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How to Change the Headlamp on a Chevy Uplander

by Daniel Valladares

The Chevrolet Uplander is a minivan introduced in 2005 as a replacement for the Venture and Astro. As with any vehicle, the Uplander's headlights provide very important safety components to the vehicle. If you drive your Chevy Uplander with faulty headlights, your road division can be severely diminished and other vehicles will have difficulty seeing you on the road. The headlamp replacement process takes a few minutes and requires a screwdriver and replacement bulb.

Park the vehicle and turn off the engine. Open and secure the hood of the Uplander and put on the clean gloves.

Remove the headlamp retainer pin by rotating it toward the headlamp assembly and pulling it out. Use the screwdriver to remove the screw from the top of the headlamp assembly.

Pull the assembly out of the vehicle and disconnect the socket wiring harness connector from the rear of the assembly.

Rotate the bulb socket counterclockwise to remove it from the assembly.

Disconnect the bulb socket wiring harness from the old bulb by pulling it off. Place the wiring harness onto the replacement bulb.

Reinstall and secure the bulb socket by inserting it into the bulb assembly and rotating it clockwise.

Reconnect the socket wiring harness connector to the rear of the assembly and place it back into the Uplander.

Reattach the screw on top of the headlamp assembly and reattach the retainer pin. Close the hood.


  • You should never handle an Uplander replacement bulb with your bare hands as oils from your hands may damage the bulb and limit its performance.

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About the Author

Daniel Valladares began his career as a medical writer in 2008. He has written patient education brochures for several pharmaceutical companies and has worked as an auto mechanic at Kim's Speedy Auto Service since 2007. Valladares holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rice University and is currently studying to become a personal trainer.

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