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Old 06-08-2006, 01:20 PM   #81
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I have an 01 trans am...when I engauge or disengauge keyless entry headlights come up then down and make a roaring noise . The noise only comes from left headlight drivers side? Both lights come up though! Any idea? Is it the same thing I am seeing here about gears?
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one of your headlight motors is shot - buy 2 new motors from gm replace them and be done with it. i did brass gears and two weeks later had to replace the motor because the shell broke. just replace with factory motor. easy to replace. 1 hour both sides
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Nice job on the pics JD.
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Old 06-11-2006, 12:40 PM   #83
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Do any of you have the part number for the replacement headlight motors? Thanks for the help.
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Old 06-19-2006, 12:04 PM   #84
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I have a 1998 Trans Am. Just this weekend i started having problems with the flip up lights. I first noticed a grinding noise after turn the heads lights off and they flip down; the sound is comming from the left head light motor. For some reason it keeps running for about 30 seconds after it flips down. The left light still flips down and up at the same speed as the right so its not lazy or anything like that.

Before this problem if i just turn the parking lights on (from all off) the lights would not flip up. As soon as i turn the switch to head lights they would flip up. But now the lights flip up when I turn on just the parking lights, never did that before.

Also now the lights flip up and down when I arm or disarm the alarm system. They never did that before.

Could the left head light motor be causing these problems, or is it a bad relay or mabey both ? Please help !
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Old 06-19-2006, 12:47 PM   #85
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I am having the same problem in my third gen and it turned out not to be the motor but it was the door headlight module. I found a used one for bout $70 but a new one is $300 but i don't know if the 4th gen has the same setup, if it does that is what it is
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Old 06-19-2006, 12:49 PM   #86
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The gear on that headlight has stripped, you can either buy a brass replacement (fixes problem permanently) or do the free fix by turning the gear to where the plastic still has teeth (the gear doesn't turn full circle when opening or closing headlights). Very common problem, especially if your headlights pop up every time when arming or disarming alarm.

You can find more info by doing a search on stripped gears.

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Very common problem, especially if your headlights pop up every time when arming or disarming alarm.


Best of luck!
Before i started hearing the grinding noise, the headlights never flipped up or down when I armed or disarmed the alarm system, but now they do, thats why i think its more than just the flip up motor.

Thanks for the info guys !
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Old 06-19-2006, 05:52 PM   #88
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dude i got a 00' trans am and i have the same exact problem. only when i flip down lights. and now the lights come up and go down quickly when i lock/unlocked my car. its crazy
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Take kdstang's advice my 02 had the exact same symptoms as yours, the gear was stripped, did the free fix which lasted 2 months, then it started all over, put a motor in it and everythings back to normal.
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Headlight gear is stripped man.
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it also could be the stop for the headlight needs to be adjusted.
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Old 06-20-2006, 04:13 PM   #93
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Right now I'm thinkin that the Head light door control module is bad. That module controls the up and down motion of the head light doors. It is located on the side of the fuse box closest to the head lights under the hood. I'm thinkin that if that module goes bad and causes the door motor to run too long it will strip the gears out; and I think that is what is causing me head light to flip up when i only turn on the parking lights and/or arm/disam the alarm. I'm gonna try changing the module 1st, if i can find one, and I'll let you guys know.
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Right now I'm thinkin that the Head light door control module is bad. That module controls the up and down motion of the head light doors. It is located on the side of the fuse box closest to the head lights under the hood. I'm thinkin that if that module goes bad and causes the door motor to run too long it will strip the gears out; and I think that is what is causing me head light to flip up when i only turn on the parking lights and/or arm/disam the alarm
i doubt it..

its the gear in the motor itself... a bad gear WILL cause the headlgiht doors to go up when the foglights come on or when the alarm is activated... ive had this happen 3 times on my 95, twice on the drivers side headlight and once on the pass side.. there is something that confuses that computer when the motor gear is bad, and it causes the headlights to come up when the fogs come down.. ill bet if you reverse the motor, it will either 1. go away totally, or 2. the doors stay down when the fogs come on, but when you turn the headlights on, the motor grinds (whereas right now i bet it only grinds when the headlight door gets into the down position)
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Old 06-22-2006, 01:53 PM   #95
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ok you guys were right. Head light motor gear. all i did was take the lift arm off the motor and turned the motor by had 180 degrees and put it back together. Thanks guys for the help. Also for inquiring minds a new motor is 70 bucks plus a 20 dollar core at pep boys.
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Man WTF !!
Head light door motor worked great for 1 day. Lastnight if fucked up again !! ohh well I guess I just have to fork out 70 bucks for a new one. I hate doing **** twice. oh well **** happens.
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Anyone have the part number for the stock replacement gear?
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I don't think there is a nylon replacement gear. The entire housing is replaced if stock.

This is from the part # thread in Gen. Maintenance and Repairs thread:

Firebird headlamp actuator (motor) (93-97), LH = 16516653
Firebird headlamp actuator (motor) (93-97), RH = 16516654
Firebird headlamp actuator (motor) (98-02), LH = 16524229
Firebird headlamp actuator (motor) (98-02), RH = 16524230

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Just chiming in; I would look in the for sale section and possibly get it cheaper than the dealer
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Thankz guyz, my lights on my '00 t/a just started doin' that crap...sooo embarrassing...this site rocks!!!!
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