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I need to pull out the headlight assembly on a 2005 Pontiac Montana so I can replace the bulb. I see that there is one screw and a pin holding it in place, but even after taking these out I can not pull the assembly out far enough.

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Are you sure that you can't take the bulb out of the back of the housing without taking the whole light out? Most newer vehicles have a twist in or clipped in bulb so you don't have to pull the whole assembly. I would start there. Hope it helps

Posted on Sep 07, 2010

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  • larry_a_wils Sep 08, 2010

    I'm posititve. You can't get your hand in to twist the bulb to get it out.

  • scf1999 Oct 23, 2010

    same here, I couldn't take the assembly out after removing a screw and a pin. Who can help please?

  • larry_a_wils Oct 25, 2010

    I did get this resolved. After taking out the screw and pin, the headlight is being held in by a ball and socket. If you give it a yank, it will come out. Then when you're putting it back in, just push firmly to get the ball seated back in the socket and replace the screw and pin.

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I want to know how to change the bulb in my headlight of my 2005 pontiac montana?


1. Open the hood.

2. Remove the front turn signal/parking lamp
assembly. See Front Turn Signal, Sidemarker and
Parking Lamps on page 5-46.

3. Pull the assembly away from the vehicle.

4. Unscrew the black retainer ring that holds the bulb
assembly in place.

5. Pull the bulb assembly straight up from the
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6. Unhook the electrical connector by lifting up the
blue tabs and pulling the bulb out.

7. Install the new bulb through the black retainer ring
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8. Tighten the black retainer ring in place. Push the
bulb firmly enough so that the blue tabs hook over
the tab on the bulb.

9. Carefully put the bulb assembly back into the lamp
housing. Be careful not to damage the bulb on the
headlamp aiming bar.


Same guide is here in the manual along with pictures.

http://www.extendedgmwarranty.com/owners-manual/pontiac/2005-Pontiac-Montana.pdf

On page 370

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How to replace head light


The headlight replacement procedure.:---
  • Apply the parking brake and open the hood.The head is attached by thumb shaped screw.You will see the thumb screw on the upper inboard corner of the turn signal assembly Remove the screw with the screwdriver.Pull the turn signal assembly outward away from the fender and then disconnect the bulb.Turning the socket and wire 1/4- counterclockwise. Set the turn signal assembly aside.Disconnect the electrical connector plug from the headlight being replaced. Lift up on the blue retaining clip of the plug and pull it away from the socket of the headlight.Turn the black retaining collar of the headlight counterclockwise to remove it and the headlight from the headlight assembly.Install the new headlight by reversing the procedure.Replace the turn signal bulb into its assembly and reinstall the assembly and thumbscrew.

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