Ok the car was in an accident and the grill and headlight assemblies got damaged as well as the bumper. i would like to do it myself and would like to know how to remove and install the headlight assemblies
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Re: damaged headlight assembly
Its Easy Their are retainers on the top of bumper as well as bottom and bolts on each side at fenders as soon as you get the bumper off you will be able to change head lights and all then jus go back words to put back on
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This should be fairly simple,one may have to remove the grille.
trimmings on the front bumper cover to allow access to the bolt for
removal of the front bumper. The trimming can be removed simply by
prying the trimming from the center of the bumper cover using a Philips
After removing the 2 bolts on the bumper cover, you may open the hood and remove the plastic fasteners on the top of the bumper.
To remove the plastic fastener, simply depress the center until click. Do not press too far or the fastener will be damaged.
the Torx screw in the wheel well counter clockwise to loosen the catch
plate on the bumper. Lift the bumper cover over the catch plate and
push the bumper cover forward. This completes the removal of the front
remove the headlight assembly, you will need to loosen the bolt on the
retainer near the wheel well. You will then remove the 4 bolts that
hold the headlight assembly.
is one bolt on the side of the headlight assembly. Two bolts on top and
one at the corner of the lens. They all have the same size bolt.
In order to remove the headlight assembly, after removing the bolts, the headlight harness needs to be removed.
next step is to remove the trimming on the lens and removing the clips
that hold the lens in place. There are 4 clips. One clips on each side.
the clips are removed, the lens can be pry open with screw driver. You
may want to heat the edge to soften the glue or use an utility knife to
scrape the edge. Be extra careful, as the glass can be very sharp if
shattered. Please also wear protective gear such as safety goggle and
gloves. After this, just reverse the steps to put the headlight back
Well according to my mitchell manuel you don't have to.here is the procedure.
1. open the hood.
2.Remove the push-pin retainer's that secure the top of the upper facia and grill assembly to the upper tie bar to allow the upper facia and grill assembly to flex forward.
3. remove ther bolt and push-pin retainer that secures the top of the headlight assembly to the upper tie bar.
4. Gently pull the upper facia and grill assembly forward to access the bolt on the inboard side of the headlight assembly
5. Pull the headlamp assembly straight out to disengage the the snap in retainer at the lower outboard back surface of the assembly. Turn the assembly so that the inboard assembly clears the front facia.
6. pull the assembly out and away from the veh.From there you'll be able to access bulbs.
be careful not to touch the bulb with fingers or oil in skin will blow bulb.
Step 1: pop hood, remove grille. use a flathead screwdriver to release the black tabs holding it in.
Step 2: at the very bottom of the bumper, there are two screws on each side that hold the fender liner to the bumper, remove those
Step 3: peel back the fender liner to get to two bolts that are directly under the headlight which bolt the bumper to the car. remove those bolts, but be careful when removing the last one as your bumper may fall off and get damaged. (do this for each side)
Step 4: if you have fog lights, disconnect them before pulling the bumper off
Step 5: there are four bolts holding the headlamp assembly in, two on top, one on the front under the assembly and one on the side. (do this for each side)
Step 6: disconnect the three connectors to the headlamp assembly once you begin to pull the assembly out. they are push tab connectors, you may need to use a screw or flathead screwdriver to release them. just be careful not to damage them
Step 7: you have your headlight assembly out, now you should see a greyish dust cover with wires coming out of the back. that is where your driving lights are located. you will have to turn it to open it. depending on if you have halogen or HID bulbs (I have HID, so mine are strapped in with a metal clamp)
Step 8: replace your bulb and reverse the process to install the headlamp
Hope this helps. And don't let taking the front bumper cover off discourage you, it's actually very easy to do. The first time i took mine off, it took me all of ten minutes. it gets faster after that.
There are 5 bolts holding the headlight assembly in place. 2 at the top and 3 underneath.
Remove the plastic cross piece by prising out the clips and then the grille clips too then unbolt the bolts eithr side under the wheel arch. The bumper is still fastened using cips. Pull the bumper forward to unclip.
the headlight bulbs are accessed from under the hood behind the haeadlight assembly. they are removed by grabbing the plug on the back of the headlight assembly and pulling while turning counter clockwise. if you are replacingthe whole headlight assembly there are two 10mm bolts, one is under the headlight above the bumper, the other is behind the headlight and can be acessed by lifting the hood to move the grille and reach in next to the head light.. good luck hope i could help
Depending on the year you have to remove the grille to gain access to the mounting bolts under the grille, as well as the lower air vents in the lower valence to gain access to those mounting bolts. Remove the screws from the fender well liner to the bumper and pull the front bumper off to gain access to the lower mounting bolts for the headlight assembly.
you will have to remove the front bumper cover to get to 2 bolts and also the grille to get another bolt off also there are are a total of 5 bolts that hold it in. be careful taking it out as you can crack the mounting brackets for the assembly just be patiece it will come out.
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.