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What is the fix so stop moisture from entering taillights?

Discussion in 'Model S: Interior & Exterior' started by AWIZRD, Oct 13, 2018.

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  1. AWIZRD

    AWIZRD Supporting Member

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    Hello all,
    My right rear taillight is notorious for showing moisture inside the taillight after a good rain. I have contemplated removing the assembly and giving it a good dose of silicone, but thought I would throw the question to the group. Sorry, no warranty here still looking at picking that up since I just bought the car - 2014 P85D
    Thanks
     
  2. TEG

    TEG Teslafanatic

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    Bump.... But in my case Model 3 tail light:

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  3. Muzzman1

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    That is most certainly covered under warranty. Email that photo to your service advisor, have them order the part for you and they will probably send a ranger out to replace it. That is NOT ok!
     
  4. JoeMartin

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    Having not dealt with warranty/service centers/anything-yet-because-my-leg-is-being-pulled-by-my-sales-adviser, I can tell you that it is a rather easy fix for most cars.
    Now, I'll admit my knowledge is minimal regarding Tesla parts, but I recall my brother saying the clear lens was gently held on with some sealant (assuming silicone) when he broke his tail light and needed just a replacement cover (which is not available).

    Use this information at your own risk, I am not responsible for any damages that may occur from attempting to separate your lights.

    If that's the case, you could remove the tail light, gently bake it in an oven to loosen the adhesive.
    I typically do 200-220 degrees Fahrenheit and check it every 10 minutes.
    I remove all of the racks except for one and put it on the very bottom, and set the light on a piece of plywood (make sure it's clean, otherwise the wood can smoke) and place the tail light on there, making sure it's not touching any part of the stove.

    After 10 minutes I remove it with gloves (I use just basic mechanics gloves, but you may need something thicker depending on your heat tolerance) and use nylon spreaders ($5 at harbor freight, they're yellow) and see if the light will separate. If it does, continue until the glue cools down and re-bake as necessary.

    After you have it apart, you can either add more silicone, if that's what there, or use a butyl glue, which is what I typically do.
    I use some from Morimoto, as they're my go-to for anything light-project wise.
    Morimoto RetroRubber Butyl Glue - Custom Headlight Build Materials From Morimoto
     
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    Also, I was looking up some information regarding Tesla tail lights having condensation issues, and it seems it's rather rampant and a pretty big issue.

    If I ever manage to get my MS I'll see if it has the issue and see if I can isolate what is causing the issue, if so I'll post a, hopefully, permanent fix.

    Some of the posts that I've read seem to believe it's part of the appliqué causing issues, but I don't see how that would... But then again, limited knowledge currently.
     
  6. rogbmw

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    My rear tail lights were replace under warranty for this issue...
     
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  7. ASMills85

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    Mine were as well. One was awful and they did both to be safe. I don’t know if the design was improved or if we’ll just be in the same situation in a few years.
     
  8. TEG

    TEG Teslafanatic

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    I have an appointment to have it replaced now.
     
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  9. KidDoc

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    This is an issue with mine as well including bugs getting into the tail-light. Cost is $1000 EACH to replace. I just live with it.
     
  10. MDoubleYou

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    Having mine fixed today. I will ask the ranger what an easier fix might be if it happens in the future and out of warranty!
     
  11. mrElbe

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    There is nothing wrong with the design BUT the foam sealing gasket is applied incorrectly.
    Take a Look here on how I fixed it:

    Tail Light
     
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  12. KidDoc

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    You may not know the answer but do you think just taking them off and resealing that gasket will fix the leak? I know you purchased a new unit due to the LED Light being dead but I believe all of mine still work so I'm considering just taking it apart and flushing out the bugs/water and resealing it one weekend.

    But I would hate to have it all taken apart then figure out I need to order a new tail lamp!
     
  13. ASMills85

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    As long as you can get the moisture out and ensure the seal is still good there should be no reason that wouldn’t work.
     
  14. docrice

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    Thanks for posting the link to the teslazoom.com write-up. I had one of my tail lights replaced under warranty for this issue and the other has been experiencing this as well for over a year now ... and I'm way out of warranty.
     

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