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Old 01 Apr 2004, 11:29 am
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Default APC tails condensation problem fixed

I had problems with condensation in my APC gen II tailights. Called APC no help said I should return to place I purchaced from.[xx(] Well to make a long story short after getting the run around I decided to fix them my self. After removing the offending tailight I drilled a 1/8 hole in the backside of the light near the top. Also on the side under the reflector so it will not be seen. I reinstalled the light and checked to see if you can see the hole I can`t. Well the light has been on for about three weeks now and the condensation has cleared up and not returned.[?]
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Old 01 Apr 2004, 11:43 am
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I've since sold the lights, but I did the same thing about a year ago. APC did send me a replacement set of lights and said they had fixed the problems (melting lenses, condesation) but I took no chances and put extra holes (2 in the back of each bulb) and had no problems after that.
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Old 01 Apr 2004, 02:05 pm
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Cruzin is right vent holes should work. If you looked at the back of the new aftermarket back up light assy, (YBC I think) you will find a vent nipple with a small piece of vacum line on it. Thats how they keep them from fogging up.......
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Old 01 Apr 2004, 02:49 pm
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I have the same broblem with one of my factory tail lamps... I talked to the regional manager... No waranty repair for condensation!!!

I guess I will do this fix myself and get it over.
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Old 01 Apr 2004, 04:03 pm
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Here's what I did. I took a drinking straw and cut a few pieces along the length of the straw about half inch in length. I then drilled holes in the back of the taillights the same diamiter as the straw. I glued the small pieces of straw into the holes so air could get in and out but water would have a hard time getting in, in case water happen to spash up inside the fender. I put two of these hole/straws in the area around each bulb.
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Old 01 Apr 2004, 08:33 pm
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Sounds like some good "fixes" !!
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