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headlight bulb replacement

Postby leo584 [OP] » May 11 2012, 1:12pm

! have a 2011 GMC Sierra 1500. I'm changing the headlight bulbs, and the passenger side was easy enough. I just took the airfilter box out to access the headlight bulbs. The driver side is another story though. The bulbs are nearly inaccessible. It looks like I may be able to remove the auxilary battery tray and then remove the windshield washer fluid bottle to get at the lights. Either that, or pull out the entire headlight assembly. It looks like it is held on with two bolts on the top, but I couldn't tell what holds it on below (I ran out of daylight last night.) Does anyone have any tips for doing this job? Thanks.
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Re: headlight bulb replacement

Postby 11 Silverado » May 11 2012, 2:53pm

It is somewhat difficult, but I was able to squeeze my hand in there enough to turn the bulb holders and remove them, changed the bulbs, and re-install them. That was without removing anything. If your hands are just too big, maybe you can get your wife, one of your kids, or someone else to help. That was one of the first things that I did to my new truck. Changed all 4 headlight bulbs to Sylvania Ultrastars. I can see now, and don't understand why most manufacturers still put the crappy bulbs in the headlights from the factory.
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Re: headlight bulb replacement

Postby leo584 [OP] » May 11 2012, 3:25pm

I'm thinking that a pair of needle nose plyers may help. I could barely fit my hand through the hole to get to the bulbs. Kind of a poor design, but oh well. Thanks for the reply.
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Re: headlight bulb replacement

Postby 11 Silverado » May 11 2012, 4:10pm

You're welcome, it was tight, and I scrapped up my hand and arm pretty good. But, was able to do it. Good luck, and hope that you find a method that works for you. I tried to get to the horn wiring on the driver's side so I could hook up my Stebel air horn. Ended up giving up that idea for now, it is really buried, and I just don't have the patience right now to deal with it.
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Re: headlight bulb replacement

Postby leo584 [OP] » May 11 2012, 4:44pm

I'm going to tackle this job tonight when I get home. If I find a good way to do it I will let everyone know how I did it. Thanks again.
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Re: headlight bulb replacement

Postby hevyrockerdk » May 11 2012, 5:10pm

I recently took care of this on my 2011 Silverado, so I know exactly the pain you're going through. I actually did remove the headlight assembly, and you're correct, it is held on by two bolts up top, but there's also another third bolt on the side of it in the fender well. To get to it, I removed the bolt closest to the front, and moved the wheel well liner out of the way, and used my socket wrench to get at that third one. (Unfortunately, to pull out the headlight assembly, you have to remove the grill as well...) After that bolt was removed, though, it came out with no problem, and I was able to get my new bulbs in just fine.

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Re: headlight bulb replacement

Postby Z15 » May 11 2012, 5:24pm

Took me 5 min with slip joint pliers like these...
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Re: headlight bulb replacement

Postby blue dog » Oct 17 2013, 5:21pm

On the drivers side , ya I just pulled the battery.
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Postby Silvery13 » Oct 17 2013, 11:41pm

^Huh? The battery is no where near the headlights on the 2007+. I pulled the washer bottle and aux battery tray.
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Re: headlight bulb replacement

Postby djlove » Oct 18 2013, 12:02am

I can pull the headlights out in twenty minutes now, first time getting that grill off is a pain

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