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.