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Headlights noisy when the headlights go down ,after they are down a loud ratcheting noise continues for about ten seconds.they go up and down ok they are just noisy.

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    I HAVE A 98 WS6 FIREBIRD FORMULA WITH ONLY 9K MILES, YES ONLY 9K. MY R/S HEADLAMP MAKES ALOT OF NOISE WHEN SHUT DOWN, ALSO WHEN I CLICK MY ALARM, THE HEADLAMPS GO UP AND DOWN. CAR IS STOCK,NEVER IN AN ACCIDENT. I HAD SPRAYED WD40 NEAR THE HEADLAMP HINGES FOR ROUTINE MAINTINANCE,DID THIS CAUSE THE PROBLEM I HAVE??

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I had this problem last year. I bought third generation metal gears. They worked out great. The problem is definatley in those plastic/nylon gears. It is pretty common. Not really hard to change out either. Spend the extra couple bucks and get the metal gears and you shouldn't have to deal with the problem again.

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I had to replace both headlight motors. Don't waste your time and effort with discount auto supply chains; I did and the "rebuilt" chinese piece of **** split in half. Spend the money and get one from the dealer.

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It sounds like you have a headlight motor gear problem. Most likely the nylon gear is stripped. Since only 1/2 of the gear is used it will slip over the worm gear until it catches the half that is not stripped. There is an article at http://www.bfranker.badz28.com/headlightfix/index.htm that addresses this with a free headlight fix article. I tried this but my gear was too far gone so I had to install a new one. If you have to go that route you will find that if you order one from your local Pontiac dealer it will run you around $300. I found a rebuilt motor at www.partsamerica.com for $93.49 and you can return the old core to your local Advance Auto Parts, Checker Auto Parts, Shuck's Auto Supply or Kragen Auto Parts and receive a $13.50 core refund.

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