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1997 Chevy Silverado 1500: low beam bulb on drivers side

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I have a 1997 Chevy Silverado 1500 - need to replace low beam bulb on driver''s side. How to do it?
Submitted: 8 years ago.
Category: Chevy
Expert:  John replied 8 years ago.


I am sending information that should assist you in replacing the headlamp bulb.


Headlamp Bulb Replacement

Removal Procedure

  1. Make sure the headlamp switch is in the OFF position.

    Caution: Halogen bulbs contain gas under pressure. Handling a bulb improperly could cause it to shatter into flying glass fragments. To help avoid personal injury:

    Turn off the lamp switch and allow the bulb to cool before changing the bulb.
    Leave the lamp switch OFF until the bulb change is complete.
    Always wear eye protection when changing a halogen bulb.
    Handle the bulb only by its base. Avoid touching the glass.
    Keep dirt and moisture off the bulb.
    Properly dispose of the used bulb.
    Keep halogen bulbs out of the reach of children.


    Notice: Avoid touching the bulb or letting the bulb come in contact with anything damp. Oil from your skin or moisture on the bulb can cause the bulb to explode when the bulb is turned on. If either comes in contact with the bulb, clean the bulb with alcohol or a suitable degreaser and wipe the bulb dry.

  2. Remove the bulbs from the headlamp capsules by reaching from the engine compartment and by twisting the bulb counterclockwise.
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  3. Remove the 2 long screws from the top of the radiator support.
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  4. Pull forward the headlamp assembly (3).
  5. Disconnect the electrical connector (2) from the burned out bulb assembly (1).

Installation Procedure

    • Replace a high beam bulb with another high beam bulb. The high beam bulb has a red gasket.
    • Replace a low beam bulb with another low beam bulb. The low beam bulb has a gray tip and a yellow gasket at the base.

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  2. Install the new bulb assembly (1) into the headlamp assembly (3). Twist clockwise the bulb assembly.
  3. Seat the bulb assembly with the connector facing down.
  4. Connect the electrical connector (2) to the bulb assembly.
  5. Install the headlamp assembly.
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  6. Install the 2 long screws through the top of the radiator support.
  7. Tighten the screws.
Customer: replied 8 years ago.
could you possibly have steps 2 and 3 reversed in the above removal procedure? I cannot get to the bulb assembly due to fuse box sitting right behind the bulb assembly...
thanks, Customer
Expert:  John replied 8 years ago.
This is a tight fit ,but whatever works for you will do.If you need to you can remove headlamp assembly for better access.
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