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Hhr headlight bulb replacement

My wife's HHR has a headlight and a fog lamp out. I want to replace them but there doesn't appear to be any simple way to do so. Can anyone help?

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  • rfleener Jan 28, 2009

    Not yet. I didn't want to start pulling panels off until I knew where I was going. It looks like there might be more than one way to get there. i want to know what is the best and easiest way.

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    Roberta Smith May 11, 2010

    I don't suppose you have tried accessing the bulb from behind ?

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Just finished changing out my headlamps on my 2007 HHR with Sylvannia XtraBlue lamps and here is honestly what I had to do which was a pain not knowing what to expect but its done one hour later for the first time doing it, twenty minutes the next time tops! Yes, first turn the wheel inward on the side you start with. Remove top 7mm hex screw. Two plastic ribbed fasteners which are a trick and and I seperated the backside of the fastener between the plastic wheel well and backside of fastener head with a mediam flat head screw driver and then placed needle nose pliers between them and gripping the backside of the fastener head and shank and pulling fastener straight out. It takes a really good tug, don't worry, they do pull out! Here comes the fun part which is what is refered to as a "blind assembly" and it is. Pull the plastic wheel well panel out near the upper middle so it buckles the opposite way giving you room to get your hand up blindly to the socket of the lamp and twist counter clockwise. Hint: Feel your way to the socket by the wire harness going to it. Snake the harness and attached socket and lamp to where you can work with it. Lamp has a hidden snap lock you need to pry a little to remove from socket. Definately put the lamp in first not attached to socket and harness, trust me. On both lamp replacements the male and female connections were in the down (7/5 oclock) The lamp only fits in one way with connections down and leaning forward and looking through front lens to see the three locking tabs. Fish the female connector and harness to the back of the male connection on the lamp keeping in mind which way you have the connecor lined with the lamp. Twist clockwise just a bit to lock. HUGE HINT: I didn't realize when the lamp refused to go in at first it was because the rubber ring seal on the lamp stuck to the housing in addition to the new seal on the new lamp making it to thick to twist on. Make sure to check and see if the rubber seal came off with old lamp. It will save you a lot of what the %#$% and so on.I didn't cut up any knuckles but they got a work out. Nowput the wheel well back together and have a beer..

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The owners manual says to access the headlamp by removing the dust guard from the interior of the wheel well

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Unless you see any bolts that are obviously holding the fog light in from the front... your best best is to try and access it from behind the bumper.

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