I used to be a "fix all problems" guy, now, i am lost just trying to understand what bolts to remove to get the headlight assembly out of the car. do i need metric sockets? Is it easy? I have had trucks that you could change inside the engine compartment. Guess I'm getting lazy.
ONLY DODGE WOULD TURN A 5 MIN JOB INTO A NIGHTMARE. YOU HAVE TO REMOVE THE TURN SIGNAL AND HEADLAMP ASEMBLY THE BOLTS ARE LOCATED ON THE BOTTOM SIDE OF THE LAMP ASEMBLEY YOU NEED A LONG 1/4 EXTENSION AND PATIENTS THE TOP GUIDES ARE SNAP LOCKS YOU MUST ALSO REMOVE THE RUBBER MOLDING ON THE GRILL SIDE.
WHAT EVER YOU DO DONT LOSE YOUR PATIENTS AND BREAK IT $$$$$$$
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You can't fix the headlight, you can only replace the assembly or change a bulb. First you must remove screws that hold side marker light and set aside. Then remove six screws that hold grill. Set aside. Now remove four 10mm bolts, two on each side of headlight assembly, and remove. Twist and remove bulb and reinstall in new assembly. Reinstall in reverse of disassembly.
Which ever side you are looking to change, you will find an 8 to 10mm bolt. Once you remove that bolt located near the headlight housing, you lift up on the bar that you just took the bolt off of, then once you have the bar up, gently pull out the headlight housing starting from the inside pulling straight out, thats it. Remove the bulb, and replace in reverse order.
Access to change the headlamp bulbs is through the wheel well. The recommended method is to remove the front tire and then the plastic inner fender liner. Once removed, you'll have easy (more or less) access to the rear of the headlamp housing.
1999 GMC Envoy w/ same problem - we removed the bumper then had easy access to the ballast (two bolts on top and one on the bottom if I remember correctly). For the bumper, there are two bolts visible on top, then two a bit lower just inside. Remove the 4 bolts then you pull the bumper forward to unlatch and remove it. When you put the bumper back on, insert the lower bolts first - otherwise it\'s a pain to get them back in correctly. For a temp fix we removed the ignigtor/bulb and ballast, took the wires going into the ballast (regular bulb wires) and connected a 9006 bulb. We removed the retainer from the ignigtor to hold the new bulb into place, it took some adjusting to get it set in place but it worked nicely. We will be putting new/aftermarket headlight assemblies in soon, but this fix only cost $25; it was a quick solution that took about 2 hours.
1] remove th headlight assy. by removing the bolt on top of the assy and the 2 rod retainers.
2 ] remove the electrical connector from the headlamp bulb cover
3] rotate the bulb cover counterclockwise and remove cover
4] disconect the bulb connector
5] rotate bulb retainer counterclockwise and remove th ring
6] remove the bulb using a slight rocking motion
7] reverse proceedure to install
Remove the headlight assembly. Just remove the 3 bolts with a 10 mm socket and pull it out so you can disconect the wire harness. After that pull the whole assembly out and unscrew the bulb cover. The bulb is held in with a spring clip.
I know your frustration! I cannot believe the complexity of changing the headlights. Chevy has tried to make this a dealer item only just to change a headlight bulb. I will try to explain the procedure unfortunately I do not have photos. First you will need to remove the wheel well liner (two bolts and two plastic push pins). Pull the wheel well housing back (you will need to turn the wheel/tire to gain access) and using a 7mm socket remove the plastic support piece that holds the bumper in place (two bolts). Pull the corner of the bumper down until you can locate the bottom bracket of the headlight assembly that is held by a 10mm bolt. Remove it. (Oh did I mention this is a two person job!) Next move to the front of the vehicle (hood up) and remove all the 10mm bolts holding the upper part of the grill (I think there are eight of them). Now remove the obvious top two bolts on the headlight assembly! With two people - one to work the headlight assembly and one to push down the bumper and pull out on the grill assemble, slowly and carefully pull the headlight assembly straight forward. You will need to be mindfully of the small tabs on the headlight assembly that like to get caught on bumper/grill. If you are just replacing the bulb, you should be able to move the headlight assemble far enough forward to gain access to the bulbs without totally removing the headlight assembly. What a ***** job! SHAME on GM.