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Old 07 Jan 2009, 08:32 am   #1 (permalink)
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The left headlight which is the original on the 97 Camry doesn't
project the light very far. The lens is cloudier than the right side
which as been replaced due to an accident a few years ago -- that side
is okay.

I figured the left lamp is probably worn out or something and went to
get another one but the clerk at Advance Auto sold me a headlight
cleaning kit instead. I haven't opened it yet.

Anyone have experience with these headlight cleaning kits?
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Old 07 Jan 2009, 09:08 am   #2 (permalink)
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"badgolferman" <REMOVETHISbadgolferman@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> The left headlight which is the original on the 97 Camry doesn't
> project the light very far. The lens is cloudier than the right side
> which as been replaced due to an accident a few years ago -- that side
> is okay.
>
> I figured the left lamp is probably worn out or something and went to
> get another one but the clerk at Advance Auto sold me a headlight
> cleaning kit instead. I haven't opened it yet.
>
> Anyone have experience with these headlight cleaning kits?



What's in it???


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Old 07 Jan 2009, 09:13 am   #3 (permalink)
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JoeSpareBedroom wrote:

>"badgolferman" <REMOVETHISbadgolferman@gmail.com> wrote in message
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>>The left headlight which is the original on the 97 Camry doesn't
>>project the light very far. The lens is cloudier than the right
>>side which as been replaced due to an accident a few years ago --
>>that side is okay.
>>
>>I figured the left lamp is probably worn out or something and went
>>to get another one but the clerk at Advance Auto sold me a headlight
>>cleaning kit instead. I haven't opened it yet.
>>
>>Anyone have experience with these headlight cleaning kits?

>
>
>What's in it???


http://www.myheadlight.com/index.htm
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Old 07 Jan 2009, 09:44 am   #4 (permalink)
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JoeSpareBedroom wrote:
> "badgolferman" <REMOVETHISbadgolferman@gmail.com> wrote in message
> news:xn0g4vnd45nfbb003@reader.motzarella.org...
>> The left headlight which is the original on the 97 Camry doesn't
>> project the light very far. The lens is cloudier than the right side
>> which as been replaced due to an accident a few years ago -- that side
>> is okay.
>>
>> I figured the left lamp is probably worn out or something and went to
>> get another one but the clerk at Advance Auto sold me a headlight
>> cleaning kit instead. I haven't opened it yet.
>>
>> Anyone have experience with these headlight cleaning kits?

>
>
> What's in it???


My left Camry headlight lens was also cloudy. I used a mild abrasive on
it (orange hand cleaner) and it cleared it up pretty well. After-market
replacement lenses are available inexpensively as well.

It's time for a class action lawsuit against Toyota for cloudy left
headlight lenses on the Camry1
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Old 07 Jan 2009, 11:16 am   #5 (permalink)
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"badgolferman" <REMOVETHISbadgolferman@gmail.com> wrote in message
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> The left headlight which is the original on the 97 Camry doesn't
> project the light very far. The lens is cloudier than the right side
> which as been replaced due to an accident a few years ago -- that side
> is okay.
>
> I figured the left lamp is probably worn out or something and went to
> get another one but the clerk at Advance Auto sold me a headlight
> cleaning kit instead. I haven't opened it yet.
>
> Anyone have experience with these headlight cleaning kits?


Most of those kits have a mild abrasive and work pretty well. I'm thinking
about trying Soft Scrub on the Escort's lenses to see how they work.
--

Ray O
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Old 07 Jan 2009, 03:21 pm   #6 (permalink)
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On Jan 7, 8:32*am, "badgolferman" <REMOVETHISbadgolfer...@gmail.com>
wrote:
> The left headlight which is the original on the 97 Camry doesn't
> project the light very far. *The lens is cloudier than the right side
> which as been replaced due to an accident a few years ago -- that side
> is okay.
>
> I figured the left lamp is probably worn out or something and went to
> get another one but the clerk at Advance Auto sold me a headlight
> cleaning kit instead. *I haven't opened it yet.
>
> Anyone have experience with these headlight cleaning kits? *


Its not a sealed beam so not only does it have a fogged lens but the
inside reflector and lens is dirty, the only way to clean it is remove
the light and pour in denatured alcohol, shake it around and drain and
clean again, That and the buffing kit you have and a new bulb will
help alot. Bulbs do dim a bit as they wear out. I used to remove my
fog lights every year to clean them. If you still need more light HID
kits are out. Silverstars dont last but Piaa might have something
better that lasts.
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Old 07 Jan 2009, 04:10 pm   #7 (permalink)
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On Wed, 07 Jan 2009 15:13:10 +0000, badgolferman wrote:

> JoeSpareBedroom wrote:
>
>>"badgolferman" <REMOVETHISbadgolferman@gmail.com> wrote in message
>>news:xn0g4vnd45nfbb003@reader.motzarella.org.. .
>>>The left headlight which is the original on the 97 Camry doesn't
>>>project the light very far. The lens is cloudier than the right
>>>side which as been replaced due to an accident a few years ago --
>>>that side is okay.
>>>
>>>I figured the left lamp is probably worn out or something and went
>>>to get another one but the clerk at Advance Auto sold me a headlight
>>>cleaning kit instead. I haven't opened it yet.
>>>
>>>Anyone have experience with these headlight cleaning kits?

