Standing Water in Tail Light Lens

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  1. moonlightVFR

    moonlightVFR Junior Member

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    For about a year I have 3 - 4 inches of water in Left Rear Tail light lens

    Has any other owner seen or heard of such an event.

    20012 Prius C 34M miles.

    The left back up light is burned out. Obviously shorted from being under water.

    I welcome any suggestions.


    Regards

    moonlightVFR
     
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    You're not alone. Water in taillights | PriusChat

    I had it when I bought the car and they replaced the right taillight before I took delivery. I subsequently cracked the left taillight (my clumsiness) and I replaced it. A couple of months later, I noticed a little water in the bottom of the one I replaced. I followed the lead of someone in that thread I linked to and drilled a small hole in the bottom of the lens. No more standing water now...although I do notice them fogging up occasionally. :)
     
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    moonlightVFR Junior Member

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    That you for your comment.

    Now i know it could and has happened to others.

    Drill small hole for drain will work .
     
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    My Prius C has the exact same problem I'm waiting to see if Toyota is going to fix it for me under their Goodwill because I'm past the warranty I will keep you posted
     
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    ztanos All-around Geek!

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    I still have a drivers side light if anybody is interested. It's boxed up and ready for shipping. I had it on the car for around 6 months before I went with the Blacked out lights. Did not leak in that time.
     
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    But a better solution is to give the whole assembly a thorough inspection to see WHY the water is getting in there.
    If those bulb sockets rust and corrode, your tail/turn/brake lights might blow a fuse and stop working.
     
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    I bought a 2014 Prius C a few months ago and have standing water and a burned out reverse tail light on the passenger side.

    While stopped at a red light I noticed a similar Prius C in front of me had a few inches of water sloshing around as well.

    I might be going the small hole route. How bizarre.
     
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    My brand new 2017 C has had both taillights replaced under warranty for water leakage.
     
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    I had that same issue on the lt taillamp, on a 2013 Prius C my daughter bought, I removed the lamp, replaced the burned out bulb, deied the lamp, then resealed the lamp lens , took care of the water issue. Seems they have a bad seal on the lens that's causing the water to enter the lamp.
     
  10. Georgina Rudkus

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    Temporary solution is to drill a 1/4 inch drain hole at the lowest position at the tail light where the water is. This will result in less damage that standing water in the taillight.

    Permanent solution is to replace it.
     
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