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JimMcneil



Member Since: 25 Aug 2012
Location: Scotland
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2008 Range Rover Sport TDV8 HSE Java Black
Sport 2012 rear lights Condensation issues.




Hi all.
I have bought a second hand set of rear led lights from a 2012 sport. I have fitted the resistor and they operate great. They have been fitted to the car for the last few days. They are starting to condensate along the edges on both lights. This gets significantly worse when the sun comes out. At this point they condensate across almost half of the lights.

Are there any fixes that the forum can advise me of. They are genuine Valeo lights not copies..
Any help would be great.
Jim.

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Smarttech



Member Since: 11 Jan 2017
Location: West Sussex
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United Kingdom 2012 Range Rover Sport SDV6 Autobiography Santorini Black

Mine do this too but it's never bothered me and mine are genuine as they are on a 2012 car. Only seems to happen if I haven't used the car for a few days or if I jet wash it.
Not caused me any problems as it soon disappears once I drive the car. 2012 3.0 SDV6 Autobiography santorini black with ebony/cirrus interior.

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Eaters



Member Since: 11 Apr 2016
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United Kingdom 2008 Range Rover Sport TDV8 HSE Zermatt Silver

I’m not going to help you much here as I have the same condensation problem on my standard rear lights on my TDV8. I hav3 tried taping up the seams on th3 back of the light cluster in case water running down by the tailgate was somehow getting in but it’s not made any difference.

I do have a bit of crazing on part of the lens and am now wondering if that’s causing capillary action sucking water in. Might you have crazing on yours?

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The condensation -

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and the crazing -

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 Robin
2008 Range Rover Sport TDV8
Awaiting rebuild: NGTF
Gone:
Jaguar S-Type V8 4.2 Sport
MGZTT 190 2.5

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Post #551152 Mon Mar 12 2018 10:59pm
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Col



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Can't remember if it refers to rear lamps as well, but there is a specific section in the owners handbook that mentions condensation in the headlamps as normal under certain atmospheric conditions.

Cheers
Col

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JimMcneil



Member Since: 25 Aug 2012
Location: Scotland
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2008 Range Rover Sport TDV8 HSE Java Black

Hi guys thanks for the advice and your own experiences. Is it worth drilling a discreet hole into the lights from the rear to allow the air to circulate in and out of the light?
The lights are actually getting worse than in the pics... they now have water beading inside the lens?
It really take the look away from the car..
Jim

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Eaters



Member Since: 11 Apr 2016
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United Kingdom 2008 Range Rover Sport TDV8 HSE Zermatt Silver

I’ve been thinking about trying this but haven’t summoned up the courage yet. Can’t harm, can it Question Shocked Robin
2008 Range Rover Sport TDV8
Awaiting rebuild: NGTF
Gone:
Jaguar S-Type V8 4.2 Sport
MGZTT 190 2.5

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JimMcneil



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Will give it a try at the weekend and keep you posted Thumbs Up

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ShooterNeil



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England 2007 Range Rover Sport TDV8 HSE Java Black

Same here 2007 TDV8 is the same also a friends Range Rover dose it 07 HSE TDV8 with lots of toys EGR removed BAS remap

Post #551241 Tue Mar 13 2018 7:16pm
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Danny1



Member Since: 25 Nov 2016
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Mine does it too!
These are also genuine units but they don't seem to mist up as bad as yours?, as one poster mentioned they
do clear after some time once in the sun.
 Regards,

Danny

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Stevepd



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United Kingdom 2006 Range Rover Sport TDV6 HSE Cairns Blue

Same on a 2006 set. They will dry up in the sunlight. 2006 2.7 TDV6 HSE in Cairns Blue.

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Smarttech



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United Kingdom 2012 Range Rover Sport SDV6 Autobiography Santorini Black

Danny1 wrote:
Mine does it too!
These are also genuine units but they don't seem to mist up as bad as yours?, as one poster mentioned they
do clear after some time once in the sun.

Mine are genuine as my car is 2012 and I get a very fine mist inside them if I haven’t used the car all week and it’s been wet or if I’ve had the jet wash out but it soon clears if the sun comes out or the car is used with lights on.

The pictures posted up look like failed light seals as they are very wet looking compared to what I get in mine. 2012 3.0 SDV6 Autobiography santorini black with ebony/cirrus interior.

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gogsy1956



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United Kingdom 2010 Range Rover Sport TDV8 HSE Bali Blue

My 2010 V8 does this sometimes,, just seems to be a random thing but not as bad as some of the pics posted 2010 RRS, TDV8
bali Blue / colour coded
side steps / flappy paddles
black perforated leather
22" overfinch
heated everything, TV,fridge ...... now with gold calipers and mud flaps !( black mud flaps that is) !!
Many years ago,,,,, 1955 series 1 landie , sometimes wish I had kept it

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Smarttech



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United Kingdom 2012 Range Rover Sport SDV6 Autobiography Santorini Black


This is about as bad as mine ever gets ! Car has been sat outside in the wet and cold weather since first thing on Monday morning.
After 30 mins driving it tonight rear light are totally clear 2012 3.0 SDV6 Autobiography santorini black with ebony/cirrus interior.

Post #551657 Sat Mar 17 2018 1:50am
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Eaters



Member Since: 11 Apr 2016
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United Kingdom 2008 Range Rover Sport TDV8 HSE Zermatt Silver

Well mine seems to be a serious contender for the “worst condensation” award. So I’ve drilled 2 small holes to see what difference it makes. Difficult to tell at the moment what with the snow and all... Smile Robin
2008 Range Rover Sport TDV8
Awaiting rebuild: NGTF
Gone:
Jaguar S-Type V8 4.2 Sport
MGZTT 190 2.5

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