That diagram is pretty helpful. You just have to figure it out first. Lol
Jack up the car and take off the wheel.
Take off all the pop-rivots and screws holding the wheel well in place.
Take the wheel well completely off.
The front bumper is held on by two bolts/screws, take those out and that side of the bumper will slide out (you will have to give it some force.
The headlight is held in by two bolts. Take those out, and then the headlight will slide out (with a little bit of force).
Good luck with it.
Yea, I had a loose connection on my 09 bu headlight when we first got it. I took it to the dealer figuring it was a quick fix...... they ended up keeping the car overnight. I stopped in at the shop and looked at it and it looked like the whole front end was off of the car.
I thought there was a federal reg for how long it it should take the average person to change a broken headlamp, like 15 minutes. It should not take an hour to change a bulb, especially at night in the middle of nowhere! Something has to be done!
Are you serious? You have to completely remove the headlight assembly just to change the bulb? WTF!
I just looked at the owners manual for our 06 and it says you just have to lift the hood then unscrew the 2 bolts holding the headlight in then take the headlight out and replace the bulbs.
Why the hell would they make it so damn complicated on the newer Malibus?
Don't all you new Bu owners feel like this is the only car that you have to take the front bumper off to change a bulb. I used to own a 02 Nissan Altima that you also had to take the bumper off to change a bulb. Just look at the configuration of most of the new cars and just how many do you think have the same problem?
Form over function I guess. I do remember my dad had a Sentra that required removal of the entire air intake to replace one of the headlights. I am not looking forward to this process on the Malibu, maybe they just want to ensure repair shops get some business. Does anyone have a picture guide to the bumper removal/light bulb change out process?