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Old 05-02-2006, 09:08 AM
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C-5 corvette headlights problems

my friend has a 2000 corvette. one of the headlights is not raising up out of the hood. the light itself is on but just not coming up. i think this is a vacumn motor but not sure on a new vette. does anybody know any tricks for popping the light up? any suggestions?

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The newer Vettes are not vacuum, they have an electric motor that runs a semi circular gear attached to the headlamp door. The gear is plastic and usually strips out, it's a common malady of the newer Vettes. There is a firm that makes a machined aluminum replacement. Go to www.zo6vette.com and ask for the firm and link.

As far as getting it open, you will have to get to it through the open hood and release it somehow or force it open.

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It is a well know problem.
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Doc here,

Is there a Bypass switch somewhere in the HUD or DIC panel?

If not you can try and look under the nose and look for the long linkage arm, that goes to that bucket, see if it will move when pushed side to side (so it will slip the gear to the rod) and try to open that bucket.

Have not had to do this on a 2000 and above Vette yet, but the older ones are set up that way, so It's worth a look anyway.

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