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post #1 of 42 (permalink) Old 10-01-2010, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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How-To: Headlamp Removal

Front Wheelhouse Panel Splash Shield

1. Remove 4 screws (1).
2. Remove 9 plastic retainers (2).
3. Remove the front wheelhouse panel splash shield (3).

Tighten screw (1) to 2 Nm (18 lb in).


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post #2 of 42 (permalink) Old 10-01-2010, 08:21 PM Thread Starter
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Re: Headlamp Replacement

Front Compartment Sight Shield

1. Remove 10 bolts (1).
2. Remove 4 plastic retainers (2).
3. Remove the front compartment sight shield (3)

Tighten bolt (1) to 2 Nm (18 lb in).


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Re: Headlamp Replacement

Engine Splash Shields (is this necessary?)

1. Remove the retainers.
2. Remove the engine splash shield (passenger side and driver side shown).



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Re: Headlamp Replacement

Front Bumper Fascia

1. Remove bolt (1), accessible from underneath the wheelhouse.
2. Loosen bolt (2).
3. Pull the front fascia (3) to disconnect from the fender side.
4. Pull up on the front fascia (4) to disconnect from the upper fender.
5. Disconnect any electrical connectors.

Tighten bolt (1) and bolt (2) to 6 Nm (53 lb in).


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Re: Headlamp Replacement

Front Bumper Fascia Bracket

1. Remove 2 bolts (1).
2. Remove the front bumper fascia bracket (2).

Tighten bolt (1) to 6 Nm (53 lb in).


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Re: Headlamp Replacement

Headlamp

1. Remove 2 screws (1).
2. Pull forward on the outside edge of the headlamp in order to release the up and down locator tabs on the backside of the headlamp.
3. Pull forward on the top inside edge of the headlamp to release the inboard up/down locator.
4. Pull the headlamp assembly down.
5. Pull the headlamp assembly forward far enough to access the electrical connection.
6. Disconnect the headlamp electrical connector from the forward lamp harness connector.
7. Remove the headlamp assembly (2).

Tighten screw (1) to 3 Nm (27 lb in).


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I thought it'd be good to have our own procedure so we can refine it as we go along. Please post your own tricks and shortcuts.
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Re: Headlamp Replacement

This should help alot of members out, good job.

Looking at all that needs to be done to change a bulb makes me sick. Not looking forward to doing it on the wife's Malibu when one goes.

I turned off the DRL's, which should extend the life of the bulbs.

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Re: Headlamp Replacement

so this is what it takes to change the bulbs as well if so that is the most thing overly annoying. great write up and all looks like it cam right out the repair book form gm. but im going to be pissed if this is going to be what it takes!!!!
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Re: Headlamp Replacement

You may want to be pissed now and get it over with, then. To change the headlights you have to remove the headlight housing. To do that you have to remove the bumper cover.


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