Replacing front headlight bulb . Instructions for
With the hood open, you will see a long flat flexible plastic cover
running across the front, above the headlights. It is riveted in with
plastic rivets. Hold the outer part of the rivet, and pull up the
center part. Then remove the whole rivet. Remove the plastic cover.
(When you put it back on, insert the outer part in the hole, then press
the center part down into each rivet.)
You will see a sidelamp and headlight assembly. Look down
between the sidelamp and headlight, there should be a black plastic
clip or latch that holds the side lamp to the headlight. (The clip is
down a hole, in the bracket holding the headlight to the body). You
will probably need a long screw drive to get down in the hole to
release the clip. And maybe a flash light to see down the hole. Put
just enough pressure to release the latch, it is plastic, and if you
press to hard it could break. Once released the side lamp will pop
forward a bit. The sidelamp section can be pulled forward. a bit.
However, there is a long plastic part on the Sidelamp Section that
slides into a metal hole in the Fender. It will break if you try to pry
the sidelamp section out sideways.
Next you will see two top-mounted bolts holding the Headlight
Assembly in place which can easily be accessed and removed. Removing
the bolts will loosen the entire headlight assembly.
Some instruction say you can remove the headlight and side
assembly as a unit. Do not do this! If you try to remove the headlight
assembly without detaching the sidelamp you could break either of the
lights or the connection assembly.
The Bulb Assembly twists out of the back of the Headlight
Assembly, and the bulb can then be replaced. Be careful not to touch
the bulb with your hands or with any grease.
Many of the parts are plastic and can break, so do this
carefully and patiently. It sounds a little complicated, but once you
learn how, the whole job only takes about 20 minutes.
Hope helped. (remember rated this).
Oct 19, 2009 |
2002 Chevrolet Cavalier Coupe