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This is a discussion on Headlight gear help within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; So I just replaced the headlight gear with another plastic one...i know i know. I put everything back together but ...

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    Headlight gear help

    So I just replaced the headlight gear with another plastic one...i know i know. I put everything back together but it still grinds when I turn the headlight off...any suggestions?

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    For every gear there must be anouther. Check it.

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    mine still ground when i put everything back together, even though the worm gear was fine. then i put 3 zip ties on to help the glue hold the backing on and all was good.

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    www.rodneydickman.com the brass gear kit is a very simple install and comes with a bracket to help hold the motor together.put a brass gear kit in my t/a and it works very well.

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    turns out the motor was loose from the housing and the screw would wobble around causing the gear to strip...beat the 4 tabs in to make it tight and guess i hit it too hard because now the motor is shot. freaking hilarious

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    Quote Originally Posted by 02transamce View Post
    www.rodneydickman.com the brass gear kit is a very simple install and comes with a bracket to help hold the motor together.put a brass gear kit in my t/a and it works very well.
    This kit is the best idea. I got brand new GM motors off Egay and I DO NOT turn on or off the lights while above 25mph. This will most likely solve the issue for many years to come.

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    Quote Originally Posted by iwannagofast View Post
    turns out the motor was loose from the housing and the screw would wobble around causing the gear to strip...beat the 4 tabs in to make it tight and guess i hit it too hard because now the motor is shot. freaking hilarious
    Lol, yeah the magnets in small electric brush motors dont take well to beatings. Jars the magnets which can break and the magnet pieces stick to the armature keeping it from turning. Or the magnet position keeper pops out of its seat and the magnets themselves become stuck to the armature. If you feel like it sometimes you can take the motor apart and reseat the magnets and keeper if the mags are'nt broken. If you've already replaced it, you maybe can use the old one as a spare if you can get it working again. As long as the brushes are'nt shot, magnets are good, and there's not a whole lot of armature in and out play. In most cases with fieldless magnet motors, as long as the armature windings are'nt burnt and the winding leads are still attached to the commutator they can be rebuilt easily. Dont cost a thing if everything is'nt busted up inside. Just remember to mark the bell position cause a 180* turn in the bell will make an electric motor change polls and run backwards. Sorry for the novel. Just a thought....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Smittro View Post
    Lol, yeah the magnets in small electric brush motors dont take well to beatings. Jars the magnets which can break and the magnet pieces stick to the armature keeping it from turning. Or the magnet position keeper pops out of its seat and the magnets themselves become stuck to the armature. If you feel like it sometimes you can take the motor apart and reseat the magnets and keeper if the mags are'nt broken. If you've already replaced it, you maybe can use the old one as a spare if you can get it working again. As long as the brushes are'nt shot, magnets are good, and there's not a whole lot of armature in and out play. In most cases with fieldless magnet motors, as long as the windings are'nt burnt and the winding leads are still attached to the commutator they can be rebuilt easily. Dont cost a thing if everything inside is'nt busted up inside. Just remember to mark the bell position cause a 180* turn in the bell will make an electric motor change polls and run backwards. Sorry for the novel. Just a thought....

    The motors are sealed housings and cannot be opened except for the gear area.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JoshieDoom View Post
    The motors are sealed housings and cannot be opened except for the gear area.
    If it went together it will come apart regardless of how. I bet if I throw it off a wall it'll come apart lol.(also notice/see where I said sometimes)

    http://www.ls1tech.com/forums/pontia...dlights-3.html

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    those brass gear kits can also be ordered at autozone and oreilly's, if you can find an employee smart enough to use a paper catalog to find it. But thats wher i got mine after going through three of the plastic ones.

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