Repair Pontiac Mid-size 1974-1983 Repair Guide

Headlights

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION





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Fig. Fig. 1 Example of typical headlight and parking light mounting-1981 LeMans and Grand Prix shown



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Fig. Fig. 2 To remove the sealed beam headlight, remove the bezel retaining screws ...



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Fig. Fig. 3 ... then remove the headlight bezel assembly



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Fig. Fig. 4 Remove the retaining ring screws. Using a magnetic screwdriver can prevent lost screws



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Fig. Fig. 5 Remove the retaining ring and pull the headlight from its mounting ...



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Fig. Fig. 6 ... then unplug the headlight assembly electrical connector

  1. Remove the headlight bezel (outer trim around sealed beam).
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  3. Remove the sealed beam retainer ring screws and the retainer ring.
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  5. Lift the sealed beam out and disconnect it from the electrical connector. If the car is equipped with monitor lights, remove the rubber sleeve from the bulb and retain it.
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  7. To install, connect the sealed beam to the electrical connector, and re-install the monitor light sleeve if equipped. Hold the sealed beam in place and install the retaining ring and screws. Install the headlight bezel and adjust headlight aim.
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AIMING



The headlights must be properly aimed to provide the best, safest road illumination. The lights should be checked for proper aim, and adjusted if necessary, after installing a new sealed beam unit or if the front end sheet metal has been replaced. Certain state and local authorities have requirements for headlight aiming and you should check these before adjusting.

The car's fuel tank should be about half full when adjusting the headlights. Tires should be properly inflated, and if a heavy load is carried in the trunk or in the cargo area of station wagons, it should remain there.

Horizontal and vertical aiming of each sealed beam unit is provided by two adjusting screws, which move the mounting ring in the body against the tension of the coil spring. There is no adjustment for focus; this is done during headlight manufacturing.



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Fig. Fig. 7 When aiming the headlights, make sure not to confuse the aim screws with the retaining screws

 
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