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Old 04-12-2011, 17:51   #1 (permalink)
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Need Advice. Fogged Light.

Hey everyone.

I hope I've posted this in the correct forum section. If not, please forgive me. I couldn't find the troubleshooting/problems section.

Anyways, I own an 03 Ford Escape, of which the headlight (driver side) has gotten foggy. It's certainly not as transparent as the passenger side light. At first I wasn't sure why one was foggy and the other wasn't, but then I took a closer look at the foggy light and noticed a small crack on the outside casing. I believe this crack has allowed moisture to enter the light. I've heard of people restoring their headlights with special DIY kits, but I've decided to take the route of simply replacing the light with an aftermarket light from an online store. I found two sites that I particularly liked, but I'm unsure of whether or not they are legitimate businesses. Furthermore, I don't want to fall prey to a scam. Has anyone purchased from either of these sites and can verify that they are a legitimate business? The following parts match the OEM number of the one I need. Thanks in advance.


dealparts.com: HEAD LAMP ASSY LH, FORD ESCAPE, 2001-2004
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Ford Escape Headlight > AutoLightCenter.com
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Old 04-12-2011, 18:08   #2 (permalink)
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Re: Need Advice. Fogged Light.

Hi Doug. Welcome to the forums.

I've heard of them, but never bought from them.

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Old 04-17-2011, 10:30   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Need Advice. Fogged Light.

Doug,
I think you are wise to replace/fix the fogged headlight. I have the same problem in my '04, and have gone through a couple of bulbs, since they don't like moisture/debris on the bulb (fortunately these are the inexpensive halogen's, under $10). I just assumed the headlamp asbly was only available from Ford and therefore prohibitively expensive.
It's nice to hear JWKO's endorsement of Rockauto - I've bought a couple of things from them but wasn't sure about reputation and hadn't heard about the discount code.
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Re: Need Advice. Fogged Light.

Rock had the best price of all of the sites mentioned. They have been around for a while.
The kits to remove external clouding of plastic headlight buckets do work. You need an electric drill to power the sanding/polishing disk. The one I used had a foam pad to limit the pressure I could apply, protecting me from using too much and possibly ruining the lens.
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