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88 Trans Am Headlight won't raise

My son's 1988 Trans Am's left headlight will not raise/open. I've heard you can somehow raise the headlight yourself into the permanent up position. How do I do that???

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    my headlights raise half way and then they drop back down,so i have to hold up both lights with a stick to drive at night.

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That is correct , head light doors may be opened manually , repair manual states turn on headlights , and rotate headlight door motor KNOB clockwise until a click is heard . you will see door come up as you rotate the knob . you will find the knob under the hood near the headlight assemby

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I drive a 88 firebird as well and i have the same problem on both lights. what you do is turn the head lights on and you will see a bracket made of metal connected to the head light body. you take a screw driver a force up on it and wa-la it is locked in the up posistion.

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