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    Posted: 29-October-2013 at 21:47
Hi All looking for a bit of brain picking here on 2 points:

With all the rain i've notice condensation build up on my fog light and headlight, a seal must be away,, I assume but how to rid this once for all? Can you buy new seals or is it a new light unit job?

Second one is car has been running a bit hesitant at times so changing plugs as first port of call, just wondering if anyone can advise on gap adjustment, I imagine they arent correct right out the box? Bosch iridium tip ones from Euros.

Thanks in advance for any pointers.
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Hey Kieran. Just happened to notice its your birthday so many happy returns.

My e46 coupe used to do the same when I washed the headlights. As I know it's a common problem. I know that when I had my Vauxhall Astra they used to do the same. The common fix here was to attach sillica gel in a hidden place within the headlight to soak up the water/mist. If It worked I never know. I am sure the rubber seal/gasket will be the cure.

The spark plugs should be set to the right gap but still better measure it. I am sure a quick google will find the correct gap.

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According to my haynes manual for the e46 all spark plug gaps should be 1.6mm
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Hi Robin,
Thanks for the pointers there, yes b day today and week off so some tinkering getting done to the car.
Will update with outcomes on the headlight misting.
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My E36 had the same prob with headlights misting up I was told to run them for a while with the rear plastic covers off this worked and they cleaned up great I put the covers back on in the summer

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Originally posted by andybeemer74 andybeemer74 wrote:

My E36 had the same prob with headlights misting up I was told to run them for a while with the rear plastic covers off this worked and they cleaned up great I put the covers back on in the summer

Yes my e46 was not to bad but if you keep it running it clears and i have the same prob on my e36 if i keep the lights on it just gos away but then i re sealed them and that worked too, as Andy has said take the backs off you be fine..on saying that the rain has been so bad 


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Thanks for the replies folks, on the off chance its dry this weekend i will try taking the backs off and running them and see how i get on.
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