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How to Replace Headlight and Bulb 05-10 Chevy Cobalt

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  1. step : Removing the Headlight (0:41)
    • Remove the two 10mm bolts at the top of the headlight.
    • Pull the light forward and up.
    • Disconnect the harness by pulling back on the tab.
  2. step : Changing Bulbs (1:29)
    • Twist counterclockwise and pull the black ring out from the back of the headlight and the headlight can be pulled straight out.
    • Push the headlight back into place to reinstall it and replace the ring.
    • The other two bulbs twist counterclockwise and pull straight out.
    • Pull the bulbs straight out and push a new one into place. Secure the lights by turning clockwise to lock.
  3. step : Reinstalling the Headlight (2:34)
    • If new remove the plastic from the edges of the light.
    • Connect the wiring harness.
    • Line the tabs of the light up. Pull toward the front of the car and push down into place to lock it in.
    • Replace and tighten the two 10mm bolts at the top of the headlight.

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In this video, we're going to show you how to service the headlight on this 2005 Chevy Cobalt, same as any 2005 to 2010 Cobalt. We're going to show you how to remove and replace the whole assembly and you do have to remove it to service the old bulb. It is not that difficult a task. The only tool you'll need is a 10mm wrench or a socket and ratchet and extension.

Okay, with the service light bulb, it's a little tight to get your hand under there. Actually what you want to do is remove this 10mm bolt and this 10mm bolt. Use your 10mm socket and ratchet and extension. You'll probably get in here with a wrench as well. Speed it up here as I just remove those two 10mm bolts. Lift this up. Okay, there's a connector right here, pull back on the tab. Disconnect that and your whole assembly will come out. Okay, to remove your bulb, you'll grab on here, disconnect that, take this whole ring, pull it off and the bulbs comes out.

This one also, just turn it counterclockwise and pull it out, there's the bulb, pull it straight out. Put it back in. Do the same thing with this one right down in here. Get your finger down in, twist it counterclockwise, it comes up and out. Take that out and put a new one in. Get that back down in. Clockwise to lock. New light from 1A Auto. Makes great replacement if you had a broken one or if yours have gotten foggy. Pull the plastic off the edges here and off the bottom. Okay, and there's two tabs that go into slots down here. Put this in there, plug in the lead and make sure that's clipped on correctly. Then just put the inside of the light in first then put it in place, make sure the wiring goes in, make sure your tabs goes underneath here.

You'll see it kind of twisting out and putting it in place. Kind of pull it forward to the front of the car and push it down and lock it back in. Fast forward here again as we start those bolts in and tighten them up using a 10mm socket and ratchet and extension and tighten them up nice and firm. You don't have to over tighten them though.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Ratchets & Related

  • Socket Extensions
  • Ratchet

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 10mm Socket

  • Wrenches - Metric

  • 10mm Wrench

2005 - 2006  Pontiac  Pursuit
2007 - 2009  Pontiac  G5
2005 - 2010  Chevrolet  Cobalt
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