How to Change the Headlights on Chevrolet Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

The Chevrolet car is a very dependable and versatile sport utility vehicle. Its ruggedness and sleek styling have made it a popular SUV among people from all areas of life. Maintaining your Chevrolet car is a fairly simple process with regular care and inspection. Whether it is changing the oil or replacing a headlamp, having a routine schedule of vehicle maintenance will keep your Chevrolet car ready whenever you need it. If replacement of the headlight in your Chevrolet car is needed, it can be accomplished with just a small investment of time.

Under The Hood:

 How to Change the Headlights on a Chevrolet Venture

Shut off the engine and open the hood.

Turn the thumbscrew on the corner of the headlight you want to change. This screw mounts the side-marker assembly, which must be removed to access the headlight.

Pull the side-marker assembly out a few inches, and then twist the bulb module counterclockwise to release it from the assembly. Set the assembly aside.

Pull the headlight assembly away from the engine bay. Remove the black plastic ring behind the assembly by turning it counterclockwise.

Disconnect the old bulb from the black plastic ring. Install the new bulb into the ring, but do not touch the glass bulb--hold it by the plastic module.

Reinsert the black plastic ring into the rear of the headlight assembly. Turn it clockwise to lock it.

Reposition the headlight assembly in place, and then reattach the side-marker bulb module to the side-marker assembly (turn it clockwise). Reposition the side-marker assembly and tighten the thumbscrew.

Items you will need

  • Replacement bulb 9004-HBI (high beam and low beam)

 How to Change Headlights on a Chevrolet Lumina


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.

 How to Change a Headlight on a Chevrolet Equinox

How to Change a Headlight on a Chevrolet Equinox

Open the hood to the Chevrolet Equinox. Locate the 4 push in retainers that are holding the fascia assembly along the top front rail of the engine compartment. Press in the center of the retainers, and pry them up and out with the flathead screwdriver.

Gently pull the fascia assembly away to release the radiator grill trim from the headlight assembly. Place the cloth or a clean rag between the edge of the trim to avoid scratching the lens of the headlight assembly.

Locate and remove the three headlight assembly bolts at the top using the ratchet and a socket. Two of them are quite obvious, while the third one can be found a little lower in the inside corner.

Pull the headlight assembly from the lower outside corner. The retaining clip holding the assembly will disengage with the right amount of pressure.

Tip the headlight assembly downward to reveal the wire harnesses plugged into the bulbs. Be sure you're placing the right bulb in the right locations. Low beams are on the outside edge of the headlight assembly, and high beams are on the inside. Turn the headlight retaining ring counterclockwise until it releases, and the bulb will come out with it. Unplug the wire harness from the bulb.

Insert the new bulb into the retaining ring, and plug the wire harness into it without touching the glass bulb of the new headlight. Test the bulb by turning on the lights. Place the headlight into the headlight assembly, and turn the retaining ring clockwise until it locks into place.

Replace the headlight assembly, making sure to align and engage the retaining clip into place. Replace the three headlight bolts, and tighten them.

Manipulate the fascia assembly and radiator trim retainer into the headlight assembly. Replace the fascia assembly push-in retainers. Remove the tools and old headlight, and close the hood.

Items you will need

  • Flathead screwdriver

  • Ratchet

  • Socket set

  • Cloth or clean rag

  • Replacement bulbs

 How to Change the Headlight on a 2007 Chevy TrailBlazer

Place the TrailBlazer in "Park" and allow the vehicle to cool for 15 minutes.

Open the hood of the TrailBlazer and locate the headlight to be replaced. Identify the metal band securing the unit in place. Use a screwdriver and remove the screws along the metal band. The metal band will slide off.

Remove the headlight unit by pulling it out of the socket and disconnecting the electrical wire from the back of the unit.

Insert the new headlight unit in place and connect the electrical wire to the back of the unit. Place the metal band around the headlight unit and replace each screw. Tighten the screws using the screwdriver. Close the hood of the TrailBlazer.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver

  • Replacement headlight

 How to Replace the Headlight on a 1994 Camaro

Remove the Torx-head screws in the headlight aiming ring using the Torx driver. Set the screws aside so they do not get lost.

Pull the aiming ring open and remove it from the car. Be careful when setting it down to not damage the leveling device built into the ring.

Pull the headlight out of the mount by hand and unplug the wiring connector from the rear of the bulb. There are two locking tabs on the connector that must be gently lifted before the connector can be removed.

Make sure the part number on the replacement bulb matches the number on the old bulb. Plug the connector into the rear of the replacement bulb and position that bulb in the headlight mount. Make sure the connector is facing the same direction it was facing before removal.

Holding the aiming ring back in place, align the retaining tabs with the retaining mounts in the headlight assembly and hold the aiming ring closed over the replacement bulb. Thread in the Torx screws by hand, then tighten them in place with the Torx driver.

Items you will need

  • Torx driver

  • Replacement headlight bulb

 How to Replace the Headlight in a 2002 GMC Yukon Denali

Open the hood and look at the top portion of the headlight assembly to find the retaining pins. Each headlight assembly has two pins.

Twist the outer pin outward, then pull it up. Twist the inner pin inward, then pull it up.

Pull the headlight assembly from the front of the Yukon. Examine the rear of the assembly to find the low-beam and high-beam headlights. The high-beam headlight is the outside bulb module; the low-beam light is the inside bulb module.

