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post #1 of 17 Old 03-13-2002, 03:52 PM Thread Starter
 
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Lately, I have had to replace my fog light bulbs like crazy! Anyone else ever had this problem?

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I had that problem. come to find out my foglights where cracked and allowed moisture to enter. I also heard if you touch the bulb with your fingers they won't last very long. So check your fog lights , and if they are cracked replace them.

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I just posted a similar question for my '95.

Either of you guys got a P/N and source handy. Need to replace my right one.
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I've replaced both my fog lights this year.

A friend had a 91 Mustang, and water was getting into his headlight assembly and getting on the light bulbs and blowing them. Possibly the same thing is going on with you.

Also, make sure not to touch the bulbs. The oil on your fingers will really shorten the lifespan of the bulbs.

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Instead of replacing the whole housing you could just seal up the crack. That is what I did and I never had another problem out of them. The new housings are very expensive (like $150 I think).

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Instead of replacing the whole housing you could just seal up the crack. That is what I did and I never had another problem out of them. The new housings are very expensive (like $150 I think).

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Dude, I don't know where you were getting those prices but that's ridiculous. It is very easy and cheap to replace them if they are really bad. You don't have to buy the whole assembly w/bracket just the housing.

I got mine from www.mustangsunlimited.com for $19.95 you would have to call them, they are not on the website 1-800-243-7278. Part #945203L for right and #945203R for right.
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Its not water related... mine were blowing out all the time and my car hadn't even seen rain once! If you touch the bulb... it wont last at all. Make sure you don't touch the bulb when you are installing it and it will be ok. If you do... make sure you clean it with alcohol.
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do yourself a BIG favor, take out the POS, dull, solid plastic, stock fogs and get some $39 Blazer Extreams from Autozone. Put some 100 watt bulds in and see what REAL fog lights look like! It ROCKS! This was one of my favorite mods. My fogs out shine my headlights now and look cool when off even.
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Ed, that is the price Ford gave me several years ago for replacing the Assembly. It is now like $90-100. I didn't realize you could buy the housing seperate so I just fixed myself. I couldn't find the housing on Mustangs Unlimited. But 20 bucks is much better than what Ford wanted to sell me.

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you are touching the bulb with your fingers... I can almost gaurantee it. get a pair of latex gloves and put them on before you even take the bulb out of the package, then do the install. Your problem will be solved.


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Fordman - did you just cut and splice the new ones in???
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I was having this problem for a while as well. I spent like $50 on just foglight bulbs. I then took out the whole housing and noticed that it was cracked which allowed moisture in. I tried using "seal all" sealant, but the bulb got so hot it eventually burnt through the sealant and allowed water in again. Here is the solution that has worked for me for about a year now w/o any problems. I used a fiberglass compound. The stuff was left over from repairing a crack in the steps in the pool. The stuff is hard as a rock.

FYI, I also went to ford to get a price on a new foglight housing and their price was indeed a ridiculous $150.00.

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After asking you guys this question, I installed a new bulb. It is done already! After only 3 days! I tried my very best not to touch the bulb too.
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use gloves(latex). no matter how hard you try, you will touch the bulb if you dont have gloves on. basically the bulb will not last if it touches ANY part of your skin. I used to work for a company that produces halogen bulbs, and this was the most common customer complaint... the problem is the average comsumer does not know the proper way to handle them.

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Fordman - did you just cut and splice the new ones in???
Yes, it was a 20 min jop. The after market ones are cast aluminum with a nice think glass lense. It has a nice silver grass reflector and takes up to 100 watt bults that are dirt cheap too. These thing a REAL bright and are actually functional unlike the cracking solid plastic POS stock one that are for looks only. For the life of me I can see why anyone would want to replace them with cracky non-functioning fog lights. Plus my $39 Blazer Extreams have a cool purple hugh to them but are amber when on. Everyone compliments me on them a lot.

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do yourself a BIG favor, take out the POS, dull, solid plastic, stock fogs and get some $39 Blazer Extreams from Autozone. Put some 100 watt bulds in and see what REAL fog lights look like! It ROCKS! This was one of my favorite mods. My fogs out shine my headlights now and look cool when off even.
Were you able to attach them to the existing brackets or did you have to do some fabricating or hole drilling? More info please...I've been wanting to get better foglights for years but wasn't sure of all the installation hassle....and if the stock wiring will support the higher wattage bulbs.

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