Skip the auto shop - Our mechanics make house calls

Q: What should I do about condensation in the exterior lights?

asked by on

What should I do about condensation in the exterior lights?

A: Your car’s headlights have vents built into...

Your car’s headlights have vents built into them. This is necessary to deal with changes in pressure. If the lenses were completely sealed, it’s possible that pressure could build up and crack the lens. Because of this, it’s possible that some condensation will enter through the vent slits (this is normal). How much is too much? Here’s what Ford has to say about it:

  • Thin Mist: Normal and acceptable.

  • Fine Mist Over Less Than Half the Lens: Normal and acceptable.

  • Water Puddle in the Lens: Not normal and not acceptable.

  • Streaks or Visible Water Droplets: Not normal and not acceptable.

  • Visible Streak Marks: Not normal and not acceptable.

Tip

If you notice any of the listed unacceptable conditions with your headlights, they should be inspected.

Was this answer helpful?

Need advice from certified mechanic? Get help now!

Over 1000 mechanics are ready to answer your question.
The statements expressed above are only for informational purposes and should be independently verified. Please see our terms of service for more details

Ask a Mechanic
(100% Free)

Have a car question? Get free advice from our top-rated mechanics.

Ask A Mechanic
Over 10,000 questions answered!

Get an instant quote for your car

Our certified mechanics come to you ・Backed by 12-month, 12,000-mile guarantee・Fair and transparent pricing

Get a quote

What others are asking

Q: Why does my Transmission pops out of gear

Hello. Popping out of gear is a common problem when it comes to manual transmissions. The most common reason a manual transmission would jump out of gear is due to low or contaminated fluid, worn synchronizers inside the transmission, or...

Q: How do I view the Intelligent 4WD feature?

The Intelligent 4WD feature displays the four-wheel drive status. To view this feature, follow these easy steps: 1. Press the Up/Down buttons on the steering wheel until Information is displayed on the instrument panel, then press the OK button. 2....

Q: How do you use the Auxiliary jack on the audio system for the Ford Fusion?

Your car is equipped from the factory to let you connect other devices to your radio. The Auxiliary jack lets you connect things like an external CD player, or even an MP3 player to the radio – any device that...

Related articles

P0052 OBD-II Trouble Code: HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1)
P0052 code definition HO2S Heater Control Circuit High (Bank 2 Sensor 1) What the P0052 code means This code is seen when the Engine Control Module (ECM) tries to control the...
Rules of the Road For Iowa Drivers
Driving on the roads requires knowledge of the rules, many of which are based on common sense and courtesy. However, even though you know the rules in...
How to Avoid Back Pain in a Car
If you have back problems, sitting in a car for an extended period of time can be excruciating. Even without back problems, you could experience discomfort and soreness from...