GM Camaro/Firebird 1993-1998 Repair Guide

Headlights

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Chevrolet

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Open the hood of the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 1: Before removing or adjusting the headlights, make sure to read any applicable warnings

  1. Remove the headlight mounting bolts/screws.
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Fig. Fig. 2: Remove the headlight retaining ring screws

  1. Remove the headlight mounting ring.
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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove or reposition the headlight mounting ring

  1. Partially pull the headlight capsule out, then detach the electrical connector.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Pull the headlight out, unplug the electrical connector, then remove the headlight from the vehicle

  1. Remove the headlight capsule assembly from the vehicle.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Headlight capsule mounting for the Camaro

To install:
  1. Attach the headlight electrical connector, then position the headlight capsule in the vehicle.
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If replacing the headlight mounting ring, transfer the vertical level indicator (if undamaged) to the new mounting ring.

  1. Install the headlight mounting ring, then install with the retaining bolts/screws and tighten them securely.
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Fig. Fig. 6: Make sure to tighten the headlight mounting ring retaining screws securely

  1. Close the hood, then connect the negative battery cable and check headlight operation.
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Pontiac

See Figure 7

  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. Open the hood.
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  5. If necessary, raise the headlight by turning the knob on top of the headlight motor.
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  7. Unfasten the headlight bezel retaining screws, then remove the bezel.
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  9. Remove the bolts/screws securing the mounting ring to the headlight opening housing, then remove the mounting ring.
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Fig. Fig. 7: Exploded view of the headlight and retaining ring mounting-Firebird

  1. Unplug the headlight electrical connector, then remove the headlight from the vehicle.
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To install:
  1. Attach the connector to the replacement headlight, then position the unit in place making sure the number molded into the lens face is at the top.
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  3. Position the retaining/mounting ring in place, secure with the ring retaining screws and tighten securely.
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  5. Place the headlight bezel into position. The top of the bezel must be flush with the inner surface of the headlight opening door. Install the bezel retaining screws and tighten to 15 inch lbs. (1.7 Nm).
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  7. If raised, lower the headlight, then close the hood.
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  9. Connect the negative battery cable, then check the headlight operation.
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AIMING



See Figures 8 and 9

The headlights must be properly aimed to provide the best, safest road illumination. The lights should be checked for proper aim and adjusted as necessary. Certain state and local authorities have requirements for headlight aiming; these should be checked before adjustment is made.


CAUTION
About once a year, when the headlights are replaced or any time front end work is performed on your vehicle, the headlight should be accurately aimed by a reputable repair shop using the proper equipment. Headlights not properly aimed can make it virtually impossible to see and may blind other drivers on the road, possibly causing an accident. Note that the following procedure is a temporary fix, until you can take your vehicle to a repair shop for a proper adjustment.

Headlight adjustment may be temporarily made using a wall, as described below, or on the rear of another vehicle. When adjusted, the lights should not glare in oncoming car or truck windshields, nor should they illuminate the passenger compartment of vehicles driving in front of you. These adjustments are rough and should always be fine-tuned by a repair shop which is equipped with headlight aiming tools. Improper adjustments may be both dangerous and illegal.

For most of the vehicles covered by this information, horizontal and vertical aiming of each sealed beam unit is provided by two adjusting screws which move the retaining ring and adjusting plate against the tension of a coil spring. There is no adjustment for focus; this is done during headlight manufacturing.

Because the composite headlight assembly is bolted into position, no adjustment should be necessary or possible. Some applications, however, may be bolted to an adjuster plate or may be retained by adjusting screws. If so, follow this procedure when adjusting the lights, BUT always have the adjustment checked by a reputable shop.

Before removing the headlight bulb or disturbing the headlamp in any way, note the current settings in order to ease headlight adjustment upon reassembly. If the high or low beam setting of the old lamp still works, this can be done using the wall of a garage or a building:

  1. Park the vehicle on a level surface, with the fuel tank about 1 / 2 full and with the vehicle empty of all extra cargo (unless normally carried). The vehicle should be facing a wall which is no less than 6 feet (1.8m) high and 12 feet (3.7m) wide. The front of the vehicle should be about 25 feet from the wall.
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  1. If aiming is to be performed outdoors, it is advisable to wait until dusk in order to properly see the headlight beams on the wall. If done in a garage, darken the area around the wall as much as possible by closing shades or hanging cloth over the windows.
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  3. Turn the headlights ON and mark the wall at the center of each light's low beam, then switch on the brights and mark the center of each light's high beam. A short length of masking tape which is visible from the front of the vehicle may be used. Although marking all four positions is advisable, marking one position from each light should be sufficient.
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Fig. Fig. 8: Visual headlight aim preparation



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Fig. Fig. 9: Visual headlight aim limits

  1. If neither beam on one side is working, and if another like-sized vehicle is available, park the second one in the exact spot where the vehicle was and mark the beams using the same-side light. Then switch the vehicles so the one to be aimed is back in the original spot. It must be parked no closer to or farther away from the wall than the second vehicle.
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  3. Perform any necessary repairs, but make sure the vehicle is not moved, or is returned to the exact spot from which the lights were marked. Turn the headlights ON and adjust the beams to match the marks on the wall.
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  5. Have the headlight adjustment checked as soon as possible by a reputable repair shop.
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