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    Just bought a 1998 firebird for 3000 CA. Body is a blue/green, recently painted with after market ram air hood. Body is 9.8/10. Interior is a 9.5/10, cloth interior with aftermarket pioneer deck. It has a 3.8 liter v6 l35 with magnaflow cat back dual exhaust. 4 speed auto. T-tops. Only issue is the common problem with the plastic gear for the headlights but other than that, a tune up and a good cleaning it's good as new. Took it out for a rip and it definitely puts you back in seat. I am unsure about whether the gear needs to be replaced and if so can it wait till next summer?

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    it also has newer all season tires.

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    Quote Originally Posted by legomansk12 View Post
    Just bought a 1998 firebird for 3000 CA. Body is a blue/green, recently painted with after market ram air hood. Body is 9.8/10. Interior is a 9.5/10, cloth interior with aftermarket pioneer deck. It has a 3.8 liter v6 l35 with magnaflow cat back dual exhaust. 4 speed auto. T-tops. Only issue is the common problem with the plastic gear for the headlights but other than that, a tune up and a good cleaning it's good as new. Took it out for a rip and it definitely puts you back in seat. I am unsure about whether the gear needs to be replaced and if so can it wait till next summer?
    If you are going to drive it then yes the headlight gear needs to be replaced. As the final teeth get eaten up the headlight motors will do all sorts of weird and annoying stuff and if they get stuck in the wrong position could either leave you without headlights when you need them or could possibly harm the headlight motor which is a much more expensive part to replace. You can go through the hassle of opening the gear cover and trying to flip the plastic gear 180 degrees (gear only uses one side to make the lights go up and down) but if you are going to get into the gear box you might as well do it right one time and not have to worry about it again by buying the brass or aluminum replacement gears. If you need a source for the gears shoot me a PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjgreen6 View Post
    If you are going to drive it then yes the headlight gear needs to be replaced. As the final teeth get eaten up the headlight motors will do all sorts of weird and annoying stuff and if they get stuck in the wrong position could either leave you without headlights when you need them or could possibly harm the headlight motor which is a much more expensive part to replace. You can go through the hassle of opening the gear cover and trying to flip the plastic gear 180 degrees (gear only uses one side to make the lights go up and down) but if you are going to get into the gear box you might as well do it right one time and not have to worry about it again by buying the brass or aluminum replacement gears. If you need a source for the gears shoot me a PM.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sjgreen6 View Post
    If you are going to drive it then yes the headlight gear needs to be replaced. As the final teeth get eaten up the headlight motors will do all sorts of weird and annoying stuff and if they get stuck in the wrong position could either leave you without headlights when you need them or could possibly harm the headlight motor which is a much more expensive part to replace. You can go through the hassle of opening the gear cover and trying to flip the plastic gear 180 degrees (gear only uses one side to make the lights go up and down) but if you are going to get into the gear box you might as well do it right one time and not have to worry about it again by buying the brass or aluminum replacement gears. If you need a source for the gears shoot me a PM.
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    Congrats and welcome to the site! Will you be winter driving the new ride?

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    thanks! I won't be driving it in winter very much, but it will be outside as we don't have a garage.

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    That's good as our cars are not known for their winter prowess. Any plans for modifications?

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