>>
>>
>>What's in it???

>
> http://www.myheadlight.com/index.htm



http://www.amazon.com/3M-MICRO-FINIS.../dp/B000RIB0CM

Apply to a microfiber cloth.
Apply to the headlight and rub in well. Use a buffing tool if you have
one.
Take another microfiber cloth and wipe the haze off.
Polish with wax or Pledge furniture polish.
Done...


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Old 07 Jan 2009, 06:59 pm   #8 (permalink)
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On Wed, 07 Jan 2009 13:21:18 -0800, ransley wrote:

> On Jan 7, 8:32*am, "badgolferman" <REMOVETHISbadgolfer...@gmail.com>
> wrote:
>> The left headlight which is the original on the 97 Camry doesn't
>> project the light very far. *The lens is cloudier than the right side
>> which as been replaced due to an accident a few years ago -- that side
>> is okay.
>>
>> I figured the left lamp is probably worn out or something and went to
>> get another one but the clerk at Advance Auto sold me a headlight
>> cleaning kit instead. *I haven't opened it yet.
>>
>> Anyone have experience with these headlight cleaning kits? *

>
> Its not a sealed beam so not only does it have a fogged lens but the
> inside reflector and lens is dirty, the only way to clean it is remove
> the light and pour in denatured alcohol, shake it around and drain and
> clean again, That and the buffing kit you have and a new bulb will
> help alot. Bulbs do dim a bit as they wear out. I used to remove my
> fog lights every year to clean them. If you still need more light HID
> kits are out. Silverstars dont last but Piaa might have something
> better that lasts.



Last PIAA headlight (bulb) I bought was a total piece of sh!t.
Of course, I got it at Mal*Wart, and it was made in China, but it was PIAA
branded. They were discontinuing them, so instaed of $12 I got it for $3.
Good thing. I installed it and it lasted about 2 hours...long enough to
get me smack in the middle of the 'paper route' when I was delivering
papers last year. I took it out and replaced it with the one I had removed
earlier.

When I looked at it the base (glass) was deformed (melted). Nice quality
control!


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Old 07 Jan 2009, 07:27 pm   #9 (permalink)
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>Anyone have experience with these headlight cleaning kits?


I bought the same kit. It works fine.

Sand with 4 different micro fine grits and buff with the enclosed polish.

Use a water hose to wet sand and keep the lens clean and wet.

Takes about 30 min per lens.

frp


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Old 07 Jan 2009, 07:27 pm   #10 (permalink)
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On Jan 7, 6:59*pm, Hachiroku <Hachiroku_a...@ae86.gts> wrote:
> On Wed, 07 Jan 2009 13:21:18 -0800, ransley wrote:
> > On Jan 7, 8:32*am, "badgolferman" <REMOVETHISbadgolfer...@gmail.com>
> > wrote:
> >> The left headlight which is the original on the 97 Camry doesn't
> >> project the light very far. *The lens is cloudier than the right side
> >> which as been replaced due to an accident a few years ago -- that side
> >> is okay.

>
> >> I figured the left lamp is probably worn out or something and went to
> >> get another one but the clerk at Advance Auto sold me a headlight
> >> cleaning kit instead. *I haven't opened it yet.

>
> >> Anyone have experience with these headlight cleaning kits? *

>
> > Its not a sealed beam so not only does it have a fogged lens but the
> > inside reflector and lens is dirty, the only way to clean it is remove
> > the light and pour in denatured alcohol, shake it around and drain and
> > clean again, That and the buffing kit you have and a new bulb will
> > help alot. Bulbs do dim a bit as they wear out. I used to remove my
> > fog lights every year to clean them. If you still need more light HID
> > kits are out. Silverstars dont last but Piaa might have something
> > better that lasts.

>
> Last PIAA headlight (bulb) I bought was a total piece of sh!t.
> Of course, I got it at Mal*Wart, and it was made in China, but it was PIAA
> branded. They were discontinuing them, so instaed of $12 I got it for $3.
> Good thing. I installed it and it lasted about 2 hours...long enough to
> get me smack in the middle of the 'paper route' when I was delivering
> papers last year. I took it out and replaced it with the one I had removed
> earlier.
>
> When I looked at it the base (glass) was deformed (melted). Nice quality
> control!- Hide quoted text -
>
> - Show quoted text -


If says possibly counterfeit. China is also WM biggest customer. The
Piaas I got with one set of Piaa fogs is maybe 7 yrs old and still
work, they are the brightest lite I have seen. I have bought 4 sets of
Piaa for 4 cars and never had an early failure. Think of this as
where China is, I bought a New Canon XSI Rebel that was missing a
parameter, Canon Tech support said " its sounds like a forgery" "Canon
doesnt make it without iso 100". Of course I returned it. So what
doesnt China forge, they doent even care if they sell poison foods and
I had that poison dog food in my house.Melamine in their babys own
milk, probably hundreds died, the numbers magicly stopped at about 58
while the scandal was new. Aircraft bolts and parts, medical, phony
bogus medicines, you name it, China makes it we buy it. Did you hear
they had public and professional opinion in newspapers that wanted to
press charges against Microsoft when MS put in a patch to stop MS
counterfeiting!
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