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Anybody know how to un-fog a fog lamp?

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    [May 21, 2013]
    Over the last weekend we had some pretty awesome rainfall, and i had to wade through a few flooded roads.
    i have noticed my front fogs now have misted on the inside through this :(
    i do not really want to remove them if i can get away from it, so was wondering if there is another way of drying them out?
    i was thinking of getting a hair drier on them? would that work or would i be pi55ing into the wind?
    any ideas welcome!
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    [May 21, 2013]
    you can try a hairdryer, in the past i have removed the light as its much easier in the long run and blasted the hairdryer in on a medium heat but be careful not to burn the hairdryer out by totally covering the end in the light!
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    [May 21, 2013]
    Turn the fog lights on and leave them on for 10-15mins the heat from the bulbs should dry the lenses, the fog lights are so easy to remove so failing that take them off the car remove the bulbs and hair dryer the hole left. Simples
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    [May 21, 2013]
    Just take them out and leave them in the sun for a few hours.
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    [May 26, 2013]
    ok boys and girls!,
    i still have foggy fog lights! lol
    the other day while washing it, i left engine and lights on in an attempt to dry these suckers out as advised above!
    this seemed to nearly work at the time, but after a few days they have fogged up again! :(
    can anybody put a link up for a "how to" on the removal of these please?
    i have searched and cannot find one, and being a bit cack handed i do not really want to practice the removal blind!
    cheers!
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    [May 26, 2013]
    Chez it's easy mate, if you look at the plastic surround around the fog lights closely you should be able to see 2 plastic tabs at the top and 2 at the bottom, use a flat blade to lift the tabs and pull the surround to remove it from the car, once it's off you will clearly be able to see 3 torx screws to undo and the light comes out, disconnect it and voila.
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    [May 26, 2013]
    thanks for that chris! top bloke! will give that a blast tomorrow!
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    [May 26, 2013]
    Right I have just been outside and taken one off and taken a few snaps for you. It really does take seconds.

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    Not the best pic taken from my iPhone but you can see the 2 tabs at the top,I stand corrected there are only 2 tabs holding it in and they are at the top.

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    Use a small flat blade between the bodywork and the surround and release the first plastic tab holding the surround back so it doesn't re attach while you release the second one.

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    here is a pic of the surround off the car,notice on the left of the surround there is a locating lug that sits on the outer corner of the surround

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    and finally here is a pic of the exposed fog light you should be able to see the 3 torx screws to undo, I think they are T10 in size

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    when you come to reverse the process make sure you push the surround back on using the locating lugs on the outer side of the surround, it literally just snaps back into place.

    i hope this helps
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    [May 26, 2013]
    cheers chris that helps immensely mate!
    thanks for that!
    was thinking of sealing the front fogs to prevent future water ingress, but if it is that simple what is the point! :icon_thumright:
    cheers mate!
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    [May 26, 2013]
    That was almost live mate, you could have them both off in under 10mins even on your first attempt. Good luck with it if you need anything else just holla
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    [May 26, 2013]
    They're unsealed so any excess heat escapes before it blisters the chrome plating, also they cool quicker after use! if you seal them up the heat will expand the air inside and may blow a hole in whatever you used to seal them, then they'll be even harder to de-mist when they steam up again! eventually the lens will crack from thermal shock ...a' la Peugeot 205\309.
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    [May 26, 2013]
    ha ha! noted! cheers :icon_thumright:
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