Results 1 to 18 of 18

Quick question about headlight

This is a discussion on Quick question about headlight within the Firebird / WS6 forums, part of the Vehicle Specific category; Hey guys...I got my passenger side headlight working. If you remember, half of the damn gearbox was missing when I ...

  1. #1
    Member chris1974's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Houston
    Posts
    225

    Bright Red
    1998 Firebird Formula LS1

    Quick question about headlight

    Hey guys...I got my passenger side headlight working. If you remember, half of the damn gearbox was missing when I bought the car, along with the nylon gear. Well..I managed to get my hands on an old motor and stole a couple of parts off of it to get it working again. So...pass side is working now...but the drivers side isn't moving at all. I think the motor is good, and I know the gears are good, because I can raise/lower it manually. But, I switch the headlights on, the pass side goes up, but nothing on the drivers side. Everything looks good. Is there a module or something that can go out? I'm stumped as to why this side isn't working. I've tried just about everything- raise it manually, turn the lights on/off. Lower it manually, turn the lights on/off. I've tried every combination to get this thing to go up and nothing....Any ideas?

    Thanks guys (and gals). I appreciate any help ya can throw my way.

  2. #2
    Member chris1974's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Houston
    Posts
    225

    Bright Red
    1998 Firebird Formula LS1

    Update- okay...I figured out that one of the wires to the motor was disconnected....I fixed it. However, it's still not working. When I start the car, I can hear the motor running for about 30 seconds or so, then it shuts off. This leads me to believe that there's something wrong with the gearing...but that doesn't make since. i can manually raise/lower the headlight by turning the knob....so the gearing should be fine, right? Otherwise I wouldn't be able to make it go up and down. I hear the motor running, but nothing happening. Any ideas anyone? Trying to save myself a hundred bucks here.

  3. #3
    Now in Summit LT1 Flavor! Y2KArcticSS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Henryetta/Tulsa Oklahoma
    Posts
    3,483

    Summit White
    2016 Camaro SS

    Sounds to me like the motor has a disconnect within itself. If it works manually the gearing is fine. Maybe something stripped inside the motor. I'm no expert, but I went through the same thing with my old supra and the motor made noise but didn't work. Replaced and everything was fine. Again, same situation but different application so I could be wrong.

    Sent from my Samsung "Look it's The Darkness!!!" Infuse 4G

    2016 Summit White 1SS - The DD
    2001 NBM Trans Am WS6 - Wifey's Grocery Getter
    2000 Arctic White SS #1667 - Sold

  4. #4
    Moderator 98TransAmWs-6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Fairfax, VA
    Posts
    3,596

    Black/ Silver
    98 TA WS6/ 01 C5 Corvette

    Not totally sure what the problem could be but if you need parts for it I have a pair of complete headlight assemblies including the motors in perfect working order. Have you checked all of the electrical stuff or opened up the motor to check it out?
    1998 Trans Am WS6 - Phantom
    421 CI LQ9, Tick Performance Custom Cam, TFS 255cc LS3 heads, Kooks 2" LT headers, Kooks 3" True Duals w/ high flow cats, FTP 104 lid, Speed Density Tune, 4" silicon tube, LS6 VCT, FAST 102 Intake, NW 102 TB, Oil Catch Can, SLP Bilstein Shocks w/ Vogtland Springs, CTS-V 4-piston Calipers w/C6 Z06 rotors, Stainless Steel Brake Lines, R1 concepts premium rotors, Hawk HP+ brake pads, VFN WSQ Hood, C5-R timing chain, SLP oil pump, E85 tune, Walbro 450 fuel pump, Deatschwerkz 95# injectors, Breathless performance headlights, Frost Tune, !HVAC.
    (Coming Soon) BMR DSL, UMI TQ Arm
    421 LQ9 14.8:1 on E85 Build/

  5. #5
    Member chris1974's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Houston
    Posts
    225

    Bright Red
    1998 Firebird Formula LS1

    Thanks for the reply guys. No..I haven't had a chance to pull the motor yet. I just finished doing the passenger side last night. Had to pull it, but I got it working but now it's raining. It's really got me stumped. I guess I'm gonna go get wet and pull the drivers side now lol. I can't just leave it not knowing what's wrong with it. It will drive me insane!!! lol How much would you take for the drivers side motor, Will? Worst case scenario, I will have to replace it.

    I really appreciate the help, Terry and Will. Thanks again.

  6. #6
    Moderator 98TransAmWs-6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Fairfax, VA
    Posts
    3,596

    Black/ Silver
    98 TA WS6/ 01 C5 Corvette

    Np, man. I have no clue what motors go for. I guess $50+shipping+paypal fees(which is like 3 dollars or so)

  7. #7
    Member chris1974's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Houston
    Posts
    225

    Bright Red
    1998 Firebird Formula LS1

    Thanks man. Price sounds pretty good. I'm going to pull it out tomorrow, weather permitting. It's been rainy as hell here, and I have nowhere dry to work on it, but I should be able to give you a definite answer tomorrow sometime. I'll send ya a PM. Thanks again, Will.
    [SIGPIC][http://i265.photobucket.com/albums/i...0113/punch.jpg/SIGPIC]

    Mustangs are like tampons....every pussy has one!

