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    Headlamp ? (not about gears)

    Why is it that when I turn on the parking lamps my headlamp pop up?

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    The gears...

    Honestly...


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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshieDoom View Post
    The gears...

    Honestly...

    so you saying that when I turn on just the parking lamps the the headlamps will pop up because of a gear?

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    i think ls1tech has a great writeup on the fixes for the lights. and yes 90% of any problem you experience can be traced back to the gears.... although the one i was working on yesterday probably isn't. my passenger headlight door kept getting caught on the hood and it left lovely little surface scratches behind........ i checked the mounting of the light and it's already as far forward and down as it can get, unless i am missing an adjustment somewhere???? so i raised that side of the hood a little viola! problem solved.... for now. lol. AFAIK nobody has had this issue that i can see.... if its the gears i'll.... well i'll prob LMFAO

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    Quote Originally Posted by LSCyaL8R View Post
    i think ls1tech has a great writeup on the fixes for the lights. and yes 90% of any problem you experience can be traced back to the gears.... although the one i was working on yesterday probably isn't. my passenger headlight door kept getting caught on the hood and it left lovely little surface scratches behind........ i checked the mounting of the light and it's already as far forward and down as it can get, unless i am missing an adjustment somewhere???? so i raised that side of the hood a little viola! problem solved.... for now. lol. AFAIK nobody has had this issue that i can see.... if its the gears i'll.... well i'll prob LMFAO
    I am having this same problem. I adjusted to where it's not hitting, but it looks like shit...
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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshieDoom View Post
    The gears...

    Honestly...


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    Quote Originally Posted by Mieux97 View Post
    so you saying that when I turn on just the parking lamps the the headlamps will pop up because of a gear?
    Yep.

    Thanks GM

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    +3 it's the gears. We wouldn't lie to ya.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Too Fast View Post
    +3 it's the gears. We wouldn't lie to ya.
    Sooooo......when I correct the gear and turn on the parking lamps, the headlamps will no longer pop-up?

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    Will changing the gears magically solve my hood clearance issue!?!?! I mean seriously. How much can it possibly cost to make a metal gear? was it really worth saving half a cent or whatever? I love my car but some things just leave me scratchin my head

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    Yes would like to know also, it has done a bit of damage... Will get pics if needed.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mieux97 View Post
    Sooooo......when I correct the gear and turn on the parking lamps, the headlamps will no longer pop-up?
    yeah, it's a like a sign telling you you're gear is worn out or something. My car was doing that right before i had to change the motor.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jknelms View Post
    yeah, it's a like a sign telling you you're gear is worn out or something. My car was doing that right before i had to change the motor.
    ok...will check it out right now

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mieux97 View Post
    Sooooo......when I correct the gear and turn on the parking lamps, the headlamps will no longer pop-up?
    Yup! Then you can cruise around with the DRLs on and the fog lamps on, with the headlights down. These cars are F'n awesome like that.

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    im-fucking-possible!!!!

    I can't get to that headlamp motor screw waaaay in the back !!!!

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mieux97 View Post
    I can't get to that headlamp motor screw waaaay in the back !!!!
    haha, it's possible. do you have your headlights up? a ratchet might be able to get it.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jknelms View Post
    haha, it's possible. do you have your headlights up? a ratchet might be able to get it.
    yeah...the lamps are up, but i think I got one rachet wrench that will fit...guess i need 2. do I HAVE to open the motor or can i just turn the crank?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Mieux97 View Post
    yeah...the lamps are up, but i think I got one rachet wrench that will fit...guess i need 2. do I HAVE to open the motor or can i just turn the crank?
    not exactly sure what you mean by that. but the motor should just be held in there with about 3 nuts i think. i replaced my whole motor with a lifetime warranty...i think others on here just replace the gear to a brass gear, or turn the plastic one over.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jknelms View Post
    not exactly sure what you mean by that. but the motor should just be held in there with about 3 nuts i think. i replaced my whole motor with a lifetime warranty...i think others on here just replace the gear to a brass gear, or turn the plastic one over.
    yeah...i just wanted to turn the plastic one for now

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    Yeah, the back bolt is hard to get to. I seem to remembe somewhere where I saw how it was easier to take this assembly out, but I don't know where dammit! I've helped someone on a '95 Trans Am, I couldn't believe how easy it was to get those bolts. They only had a single headlight in there, a lot more room. And oh yeah, I forgot about turning the gear over/rotating it to a new place. I did that on one of mine about 18 months ago, it still works. I put a brass gear on the other side.

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