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Old 08-28-2012, 06:03 PM   #1
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Hey Guys,

I've been lurking here for years since my family had a 2006 'bu and now also an '11.

I just finished creating a detailed write up of the headlight bulb replacement process on our 7th gen Malibu.

I took 105 pictures to make it easy for anyone to get this done without spending $$$ at the dealership ().

I uploaded the gallery here - 2008-2012 Chevy Malibu Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide

It's a time consuming process, but relatively easy once you do it once.

I hope someone finds it to be useful.


It felt so good to finally pull away the bumper cover and get to that headlight assembly after 30 minutes of work.
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Thanks for sharing that! It really shows a helpful and generous attitude.
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Old 08-29-2012, 07:42 AM   #3
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Thanks

I just hope it helps some people avoid an unnecessary trip to the dealership.

I had a shop neglect to fill up my transmission fluid on my first new car (2001 Pontiac Grand Prix GTP) during its 60k mile service. Their mistake cost me $2,800 for a tranny rebuild.

I decided after that experience that I would always do all my own maintenance.
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Old 08-29-2012, 04:52 PM   #4
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Default Re: 08-12 Malibu Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide With 105 Pictures

I still can't believe they made you guys take the damn bumper off to replace a headlight bulb. Crazy.
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Old 08-29-2012, 06:24 PM   #5
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Excellent!

Thanks for going to all the effort for us weekend mechanics, Paul79UF.
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Old 09-01-2012, 12:20 PM   #6
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Default Re: 08-12 Malibu Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide With 105 Pictures

Are the '13 Malibus the same way? Im hoping on them it doesnt require removing the bumper cover to change a headlight bulb haha
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Nope you don't have to do all that and we didn't have to on our 06 either.



Here are instructions for the 2013

1. For the driver side bulb, remove
the windshield washer bottle
filler neck by firmly pulling it
straight up and out of the bottle.
2. Remove the cap from the back
of the headlamp assembly by
turning it counterclockwise.
3. Disconnect the electrical
connector (A).
4. Disengage the spring clip (B)
from the bulb by pressing down
on the end and then swing
upward.
5. Remove the bulb from the lamp
assembly.
6. Install a new bulb in the lamp
assembly.
7. Install the spring clip (B).
8. Connect the electrical
connector (A).
9. Replace the cap from the back
of the headlamp assembly by
turning it clockwise.
10. For the driver side, reinstall
the windshield washer bottle
filler neck by firmly pushing it
straight into the bottle. Ensure
that the filler neck clip engages
into the underhood electrical
center retainer.

If replacing passenger side bulbs you can skip steps 1 and 10
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Old 09-01-2012, 10:45 PM   #8
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Default Re: 08-12 Malibu Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide With 105 Pictures

Thats good.. It was a pain to change the headlights on my '10 but it still wasnt all that bad.

Wait until the 08-12 Malibus are a few years old and headlight bulbs start going out. There will be alot of lazy people driving around with their brights on because they dont have the know how to take the bumper cover off to change them.
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Driving with their brights on - now that scares me!
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Default Re: 08-12 Malibu Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide With 105 Pictures

With some of these headlight bulbs some people are using it already looks like they are driving around with brights on all the time.
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