  8. #8
    Now in Summit LT1 Flavor! Y2KArcticSS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Henryetta/Tulsa Oklahoma
    Posts
    3,483

    Summit White
    2016 Camaro SS

    That is a steal.

    Sent from my Samsung "Look it's The Darkness!!!" Infuse 4G

  9. #9
    Moderator 98TransAmWs-6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Fairfax, VA
    Posts
    3,596

    Black/ Silver
    98 TA WS6/ 01 C5 Corvette

    Find out if you need a motor replacement yet? I just removed them from the headlight assemblies, that's why I am asking.

  10. #10
    Member chris1974's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Houston
    Posts
    225

    Bright Red
    1998 Firebird Formula LS1

    Hey...sorry, man. I'm just getting home tonight. I ended up finding a Pick a Part on the way home from work that had quite a few firebirds...picked up a headlight motor, fender wheel well, window/door lock switch, and a windshield resiviore for 60 bucks. Even came with a 30 day warranty! Found everything I need in one swoop. Thanks for your help though man. Sorry you pulled the parts already...
    Last edited by chris1974; 03-10-2012 at 06:51 PM.

  11. #11
    Now in Summit LT1 Flavor! Y2KArcticSS's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 2007
    Location
    Henryetta/Tulsa Oklahoma
    Posts
    3,483

    Summit White
    2016 Camaro SS

    Gotta love those salvages. We have one just for Camaros/Firebirds in Tulsa

    Sent from my Samsung "Look it's The Darkness!!!" Infuse 4G

  12. #12
    Veteran 0rion's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2005
    Location
    ohio
    Posts
    22,520

    98 Formula
    06 duramax

    from your description I'd almost have to think something inside that motor is busted or stripped. Update us and let us know what you find.

  13. #13
    Member chris1974's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Houston
    Posts
    225

    Bright Red
    1998 Firebird Formula LS1

    Oh yeah...love the bone yards!

    Yeah...I thought something might be busted too, but I don't know why the manual raise/lower knob would still work. Idk...I'll try to replace it tomorrow after work..I'll let you guys know what I find.

  14. #14
    Moderator 98TransAmWs-6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Fairfax, VA
    Posts
    3,596

    Black/ Silver
    98 TA WS6/ 01 C5 Corvette

    Quote Originally Posted by chris1974:2755064
    Hey...sorry, man. I'm just getting home tonight. I ended up finding a Pick a Part on the way home from work that had quite a few firebirds...picked up a headlight motor, fender wheel well, window/door lock switch, and a windshield resiviore for 60 bucks. Even came with a 30 day warranty! Found everything I need in one swoop. Thanks for your help though man. Sorry you pulled the parts already...
    Wow no problem man, got to go with the best deal and that was definitely the best deal.

  15. #15
    Member Ant71130's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 2010
    Location
    Lebanon, OH
    Age
    28
    Posts
    356

    Black
    2002 M6 WS6

    Well I've only been inside my motors once for my driver side. I had the classic motor goes up/down then grinds for 10 seconds. I'm almost positive I could manually raise and lower mine as well but replacing the nylon with a brass gear solved my issue completely. If I were you I'd just order that brass gear set, pull the motor out and do an overhaul. It may take you all day but that's mainly to let the glue sit. The work itself should only take you about an hour.

  16. #16
    Member chris1974's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Houston
    Posts
    225

    Bright Red
    1998 Firebird Formula LS1

    I replaced the motor yesterday. Headlights are working now. Anthony, yeah..I'm gonna break into that gear box when I have a little time, and rebuild it. I'm almost positive it's the plastic gear that's messed up. So..I'll rebuild it, and have an extra on hand for next time. Thanks for your help everyone! I really appreciate it.

  17. #17
    Moderator 98TransAmWs-6's Avatar
    Join Date
    Apr 2010
    Location
    Fairfax, VA
    Posts
    3,596

    Black/ Silver
    98 TA WS6/ 01 C5 Corvette

    Quote Originally Posted by chris1974:2755434
    I replaced the motor yesterday. Headlights are working now. Anthony, yeah..I'm gonna break into that gear box when I have a little time, and rebuild it. I'm almost positive it's the plastic gear that's messed up. So..I'll rebuild it, and have an extra on hand for next time. Thanks for your help everyone! I really appreciate it.
    Replace them with brass gears.

  18. #18
    Member chris1974's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 2012
    Location
    Houston
    Posts
    225

    Bright Red
    1998 Firebird Formula LS1

    Oh yeah..that's a must!

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Similar Threads

  1. Quick question...
    By silverWS6 in forum Firebird / WS6
    Replies: 7
    Last Post: 09-25-2009, 06:29 PM
  2. Quick question
    By M-Ten in forum Stereo and Electronics
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 10-15-2007, 11:07 PM
  3. 97 Bird Headlight question also engine noise question
    By Zapper2003 in forum General Help
    Replies: 2
    Last Post: 12-13-2006, 04:03 AM
  4. quick question
    By ztrouble in forum Nitrous
    Replies: 5
    Last Post: 11-20-2006, 08:19 AM

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •