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post #1 of 123 (permalink) Old 09-15-2012, 12:56 PM Thread Starter
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Melted DRL Housings & Connectors w/ HIDs

So my grandparents and I are very upset with their 2007 Acadia. The DRL on the driver's side works intermittently because the socket is melted to the point that the terminals on the wires aren't making a good connection. The DRL was working yesterday so I decided to look into the housing where I saw a good amount of the housing itself melted away around the bulb. The passenger's side is starting to do the same thing, but it's not nearly as bad. There's a TSB for models without HIDs that covers this, but since they paid an extra $500 for the HIDs GM has decided they can pay for it themselves and continue to do so forever as there is no actual fix.

The dealer it was purchased from is no help, which is a disappointment as my family has bought six (6) new cars from them. They offered to install a new socket for $300.

GM knows they have a problem and will not fix it. My family has been a GM family going back to 1949 when my father's father bought his first of many Oldsmobiles. We convinced my other grandparents who were Ford loyal to buy GM and they have since 1994. I personally have only owned GM vehicles my entire driving life. GM is part of my family and I feel a bit let down with the situation on this Acadia.

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post #2 of 123 (permalink) Old 09-15-2012, 01:06 PM
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Re: Melted DRL Housings & Connectors w/ HIDs

Try sending your post to the GMC Customer Service Rep that monitors this site and see if she can be of any help.


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Re: Melted DRL Housings & Connectors w/ HIDs

I had the same thing happen to my DRL's. I don't know how this is not a safety issue with melted electrical components. Luckily I was still under warrantee. It is too bad your grandparents are not. My permanent fix was to switch out the regular bulbs, that obviously get very hot, with LED bulbs. The LED bulbs stay much cooler and I haven't had a problem since.

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Re: Melted DRL Housings & Connectors w/ HIDs

I just replaced my drivers side DRL (did the passenger side about 6 months ago, should have just done them both then), and I had a hard time getting it out of the socket, after some prying I got it out and noticed it had started melting as well.

This definitely affects HID equipped Acadia's as well as non-HID, unfortunately the TSB says otherwise ...

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Re: Melted DRL Housings & Connectors w/ HIDs

AndrewGS, you can send me the VIN of your grandparents Acadia via the private messaging system on here or to my e-mail within my signature. Once I get that information, I will be able to do some research for all of you.

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Re: Melted DRL Housings & Connectors w/ HIDs

I've been away for a month but I just PMed you Michelle. Thanks again.

My grandmother actually got pulled over for having a DRL bulb out last week. It's not required by law, but the officer noticed it and thought it was a regular headlamp bulb.

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I have a 2009 Acadia, love the vehicle, before the recall came on the headlghts, I had already replaced 2 lamps on the driver side. The first lamp had started to melt the socket and the 2nd one had finished the socket. My mechanic made some adjustments of his own to get my new lamp in. Now I have moisture inside the lense on the same light, had the dealer check it out. They told me that there is a plug in the bottom on the assembly and sometimes it gets plugged with dirt. If it keeps doing it, then I would have to replace the whole assembly and that is about $459.00 GM price and then another $400 for installation. We have had several days of rain and I noticed yesterday that my lense had water inside it. We checked and the plug on the backside was missing and they had put duck tape over it. I called the dealer they have no idea where the plug went to but they did order a new one and fixed it at no cost to me. Now when I got the vehicle back, There are deposits on the outside of the lense. Looks like it melted. I was told that the vehicle will not pass our state safety inspection, so before I get it inspected again, I need to replace the lense. This vehicle is the only vehicle I had have kept over three years in the last 20 years, because I like it so much, but this little stuff is getting to me. Anyone else having these issues? And what did you do about it?
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icewoman: your posting in a thread about Acadias with the HID headlights. Do you have HID lights?

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@icewoman, I can understand the frustration you are going through with your concerns on the Acadia. Please, check your private messages as I'm going to send a list of details I need to look into this.

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Re: Melted DRL Housings & Connectors w/ HIDs

GM took care of us and paid $2300 of the $2600 bill.

Thank you so much, Michelle!

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