleared the moisture it still misted up again within a few days.

    I guess the other option is to replace these lights with some (better made) after market ones. I've not been able to find any which is surprising considering every EVO (Fiat or Abarth) I see has some mist in these lights. Seems it is a common fault that no one has ever managed to fix.

    Anyone know of some good after market rear lights?

     

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