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This is a discussion on Flip Up Lights Noise within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; When I turn of my headlights the motor for the lights makes a grrrrr sound for about 5 seconds then ...

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    When I turn of my headlights the motor for the lights makes a grrrrr sound for about 5 seconds then shuts off. Im not sure how to fix this can anyone help me?

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    the gears in the head light moter are going or gone bad. if ur going to keep the car for life get brass gear if u going to keep for few more years and sell it get plastic gears like the stock ones

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    Yeah, the gears are stripped. That headlight motor electrical circuit has a circuit breaker that shuts off current when it reaches a certain amp load, when it doesn't see that amp load (because of stripped gearing or whatever) then it has a timer in the circuit to shut the current off after 5 or 6 seconds.

    I fixed mine with the Rodney Dickman repair kit, put in a new aluminum gear for my left headlight, the right one is still factory. There is a way to move the gear to a new, non-stripped part of the OE plastic gear, you disconnect the linkage to the headlight door, then manually spin the motor until the linkage connects again, this will work for a while. But the best thing is to replace the gear. A lot cheaper than getting a new motor assembly, and only a little harder to do.

    Search this forum, there are a lot of threads talking about this and how to fix it.

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    ha!! i remember this was my first question on this forum when i started...damn.

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    my car does the same thing when i turn the lights off. been doing this for four years now. i just dont pay it any attention. if anyone thinks that it is the gears or can be adjusted let me know.

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    I'm book markin it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 95Firebirdred View Post
    my car does the same thing when i turn the lights off. been doing this for four years now. i just dont pay it any attention. if anyone thinks that it is the gears or can be adjusted let me know.
    Yup. Sure sounds like the gears are stripped.

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