Moisture Collecting Inside Headlights Until The Lights Burn Out

There's enough water accumulating inside 2010-2015 SRX headlight assemblies to fry the bulb. Meanwhile, GM continues to replace the assemblies with the same defective parts.

There’s enough water accumulating inside 2nd generation SRX headlight assemblies to fry the bulb. While the fix is generally covered under warranty, GM continues to use the same leaky gaskets for replacement parts. Eventually, the gasket fails, the problem comes back, and the owner – who is probably out of warranty at this point – is forced to pay the hefty repair bill.

Defective Seals or Clogged Drains?

Some GM technicians have suggested that the problem is a clogged headlight drain. I don’t buy it because there shouldn’t be enough moisture accumulating inside your assembly to require a drain before drowning the bulb in water.

Whether it’s a defect with the assembly or with the gaskets meant to keep moisture out, there is clearly something wrong with the manufacturing process.

“Passenger light shorted out. Went to the dealer to have the bulb replaced and found out there was water in there and they wanted to charge me $1,300 for a new headlight assembly!”

An Expensive Repair

Because the SRX uses HID headlight bulbs, replacing an assembly can cost $1300 and 2 hours or lablor costs. Some owners have paid $2400 to replace both assemblies at once which is a … bargain?

Some out-of-warranty owners have taken to the repairs themselves by conducting seal leak tests and using clear silicone to fix any air gaps.

As always, we recommend you seek a qualified mechanic’s advice before attempting any reapirs yourself.

SRX Headlight Moisture Lawsuit

Consumers feel like GM has a “good deal” going by forcing owners to replace headlight assemblies every so often. A proposed class-action looks to put an end to that.

The plaintiff says he purchased a 2010 Cadillac SRX in 2012 with headlights that accumulated water and moisture through defective seals, making driving a clear safety hazard. According to the lawsuit, the headlights wear out and fail prematurely because General Motors allegedly ignores customer complaints about moisture in the headlights.

The lawsuit, Chester Steele v. General Motors, LLC, was filed in the U.S. District Court for the Central Distict of California.

Vehicles That Might Have This Problem

Model Generation Years PainRank
SRX 2nd Gen 2010–2016 14.64

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What Owners Are Saying

“Bought the 2011 Cadillac SRX Aug 2015, Oct 2015 passenger headlight goes out had to replace the everything wanted 1500 but talked them down to 700 because only had 42,000 miles. Now Dec 2016 and the left light is out and moisture!!!! GM [sic] needs to do a recall seals are bad!!!”

2011 SRX Owner in South Carolina

“Headlights were filling with water and condensation. Called Cadillac and was told there was nothing they could do. About 3 weeks after that while driving at night left headlight went out, then the right. Could not see and went off road into ditch. Dealer said I would have to buy 2 new lights at $1200.00 each, without labor.”

2010 SRX owner in New York

OK, Now What?

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