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Old 05-15-2017, 09:33 AM   #1
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Weird hairline cracks in headlights

Hi all, I noticed these hairline cracks in my headlights at night, especially in the corners. I also have a Mk6 and that doesn't have this. Seen at with a friend's Gti as well so is this common/normal? I don't think it looks great though. Anyone else had/has this issue and if so what have you done about it? Thanks!

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Old 05-15-2017, 11:30 AM   #2
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Are they oem? That's happened to previous aftermarket lights I've bought due to some sort of impact during shipping. Then covered whole light due to daily driving vibration.
Cracks should never be normal, it'll cut the distance the light travels due to reflecion and looks terrible.

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Old 05-15-2017, 11:34 AM   #3
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Wrong cleaning agent?
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Old 05-15-2017, 07:40 PM   #4
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Are they oem? That's happened to previous aftermarket lights I've bought due to some sort of impact during shipping. Then covered whole light due to daily driving vibration.
Cracks should never be normal, it'll cut the distance the light travels due to reflecion and looks terrible.

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Very good question. I wouldn't know the answer to that. It's been imported from Japan to New Zealand and is a 2013. I do think the lights are oem on that model but can have it checked by the VW dealership.

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Old 05-15-2017, 07:41 PM   #5
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Wrong cleaning agent?
If that's the case, is it repairable?

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Old 05-15-2017, 07:46 PM   #6
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Can you feel it on the surface?
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Old 05-19-2017, 09:29 AM   #7
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Can you feel it on the surface?
No, can't feel it. Apparently it's a VW headlight fault. Something to do with the internal coat. I am going to get it checked out by the VW dealership.

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Old 06-07-2017, 08:37 PM   #8
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What brand lights do you have? My car originally had valeo lamps and they looked like that. Dealer replaced them under warranty with hella units and not only are they not crappy looking but have a far better beam pattern. My wife's golf had the same issue but hella doesn't make a lamp for her car according to ekta. Replaced hers with valeo units and so far are holding up well.
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Old 06-07-2017, 08:46 PM   #9
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Have the same thing. Dealer told me it's super small scratches from sand and dirt while driving. They couldn't fix it under warranty since it "physical". I didn't really care but you can get someone to buff the exterior and repolish. Seen some stuff on YouTube but didn't really try.


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Old 06-08-2017, 04:28 AM   #10
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Improper washing technique possibility
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Old 06-13-2017, 12:08 AM   #11
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If they are Helix brand - I'd say it's because it's Helix brand.

Otherwise you might be using too harsh of a chemical while cleaning those. I wouldn't rub anything on my headlights except regular car soap and water out of fear of accelerating their demise.
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Old 06-13-2017, 01:15 AM   #12
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Anyone run it thru a brush or cloth car wash?
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