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Author Topic: DIY Acadia Headlight Bulb Removal - With Video!!!  (Read 35239 times, 10 Replies)
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« on: December 13, 2010, 01:07:34 AM »

Hello,

I would like to thank all of the great people on this forum for sharing their DIY methods and opinions for removing the headlight bulb.  To give back to the community, I took a video of this procedure.

Please heed caution before deciding to dedicate 30mins of your life that you will never get back when watching my videos below.  I was using my Iphone 4, and I am a complete amature.  I also recorded using portrait mode like a tard, so you will need to tilt your monitor or laptop 90 degrees, or just watch this video laying down on your side.  :  )


Part 1:
Part 1 of 4 - GMC Acadia headlight bulb removal


Part 2:
Part 2- gmc acadia headlight bulb removal


Part 3:
Part 3- gmc acadia headlight bulb replacement


Part 4: - Re-attaching the new bulb.  close up View.
Part 4- gmc acadia headlight bulb replacement
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« Reply #1 on: December 22, 2010, 12:53:37 PM »

Wow. he went ahead and did some 'extra' steps.
This is essentially the same thing in the Traverse.
1st time I did mine- took me a while as I had to figure out how to do it.
But the 2nd time I replaced my low beams- it took me 10 min per side. 20 min total- start to finish.

I simply left my wheels on- turned them inward
removed the screws and only the lower pins- this left enough room for me to see up there- stick hand up and make mental notes of the position of the caps. remove the connector and then remove the bulb.
Replace bulb and attach the connector.
It will be easier to remove the connector with the bulb still in place.
1 thing to remember--- is to MAKE SURE the cap has the O-RING in place.. and make sure you put it back on.

Make note of where the indentation on the cap is--- so that you know where to place it and screw it back on....
so like I said-- once Id done it once- the next time was easy.
It may be that im a skinny guy....and can move around with the wheel turned....
same thing with oil changes... I can slide in under the car to change oil without lifting.
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« Reply #2 on: December 22, 2010, 03:13:33 PM »

I guess the bulbs just twist in and out ?  By Cap..you mean on the back side?  Is the O-ring for water protection?
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« Reply #3 on: December 22, 2010, 10:02:40 PM »

yes, the bulbs- you turn it about 90 degrees- and it comes loose.
These being halogen bulbs- do not touch the glass... as your figerprint oils will shorten the bulb life.
on the cap thats turned the O-ring is most certainly to keep out moisture and dust.
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« Reply #4 on: December 23, 2010, 04:09:00 PM »

Well, even with my female sized asian wrists i had a problem getting my arm in there withiut severely bending the hell out of the wheel well liner.  So if you want to add the complexity of not removing your tire, then that is all up to you.  The other thing I noticed that there are some sharp parts in there, so adding the risk of getting cut might sway you to remove the tire and wheel well when performing this procedure.

Anone else have some funny stories or want to share?


Wow. he went ahead and did some 'extra' steps.
This is essentially the same thing in the Traverse.
1st time I did mine- took me a while as I had to figure out how to do it.
But the 2nd time I replaced my low beams- it took me 10 min per side. 20 min total- start to finish.

I simply left my wheels on- turned them inward
removed the screws and only the lower pins- this left enough room for me to see up there- stick hand up and make mental notes of the position of the caps. remove the connector and then remove the bulb.
Replace bulb and attach the connector.
It will be easier to remove the connector with the bulb still in place.
1 thing to remember--- is to MAKE SURE the cap has the O-RING in place.. and make sure you put it back on.

Make note of where the indentation on the cap is--- so that you know where to place it and screw it back on....
so like I said-- once Id done it once- the next time was easy.
It may be that im a skinny guy....and can move around with the wheel turned....
same thing with oil changes... I can slide in under the car to change oil without lifting.
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« Reply #5 on: February 27, 2011, 09:52:06 PM »

Thanks for the video...My passenger headlight went out and I went to the Valvoline Instant Oil Change that my husband manages and had them replace the bulb.  I gave them the link for the video and it only took them 10 minutes to change the bulb.  Thanks again. 
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« Reply #6 on: August 14, 2011, 03:12:09 PM »

I just replaced low beams on both sides on our 2009.  I was able to get in by turning the wheels so the front of the tire was inward, then removing just the screws along the front side of the wheel well and underneath the front.  I removed the bulb while the wiring was still attached, then I was able to get two hands in there to undo the connector.
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« Reply #7 on: November 03, 2011, 05:18:43 PM »

I know this is an old thread but, wanted to say thanks. I would have struggled to have figured it out without reading here first. Pain in the butt to do but, once I was into it. It was fairly straight forward.
Thanks for the information.

Evan
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« Reply #8 on: December 23, 2011, 04:41:43 PM »

I know this is an old thread but, wanted to say thanks. I would have struggled to have figured it out without reading here first. Pain in the butt to do but, once I was into it. It was fairly straight forward.
Thanks for the information.

Evan


totally agree.. i just replaced my bulbs last week with a help of this thread.. god bless you!
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« Reply #9 on: April 15, 2012, 05:22:53 PM »

Engineers should be fired for designing this mess. Why wouldn't they provide an access panel with quick snaps? Guess that's why there is a recall where GM will replace the bulbs and wiring for the bulbs.
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« Reply #10 on: August 04, 2012, 12:57:25 PM »

I do mine today, I replace the DLR and fog bulb and it was not an easy thing to do! I remove both wheel, the front of the plug and vis and the hand and arm can access it pretty easy! The DLR are pretty sample to change, but the fog are little more complexe!

After all, I like the look of LED on the Fog and daylight! I post some picture this evening!
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