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11-14-03, 05:39 PM   #1  
how to clear up wethered headlight

Does someone know how to help out weathered and yellowed headlight?Other than that nothing is wrong with it and I can't afford to spend $200 on the new one.My other headlight I replaced (the glass cracked ) but I couldn't find anything used (and I kept burning bulbs) . Any ideas,please!!! Your input is very appreciated !!!

 
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11-14-03, 06:03 PM   #2  
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If you would give the model and year of the veh, it might help. other than that, you will probably have to eat the cost of a new replacement.

 
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11-14-03, 06:27 PM   #3  
Sorry,didn't think it was important .Mercury Cougar 1990 LS.Definetely too expensive for new light.Can't find used.Can it be cleared up? Please help!

 
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11-14-03, 07:26 PM   #4  
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Reason for asking year was perhaps if it had been a newer model you maybe could have had FOMOCo absorb a little of the cost. This was a common problem on a lot of vehicles as they age. I know of no successful means to permanently fix these. They have just become weathered. Changed a few in the past. Look around, I have seen these units for 90 bucks. Keep watching your post, maybe some one has a way to clean these, I know of none.

 
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11-14-03, 11:56 PM   #5  
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I don't know how/if you can clean them. But I do know MANY fords had yellowing problems with their headlights (take a look at some 80s and early 90s mustangs, tempos etc.) I don't know why but it seems every ford car I see from that era have yellow headlights

 
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11-15-03, 04:23 AM   #6  
This is pretty normal over time and I also know of no way to get them clean. I have seen alot of cars do this.
I can get that light, brand new, for $75.75. I have a company that is local to me that sells aftermarket metal and plastic components for most cars. If I remember correctly you are locate in Florida? There is one in Miami. They are called Certifit. The number is 305-392-2700 or 800-993-9944. If I am wrong about you being in Florida then you can check them out on the web. Last time i checked they dont have the ability to order online, but that may have changed by now.
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11-15-03, 06:40 AM   #7  
Talk about coincidence, I just purchased a new headlight assembly for my 95 Ford Explorer from Certifit here in Kansas City. I paid $45. Not bad considering the auto parts stores wanted $129. However, I may have received a discount and I don't know for sure if I did. If I did, then the other price might have been around $80.

 
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11-15-03, 08:39 AM   #8  
Certifit has a site.

http://www.certifit.com/

 
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11-15-03, 05:39 PM   #9  
Lugnut..... The catalog I have is from Winter 2002. The last time I bought something from then was in the early part of this year and they had not printed a new catalog yet. The shop price for your headlight (either side) in the catalog is $55.75 and the list price is $69.69. So if you got it for $45 then I say thats great . They either gave it to you at a discount, lowered the price since the catalog printed or flubbed the price... LOL.
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11-16-03, 04:40 AM   #10  
Thanks Billy, I was curious about the discount I received since I was following instructions from a comrade who has an inside purchasing track with that place. I didn't realize how much of a discount I was getting until now, nor did I know certifit was a large outfit. I thought it was a local thing. Thanks.

 
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11-16-03, 06:03 AM   #11  
Thank you, Billy and lugnut for info!Billy,you are right,I'm in Florida,about 1hour drive from miami.How do you know?Idon't think I have my location posted .Is it from previus posts?Just curious!Thanks again,I'llgive them a call.$75 sounds alot better than what I was quoted before .

 
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11-16-03, 06:17 AM   #12  
BTW,just checked their website.They have couple of pages of general info-nothing specific at all.Not even locations or ph.#.So thanks again,Billy,I'lltry to call.

 
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11-16-03, 07:33 AM   #13  
Here's where you gave out your location. I'm also in Palm Bch. Cty


http://forum.doityourself.com/showth...431#post435431

Those headlight capsules are made of plastic and deteriorate rapidly in the sun down here.

 
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11-16-03, 08:27 AM   #14  
Irina,

We had a convo awhile back about your brakes and you told me then that you were in Florida. I have a little of the CRS syndrome some of the time so go figure... LOL.
Glad we could help ya.
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11-16-03, 05:06 PM   #15  
I remembered that you were helping me out when I was agonising with my brakes right after I posted this .Thank you for your input back then.I did the right job with the right people.Thanks,Billy.Iappreciate your help.

 
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11-16-03, 05:13 PM   #16  
Irina,
If you go to Certifits website, click on the Locations bar and put your cursor over one of the red dots on the US map. The address and phone number shows up then.
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11-17-03, 07:32 PM   #17  
If you do not mind a used part, check out www.uneedapart.com . Junkyards form all over the country could give you rpices if they have that particular part in stock. Granted you do have to pay shipping, but even then it should be cheaper than a new part expecially from the dealer

 
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11-18-03, 06:00 PM   #18  
Thanks,I'll check it out.Certifit doesn't stock my part.

 
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11-18-03, 06:25 PM   #19  
Thats strange. It is in their catalog. I am looking at it as I type this. Part # is MCGM59C1 for right hand side and MCGM59C2 for left hand side. The funny thing is there is also a note that says the lights are the same as a 92-94 Grand Marquis. OE part # is F2MY 13008 A (RH) AND F2MY 13008 B (LH).
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11-18-03, 10:36 PM   #20  
It is posible to fix-but you need 600- and 1200-grit sandpaper, Eastwood Co.'s Autosol polish, and a buffer to do it
I found the procedure at mustangmonthly.com
I don't have the link but it was an article called "De-hazing Your Headlights"

 
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