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Headlight Grinds when shut off!

This is a discussion on Headlight Grinds when shut off! within the General Help forums, part of the LSx Technical Help Section category; About two days ago when I went to put the alarm on, the lights opened and closed and then I ...

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    Angry Headlight Grinds when shut off!

    About two days ago when I went to put the alarm on, the lights opened and closed and then I heard a loud, annoying as hell, grind coming from my right headlight. GM wants 300 for a new motor! Any suggestions? This happen to anyone else?

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    replacement brass gear. Due to a horrendis lack of sleep, i forget who sells them

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    Almost everyone.The gear inside the headlight motor is plastic and goes bad.It can be replaced with a brass one.

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    You can get it here:http://www.rodneydickman.com/

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    Sweet! Thanks!

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    oreilly has motors for $70 if u dont wanna mess with the gear change

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    On the cheap you could just turn the drive gear . They usually only eat up a portion of the gear so it can be re-adjusted and re-used. The brass gear will fix it for good, however.

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    I just turned mine and it works great.It took about 15 minutes and I did it with the headlight still in the car.Cost $0

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    Yep ,and you will prolly never have to deal with it again.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 30thbird View Post
    On the cheap you could just turn the drive gear . They usually only eat up a portion of the gear so it can be re-adjusted and re-used. The brass gear will fix it for good, however.

    How does that work?

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    blacksmoke99 it works like a new gear because those teeth have never been used.

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    hmmm....I guess i just have to open up the motor...cuz I dont even have an idea how it looks like inside the motor....

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    The gear is turned by a screw shaped shaft on the motor. It only uses one side of the gear.

    What you can do is open the headlight then remove the plastic shroud that is around the lights then you can see down in there.

    Remove the nut that holds the arm on the motor and use the manual knob on the top of the motor to turn the motor 180 degrees. then put it back together and it should work fine.

    I had to do this on my car once and it lasted another 80k I recently replaced the gear.

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    sweeeeet! Im gonna try it tomorrow!

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    Quote Originally Posted by blacksmoke99 View Post
    sweeeeet! Im gonna try it tomorrow!
    That banana is f'ing hilarious.

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    lol, I appreciate all the help guys, really....it woulda costed me 200-300 some dollars at GM....they wanted to replace the motor :shafted:

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    go here:
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    right here i linked it perfect.
    about halfway down there is a video that is what i watched. and it went pretty easy.
    the back bolt and not on the motor were a pain, and diconnecting the the lights itself. lol.







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    I Just took out the motor....fastcamaro you were right...Pain in the ass....But now what do I do....Flip it over?

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