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Headlights removal I want to know how to remove the headligths on a 03 Malibu, and how to adjust them with the two screws. (I don't know wich screw is for lateral and wich is for up and down) If possible, where I can download a free owner's manual.. Thank you

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  • alsfreak911 Dec 16, 2008

    Good day emissionwiz...

    I have finally been able to remove those dawn headlight... After removing too many bolts and the front end of my car... I found out there are 2 black plastic "things" on each headlight.. You pull them up...and the headlight is free... Piece of cake....when you know how to do it...

    My only problem that remain is how to adjust the lights from side to side and up and down...

    thanks for the answer...

  • alsfreak911 Dec 21, 2008

    thank U all,,,

    I will try this as soon as it will not be minus 25 outside and the snow resolve...

    thanks...

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    yadayada May 11, 2010

    You have to take the entire headlight off. There should be bolts around the top(should be two of them). Once you unscrew the bolts it will still have wires running into the back of the headlight-but you don't have to unplug any wires, just be careful not to drop the headlight housing. There should be round caps on the back, one should be for the turn light, and another for the headlight. Take the cap off the one behind the headlight. There should be a plug with wires running in it-pull it out and the headlight should be attached to it. Just pull out the old bulb and pop in the new one-careful not to touch the glass part of the bulb. Then all you do is reassemble everything. I promise it sounds hard...but it's really not. I'm not very automotively inclined--I mean come on I'm a woman! My hubby does all the car stuff normally. I decided to prove to myself I can get under there and do something-even if it was just changing a bulb! Sorry if my instructions aren't very descriptive --but remember I'm a woman...I don't know the name of things under the hood! Hope this helps. I did it by myself and it was pretty simple...just don't be afraid to take things apart! I promise they all go back together! =)

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WHEN YOU OPEN THE HOOD..LOOK TO THE RIGHT ON DRIVERS SIDE AND THEIRS A SCREW,,LOOSEN IT ., AND THE HEAL LAMP SLIDES TOWARDS THE WINDSHEILD...SAME ON LEFT SIDE.DON'T HAVE TO REPLACE THE INSIDE PARK LIGHT(VERY EXPENSIVE ,AND PROBABLY NOT BURNED OUT..) TAKES 12 MINUTES..

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