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00' Toyota Camry -- Need to repair spacing issue.

My sister previously owned my current car, and during that time she backed up into the cement block of a light pole. This cracked the tail light and dented the framing above it. The tail light has been replaced, however the frame is still dented.

Since then I have been using electrical tape to put over the gap between the framing and the tail light. Obviously this is not the best thing to be done, but I do not have the money to repair the framing.

The only problem this gap is really causing is that every time it rains, some water gets into the tail light and damages the bulb. Sometimes it will dry out and work just fine, but more often than not it burns out.

Electrical tape is also around the wires of the tail light.

Is there anything else I can use between the gap?

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There are two solutions:

1. Remove the taillamp cover from inside the boot and then remove the tail lamp unit and disconnect the wiring. Using a long piece of wood about 3-4cm x 1-2cm place 1 end where the dent is and then gently tap the other with a hammer until the dent comes out. If the dent is on the seam you can try a thinner piece of wood, but make sure it's strong enough and doesn't splinter.

2. Very simple - go to DIY or Automotive store and buy some silicon sealant - then just pump it into any gaps and smooth off - just make sure there is no dampness around the lamp before you start.

Option 1 will look best, but option 2 is easier. You could also combine the two options to get the bodywork closer to the lamp before adding the sealant.

I'd recommend either clear or black sealant for best results.

Posted on Sep 16, 2009

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