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Re: how do I get the headlight assembly out of car?
Well the only way to change the dim switch ia by taking it outthat means take the bumper off and then take the igniter ou/ If you would like info on taking of the bumper let me know i will give you step by step/ Please rate my response thank you very much
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I had one of these vans. They are fantastic for space, but commonly have electrical issues. The head lights are a single unit, and if you want to replace a bulb, the Whole unit has to be removed. There are several screws located on the top and bottom of the unit, that must come out. Then it slides out easily. Replace your bulb/s then reverse.
it's easier to change the light bulbs in this car than in a lot of other vehicles. The 2008 pontiac Grand Prix uses separate bulbs for low beams and high beams. The low beams are located on the outer edge of the headlight assemblies while the high beams are located on the inner edge of the assemblies. To replace the low beam of the headlight bulb You will be in need of these instruments(Soft blanket or towel, Latex gloves, 9006 replacement headlight (low beam)), please follow the steps below:
Open the hood to the 2008 Pontiac Grand Prix after making sure the headlight switch is in the off position, and the keys are not in the ignition.
Approach the headlight assembly with the spent headlight in it, and locate the retaining bracket (white) holding the assembly to the frame rail of the Grand Prix.
Lift the retaining bracket up about a quarter of an inch in order to align the notches of the bracket to the riveted tabs on the frame.
Pull the assembly forward away from the front of the car starting with the inner corner of the assembly toward the grill. Keep in mind the wire harness connection is still attached to the assembly, so only pull it far enough to reach behind and disconnect the plug located at the bottom of the assembly.
Place the headlight and bulbs assembly lens down onto a soft towel or blanket.
Disconnect the respective low beam or high beam wire harness.
Turn the plastic base of the headlight counterclockwise a quarter turn to align the retaining tabs with the release notches. Remove the headlight from the headlight assembly.
Put on latex gloves before handling the replacement low beam or high beam headlight. Oil from skin will compromise the life of the headlights if it contacts the glass bulb.
Insert the new bulb into the assembly by aligning the retaining notches to the release tabs, and then turn the base of the headlight 1/4 clockwise to lock it into the headlight assembly. Reconnect the harness to the headlight.
Bring the assembly back to the Grand Prix and reconnect the main wire harness at the bottom of the assembly.
Align the guide pins at the back of the assembly to the locating holes in the front frame rail starting with the outer guide pin first and the inner (toward the grill) guide pin last. Lift the assembly upward while pushing back on the lens to push down on the retaining bracket.
Place the key in the ignition and turn the key to accessory power.
To remove the front head light please follow the steps below:
Place the Ford Ranger in "Park." Turn the engine off. Turn the headlights off. Remove the key from the ignition. Allow the truck to cool for about 20 minutes.
Open the hood of the vehicle. Locate the two retainer pins on the headlight assembly of the light that needs to be replaced. Pry the retainer pins open with your finger. This releases the headlight assembly from the Ranger.
Pull the headlight assembly forward. Unplug the electrical connector from the back of the assembly by hand. Rotate the retaining ring counterclockwise and slide it off the plastic bulb base.
Pull the burned out bulb straight out of the headlight assembly. Discard the used bulb. Insert a replacement bulb into the headlight assembly and push it straight into the socket until it clicks into place. Slide the retaining ring around the bulb and rotate it clockwise to secure it.
Plug the electrical connector into the back of the unit. Slide the headlight assembly back into the Ranger. Push the retaining pins back down to secure the headlight assembly.
Replacing Your headlight bulb seem to be easy when You look at it, but quite technical. But If You get the proper guide, I think fixing this will not be difficult for You. You will be needing these instruments to fix this(Flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, 3/8 inch drive ratchet, 3/8 inch drive 10 mm socket, Replacement bulb(s), Shop rags or towel), then You carefully follow the steps below to fix this:
Turn the steering wheel all the way in toward the engine on the side you are changing the light bulb in. For the driver's side bulb replacement, turn the steering wheel all the way to the right. For the passenger side bulb replacement, turn the steering wheel all the way to the left.
Turn the ignition switch to the off position and remove the keys. Make sure the light switch is in the off position.
Remove the retaining clips and screws from the front of the wheel well area, including the bottom splash shield valance underneath the front of the Maxima. The valance is attached to the wheel well and can be left intact. Use the Phillips head screwdriver for the screws and the flathead screwdriver to pop up the center post of the clips and then pry the clips out. Remove enough of the clips to gain access into the front fender cavity.
Locate and turn the outer low-beam headlight cover counterclockwise to remove it. This will reveal the bulb and socket.
Turn the bulb counterclockwise to remove it from the headlight assembly.
Release the retaining pin (if applicable for theft deterrent package).
Remove the wire harness plug from the bulb socket and then remove the bulb.
Insert the new bulb into the socket without touching the glass of the bulb. Reverse the procedure to reinstall.
But if it is the high beams bulb You want to replace, then please follow the steps below, It is the same instruments as before You will be needing to do this job.
Release the hood latch if you're replacing the high beam bulb only. Then lift the hood. Locate the two 10 millimeter bolts at the top of the headlight assembly and remove them with the ratchet and the socket.
Locate the four fascia retaining pins and remove them using the flathead screwdriver. This will allow flexible movement of the fascia to remove the headlight assembly.
Place a shop rag or towel between the tight gap of the fascia and the bottom of the headlight assembly to prevent scratching the fascia.
Maneuver the headlight assembly forward away from the front of the Maxima. There is a guide pin still retaining the assembly in place so apply equal parts of determination and gentleness to remove the assembly without scratching the lens or the fascia.
Remove the headlight assembly far enough to get your hand behind it and remove the seal from the back of the high-beam headlight. Turn the seal counterclockwise to remove.
Turn the bulb counterclockwise to remove from the assembly.
Release the retaining pin (if applicable).
Unplug the wire harness from the light bulb and remove the light bulb.
Plug the new replacement bulb into the wire harness without touching the glass of the bulb.
Reinstall by reversing the procedure.
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Loom? The 1990 Models were mixed. Before that the whole head light was replaced. In the 2000 year models you need to locate the collar on the back of the head light, turn it counter clockwise and remove the bulb from the headlight assembly. Unplug bulb and replace then reverse the process to install. If you use the little machine that Walmart usually keep near the replacement bulbs in the Automotive section you can get verification of what type you have if your not sure. You will need to know the Year and model of your vehicle.
this is going to sound crazy but remove the passenger side headlight you will see the bucket assembly that the light sits in it,s plastic at the bottom of light bucket trim out a little hole about three or four inch square once removed you will see the fan relay held in by two screws if you don,t cut hole for access you will have to remove front bumper cover assembly alot of work and the hole deal is better it does,nt hurt a thing once headlight is back in you will never know little hole is there this is a tremendous time saver hope this helps
Sounds odd to me. I have never heard of a 'light bucket'. Perhaps you're referring to the complete headlight casing. The whole unit should not need to be replaced unless it it broken and allowing rain to enter. If the housing is not cracked the headlight bulb is the first thing to suspect.