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I replace the headlight motor on a 94 firebird.i have power on both sides of the plug but the motor does not turn

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If your headlight motor is spinning but the headlight is not going up on your 87-92 firebird, the plastic bushings inside the motor over the years have been ground to dust. But save the $175 for a new motor and for less than $10 repair your motor.
The repair is not difficult. You need to go on Ebay and you will find several offerings for new small plastic bushings for sale, in sets of 3 or 6. You need 3 for each headlight. They usually cost about $3-6.00 plus shipping. Buy a set. Buy extra for a future repair if you want.
You need to first raise the bad headlight by spinning the knob on top of the motor. Then you remove the plastic case around the headlight. Remove the two screws on each side, and ease the plastic off and set aside. There are 4 bolts holding the headlight assembly to the car, remove those bolts, and unhook the headlight plug, unplug the headlight motor plug, and pull out the entire headlight assembly with the motor attached.
There are 3 long bolts holding the motor to the headlight bracket, remove those bolts, and also the bolt holding the motor to the arm on the back. The headlight motor is now free and separate. There are 3 or 4 small bolts holding the large black round outside case on one side of the motor. carefully remove those bolts, they are fragile, and then carefully open the motor. You have to wiggle it, but it will come off. there is a gasket, try not to damage it.
Inside the motor there is one large round white plastic gear, and probably a lot of whitish plastic powder. This is the remains of the 3 round plastic pieces that fell apart over time, the reason your headlight motor spins but the headlight does not go up. Carefully pull off and out the large round white gear, and then clean out all the plastic shavings from inside the motor case. When everything is clean, you need to reinsert the large gear with the 3 new bushings in the 3 locations in the gear, carefully replace the black cover and the bolts, and then in reverse order reassemble everything back on the car.
After you have done this repair once, it is very easy the 2nd time. I have probably repaired 30-40 motors over the past 10 years this way, and the repair is good for many years. I have repaired and keep as spares 4-8 extra motors that I acquired "Broken" for free or a few dollars, and fixed this way. Whenever I buy another firebird with bad headlight motors I just pull the bad motors and replace them with the spares, and then repair the bad ones when I have time.

on Feb 11, 2010 | Pontiac Firebird Cars & Trucks

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My lights turn on but will not flip up. What should I try in order to fix this problem?

Go by the headlight and check to see if they are vacuum or power. If they are vacuum then check for vacuum leaks or the cylinder by the headlight. If they are power check for power by the headlight motor. If there is power by the headlight motor and the motor still does not work the motor is junk. If there is no power check fuses, relays and wiring. Than

Mar 07, 2011 | 1993 Pontiac Firebird

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Is there a fuse or what controls the head lights on a 91 firebird

The motors are the most common problems, the fuse for the headlamp motors are for both

Jul 12, 2009 | 1991 Pontiac Firebird

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My 1999 firebird hideaway headlight on the driver side makes a loud grinding sound when it goes down. Why would it do that.

u will need to replace the headlight motor drive assmebly, it is self contained with motor and gears

Jun 17, 2009 | 1985 Pontiac Firebird

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Where is the fuse for headlight motor for 92 pontiac firebird

There is a controller mounted on the firewall just above the power brake booster.. It is has the word "Guide" on it. Make sure this unit has power. If this unit checks out, then the problem is in the headlight switch itself.

Mar 24, 2009 | 1992 Pontiac Firebird

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Niether driver or passenger headlights will pop up or turn on

It could be the motors that raise up the headlights are dead. Try replacing those and check the connectors to the motors for any damage. Also use a volt meter to see if the motor is getting any power and work from there. I know when mine was starting to go out it made a terrible noise when the headlight came down and then I could not just turn on my fog lights without the headlight coming up on the light with the motor that was going out. Hope this helps you out.

Nov 13, 2008 | 2001 Pontiac Firebird

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Ouch!  If both are doing it, I don't have a clue; I'm pretty sure that the motors are shut off by limit switches, similar to how wipers 'park' themselves and are probably adjustable although they may have gotten grime in the swtiches (should be sealed though) causing them to not contact properly. 

Oct 05, 2008 | 1994 Pontiac Firebird

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Headlight won't pop up

Assuming the headlight housing is not damaged, the motor or the relay may be at fault. Try switching the breakers (found under the hood- check your owner's manual for the exact location). Also check your fuses. If you can get the headlight to come up by switching the relay breakers, remove the breaker prior to turning off the lights. That might make the light stay up. There should be a small manual operator located behind the light housing that can be used to put up the light.

Jul 07, 2008 | 2001 Pontiac Firebird

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