having problems with my headlights and I am not sure if I am getting straight answers, can you help?

Asked by Feb 01, 2015 at 07:36 PM about the 2011 Jeep Grand Cherokee Limited 4WD

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

I have had problems with my headlights on my 2011 jeep grand cherokee since I
purchased it...At one time the dealer kept telling me they couldn't find any problem with
the headlight that went on and off..Since, both headlights have now been replaced and
the most recent problem with the newest headlight out (this one had been replaced
approx 1-11/2 years ago..I was told there is water in the headlight assembly..cost this
time on that light to me $1200..I wanted to investigate this further in hopes of getting a
used one,or having Chrysler work with me since there seems to be defective lighting as
i have seen many, many jeeps with headlights out all the time..My concern now is that I
took it home and I just noticed after a day  condensation on the light which was
absolutely not there before the inspection at the dealership...btw...the light was out for
weeks before I took it in as I was not overly concerned with a blown bulb( no lights
working) since the other bulb had just been replaced 2 months ago..  I feel the
dealership may have damaged it...Please advise with your thoughts..Thank you in
advance for any light (pardon the pun) that you can share with me...I really do not have
that kind of disposable income...

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If the bulbs are burning out prematurely I suspect one of two things is going on. First, whomever is changing the bulbs can not touch the glass part of the bulb. The oils from the skin create hot spots on the bulb and cause premature failure. Second, if water is seeping into the headlight assembly it will cause the bulb to burst if the cold water contacts the hot bulb. If you have the HID (High Intensity Discharge) headlight option, same deal. But these bulbs are very expensive and are fired by a ballast. Also very expensive. If your not sure which headlights you have the regular bulbs are cheap, while the HID bulbs can reach the $100.00 mark each. If water truly is the problem the correct way to fix it is to replace the headlight assembly. Not just the bulb. I had to do the same thing on the tail lights of my '00 Grand Prix. Each had about a cup of water inside them. Try rockauto, they're reasonable. HTH. -Jim

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