How do I replace a 2003 Pontiac Vibe Headlight Assembly?

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How do I replace a 2003 Pontiac Vibe Headlight Assembly?

Postby gsuvibe » Mon Jul 27, 2009 7:55 am

I recently got hit by a stupid little high school girl driving a giant truck her daddy shouldn't have even though about buying her. Long story short though, my driver side headlight was damaged beyond repair. I picked up a headlight assembly at a salvage depot and am trying to find instructions to remove the old one and put the new one in. Every how-to forum I've found so far has only been on how to replace the bulbs. I would greatly appreciate the assistance.
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Re: How do I replace a 2003 Pontiac Vibe Headlight Assembly? (gsuvibe)

Postby keithvibe » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:14 am

First you have to remove the bumper
once you have the bumper off you can remove the top two bolts then there is one last bolt that is on the side of the headlight.
To remove the bumper you need to remove 11 retainers/bolts
One in each wheel well
three just under the hood of the car
Two just under the bumper in the center.
two more on the plastic splash shield infront of each tire.
Once you have those off you can slowly remove the bumper. Don't forget to disconnect the fog lights though too.


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Postby lovemyraffe » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:17 am

Quote, originally posted by keithvibe »
First you have to remove the bumper
once you have the bumper off you can remove the top two bolts then there is one last bolt that is on the side of the headlight.
To remove the bumper you need to remove 11 retainers/bolts
One in each wheel well
three just under the hood of the car
Two just under the bumper in the center.
two more on the plastic splash shield infront of each tire.
Once you have those off you can slowly remove the bumper. Don't forget to disconnect the fog lights though too.

Sounds like fun!

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Postby keithvibe » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:23 am

oppsy.... 9.. not 11 lol


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Postby lovemyraffe » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:27 am

Quote, originally posted by keithvibe »
oppsy.... 9.. not 11 lol

There goes all the fun, 9 isn't fun but 11 is

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Postby BlueCrush » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:28 am

And here I always thought it was hard to take the bumper off...silly me.
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Postby keithvibe » Mon Jul 27, 2009 8:31 am

Well then I'll stick to 11. LOL
Lets say between 9 and 11 bolts/retainers LOL
I keep counting them in my head and coming up with different numbers LOL
one on each fender well
three just under the hood
two under the front bumper front and center
Then two more on each splash shield infront of each tire...
I do it so many times that i don't even count anymore LOL
but i'm 99% sure it's 11 at this time...


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Re: How do I replace a 2003 Pontiac Vibe Headlight Assembly? (gsuvibe)

Postby gsuvibe » Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:14 am

Well...funny enough, I was actually able to replace the light without removing the bumper haha. The old assembly was so cracked and disfigured from the accident, I actually made it easier on myself and just broke it out with a crowbar haha. Also, because my fender was bend out a little bit from the accident...I was able to slide the light in without having to remove the bumper
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Postby Wolfman213 » Thu Jul 30, 2009 2:37 am

The only problem you may have is it may bounce a little since you don't have the stability of it being bolted in on the side.
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Re: How do I replace a 2003 Pontiac Vibe Headlight Assembly? (gsuvibe)

Postby Digger » Mon Aug 03, 2009 12:21 pm

This little girl would not be your little girl? Why not have her insurance fix your car right?
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Re: How do I replace a 2003 Pontiac Vibe Headlight Assembly? (Digger)

Postby lovemyraffe » Tue Aug 04, 2009 1:21 am

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This little girl would not be your little girl? Why not have her insurance fix your car right?

I'm going out on a limb here, but I don't think the girl who hit his car is his daughter. If she was, that would mean that he was 7 or 8 when she was born...

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Re: How do I replace a 2003 Pontiac Vibe Headlight Assembly? (gsuvibe)

Postby acer » Tue Nov 09, 2010 10:28 am

first post here!!!just found this site great site !!was wondering if when i do take the bumper off do i have to worry about air bag sensors any input would be great thanks
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Re: How do I replace a 2003 Pontiac Vibe Headlight Assembly? (acer)

Postby keithvibe » Tue Nov 09, 2010 10:48 am

Quote, originally posted by acer »
first post here!!!just found this site great site !!was wondering if when i do take the bumper off do i have to worry about air bag sensors any input would be great thanks

nope... I've had mine off at least 12 times... never had an issue


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