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How to Replace a Headlight Bulb in a Chevy Silverado

by Contributor

General Motors has been producing pickup trucks since 1930 and the Chevy Silverado remains one of the top selling light duty trucks in the United States. The overall look of the truck has remained the same since its most recent redesign in 1999. When a headlight bulb burns out on your Chevy Silverado, replacing it is one of the simplest repairs you can do yourself.

Step 1

Engage the parking brake on your Chevy Silverado and remove the keys from the ignition. This eliminates the possibility of your truck rolling while you're changing the headlight bulb.

Step 2

Open the hood by first releasing the interior latch located on the driver's side below and to the left of the steering column. Walk around to the front of the car and pull up on the secondary release latch in the center underneath of the hood.

Step 3

Locate the pin or pins that hold the headlight assembly in place. Your truck may have two pins that run vertically or one pin that runs horizontally. If your truck has two pins, remove them by turning each of them counterclockwise and pull them up and out. To remove a singular horizontal pin, turn the pin up and then pull it straight out, horizontally.

Step 4

Pull the headlight assembly out of the front of your Chevy Silverado. Detach the electrical connector from the headlight assembly.

Step 5

Remove the old bulb with a counterclockwise turn and pull it out of the headlight assembly. Install the new headlight bulb by turning it clockwise until it is tight and secure. Use replacement bulb #9005 for the high beam or #9006 for the low beam.

Step 6

Retrace the previous steps to reinstall your headlight assembly. Reinstate the pin or pins into their previous position and lock them into place. Turn the vertical pins clockwise and turn the horizontal pin down.

Turn your Chevy Silverado on and check that the headlights are working properly.


  • Take care not to touch the new bulb with your bare hands. The oil from your skin shortens the life of halogen bulbs, so handle the new bulb with gloves or a clean cloth.

Items you will need

  • 9006 replacement bulb for low beams
  • 9005 replacement bulb for high beams

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