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Thread: Changing headlight on 97 Chevy 3500 (Chrome, non-W/T)

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    Default Changing headlight on 97 Chevy 3500 (Chrome, non-W/T)

    I have the bulb. How does the headlight release or do I remove the batts?

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    Composite headlights come out by removing the two long black screws sticking up with the bolt heads. They stick out just above the lights. You have to raise the hood to see them. They are not the adjusters down in.
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    Quote Originally Posted by WarWagon View Post
    Composite headlights come out by removing the two long black screws sticking up with the bolt heads. They stick out just above the lights. You have to raise the hood to see them. They are not the adjusters down in.
    thanks man, I thought they were adjusters
    1997 Chevy 3500 4x4 Dual Wheel 6.5 TD 156k (D.S. Head rebuilt at 120k) A great truck that gets BETTER with age
    9' Utility Body w/ Dual Tanks, 9' Fisher Plow / Glowshift Fuel Gauge On Dash
    50 Gallon Bed Mounted Transfer Tank / KYB Monomax Frt / AC_Delco Gas Rear Shocks
    V-Pump Delete / 99." Serp / 2 Walbro FRB-5 / Racor 490r30 Prefilter/Water Separator (10 Micron)
    Strobes all the way around / IssPro Boost/Pyro Guages on A-Pillar / 0-15psi Fuel Pressure on Pod next to A-Pillar
    Heath Turbo Master / 4" Diamond Eye Exhaust / New Bosch Injectors @ 130k
    Twin 195 Robert Shaw T-Stats
    PMD Isolator / 2-way High Idle Switch
    AMSOIL NANO Air filter / Mobil-1 5w-40 Turbo Diesel Formula Synthetic / Synthetic Diff (Front and Rear)
    235/85 16's....
    4l80e Rebuilt at 106k (blew reverse out, my fault)
    -1.94 TDCO / Half Assed FTB (Still need to bore out IP fitting) / Switchable TWIN walbro's. (10PSI @ IP)

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    Of course one of them wont turn.....


    What is an alternative if I can't get one out?
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    9' Utility Body w/ Dual Tanks, 9' Fisher Plow / Glowshift Fuel Gauge On Dash
    50 Gallon Bed Mounted Transfer Tank / KYB Monomax Frt / AC_Delco Gas Rear Shocks
    V-Pump Delete / 99." Serp / 2 Walbro FRB-5 / Racor 490r30 Prefilter/Water Separator (10 Micron)
    Strobes all the way around / IssPro Boost/Pyro Guages on A-Pillar / 0-15psi Fuel Pressure on Pod next to A-Pillar
    Heath Turbo Master / 4" Diamond Eye Exhaust / New Bosch Injectors @ 130k
    Twin 195 Robert Shaw T-Stats
    PMD Isolator / 2-way High Idle Switch
    AMSOIL NANO Air filter / Mobil-1 5w-40 Turbo Diesel Formula Synthetic / Synthetic Diff (Front and Rear)
    235/85 16's....
    4l80e Rebuilt at 106k (blew reverse out, my fault)
    -1.94 TDCO / Half Assed FTB (Still need to bore out IP fitting) / Switchable TWIN walbro's. (10PSI @ IP)

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    You should be able to remove the socket from the headlight, replace the bulb, and put the socket back in.......wothout removing the entire headlight housing.
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    One screw finally turned, but ended up cracking its plastic boss. Which ended up snapping off of the rest of the unit. It went back together fine, a few more cracks will go unnoticed

    Damn rust belt.... can't even change a headlight bulb
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    9' Utility Body w/ Dual Tanks, 9' Fisher Plow / Glowshift Fuel Gauge On Dash
    50 Gallon Bed Mounted Transfer Tank / KYB Monomax Frt / AC_Delco Gas Rear Shocks
    V-Pump Delete / 99." Serp / 2 Walbro FRB-5 / Racor 490r30 Prefilter/Water Separator (10 Micron)
    Strobes all the way around / IssPro Boost/Pyro Guages on A-Pillar / 0-15psi Fuel Pressure on Pod next to A-Pillar
    Heath Turbo Master / 4" Diamond Eye Exhaust / New Bosch Injectors @ 130k
    Twin 195 Robert Shaw T-Stats
    PMD Isolator / 2-way High Idle Switch
    AMSOIL NANO Air filter / Mobil-1 5w-40 Turbo Diesel Formula Synthetic / Synthetic Diff (Front and Rear)
    235/85 16's....
    4l80e Rebuilt at 106k (blew reverse out, my fault)
    -1.94 TDCO / Half Assed FTB (Still need to bore out IP fitting) / Switchable TWIN walbro's. (10PSI @ IP)

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    Do the filaments burn out up there or do they rust out before they burn out?

    You can get the entire headlight assembly including the mounting that went 'snap' on you for around $50.00. Course the risk of pulling the grille out... Much brighter light through new clear lenses I have found.
    Not enough room in sig for all the stuff I have that LeroyDiesel.com sells.

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    Where do you get headlightassemblies for $50? Last time I looked they were about $100 each or more
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    Wait, I didn't know that! I always removed my grille, LOL. Thanks for the info guys.
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    Are there any tricks or special tools for removing the grill without breaking pieces on the grills?

    All of my grills are broken somewhere.
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    locked up and sold.

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    Im really lost. I always moved my battery a few inches back and did it. If you pull the grill, then you have to unbolt the 4 10mm bolts and take the headlight out right? I do sure like on the 2002 you just pull out them 2 pins and can change a headlight or parking lamp in 30 seconds
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