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Old 02-03-2007, 09:58 PM   #1
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Question leaking running lights--any good fixes?

Torpedo shaped running lights. Always have h2o condensation. Any fixes?
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Old 02-03-2007, 10:14 PM   #2
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Replace them - they are cheap
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Old 02-03-2007, 10:58 PM   #3
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Hi, don't replace them. [clearance lights] This has been discussed before and the cure has been to replace the screws with stainless steel screws, add stainless steel flat washers, and an "O" ring on each light assembly.

Take the screw, put on the flat washer, and then install the "O" ring. Next install the screw assembly with the "O" ring against the plastic lense. I have done mine this way and so far so good.
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Frustrating, huh?

Do a search and you will find it is a common problem. I've fought it and am down to two lights remaining with a problem. Remove the lens, dry things out thoroughly, rub silicone on the crappy gasket to improve the seal, replace the rusty screw with a stainless screw, try a rubber washer on the screw. Hasn't work every time, but I'm getting there.

Good luck and report your success!
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Hi, don't replace them. [clearance lights] This has been discussed before and the cure has been to replace the screws with stainless steel screws, add stainless steel flat washers, and an "O" ring on each light assembly.

Take the screw, put on the flat washer, and then install the "O" ring. Next install the screw assembly with the "O" ring against the plastic lense. I have done mine this way and so far so good.
yep, thats good advice. i actually bought a little kit from LEW the master tech guy who hangs around the forum here (i'm not into hunting down the parts for 13 lights or whatever, he has them in stock). stainless steel washers, rubber O rings and stainless screws... and it was cheap and it works. no more water, no more rust.

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Moisture in running/clearance lghts...

Hi vetdr and fellow San DieganÖ

Welcome to the forums

Hereís one thread on the solution to moisture getting in the clearance lights:
http://www.airforums.com/forums/f4/leaky-marker-lights-how-fix-em-21214.html#post214345
I think we talked about this last August!

BTW, glad the Gorilla Lock worked for you!

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Hi, don't replace them. [clearance lights] This has been discussed before and the cure has been to replace the screws with stainless steel screws, add stainless steel flat washers, and an "O" ring on each light assembly.

Take the screw, put on the flat washer, and then install the "O" ring. Next install the screw assembly with the "O" ring against the plastic lense. I have done mine this way and so far so good.
I think the screw replacement is the way to go. I didn't have time to find screws so I cleanded my rusting screws and painted them with black ceramic paint and baked in an oven. I used silicon glue to seal the screws when I reinstalled them, no problems so far.

I do like the SS screws and o-ring method just didn't feel like driving around to find the material, I am lazy some days.

Let me add while I had the lights apart I cleaned the contacts and applied bulb grease to all the contacts.

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Nothing difficult and a fine project for an evening while not on the road. All the tools I needed I was able to get from my local auto supply and hardware store. First you will need a Philips screwdriver, a Ĺ inch plumbers round brush, a small brass brush, a tube of Dielectric grease, clear silicone, #8-32 X ĺ inch stainless screws and #6 nylon washers. Oh, donít forget the light bulbs, #97 12 V 3CP.

First start off by removing the lens and cleaning off any old silicone and dirt. Remove the foam gasket and place aside. Remove the old bulb and inspect inside the socket. The Ĺ inch pipe brush fits perfectly into the socket for a good cleaning. Clean the mounting screws with your brass brush removing any dirt or rust. Wipe the entire assembly with a clean cloth, apply the dielectric grease to the contact wall of your new lamp and replace in socket. Next you will want to replace the foam gasket and put a nice thin bead of clear silicone around the lens edge. Carefully replace the lens to the light mounting and wipe any excess silicone away. Before you can tighten with your new stainless screw and nylon washer, put a dab of silicone into the screw opening. This will give you a nice seal on the face of the lens. Donít tighten too much as to crack your lens and remove any excess silicone from the screw when done. Finished, now only ten more to go!
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Who is the guy to contact???

bought a little kit from LEW the master tech guy who hangs around the forum here
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bought a little kit from LEW the master tech guy who hangs around the forum here
THAT WOULD BE ME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Nice description, Rickandsandi, including the screw and o-ring sizes.

I've had a problem getting the screw to tighten adequately without it scrunching the o-ring out of shape, recreating a leak. This may be why some people, perhaps lewster, recommend a stainless steel washer on top of the o-ring.
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Nice description, Rickandsandi, including the screw and o-ring sizes.

I've had a problem getting the screw to tighten adequately without it scrunching the o-ring out of shape, recreating a leak. This may be why some people, perhaps lewster, recommend a stainless steel washer on top of the o-ring.
Yup,

That's why I used the washers between the screws and the o-rings. They provide a nice even pressure to seal the o-ring. BTW, those screws are METRIC thread.
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