How to Change a 2008 Equinox Headlamp


Driving your 2008 Chevrolet Equinox with faulty headlamps is dangerous. Not only is your road vision reduced, but other drivers may not see your vehicle. Most states have laws prohibiting driving vehicles with headlights that are not working properly, and doing so could result in a fine.

Things You'll Need

  • Ratchet and sockets
  • Clean cloth
  • Replacement 9007-type bulb
  • Open the hood of the Equinox. Turn off the engine. Allow the engine to cool for about five minutes before working on it.

  • Pull out the four push pins on top of the radiator cover by hand. Pull the radiator cover toward you and pull the front grille trim bar away from the headlamp lens. This provides access to the headlamp assembly.

  • Remove the three headlamp assembly attachment bolts with a ratchet and socket. Pull the radiator cover toward you, and pull the headlight assembly out of the vehicle. The largest socket on the headlamp assembly contains the headlight bulb.

  • Press the clip on the electrical connector to remove it from the assembly. Turn the retaining ring counterclockwise to remove it from the headlight socket. Pull the bulb straight out.

  • Wipe the replacement bulb with the clean cloth. Without touching the glass surface with your bare hands, place the bulb into the assembly. Turn it clockwise to lock it into place. Place the retaining ring back onto the socket. Turn it clockwise to secure it place.

  • Reconnect the electrical connector. Place the assembly back into the vehicle.

  • Reinstall the three headlamp assembly attachment bolts. Push the radiator cover back into place and reinstall the four push pins on top of the radiator cover by hand. Close the hood.

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  • "2008 Chevrolet Equinox Owner's Manual"; General Motors Corporation; 2007
  • Photo Credit Jupiterimages/Comstock/Getty Images
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