General Maintenance & Repairs - Trans AM Headlight Grinding Going Up
06-27-2012, 02:06 PM
I did the temp fix and it worked fine for the first few times and then not even a day later it makes the grinding noise when the headlight is going UP.
It no longer opens and closes when I lock or unlock the car but when I turn the lights on the side where I did the temp fix goes up and tries to keep going up or something as it vibrates loudly for about 5-6 seconds. Basically the opposite of what was happening before the temp fix.
Is this because the gear is worn out on both sides? I made sure everything was tightly secured back on.
06-27-2012, 02:31 PM
Yes, you need a replacement motor...you could try these instead of replacing your motors
06-27-2012, 02:46 PM
Yes, you need a replacement motor...someone used to make brass replacement gears years ago, but not sure if they are still available
A replacement motor or just the gear?
It's odd because before I did the temp fix the headlight would go up and down when I would lock and unlock the car and make a grinding noise going down.
Now the headlight doesn't go up and down when I unlock/lock the car, but only grinds/vibrates when the headlight is going up. After about 6 seconds all is well and it stays up fine.
I tried readjusting the arm a couple times and tightening everything.
One thing I did notice was I can lift the headlight maybe 1-2cm more and it isn't tight as the working side.
06-27-2012, 03:03 PM
I was editing as you were posting....see link above
06-27-2012, 10:45 PM
had the same problems today... the gears are 80ish ,, i went to autozone 2 new motors for 115. and a life time warranty.
06-28-2012, 09:55 AM
I'd say the lifetime warranty would be the way to go then
06-28-2012, 04:11 PM
Thanks will go to Autozone today and probably buy just one for now, unless they come in a deal for two.
06-28-2012, 10:09 PM
I replaced it with a motor I bought at autozone and everything worked but the headlight was very dim. I switched back to my old motor and the light was still dim.
Anyone know what the problem can be? The light was working fine just before I took it apart.
Also the headlight I replaced the motor for is a little lower than the other when fully up and a little loose. It has been like this for the old motor as well and I'm thinking its a problem with the arm. Any way to fix it?
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