Real-time headlight help

Discussion in '80-Series Tech' started by carlosfj80, Feb 20, 2009.

  1. carlosfj80

    carlosfj80

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    Just pulled my headlight assembly because its letting water in and looks like crap! I've heard you can split the assembly by putting it in the oven but im not sure for how long or how hot. :hmm:


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  2. mot

    mot

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    There seems to be a couple of different variations, with some people putting the lense assy in when the oven is cold and heat it up, while others heat it up empty and turn it off and then putting the assy in.

    Obviously you'd want to do it with lower temperature so you wouldn't risk damaging the non metal/glass things.

    I've only tried it once with a fog light lense and I failed miserably! :doh:
    I think the key is do enough research with words like "headlight oven bake", etc... and see which one looks realistic for you to tackle. Also, this goes w/o saying, but be patient!

    GOOD LUCK!!
     
  3. carlosfj80

    carlosfj80

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    Okay,

    So i was able to split my headlight but ended up melting two of the brackets. I pre-heated the oven to 350 on bake and set the headlight in glass side down. Good news is I was able to get a heatgun and reform the brackets to where they are supposed to be. I did lose the bracket that attaches under the turn signal but the flange that holds the signal is still in intact. If I did it again I would have let it sit in there for 5mins max be able to split the light without any plastic melting. I did get everything back together and is clean and shiny again.
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    I did mine with just the heat gun. Takes longer, but no risk of melting anything you dont want too.
     
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    Yikes!

    Sorry to hear that you've had to deal with melting brackets!!

    Glad it worked out in the end though!
     
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