1998 ford escort headlight


Old 07-26-06, 05:46 AM
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1998 ford escort headlight

I have a headlight that is fogging, can this be fixed or do i have to change the headlight. How do i remove the old headlight
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Old 07-26-06, 06:01 AM
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Go to the junk yard get a head lamp. The dealer will want your arm and leg for a new one. there is a couple of mounting bolts usually on top and it pulls out
Old 07-26-06, 09:24 AM
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Can also find aftermarket ones; I priced yours at about $68 (+shipping/handling) from a site I've gottten parts from a couple of times.
Old 07-26-06, 04:26 PM
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problem with junk yards units

The only problem I see with junk yard units is more then likley they will also be fogged up because it happens with age.
Old 07-26-06, 05:37 PM
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When you say fogged up, do you mean condensation is forming on the inside of the lens or is the outside of the lens just getting a frosty look due to age?

If it's the former, you can take out the headlamp assembly and use a silicone based sealer around the edges. Then check and make sure the o-ring is present on the actual headlamp that plugs in the back. Oh, let it dry it out first...

If it's the latter, you can use a good cleaner wax (something with a little abrasiveness) and an orbital buffer to get rid of the "frost" on the outside of the head lamp. I've polished a few headlamps to like-new status. I've seen kits that generate similar results...but cost around $35. My $7 bottle of cleaner wax is a much cheaper alternative. Although, the kits usually contain a sealer to keep the lens from frosting up again. I usually have to re-wax about every 8-12 months.

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