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E36 M3 (1992-1999) {Euro - S50 B32 321hp @ 7400 rpm} {U.S. - S52 B32 240 hp @ 6000 rpm}
Total Produced: 71,212 - Years Produced: 1992 to 1999


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Old Wed, Aug-20-2014, 05:58:00 PM   #41
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Default Re: DIY: Cleaning Euro Headlights (Got moisture or foggy looking lights?)

I don't know if this will help; I have no idea what was in Brett's DIY, but when I got my lights from the UK I took them apart for a complete cleaning. I had to get in there pretty far anyway since I needed to swap the projector position from RHD to LHD, so I figured I'd go all out and really clean them. There was a slight dusty/oily film on the inside of the outer glass lenses as well as both sides of the inner (round) lenses.

I popped the front glass and plastic off carefully via the big plastic clips (don't bother with the small metal clips; the outer glass is epoxied to the outer plastic housing), then used a small blade to slice through the caulk and remove the inner round lenses, and finally removed all the old caulk from the plastic and the round lenses. That's time consuming but you get a better fit putting them back together later.



Once you remove the inner lenses you have access to the inside of the glass lens cover via the two huge holes. I cleaned them thoroughly and left them in the sun to dry for a day or two while I did other work (cleaning the round lenses, building wiring harnesses, cleaning the housings, etc.). Using gloves to avoid oil/fingerprints I replaced the inner lenses and caulked them with black caulk in the same places as the old beads. This goes without saying but remember to put the inner lenses back in the correct holes; they have different patterns for projector vs high beam.

They cleaned up well and I haven't had any ongoing moisture problems, though I live in a dry climate.

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Apparently, like some others on the forum you can only view it if you pay.......

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