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How to Replace a Headlamp in a '96 Chevy 1500 Truck

by William Pullman

The 1996 Chevy 1500 was manufactured with sealed beam headlights and composite headlights. Sealed beam headlights mean the entire light assembly needs replacement when a bulb burns out, while composite headlights mean the bulb needs replacement. Different models of the vehicle used one headlight system or the other. When a headlamp blows out on your Chevy 1500, you should replace it immediately to ensure your safety while driving.

Sealed Beam Headlight System

1

Remove the four screws on the front of the headlight retainer using a Phillips screwdriver and slide the headlight lamp and retainer out of the frame of the vehicle.

2

Pull the retainer off of the front of the lamp and unplug the electrical connector from the back of the lamp. Discard the lamp once the electrical connector is removed.

3

Plug the electrical connector into the new headlight lamp and slide the lamp into the frame of the vehicle.

4

Push the headlight retainer onto the lamp and insert the four screws to secure it.

Composite Headlight System

1

Open the hood of the 1500 and remove the two screws on the headlight support. The screws are located near the radiator support on the car frame.

2

Pull the headlight lens assembly out of the frame and unplug the electrical connector.

3

Turn the bulb to the left and pull it out of the socket. Discard the bulb after removal.

4

Insert the replacement bulb into the socket, turn it to the right until it is tight and plug the electrical connector into the back.

5

Slide the headlight lens assembly into the frame and reattach the two screws to the headlight support.

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About the Author

William Pullman is a freelance writer from New Jersey. He has written for a variety of online and offline media publications, including "The Daily Journal," "Ocular Surgery News," "Endocrine Today," radio, blogs and other various Internet platforms. Pullman holds a Master of Arts degree in Writing from Rowan University.

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