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How to Replace a Headlight Bulb On an S10

by Jody L. Campbell

The Chevy S10 has been around for many years and undergone several generational upgrades. The headlights on the S10 have also been modernized from the old sealed beam units to the newer composite halogen bulbs. Whichever type of S10 you own, you can save some money by replacing the blown headlight yourself.

How to Replace a Halogen Headlight Bulb On an S10

Step 1

Open the hood of the S10.

Step 2

Locate the removal pins (2 on each side) for the headlight assembly at the top of the radiator support and remove the protective black caps from them. Use the ratchet and socket to remove the pins.

Step 3

Pull the headlight assembly out of the front of the S10 and unplug the wire harness plugged into the back of the headlight.

Turn the bulb counterclockwise to remove it from the assembly. Insert the new replacement bulb into the headlight assembly and turn clockwise until it clicks in place. Plug the wire harness into the back of the new bulb and test by turning on the lights before securing the headlight assembly. Replace the headlight assembly and pins and tighten. Remove the tools and old bulb and close the hood.

How to Replace a Sealed Beam Headlight Bulb On an S10

Step 1

Remove the screws from the headlight retainer using a magnetic-tipped Phillips head screwdriver.

Step 2

Pull the headlight outward and remove the retainer.

Step 3

Unplug the wire from the back of the sealed beam headlight and remove it.

Step 4

Plug the new headlight in and test it by turning on the lights first before replacing the retainer.

Place the headlight back into the cavity and replace the retainer and screws.

Warning

  • Do not touch the glass bulb as oil in our skin can damage halogen headlights.

Items you will need

  • Magnetic Phillips head screwdriver
  • 1/4-inch drive ratchet
  • 1/4-inch drive 3/16-inch socket
  • Replacement headlight

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