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Xenon lights: water / damp inside

Discussion in 'Roadster: Technical' started by m0rph, Dec 16, 2014.

  1. m0rph

    m0rph Member

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    Hi,

    Can anyone say if it's normal to see water/damp in the Xenon lights every time I drive through rain or even just cold weather?

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  2. jbadger

    jbadger Roadster #506

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    My stock enclosures did this until I got the patch from Tesla. The problem has come back recently, but I believe the patch may have been removed by the third party shop that installed my HIDs and I just didn't notice until the recent rains.
     
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    I have factory HIDs and I see this when it rains. Goes away quickly though.
     
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    wiztecy Active Member

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    Its purely cosmetic and doesn't affect the performance of the lights. I haven't had any bulbs burn out either. On a side note, you really need to wash your car!
     
  6. m0rph

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    In my case, it's that bad that it does affect the performance of the lights. It sometimes feels like driving with no lights on tbh.. I booked it in for Jan 5th, with a whole list of minor issues.
     
  7. jbadger

    jbadger Roadster #506

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    I agree with m0rph, it will scatter the light more if the moisture goes far enough down the enclosure. The patch was a free service Tesla provided me and only took about an hour.
     
  8. wiztecy

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    I've only have seen the corners fog up. After the lights have fired up the heat from the light drys them out. Its only temporary for that night. Issue is when you turn them off they'll fog back up.

    If the fog does consume a wider area, correct it will diffuse / scatter the light.

    "The Patch" name makes the Roadster sound as if it has a serious nicotine addiction :)
     
  9. ecarfan

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    I have a Roadster addiction. Much prefer driving it over the S.

    My headlights don't fog up, even the past month where we have had over 12 inches of rain. I do not have the factory Xenons, just DDM Xenon low beams.
     
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    I just noticed it the other day. Was wondering if I needed to take it in. Will keep an eye on it but nice to know that there is a fix for it.
     
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    My headlights fogged when the car was new (2011) but I reported it to Service and they said "We have a fix for that." I don't know what they did (probably the patch) but they've never fogged again.
     
  12. m0rph

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    The SeC told me the patches are for the non-Xenon headlights, as Xenons have 2 patches by default. But they proposed to add 2 more. Unfortunately, that didn't help one bit. Now, with only a few months of warranty left, I wonder if I need to push for new ones..
     
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    My Xenons will now be replaced under warranty. I must say, the support I'm getting from Tesla comes from another planet if I compare it with BMW! My past experiences were so bad, that today, I am already impressed by a manufacturer that acts correctly. Sick :)
     

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