Question about 1994 Pontiac Grand Am
I need to replace the lamp in the passenger side front side turn indicator light. Do I have to remove the entire headlamp assembly to gain access to the side light?
NO, it could be simpler than you think, now I am kinda remembering what it looks like on the inside of the engine compartment. check if there are any screws on the outside holding the lens in place, if so, undo those screw and wiggle the lamp assembly out. there should be 2 wires going to it, if not, then it is the wiring not the bulb. if both are still there then continue to the underside of the lens assembly and notice where the wiring goes into the lamp assembly. this is a twist style, try turning either direction (about halfway or less until it is free from the housing assembly. put the lens assembly down in a safe spot and remove the bulb from the housing, it should come out easily, if not, you can bet the complete bulb retainer is correded, time for a new connection. these connections can be purchased at alot of auto stores or possibly body shops. they should be under $5:00 or so.
next is the trickey part, you have to cut the wires on the lamp assembly, pul on the wire umtil it goes taunt. back of abit and cut both wires removing the bad bulb holder. you will need a wire stripper, solder and soldering gun. I do not recommend crimp connections as this is a high moist area and are prone to corroetion. you will also need a piece of shrink tube and 6" is more than enough.
using your wire strippers, remove 1/4" to 1/2"<------use this. of the wire casing. do that on the new piece also, but they should be done already. follow that pattern when stripping the car wires. take your shrink tube and cut it in half so you have 2 pieces about 3" long. slide one wire throuch the shrink tube and the same as the other. Now is the tricky part, connecting the two wires together and give them a slight twist so they stay together, if using solder with out flux, apply the flux to the twisted wire. using your electric soldering iron, slightly heat the bare wire so the flux melts anf flows into the wire.. if youare using solder with the flux in it already you can start now, apply heat to the now connected 2 pieces of wire until a little smofe is commiing, that is a indicator that you can apply your solder to the wires. using your soldering iron, appply heat to the wire and the solder at the same time. the solder should go to liquid state ver y fast watch the solder, if it flows into the wire remove the solder and heat and wait a second or to. gently pull on each side of the wire.if it says together, congrats, if not get someone else to do it, like a gal and have her read this and try her luck, you will be surprized how good and how fast the gals learn. so you are a lady, you drive don't you, time to learn the basic's/ I recommend trying to find a school or learning class thatcan explain the simple and easy fixes if you break down out in the toolies with no cell service and a engine that has stopped running or any other emergency.
Ok, we have the wires soldered, both of them, lets put the shrink tube evenly over the soldered joint and hold in place. if you are capable of holding in place and hold a lighter or a heat gun, not a hair dryer, slowly apply the heat under the shrink tube being carefull not to set the tubing on fire. do that on the other side and you are ready to re-install. whoa for a second, before we do that check if it works, have some turn on the park lights or 4 way flashers. the bulb should light up solid when it is in the park mode of the light switch. if the 4 way flashers are on at the same time or not, the lamp should light up and go out. ta da, we can put it all back together.
A question was asked if you had to remove the whole headlight assembly, STOP RIGHT NOW !
unless you know what you are doing, you may turn the headlight leveling screws out of alignment and that can pose a safety hazzard to you or any oncoming traffic while driving at night. for $19.95 you can buy a chilton manual made specifcly for your vechile. they are great to have in your emergeny break down kit. you do have a kit don't you ? I will try and remeber to put a list of nessary things to have in case of a breakdown in the toolies and post it her. Good luck on your automotive experience. I hope I have helped you or anyone else that found this handy. I will only except emails from the peoiple I have helped so do not email me with your automotive problems because the only answer you are going to get is "PINK, THIRTEEN" for any question and be barred from my personal mail for life.
Posted on Nov 24, 2008
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