PT Cruiser Forum  
Advertisements
       

Go Back   PT Cruiser Forum > General Forums > General PT Cruiser Discussions

PT Cruiser Forum

Advertisements
Washed the inside of the taillights too!

 
Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 08 Dec 2005, 10:38 pm
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: .
Posts: 344
Default Washed the inside of the taillights too!


I frequently drive my P.T. Cruiser through a touchless car wash.

But my drivers side taillight and breaklight burned out, and since it was time for it's 3,000 mile maintenance, I took it in to the Chrysler dealer.

They found a lot of water inside the tail light! The bulb had burst, not just burned out.

I think because of the cool water hitting the hot bulb.

Anyway, no more touchess car washes for me because I don't think it was rain that got in there, I think it was the jet of water coming up from the undercarriage.


Has anybody else had water get into the taillight?
Reply With Quote
  #2 (permalink)  
Old 09 Dec 2005, 02:25 pm
2step's Avatar
Senior Cruiser
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: New Braunfels, Texas.
Posts: 1,672
Default

That's not normal. The tail light lens is a "clamshell" like, 2-piece arangement that is fused together (3-pieces counting the amber lens). There are sponge-rubber seals at the lamp sockets and a small opening at the very bottom where the single screw is. There is no path for water to get in, normally.

An easy check would be to remove lens, twist out the lamp sockets for complete removal and fill it up with water to check for any water leaks. Dry it out with a hairdryer after you're done.

If you have a bad lens, the dealer should replace it.
Reply With Quote
  #3 (permalink)  
Old 10 Dec 2005, 04:03 am
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: .
Posts: 344
Default


Both taillights got water in them at the same time. Only one was drained when the bulb was replaced, the other still has water in it.

The dealer wanted to replace the entire lens at my expense, but I said just dry it and I'll avoid the car wash.

I'll see in the next few months if it happens again.

That's a smart idea to check for leaks by filling it with water. I wouldn't have thought of that.

How do you remove the lens?


__________________
\'03 PT Turbo 2CN
Auto/Stick
Lt. Almond/cloth
Blanes HoodStruts
etc.
Reply With Quote
  #4 (permalink)  
Old 10 Dec 2005, 12:46 pm
2step's Avatar
Senior Cruiser
 
Join Date: Oct 2004
Location: New Braunfels, Texas.
Posts: 1,672
Default

Remove the single screw at the bottom and sort of pivot from there while also pulling out at the top. There are a couple of spring clips near the top that hold the lens at the top. A quarter turn on each lamp socket is all you have to do to pop those out. One minute per side and you're done.


Edit added...It's possible to get water into the lens if a very high pressure stream is directed at the screw hole at close range and held there for a moment. That hole is not sealed and is meant to be a drain for minor condensation.
Reply With Quote
  #5 (permalink)  
Old 10 Dec 2005, 07:53 pm
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: .
Posts: 344
Default



Thanks! Maybe I'll just silicone thar hole so I can go back to the car wash.

__________________
\'03 PT Turbo 2CN
Auto/Stick
Lt. Almond/cloth
Blanes HoodStruts
etc.
Reply With Quote
  #6 (permalink)  
Old 14 Dec 2005, 08:08 pm
Regular Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Dallas, TX, USA.
Posts: 119
Default

You can also access the area right behind the tail lamp housing from under your vehicle's rear fenders. I had to change a dead brake light today and noticed that after removing the tail lamp unit, I could see straight down to the concrete.

It's possible that your PT got soaked from underneath, if the wash has an under-carriage washing feature.
__________________

2003 Classic Edition, 5-speed with 7-ball shift knob, badges removed, dark tint, Borla split exit exhaust, short billett antenna, Nu-Image white-faced blue flamed gauges and 15\" American Racing Aero Wheels.
Reply With Quote
  #7 (permalink)  
Old 14 Dec 2005, 11:33 pm
Hooligan's Avatar
Obsessed Cruiser
 
Join Date: Aug 2003
Posts: 6,023
Default

Quote:
quote:Originally posted by zzzhuh



Thanks! Maybe I'll just silicone thar hole so I can go back to the car wash.

Car wash, NO!!![xx(] Hand wash, YES!!!
Reply With Quote
  #8 (permalink)  
Old 15 Dec 2005, 05:40 am
Regular Cruiser
 
Join Date: Aug 2005
Location: Ca, USA.
Posts: 114
Default

Ya, what he said, talk about bad scratches all over the place.

Anyhow about the light fixture. I had that problem in my driverside brake light... it wasn't bad, it was just dripping from the top after a bad rainy day. Don't know how it slid in there so I sprayed a little water from the outside to see if anything would go in at all, nothing. My guess was it got in through the hole from excessive moisture but under the car is possibility I didn't even think of... going to check that out myself.

__________________
2001 Ltd Ed. Inferno Red PT, many mods, many more to come.
Reply With Quote
  #9 (permalink)  
Old 18 Dec 2005, 08:35 pm
Young Cruiser
 
Join Date: Nov 2002
Location: New Ccastle, Delaware, USA.
Posts: 62
Default

Quote:
quote:Originally posted by 2step

That's not normal. The tail light lens is a "clamshell" like, 2-piece arangement that is fused together (3-pieces counting the amber lens). There are sponge-rubber seals at the lamp sockets and a small opening at the very bottom where the single screw is. There is no path for water to get in, normally.

An easy check would be to remove lens, twist out the lamp sockets for complete removal and fill it up with water to check for any water leaks. Dry it out with a hairdryer after you're done.

If you have a bad lens, the dealer should replace it.
I drilled a 1/4 inch hole at the bottom of mine no more fog either.
__________________
like cruiseing,meeting new people and sailing on the bay in my other cruiseer.
Reply With Quote
  #10 (permalink)  
Old 20 Jan 2006, 02:47 am
Cool Cruiser
 
Join Date: Jan 2003
Location: .
Posts: 344
Default


ARRRRGH[xx(]
It happend again!

A storm front passed and blew up alot of sand, so I went through that same touchless car wash again, hopeing it wouldn't, but kick me in the head[xx(], it did.

I just fixed that light, and now it's out again. I wouldn't have even known it except that it didn't flash when I unlocked with the key fob.

This time I will silocone it, because It's still not worth buying a new lens at almost $100-

__________________
\'03 PT Turbo 2CN
Auto/Stick
Lt. Almond/cloth
Blanes HoodStruts
etc.
Reply With Quote
Reply


Currently Active Users Viewing This Thread: 1 (0 members and 1 guests)
 
Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
euro taillights onew1ldchick Exterior Accessories Forum 2 13 May 2004 05:36 pm
Rocket Taillights mcruz Exterior & Interior Styling 41 28 Apr 2004 02:44 pm
water inside door jambs gonzomania General PT Cruiser Discussions 15 22 Jan 2004 11:48 pm
Taillights mcruz Exterior Accessories Forum 8 02 Jan 2004 06:38 pm
GTPT's new taillights skylight Exterior & Interior Styling 4 07 May 2003 11:42 pm


All times are GMT -5. The time now is 07:28 pm.




Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.2
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
LinkBacks Enabled by vBSEO 3.6.0 PL2 © 2011, Crawlability, Inc.
vB.Sponsors