SLK 230 (1999 - V Plate) Headlamp Lenses Condensation

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Gave the car a thorough wash and clean on Sunday. On Monday both headlamp lenses had condensation (were wet) inside. I have seen a thread on here but can't find it again and understand that if I turn the lights on for a while they will dry out and all will be well - I assume, until the next time it rains or I wash the car. (The former being the more likely this BBQ summer!).

Anyway assuming the lights are venting correctly - I will check - the cure I have seen suggested is to remove the lense, clean the gasket/seal and replace, perhaps adding a bead of silicone. My question is, can the lense be removed with the h/lamp unit in situ or does the whole unit have to be taken out before one can remove the lense retaining clips?

Avoiding removal of each unit would be preferable but I'll be guided by you guys. What's the best approach please.

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As Malc said, check the seals and ensure that are on properly. before doing this, make sure the existing condensation is cleared
 

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Hi,
I had this problem on my SLK and it was quite bad, by that I mean water actually running down the glass inside. I removed both H7 bulbs from each light and dried the inside of the glass with a hairdryer on a low setting until it was completely dry.

When you replace the black cover at the back, make sure that the seal is in good condition and not twisted so as to give an airtight seal.

This appears to have worked 100% on the o/s and 95% on the n/s. I will see how it goes before trying anything else.

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Thanks all - do I have to drop the bumper to get the lamp units out (I haven't looked closely yet) or are can the securing points be got at from the top? In other words is this a 5 minute job (which I find usually means an hour) or a 15 minute job (i.e exponentially longer :) ) ?

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Its bumper off on most MB to get to the lamps,,,,do not forget that our weather of late is abnormal
 
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Thanks for the quick reply. Noted and yes, I am mindful of the weather - hoping for a dry and warm weekend though!

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I can print you off the bumper removal details if you wish
 
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I am at work so only going into this when I can. Coincidentally, I had just come back to see if I could find the instructions for bumper off. So, yes please that would be really helpful please.

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Malcolm,

I would be grateful if you could let me have bumper removal details for my SLK.

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Malcolm

Received the details ok,

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.........and thanks again from me. Regards Steve
 

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