Unplug the connection from the bulb you must replace. Twist the bulb module counterclockwise. Pull the bulb module out.

Insert the new bulb module. Hold it by the plastic piece to avoid damaging the bulb. Twist it clockwise to lock it. Plug in the connection.

Reinsert the headlight assembly into the cavity. Attach both pins and tighten them.

Items you will need

  • Bulb No. 9005 (high beam) or No. 9006 (low beam)

 How to Replace the Headlights on a 1997 Chevy Pickup

Open the hood and pull the wire connector off of the rear of the headlight. Use the screwdriver to remove the screws from the sides of the headlight.

Loosen the small adjustment on the front left and right side of the headlight, using the screwdriver. Pull the headlight from the frame and set it aside.

Place the new headlight on the frame in the same position as the old one. Tighten the adjustment screws using the screwdriver. Replace and tighten the securing screws and plug the wire into the rear of the new headlight.

Items you will need

  • Screwdriver

  • Replacement headlights

 How to Replace Headlights in a 1998 Chevy Silverado

Open the hood of your Silverado and locate the retaining pins on the radiator support right behind the headlight assembly. Turn the outer pin outward and the inner pin inward then pull them both up and remove them.

Grasp the headlight assembly on either side then slide it forward, removing it from the truck. Release the locking tab on the electrical connector and pull it off the bulb socket. Turn the bulb and socket counterclockwise then pull it straight out of the headlight housing.

Insert a new bulb and socket into the headlight assembly then turn it clockwise to lock it in place. Push the electrical connector onto the bulb socket until the locking tab engages. Repeat the steps for the second bulb if you are changing both high and low beam bulbs.

Slide the headlight assembly back into the front of the truck then install the locking pins into the radiator support. Push them down into the headlight assembly and turn the pins to lock them in place. Turn the outer pin inward, and the inner pin outward.

Move to the opposite side of the truck and repeat the process to change the bulbs in the second headlight assembly. Turn the headlights on to verify that they are working correctly.

 How to Change the Headlights on a Chevy Blazer

How to Change the Sealed Beam Headlights on a Chevy Blazer

Remove the four screws from the headlight bezel with the Phillips head magnetic-tipped screwdriver. There are two screws at the top on either side of the headlight and two more at the bottom. Do not accidentally turn the headlight adjusting screws.

Remove the bezel.

Remove the sealed beam headlight from the headlight cavity and unplug the wire from the back of it.

Plug the wire into the back of the new sealed beam headlight and insert it into the headlight cavity.

Replace the bezel and screws and tighten. Test the headlight to make sure it's working.

How to Change the Halogen Headlights on a Chevy Blazer

Open the hood and locate the jack screws near the headlight assembly on the upper radiator support.

Remove the black protective caps from the top of the jack screws.

Remove the jack screws using the ratchet and the 3/16-inch 6-sided socket.

Pull the headlight assembly from the headlight assembly cavity. Some Blazers may have side-by-side units so if this is the case, make sure you know if you're replacing the high beam or low beam. Single unit headlight assemblies use the same bulb for high beam and low beam.

Unplug the wire going to the bulb and turn the bulb counterclockwise at the back of the headlight assembly and remove it.

Insert the new bulb into the headlight assembly, but do not touch the glass bulb of the new headlight. Oils in our skin can compromise the life span of a halogen bulb.

Plug the wire back into the headlight and turn it on to test it. If it tests okay, reinsert the headlight assembly into the cavity and line up the jack screws. Tighten the screws and replace the protective caps. Remove the tools and old headlight and close the hood.

Items you will need

  • Phillips head magnetic tip screwdriver

  • 1/4-inch drive ratchet

  • 1/4-inch drive 3/16-inch 6-sided socket

  • Headlight replacement for your Blazer

 How to Change a Headlight on a Chevy Equinox

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.

Items you will need

  • 10-mm socket wrench

  • Flat-head screwdriver

 How to Change a Headlight on a 2001 Chevy Malibu

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

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

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.

Disconnect the wiring harness from the rear of the headlight.

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."

 How to Replace the Headlight in a Chevy Tahoe

Open the hood of your Chevy Tahoe and remove the six bolts that are on top of the grill with a socket wrench. After you determine which headlight needs to be replaced, remove bolts from the wheel well with a socket wrench on the same side as the light you are replacing. Pop the push pins out of place to remove the wheel well cover.

Pull wheel well lining up to uncover the two 10 mm bolts that are holding the bumper mounting bracket in place. Remove the bolts with the socket wrench to release the bracket.

Remove the electrical harness from the back of the headlight and set it aside. Loosen the bolts that are on holding the headlight in place. You will find the third bolt behind the bumper. You have to access it from the wheel housing.

Remove bolts and pull headlight forward to get it out of vehicle frame. Note: The frame around the headlight overlaps the lens. You will have to pry on the frame a bit to get the headlight out. The headlight also has two alignment pins that are located on the outside edges of the headlight. Pull the headlight out gently to keep from snapping the pins.

Replace with new headlight by positioning it in the vehicle frame and screwing bolts back into the headlight assembly. Reattach the electrical cord harness to the back of the headlight. Secure the bumper mounting bracket with the bolts and replace the lining on the wheel well.

Secure the wheel well with the bolts and reattach the grill by securing bolts on top of grill. Verify the headlight is working by turning the vehicle lights on.

Items you will need

  • Metric socket wrench Screwdriver Headlight

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