how to change a head light in a 2001 grand am?

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  • 1 decade ago
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    My girlfriend has a 02 Grand Am and this job is kinda stupid. You have to take the headlight assembly out of the car!

    First, remove the plastic trim between the front grille and the rad support. There's about a dozen plastic push clips that have to come out.

    Next, pull up on the black painted sheet metal retaining clip(s), there might be two, I don't remember anymore. It's about 1-1/4" wide and bent at 90 degrees. If it's rusty, use a prybar against a block of wood on the rad support to lift it up. It needs to come up a few inches, then the whole headlight will come out.

    I recommend replacing all of the bulbs at the same time (yellow wedge bulbs too), because you've done so much work just to get to the headlight bulb, it would suck to have to do it again in a few months because your corner marker bulb burnt out.

    Reverse the procedure to put it all back together. Make sure you get the adjuster mechanism lined up before you push the clips back down to secure the headlamp assembly.

  • 1 decade ago

    If memeory serves me correctly,

    Open the hood and you will see two black knobs about the size of a milk bottle cap. Undo these and the entire assembly will come out to access the bulb in the back . Undo the large black ring on the back of the assembly and gently pull the bulb out. Reverse the process for installation.

    NOTE

    Dont touch the new bulb with your hands......

    The oils on your hands will effect the life of the bulb.

    Hope this helps

  • Anonymous
    1 decade ago

    it`s a bulb and you get to it under the hood you may have to take out the battery or what ever is on the other side to do this

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