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Backup Lamp: Technical Service Bulletins
Lighting - Exterior Lamp Condensation and Replacement
Bulletin No.: 01-08-42-001H
Date: January 05, 2011
Subject: Exterior Lamp Condensation and Replacement Guidelines
2011 and Prior GM Passenger Cars and Trucks (including Saturn)
This bulletin is being revised to add the 2011 model year. Please discard Corporate Bulletin Number 01-08-42-001G (Section 08 - Body and
The following information is being provided to better define the causes of condensation in exterior lamps and includes guidelines for determining the
difference between a lamp with a normal atmospheric condition (condensation) and a lamp with a water leak.
Some exterior lamps, such as cornering, turn signal, backup, headlamps or tail lamps may exhibit very small droplets of water, a fine mist or white fog
(condensation) on the inside of the lamp lens. This may be more noticeable on lamps with "multi-lens" designs and may be normal during certain weather
Condensation occurs when the air inside the lamp assembly, through atmospheric changes, reaches the "dew point". When this takes place, the moisture
in the air within the lamp assembly condenses, creating a fine mist or white fog on the inside surface of the lamp lens.
Most exterior lamps on General Motors vehicles use a vented design and feature a replaceable bulb assembly. They are designed to remove any
accumulated moisture vapor by expelling it through a vent system. The vent system operates at all times, however, it is most effective when the lamps are
ON or when the vehicle is in motion. Depending on the size, shape and location of the lamp on the vehicle, and the atmospheric conditions occurring, the
amount of time required to clear the lamp may vary from 2 to 6 hours.
Completely sealed headlamp assemblies (sealed beams) are still used on a limited number of models being manufactured today. These lamps require the
replacement of the complete lamp assembly if a bulb filament burns out.
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A Fine Mist or White Fog on the Inside Surface of the Lamp Lens Occurring After a Period of High Humidity
May be located primarily in the lens corners (near the vents) and SHOULD NOT cover more than half the lens surface.
The condition should clear of moisture when the vehicle is parked in a dry environment, or when the vehicle is driven with the lights ON.
A comparison of the equivalent lamp on the opposing side of the vehicle indicates a SIMILAR performance.
If the above conditions are noted, the customer should be advised that replacement of a lamp assembly may not correct this condition.
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