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04-20-2005, 06:46 PM
just wondering if this in the right section if not please move<p>alright, i have been looking at a lot of jeep cherokee and notice<br>almost all of them have cateratcs or that nasty film on the lights<br>is there anyway i can rid this without replacing the lights?<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.germancarfans.com/images/forums/1zhelp.gif" BORDER="0">

04-21-2005, 07:01 AM
What you are reffering to are encased lighting units placed. They are usually projector lamps or some other similar unit encased in a sealed plastic casing whose front is made of clear plastic, and whose shape is integrated into the general shape of the bodywork. The cataracts you are referring to are normally cause by problems in the seals that keep moisture out of the unit. prolonged water or condensation build-up eventually leads to a film collecting in the interior of the plastic cover, giving it that foggy appearance you refer to as cataracts.<p>As I understand it, in some cars the front lenses can be removed cleaned and resealed. however in most cases, the preferred action is to simply replace the case unit for one that is factory sealed.

04-21-2005, 10:52 AM
Santeno is correct in that if the film is inside the lens, it's usually most effective to replace it. It's it's pitted, then there is nothing to do except replace.<p>If the damage is to the outside, you can do a couple of things. First of all, determine if the material is plastic or glass. <p>For glass lenses with minor clouding, try toothpaste and a little water - something with baking soda or other scrubbing agents - not gel. The toothpaste matrix helps keep the solution on the part while you're cleaning, a little better than just using baking soda and water. You can also try a slightly heavier duty paste for cleaning windsheilds. <p>For plastic lenses, try Meguiars Plastic polish.<p>If those simple fixes don't work, try some of the products available from this company:<p> <A HREF="http://www.eastwood.com/jump.jsp?itemID=596&itemType=CATEGORY" TARGET="_blank">http://www.eastwood.com/jump.j...EGORY</A>

04-21-2005, 05:12 PM
I've seen this a couple of times on older DCX cars. The older minivans are very known for this. I had a customer ask me to try to do whatever to clean them up. I tried everything and couldn't get rid of the haze look... from sanding to paint thinners. It didn't work. The plastic itself was hazed, not just the outside. I had an older Mazda MX6 with this problem and I washed the headlight with alcohol from the inside, it worked perfectly.

04-21-2005, 05:24 PM
ooh thanks:)