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My 1997 xk8 with only 55,000 miles gets water in the headlights when driven through a car wash. How can I fix that? Remember I am not a machanic so please be very detailed in your answer. And yes I do know how to use tools :) Thanks greg

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Hi greg, this is a common problem with these design of headlights. Your problem is obviously a sealing one. Thes headlamp assembly is sealed from factory with only the bulb opening (the hole where you would service the bulb in back of assembly) There is a o-ring and sometimes a rubber washer around bulb these can become brittle and allow moisture inside lens(inspect bulb and replace if neccessary) The other place these can leak is where they join the two molds of the lens together usually noticable by a seam halfway around the assembly. Methods of repair to these areas are two part clear epoxy found at your local hardware auto supply stores etc...These method can be messy and lead to undesirable results. Next there is a process in which you use a plastic welder, expensive and some experience required but results are ususally flawless. Next the most practicle of repairs would be to replace headlamp assemblys, expensive but as with any moisture instursion you can bet on mold and hazing inside and on surface of lens this may be your best choice. Other methods which are not personally used by me but have seen done are to drill two small holes at bottom of lens (drain holes) let water drain and then use a clear caulking to fill in hole. Good luck.

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