Solution for draining water on a center rear lens - GM Forum - Buick, Cadillac, Chev, Olds, GMC & Pontiac chat


2000-2005 Discuss your 2000-2005 Bonneville SE, SLE, and SSEi Please use General Chat for non-mechanical issues, and Performance and Brainstorming for improvements.

Reply
 
 
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 07-19-2015, 01:28 PM   #1
Retired Administrator

True Car Nut
Thread Starter
 
GunsOfNavarone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Williamsport, PA
Posts: 2,856
Thanked 167 Times in 129 Posts
GunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud of
Default Solution for draining water on a center rear lens

On many 2000-2005 Bonneville the center reflective lens separates at the top and allows water to fill and stay in the center lens. So much so that when full the trunk opens only halfway, or may not even open. The proper repair is to buy a new center lens- which can be very pricey. A hasty fix is to simply drill two small holes at the bottom of the lens (as seen in the pic). Takes less than one minute and it works just fine. If you take a close look at the pic you can see the final drops of water leaving the lens- when holes were fist drilled was a very steady stream.
Attached Thumbnails
Solution for draining water on a center rear lens-bonneville-water-pic.jpg  
GunsOfNavarone is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2015, 03:05 PM   #2
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
rjolly87's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2003
Location: Las Cruces, NM
Posts: 6,857
Thanked 298 Times in 246 Posts
rjolly87 has a brilliant futurerjolly87 has a brilliant futurerjolly87 has a brilliant futurerjolly87 has a brilliant futurerjolly87 has a brilliant futurerjolly87 has a brilliant futurerjolly87 has a brilliant futurerjolly87 has a brilliant futurerjolly87 has a brilliant futurerjolly87 has a brilliant futurerjolly87 has a brilliant future
Default

Is this happening in such a way that removing the assembly, separating it, and then resealing it is not feasible?
rjolly87 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2015, 03:22 PM   #3
Senior Administrator








Certified Car Nut
 
Mike's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jul 2003
Location: Horseheads, NY
Posts: 15,649
Thanked 1,001 Times in 777 Posts
Mike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond reputeMike has a reputation beyond repute
Default

I don't know. I'm not familiar with the 2000+ body parts.
Mike is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-19-2015, 04:08 PM   #4
Senior Member
True Car Nut
 
Soft Ride's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jan 2012
Location: BC Canada
Posts: 3,588
Thanked 340 Times in 302 Posts
Soft Ride has much to be proud ofSoft Ride has much to be proud ofSoft Ride has much to be proud ofSoft Ride has much to be proud ofSoft Ride has much to be proud ofSoft Ride has much to be proud ofSoft Ride has much to be proud ofSoft Ride has much to be proud of
Default

Drilling holes in lens bottom corners is a great idea, reminds me to do extra holes in the bottom of my doors before fall too.
Drilling the hole relieves the water, but may also allow the lenses to fog up inside come winter, if the seals too are not addressed.
I had to remove all my rear lights, & then seal all my Pk Ave'* housings as they were all fogging up bad in cold temps.
Soft Ride is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-20-2015, 02:02 PM   #5
Senior Member

True Car Nut
 
2kg4u's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2006
Location: Windsor, Ontario / Detroit, Michigan
Posts: 4,804
Thanked 220 Times in 181 Posts
2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of2kg4u has much to be proud of
Default

I resealed mine by running a bead of silicone along the top edge of the lens.
2kg4u is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 07-30-2015, 07:38 AM   #6
Retired Administrator

True Car Nut
Thread Starter
 
GunsOfNavarone's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2009
Location: Williamsport, PA
Posts: 2,856
Thanked 167 Times in 129 Posts
GunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud ofGunsOfNavarone has much to be proud of
Default

I pulled the GXP taillights out (sold them on Ebay) and put in a old set of SSEi tail lights. The center tail light section I installed was taking water for so time, the opening across the top was wide and long- I suspect must fixes would of failed after so time. Since the center tail light was already in below average condition, the one minute solution of drilling the holes seem to match my goals of not having more damage and not spending a lot of time.

BTW- the Bonneville GXP tail-light frenzy seems to have died. Took me a while to sell the tail lights (last one sold two days ago) and at less than half the price they were selling for a few years ago. I would even speculate a SE/SLE/SSEI tail light is more sellable today than a GXP tail light.
GunsOfNavarone is offline   Reply With Quote
 
 
Reply

Related Topics
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Rear LED Center Lens Campatability Maymybonnieliveforevr 1992-1999 4 06-21-2010 03:06 PM
Water, Water. Water !!!! da_grey_goose_95 Detailing & Appearance 6 02-19-2010 12:36 PM
Water Leak - Need solution. Have picture JimmyFloyd 1992-1999 6 10-27-2005 08:33 AM
Lens cover Littlehovey Audio (and aftermarket electronics) 0 03-23-2003 12:59 PM
Interor Light Lens Cover Removal... Allmachtige 1992-1999 21 10-17-2002 05:02 AM


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 02:05 PM.


We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.