How to Change Headlights on a Chevrolet Lumina

by Justin Cupler

The Lumina was never the coolest or fastest car Chevy offered -- not by a long shot -- but middle-class families with 2.3 children and a three-bedroom home in suburbia gobbled it up in enough bulk to keep it in production for 12 model years. The high and low beams in the the 2001 Lumina -- it's last year -- use different headlight bulbs. The high beam uses No. 9005 and the low beam uses No. 9006.


Open the hood and find the burned-out bulb and its wiring on the backside of the headlight assembly. Twist the bulb a quarter-turn counterclockwise to unlock it, then pull the bulb from the headlight assembly. Pry the locking tab on the headlight bulb wiring harness upward with a flat-head screwdriver to unlock it, then separate the bulb from the wiring harness.


Hold the new bulb by its plastic base -- handling the bulb by its glass may cause it to burn out quickly -- and plug the wiring harness into the new bulb. Align the tabs on the bulb with the notches in the headlights assembly, then insert the bulb and turn it clockwise to lock it in place.

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