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Tail light assembly breakage

Got a strange one here. My ex's 2007 baseline model broke the silver plastic piece that runs along the red lens behind the clear lens. It looks like it's been overheated. You can see the distorted melted plastic along the rear edge of the silver part lying at the bottom of the tail lamp. It looks to me like this section was overheated, deformed, and then broke via stress cracks that formed at either end of the broken piece.

The red lens is not distorted at all so I doubt it was heat from the light bulbs that did this. It's like someone took a magnifying glass and focused sunlight on this part deliberately. With the apparently even distribution of the melted section, maybe it could have been pur chance that something focused full spectrum sunlight onto this area. It's all very strange so I'm seeking any suggestions possible.

Meanwhile, can someone suggest a source for replacements. Seems GM Parts Giant and such has them for under $300 but a lower price would be welcomed, of course.

Another thing, my 2008 Sky is a Redline. I noticed this broken silver part on my car appears to be chromed. Can someone confirm that Redline's have this internal part chromed? If so, I don't see any replacements being sold so we're out of luck of we break a Redline tail light.





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Tail light assembly on the SKY is the same on 2.0 & 2.4.
You could just tint the 2007 tails with the defect
and no one would notice the missing horizontal silver piece.
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Got a strange one here. My ex's 2007 baseline model broke the silver plastic piece that runs along the red lens behind the clear lens. It looks like it's been overheated. You can see the distorted melted plastic along the rear edge of the silver part lying at the bottom of the tail lamp. It looks to me like this section was overheated, deformed, and then broke via stress cracks that formed at either end of the broken piece.
Wait... your ex?

Sounds like it's their problem :P

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Wait... your ex?

Sounds like it's their problem :P
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You really need to do something with the paint on those cars they look terrible
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Hey! so I'm not the only one that had a tail light break like this! I've been blaming the previous owner... Strange part to break.
I've heard that if you heat the assembly in the oven and slowly raise the temp, it'll loosen the glue and the lens will come off. I haven't had the guts to try.
A guy I know did this with his headlight assy. on an Eclipse to paint the non reflector portion. I couldn't tell the difference.

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Hey! so I'm not the only one that had a tail light break like this! I've been blaming the previous owner... Strange part to break.
I've heard that if you heat the assembly in the oven and slowly raise the temp, it'll loosen the glue and the lens will come off. I haven't had the guts to try.
A guy I know did this with his headlight assy. on an Eclipse to paint the non reflector portion. I couldn't tell the difference.
The oven trick works on our headlights too...but not on our tails or so I'm told. The tails are plastic welded together. Some folks have been successful cutting them open and rebuilding them but it is not as simple as the headlights in the oven trick.
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The oven trick works on our headlights too...but not on our tails or so I'm told. The tails are plastic welded together. Some folks have been successful cutting them open and rebuilding them but it is not as simple as the headlights in the oven trick.
Good to know in case I ever get around to messing with the tail lights.

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Dang! How in the world does the light break like this? Bizarre!

We're ordering a new unit but I'll hang onto the broken one and see if I can devise a fix routine. Even if I get it open, the broken bit needs refinishing as it's slightly deformed from hear at the front edge. I'm thinking, maybe, in the sun the red portion absorbs heat and gets hot enough to overheat the silver part. Probably a differential between the relative absorptive wavelengths, or something.
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