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How to Change a Headlight on a Chevy Equinox

by Matt Scheer

Unlike many vehicles, the Chevy Equinox requires that you remove the grille, or at least move it aside, in order to access the headlight assembly and the headlight inside. Besides moving the fasteners holding the grille in place, you also have to move the headlight assembly itself to reach the headlight. Although these efforts take some time, patience and strength, they follow a simple procedure that shouldn't take more than half an hour to complete.

Turn off your Chevy Equinox and prop open the hood.

Release each of eight fasteners from the top of the grille by wedging the tip of a flat-head screwdriver between the tab and the grille and prying upward.

Pull the grille away from the firewall to reveal the top of the headlight assembly.

Remove the three 10-mm bolts from the top of the headlight assembly.

Lift the headlight assembly out of its cavity. Do not pull it completely away from the Equinox, as it is still attached by the wiring harnesses. Remove the wiring harnesses for the headlight and the turn signal lights.

Twist the headlight ring cover off the headlight assembly to reveal the bulb. Pull the bulb out of the ring and insert the new bulb. Reattach the ring cover to the assembly and seat the assembly back in the headlight cavity. Mount and tighten the three bolts and reattach the grille with the eight fasteners.

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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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