Question about 2001 Dodge Dakota
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 ?
Tools required.T-10 torx driver at least 3 inches long.
10mm socket and 1/4" drive with looong extension (6" min).
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 it. Lift 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!)
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Posted on Jul 13, 2010
Removal & Installation
Do not touch the bulb glass with fingers or other oily surfaces.
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.
Low-beam headlight pattern alignment
High-beam headlight pattern alignment
Posted on Jul 13, 2010
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