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Question Replacement Headlight Assembly with "Broken Tab"?

(Crap. I thought I posted this under Electrical. If a Mod could move, I'd appreciate it.)

Would either of these items be usable to replace my driver's side headlight, which has a crack somewhere and condensation build-up within?

Could either be successfully mounted as is? Or could the black plastic portion be separated from front element and joined with unbroken part of my existing headlight?

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Feedback greatly appreciated. Looking to save some money from OEM, which is $777.

I called National Autobody Parts Warehouse, and they said aftermarket should be available soon, but didn't have a price. And couldn't say if it'd be 6 weeks or months, but not years.

Thanks in advance.

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All set


Edit: Are you positive that there's a crack in your headlight? Maybe you're lucky and it's just a small leak in the sealant around the headlight and it needs to be sealed properly.

If not, one of the 2nd gen fellers will be able to answer your question.

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Edit: Are you positive that there's a crack in your headlight? Maybe you're lucky and it's just a small leak in the sealant around the headlight and it needs to be sealed properly.

If not, one of the 2nd gen fellers will be able to answer your question.
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Hm, I'm not positive, actually, but the previous owner was in a fender bender, which required the fender to be replaced, so I kinda assumed it was cracked.

I'll take a closer look at seal.

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Replacement Headlight Assembly with "Broken Tab"?

I would check before dishing out $XXX amount on new headlights. You could use some silicone sealant and reseal them just to make sure.


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OK, I took a closer look, and I could not locate a crack.

Also, the assembly does seem to be just slightly askew/protruding compared to passenger side, and gives a bit when pushed.

This does instill some optimism for cheaper, sealant fix.
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The condensation build up seems to be a general issue with the 2nd gen 6, I have the same issue as well and I've noticed it on other 2nd gens I've seen around too. I believe Mazda posted a TSB about it somewhere.

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I see, thanks. Well, mine was in a fender bender, which I'm sure exacerbated the issue. The assembly is definitely loose.

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Most headlights that get condensation build-up can be fixed one of two ways. First, wait until a good, dry, hot day and pull your headlights out. Suck or drain any water that may be accumulated, then let dry outside in the sun. Be sure to re-install them while it's still light...mid afternoon is good. The second option is to drill a couple of small, inconspicuous holes along the front edge of the headlight. This will let any moisture that is getting in to drain, helping avoid the issue. I've never seen one that had this problem, but anything is possible. As for the message you sent me, the lights may work. I think there's 4 bolts holding them in...2 on top and 2 on bottom. So if 3 of the 4 are there then you should be fine. But what if you get them and have the same problem?

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