How to Change the Headlamp on a 2000 Silverado

by Lina Schofield

If one of the headlamps on your 2000 Chevy Silverado is broken or burned out, there's no need to take it to an auto repair shop. You can easily install a new headlamp yourself, even if you have limited mechanical skills and no tools. And you can do it in less than five minutes. The headlamp assembly consists of a single unit that contains both the high- and low-beam lamps. To replace one or both lamps, you swap out the entire assembly. No tools are needed.

Step 1

Open the hood and locate the two retainer pins that hold the headlamp assembly to the mounting bracket. They are directly behind the assembly, on either side of it.

Step 2

Twist the arms of the pins forward so the tips face the assembly. Pull the pins straight up to remove them from the mounting bracket.

Step 3

Slide the headlamp assembly forward and locate the electrical connectors attached to the low- and high-beam lamps. Press on the center of the connectors with your thumb to disconnect them from the headlamp assembly.

Step 4

Pull the headlamp assembly out of the vehicle.

Step 5

Position the new assembly close to the vehicle and plug the high- and low-beam connectors into it.

Step 6

Move the assembly into its permanent position within the car body. Be careful not to pinch the electrical connectors.

Step 7

Reinsert the pins into the mounting bracket and twist them so that the tips of the pins face each other. This locks the headlamp assembly into the mounting bracket.

Step 8

Turn on the Silverado's lights and check both the high- and low-beam lamps to make sure they illuminate. If one or both do not turn on, remove the pins, pull out the assembly and check the electrical connections. Once you're the sure the lamps work, all that's left to do is close the hood.

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