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Change headlights 96 oldsmobile 88

It seems there is not much open space

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  • Anonymous Feb 07, 2009

    have same issue with 97 aurora. I can change the high beam lights but the low beams give me no room to even fit a pinky. Im wondering how i pull the low beam bulbs out???

  • Anonymous Mar 27, 2014

    Do not know how to turn on and off the headlights on my 1996 oldsmobile 88



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I own a 96 Oldsmobile 88. Under the hood, at the very nose of the car there is a black plastic cover in front of the hood release. It is the width of the car. It is held down by at least four very small Phillips head screws and one or two black plastic plugs. after removing the cover, you will find three clips on the rear of each headlight assembly. The easy way to remove these is to rotate each one 90 degrees then push it off of its pin. The headlights assemblies slide forward out of their mounts and the bulbs can be quickly and easily swapped. Reassembly is the reverse, all pieces are reusable and the only tool you need is the one screwdriver (and maybe a stick magnet in case you drop a screw or clip).

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The '96 (and the 'Regency' models from the '90s) have a plastic fascia that is just a bit flexible. First you remove the two twist pins atop the headlamp assembly, then you remove the two fascia screws on either side of that.

You will then be able to tilt the headlamp assembly forward while lifting the tabs from their slots on the bottom rear, and tease the whole assembly out of the car. If your problem is a burnt out hi beam, remove the bulb closest to the center grille of the car and replace with a fresh 9005 bulb. If replacing a lo beam bulb, remove the bulb closest to the side marker light and replace with a fresh 9006 bulb. Many experts advise you to buy your lo beams or hi beams in pairs, and replace both at the same time. This is especially good advice if you're using standard bulbs that are under $15 for a pair. If you're using expensive aftermarket bulbs then you might just want to replace the one that burns out. As long as both bulbs are the same make and model then they should throw a matching pattern, color and intensity.

When you reverse the process, make sure you get both tabs of your headlamp assembly back in their slots. Go ahead and replace the twist pins on your headlamps but don't screw in the grille screws until you turn on your lights and check your aim on the back wall of your garage. If everything looks good then button it up and you're good to go.

I use PIAA bulbs in my cars, and polish the lenses. The difference in visibility is so striking, that here in an area with lots of deer it only makes sense. These PIAA super white bulbs light up deer eyes so much brighter, and so much farther out, that I have been far more aware of animals in and near the roadway since I've been using these. They are expensive but absolutely worth it for my situation. In a more urban environment they're probably overkill. You can get some very nice GE or Sylvania extra-bright bulbs for less than half the price and they will throw a very nice pattern for you.

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    sdgil May 25, 2012

    uh, oops, the '96 has a different fascia than the Regency cars. It needs to be tilted out to give you access to the headlamp assembly. The rest is similar, and the bulbs you need are identical.




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Some cars have a plastic cover over the headlight area, all you do is pull it off. it's velcro. you don't need much room because all you need to do is twist the bulb and pull it out.

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