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How to Change a Headlight on a 2001 Chevy Malibu

by Matt Scheer

The 2001 Malibu features a headlight that is held into the vehicle by no more than two tabs and securing grooves. This makes removing and replacing the headlight a simple task. In addition, no special tools are required to release the tabs or the headlight. Good news, too, because in order to replace the bulb, the headlight assembly itself has to come out. So if your headlight is cracked or foggy, or the bulb inside is burnt out, you have to remove the headlight.

Step 1

Turn off your 2001 Chevy Malibu and prop open the hood.

Step 2

Pull upward on the two securing pins at the top of the headlight.

Step 3

Stand in front of the headlight and pull it toward you. It should come out in one swift motion. Wiggle it free from the bezel if it is stuck.

Step 4

Disconnect the wiring harness from the rear of the headlight.

Step 5

Connect the wiring harness to the replacement headlight.

Lift the top tabs of the replacement headlight upward. Line up the replacement headlight's rear studs with the mounting clips inside the headlight cavity. Press the replacement headlight directly into the cavity until you hear the studs and clips "click."

About the Author

Matt Scheer began writing professionally in 2005. His work has appeared in "The Daily Texan" and "The New York Tribune." Scheer holds a B.A. in English and a B.A. in history, both from the University of Texas. He is also a certified Yoga teacher and Web designer.

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