Clean the Headlight Reflector
Does anyone have an idea for how to clean a headlight reflector without complete disassembly? I got muddy water inside the headlights which has dried and left a residue on the reflector and would like to clean it if I can. I seems to have splashed in through the small breather hole in the Hella Vision Plus headlights.
Good question, got the same lights, same problem. I am gonna try to stuff it with a rag and spin it with the drill could work well, could destroy the light. We'll see...
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Before the lens cleaner kits came out, the hot trick was to take the headlights off the car. Then dunk them in a 5 gallon bucket of water with some bleach in it. Let them sit for at least an hour, maybe more. The hard part is drying them out. On the car there is no easy way, so they either have to come off or come apart. Also you can't fully seal up the headlights. The hot air expands up too much, and will make it's own vent if it does not have one. You could put a one way check valve inline though to prevent it from happening again.
I finally got around to cleaning it and here is what worked for me. My Hella conversions have a metal reflector with three feet that attach where the bulb is attached so access to the inside of the reflector is limited. I cut a corner off a micro fiber cloth and put it inside the lens with hot soapy (dish soap) water. I just swished it around for a few minutes until it came clean. It worked pretty well. Hope it works for you.
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