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Old 09-04-2017, 05:57 AM
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Getting steamy

Of late, my rear light has been accumulating condensation on the inside. No obvious cracks or holes letting the moisture in, but I guess there must be something somewhere. In any event, any suggestions on how I might be rid of it without getting a new light unit?
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Old 09-04-2017, 06:10 AM
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Re: Getting steamy

Have only seen this on one other bike, (Ray..Rocks..) at our 2017 rally, we had some wet riding.

To his discovery, water was actually getting in at the small number plate light (on the under-side of tail light)

He put a head lock on the tail-light, and made it scream with a "Leatherman", and did discover some corrosion within said diodes & wiring. Think he was going to run without said plate light.

Hope this shines some light for you...so to speak.
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Old 09-04-2017, 11:51 AM
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Re: Getting steamy

Ha ha, thanks. I'll take a closer look. I might put a bit more force into levering it apart to remove the moisture that's already there, but I do fear damaging it beyond repair.
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Re: Getting steamy

After draining and allowing to dry, could you apply some RTV Sealant along all the seams?
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Re: Getting steamy

There was no "free liquid" to drain as such, just condensation on the inside of the clear plastic. I bottled out of actually trying to prise the thing apart but evaporated the condensation with a warm heat gun and let it cool off in a dehumidified room. I then sealed up all the edges with a few layers of clear lacquer. Next day after the trip to work... condensation is back. Nuts.
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Re: Getting steamy

Try placing it under a light bulb, but not close enough to damage the plastic. With just a bit of ventilation, it will dry out with time but probably not as quickly as you would like. Might try making a drain hole then blowing canned air in to absorb some of the moisture. After, you can seal the hole. Just a couple of thoughts for you. Good luck.
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Re: Getting steamy

Most likely the gasket that is between the lamp socket and the housing. Did you check that gasket?
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Are you sure you're not getting milky mixed up with aeration?
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Re: Getting steamy

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Most likely the gasket that is between the lamp socket and the housing. Did you check that gasket?

I agree...most likely next place to look for a leak. Also might be leaking past the terminals and through the Connector itself. Capillary action can transport moisture between stands of wire inside of insulation.
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