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Technical Areas => Questions and Answers => 4th generation cars (1993 to 2002) => Topic started by: SueAnn on July 11, 2008, 10:01:12 AM

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Title: Headlight Motor Gear
Post by: SueAnn on July 11, 2008, 10:01:12 AM
I purchased my 1997 Firebird TA in April. There was an existing problem with the driver's side headlight--the gear was stripped. My husband replaced it with the recommended (plastic) gear and it worked beautifully! However, Wed. eve when I shut off the lights, the grinding noise had returned. The gear was stripped again. It has only been 2-1/2 mos. since replacement and a one handful of times when I used the headlights. The passenger side headlight is A-OK (knock on wood). What would cause this brand new gear to strip again? I am hesitant to replace it again for fear that it do this again. I am considering replacing the gear with an aluminum one. You don't think that would wreck up the motor in any way, do you?

Any advice that you can provide will be much appreciated.

SueAnn
Title: Re: Headlight Motor Gear
Post by: firebirdclub on July 11, 2008, 10:15:32 AM
Look at the club's website at www.firebirdtaclub.com in the technical section.  There are some topics on headlight repair there.  Good luck.  Join the club!

Frank
Title: Re: Headlight Motor Gear
Post by: Todd Stahr on July 15, 2008, 07:29:06 PM
Sue I have a 98 and the gears went south. Someone had botched a repair on it previously, so swapping the gear around 180 degrees wasnt going to work. I bit the bullet and bought a new motor from a dealer, yeah they are pricey.

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