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How to Replace Headlights 07-14 Chevy Suburban 1500

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How to Replace Headlights 07-14 Chevy Suburban 1500

Created on: 2017-08-02

Watch this video to learn how to replace and service the headlight assembly and bulbs on your 07-14 Chevy Suburban 1500.

  1. step 1 :Removing the Headlight
    • Open the hood
    • Remove the two 10mm bolts from the top of the headlight
    • Apply painter's tape to the bumper below the headlight
    • Remove the 7mm screws from the inner fender
    • Pry the push pins out of the inner fender with a trim tool
    • Peel back the inner fender
    • Remove the 10mm bolt from the rear of the headlight
    • Separate the bumper clips by hand
    • Pull the bumper loose
    • Pull the headlight forward and off
    • Disconnect the headlight electrical connector
  2. step 2 :Installing the Headlight
    • Connect the headlight electrical connector
    • Line up the headlight using the locating tabs
    • Maneuver the headlight into place
    • Install the two 10mm bolts into the top of the headlight
    • Install the 10mm bolt into the rear of the headlight
    • Remove the tape from the bumper
    • Push the bumper tabs into place
    • Push the inner fender into place
    • Push the plastic clips into the inner fencer
    • Insert the 7mm bolts into the inner fender
    • Adjust the headlight as needed with a 5mm Allen key

Tools needed for replacement

  • Hex Wrenches

    5mm Hex Wrench

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

    Painter's Tape

  • Ratchets & Related


  • Screwdrivers & Related

    Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

    7mm Socket

    10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

    Trim Tool Set

Installation Video
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Start by opening the hood. We are going to replace these headlights on this 2009 Suburban. It's got some cracking in there, and some just pitting and scratches and sun damage, so we're going to replace these with new headlights.

We'll start by loosening these 10mm bolts on top. These headlamps are held in with two bolts on the top, and one hidden bolt that's behind the bumper here.

So that we don't damage any of the paint on the bumper when we pull the headlight out, we're going to put some masking tape here.

So we're going to peel this splash shield back, so we can get up behind, into the screw, the lower bolt, that is holding on the headlight. It also will make it easier if you turn your wheel to the inside on whatever side you're working on, so you can open this up.

It’s held in with some 7mm self-tapping screws and some push clips. I'm going to start with the 7mm self-tapping screws. Using a flat bladed screwdriver, or trim clip tool, we're going to work these barbed clips out. Then fold this up.

So, with this splash shield pulled back, now you can see the lower screw that's holding in the headlamp. This screw down here is a 10mm, just like the top ones. The hole that it goes through in the headlamp is slotted in, open. So, I'm not going to totally remove it, I'm just going to loosen it just enough so that the tab, or the ear, on the end of the headlamp will be loose, and we can pull it off from the front. You don't have to go too much, I just want to make sure there's enough room for it to slide freely. That looks pretty good.

The next step is you have to pull the bumper off of this clip. There's a bracket in here that the plastic bumper snaps in to. You're going to grab the bumper, give it a good tug. Just like that. So now, with all these bolts loose, and the lower bolt loose, and this bumper spread down a little bit, we're going to pull the headlamp out. It's got two locating tabs here, and there's another clip-tab in the back that it's going to pull off of those, so you're going to have to wiggle it back and forth, maybe a little bit. This one came out pretty easy. Move the bumper around.

With the headlamp out, you can see the electrical connector here. When I push in this lock, you can remove it.

Here we have our old headlamp out of the vehicle. As you can see it's all crazed and cracked and UV damaged. This is our new headlamp, from It's nice and clear, clean. It comes with bulbs, all the bulbs that you need, already installed. Here we can look at the old headlamp. Here are the upper mounting tabs, they are the same. You've got your clip in tab here, also the same. You've got your lower, locating tab. That is the same. We've got our ears here. On the new headlamp, these are all the same, and these locating pins on the side. So, this headlamp will fit in there nicely, and give you great vision going down the road.

When reinstalling the headlamp, this tab here needs to go into this bracket here. This tab under here, needs to go underneath this locating tab. These two locating tabs are going to fit in to the fender, here. It takes some maneuvering to get this in here.

I'm actually going to plug in the headlamp right now. Yeah, you just sort of got to maneuver it in there. Then just push on it a little bit, to get past the bumper grill. So now, as we're getting close here, we want to make sure we get these two tabs in to the fender. Then push in, that should lock it in the tab that's in the back, or bracket, rather. This lower tab has slid over the screw, so that's great.

Now I'm ready to reinstall these upper 10mm bolts. You might have to give the headlight a little push, to get it in position. I’ll use my 10mm socket. Just go until you feel these get tight. Finish off the top one. Now I'm going to tighten the lower bolt. It's up in here; it's a 10mm. I'm just going to make sure the headlamp was seated all the way in.

While you've got this bumper loose, now is a good time remove your masking tape. Now you can put the bumper back into the bracket. Just push it in until it clicks. Time to reinstall the splash shield. The barbed clips are going to go in first; just push those in. Take your 7mm bolts. I’ll switch to my ratchet. If you need to adjust the aim on this headlight, the adjuster's right here. It takes a 5 mm Allen Key. On the passenger side, the adjuster is in the same spot, but this is on the original headlamp. It's just a little bit different.

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Tools needed for replacement:

    Hex Wrenches

  • 5mm Hex Wrench

  • Materials, Fluids, and Supplies

  • Painter's Tape

  • Ratchets & Related

  • Ratchet

  • Screwdrivers & Related

  • Flat Blade Screwdriver

  • Sockets - Metric

  • 7mm Socket
  • 10mm Socket

  • Specialty Tools

  • Trim Tool Set

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