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Hey there,

Was having my car detailed Monday and my detail guy told me he saw moisture in the rear passenger tail light... is this a known thing with the Outback? I am guessing it shouldn't do this. We had a couple days of real heavy rain and I guess the tail light was fogged up slightly. I didn't see it myself.

Of the other threads where people have reported water getting into their car, I am thankful that it hasn't happened to my Outback, but now am worried about the tailight.

Having oil changed Saturday, plan to bring it up with them, but thought I'd ask in here.
 

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After torrential rains I had a small amount of condensation in the driver's side tail-light but it went away within a day and hasn't returned despite other torrential rains.
 
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Thanks, so it's probably "normal" and "expected", so I won't let it haunt my mind, lol
 
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Another couple of members seem to have had the same thing happen and at least one of them had their dealer replace the assembly. Might be worth it to take it to the dealer

 

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I had a similar issue after a heavy rainstorm a few weeks ago. It rained couples time after, but it never really fog/condensed ever since. I assumed this was normal and never really thought about it.

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WOW. Brand new cars. Yeah, press the dealer/contact SOA to have it looked into. I can't imagine plastic already cracked, so it might be some bulb socket/seal defect.
 

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Not sure how Subaru designed the lights, but they can be designed to work this way. It might not be a concern.

My dad had an F150 with taillights that had small vents in them to prevent fogging. If heavy precipitation or a water hose was put on the light for too long, they would get water inside (small pools if it was particularly heavy). A day or two of dry weather and the humidity would vent out.

Again not saying this is the case on the Outback, but I would not be surprised at all if it is. Hopefully someone can confirm or deny.
 

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Remove assembly - quite easy to do - then pull out the bulbs and let it dry out. Or if you need to get somewhere soon, use a hairdryer on low setting to push air into one bulb mounting socket and out of the other, sealing it with duct tape.
 

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If the condensation stayed in my lens I would have taken it to the dealer but since it went away and never came back I left it alone.

@johnre is right that the outer tail light lenses are easy to remove in the Gen 6 but since you're under warranty might as well have the dealer take care of it.

If you want to take off your own lenses, I followed the OEM hitch install video where the first step is to remove the tail lights.

 
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