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Here's one for everyone...since I bought the MDX there has been condensation inside the front passenger headlight. It is weird, but I have lived with it. But now, my bulbs on that side have a much shorter life...so I need to get it looked at.


I brought it into my garage last week and they took out the light and dried it out and sealed around the edges with silicone. Within a couple of minutes of the car going back outside in the summer humidity it started to condensate again. Then my light went out last week.


I had my mechanic try to source a used passenger headlight assembly. I got a call this morning saying it has been a challenge for him because the trim level of my car is the Canadian "elite" edition (ADS shocks, navigation, RES, etc.), and as such, it has auto-leveling headlights. He said to find a used one of these has been difficult. He checked with Acura and Acura wants over $2050 Cdn. for one headlight! I can believe it because the stupid spoiler I replaced a few months ago was $1100 Cdn. from Acura. But mine was broken and falling off, so I had no choice.


Mechanic is gonna take the headlight apart and dry it out again but do further tests to find out where the air is getting in or out and try to reseal. I can't afford a 2K headlight and even if I could, I wouldn't buy it.



Anyone have had issues with condensation on the headlights and any suggestions as to how to address?


Thanks.
 

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I had the same right side headlight acclimate moisture.
Search Ebay, for a front passenger seat and look for photos of a wrecked MDX that has the Sport/Elite rims. Then send a question about the headlight.
I have the USDM Sport and searched ebay, for a donor car, with a Sport VIN.
I got one for $150 us
There is one for sale now for $253. us
 

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So what you want to do is pull the headlight out and actually fill it with water and then dry the outside with compressed air and paper towels. have a look at all the seams and check for leaks. You can also make a seal with your mouth around the light socket and build pressure to force water leaks. Once found mark the areas and then dry the inside of the headlight, by using a hairdryer. once inside is dry you can go ahead and clean the surface with a degreaser you will be applying a silicon caulk to making sure it is clean and dry before applying! Let the silicon caulking dry a couple hours and then reinstall the headlamp.
 

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So what you want to do is pull the headlight out and actually fill it with water and then dry the outside with compressed air and paper towels. have a look at all the seams and check for leaks. You can also make a seal with your mouth around the light socket and build pressure to force water leaks. Once found mark the areas and then dry the inside of the headlight, by using a hairdryer. once inside is dry you can go ahead and clean the surface with a degreaser you will be applying a silicon caulk to making sure it is clean and dry before applying! Let the silicon caulking dry a couple hours and then reinstall the headlamp.
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Jeremy,
Check on car-part.com

Put in your info and check for the part. Lots in Toronto area / all around Ontario. Shipping is no big deal, as I have gotten parts from various yard around.
 

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I was not aware the headlights were auto leveling with the ADS .... Ouch! Great opportunity to kill two birds with one stone and ditch the ADS shocks and replace with regular shocks and purchase two shinny new regular headlights all for half the price of one new self leveling headlight or one Used self leveling headlight!
 

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Thanks for the tips everyone. This is very helpful!


My Dad, who is of course, old school "electronics and all these extra functions will break and cost you $$$" had a heyday with this one. "Why the hell do you need auto leveling headlights - do you eyes not work?" I just nod and smile.


Truth be told, whether it was Elite trim or not was not my consideration - I just wanted an MDX with navi and RES. Love the vehicle. I really do. Kids love it too, which is even better. Air conditioner is nice and cold too.



I dread when the ADS shocks need to be replaced. Anyone know how long they are good for generally? I plan to have my mechanic replace with regular shocks when the time comes.
 

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They will let you know dont worry,just drive it and enjoy it. I will say that this forum sure has opened my eyes to what i do not want on my next new vehicle and what to research prior to purchase.:)
 

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They will let you know dont worry,just drive it and enjoy it. I will say that this forum sure has opened my eyes to what i do not want on my next new vehicle and what to research prior to purchase.:)


This is a good forum. I participate in several, primarily around maintaining & modifying the different off-road vehicles my Mom & I have owned. This one is right up there with my treasured NPORA (Nissan Pathfinder Off Road Association), both a notable difference in tone & intent than the 4Runner & Jeep forums I’ve followed in the past (to be fair, the Lexus GX Off Road Forum was pretty good too). I think part of it is simply that people who buy & maintain these older Japanese cars simply have certain personality characteristics that lend themselves to these forums. It’s been a pleasure participating in this one & I wish I had started doing so sooner!
 
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