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How to replace the headlight assembly

I need to remove and replace the entire assembly: containing headlight, turn signals and running/park lights.
I need step-by-step instructions on how to perform this on my 2001 Dodge Dakota P-U, (2WD, Quad Cab, 3.9L V-6 eng).
Can you help me ?

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  • W R Crisp Jul 13, 2010

    I asked for detailed diagrams to accompany the instructions and asked HOW MANY bolts attached the headlight assembly to the "inner fender panel"; however NO answer was given.
    NO diagram was provided.
    Please, help.

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Tools required.T-10 torx driver at least 3 inches long.
10mm socket and 1/4" drive with looong extension (6" min).
Flashlight.
Procedure (works on either side):
1. Raise hood.
2. Loosen the rubber flashing on the engine side of the light assembly--pop the grommets out.
3. Remove T-10 (Torx) screw located at the intersection of the up-side down "T" created by the turn signal, parking light, and headlamp.
4. Wiggle out the "L" shaped turn signal/parking light assembly.
5. Remove 3 - 10mm screws holding the main headlight assembly. Two are under the assembly, and one is in-board toward the engine.
NOTE: The alignment screws are never touched in this process so the headlight will go back in exactly the same location as before--no aiming required.
6. In the outside corner of the headlight assembly is a swivel that functions with the aiming screws. It has to be popped out of socket. A gentle outward tug is all that is required.
7. Rotate the locking collar on the lamp, remove the lamp from the lens.
8. Replace 3 - 10 mm screws--take care to place the parking light and turn signal harness in the center between the two bottom screws. They fit under the headlight support frame.
9. Slide turn signal/parking light "L" assembly back in place - note there are alignment slots on the side and across the top of this assembly.
REMOVAL
Disconnect and isolate the battery negative cable.
Remove the bolts attaching headlamp to the inner fender panel (Headlamp).
Grasp the headlamp and firmly pull the headlamp to disengage it from the panel.
Disengage the connector from the headlamp bulb.
Separate bulb from headlamp.
Remove the bulb sockets from the front park/turn signal/side marker lamps.
Separate headlamp module from vehicle.
Slide the turnsignal/ side marker light assembly forward. This assembly is attached to the side and bottom of the headlight assembly. Pulling forward on the assembly it will drop when it clears the headlight slots it's hanging on.Twist each of the light sockets until they come loose of the assembly. Remove the assembly. There is a ball and socket "fastner"(?)still holding the assembly onto the vehicle. Gently pull the headlight from the inside (outer edge closest to the radiator) to the outside and the ball will pop loose. The bulb has a connector with a two prong tab on itLift the two prongs (not too far up!) and pull the connector loose. This connector may not come willingly. YANK on it if you have to. (not on the wires!)

  • Once the connector is removed you have a headlight assembly in your hand with the bulb still in it.
Detach the electrical connector from the turn signal housing and remove the housing from the Dakota. You will now be able to access the screws on the headlight assembly.

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Removal & Installation To Remove:

  1. Before servicing the vehicle, refer to the precautions at the beginning of this section.
  2. Open hood.
  3. Remove or disconnect the following: how to replace the headlight assembly - dod_trk_headlampassy.gif

    • Bolts attaching headlamp to the inner fender panel
    • Headlamp by pulling the headlamp to disengage it from the panel
    • Connector from the headlamp bulb
    • Bulb from headlamp
    • Bulb sockets from the front park/turn signal/side marker lamps
    • Headlamp module from vehicle
To Install:
CAUTION
Do not touch the bulb glass with fingers or other oily surfaces.
  1. Install or connect the following:
    • Bulb sockets for the front park/turn signal/side marker lamps
    • Connector to the headlamp bulb
    • Headlamp in inner fender panel
    • Bolts attaching headlamp to the panel
Aiming When adjusted properly, the lights should not glare in oncoming traffic's windshields, nor should they illuminate the passenger compartment of vehicles driving in front of you.
CAUTION
When headlights are replaced or any time front-end work is performed on the vehicle, the headlights should be aimed using the proper equipment. Headlights not properly aimed can make it virtually impossible to see and may blind other drivers on the road, causing injury or death.
  1. Park the vehicle on a level-surface, with the fuel tank about 1/2 full and with the vehicle empty of all extra cargo (unless normally carried)
    • The vehicle should be facing a wall that is no less than six feet (1.8m) high and 12 feet (3.7m) wide
    • The front of the vehicle should be about 25 feet from the wall
    • If aiming is to be performed outdoors, wait until dusk to properly see the headlight beams on the wall
    • If done in a garage, darken the area around the wall as much as possible by closing shades or hanging cloth over windows
  2. Turn the headlights ON.
  3. Mark the wall at the center of each light's low beam.
  4. Turn on the high beams and mark the center of each headlight's high beam.
  5. A short length of masking tape that is visible from the front of the vehicle may be used. NOTE: Although marking all four positions is advisable, marking one position from each light should be sufficient.
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    High-beam headlight pattern alignment tcca6gz5.gif

  6. Perform the necessary repairs.
  7. Turn the headlights ON.
  8. Adjust the beams to match the marks on the wall.
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  • W R Crisp Jul 13, 2010

    How many bolts are there holding the assembly in place? Is the upper righthand corner attachment some sort of "snap-in-place" gizmo or what?

    Can you provide me with a detailed DIAGRAM ?

  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Jul 13, 2010

    Sorry, but there are diagrams available, but they're all x'd out on the screen like they did not transfer

    when I cut and pasted from my online resource.



    OK,





  • Duane Wong
    Duane Wong Jul 13, 2010

    If you want a diagram through fixya.com I don't think their memory is large enough to display it.

    You may have to buy the book on it from Haynes or Chilton or the service manual from the manufacturer. Sorry.



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