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    Default The incredible bouncing headlight

    I have noticed when turning the lights off on my 1995 Convertable, the right hand headlight continues to " bounce " after it is all the way down. It seems as if the motor is still trying to pull the headlight down even after it's at rest. It bounces 4 times then stops. Everytime.

    I have rebuilt several Porsche,Fiat and Honda headlight motors in the past. Is this a simple fix, maybe a bad switch contact in the motor ?
    or do I need to spend the big bucks on a new headlight motor ?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JimBobC4 View Post
    I have noticed when turning the lights off on my 1995 Convertable, the right hand headlight continues to " bounce " after it is all the way down. It seems as if the motor is still trying to pull the headlight down even after it's at rest. It bounces 4 times then stops. Everytime.

    I have rebuilt several Porsche,Fiat and Honda headlight motors in the past. Is this a simple fix, maybe a bad switch contact in the motor ?
    or do I need to spend the big bucks on a new headlight motor ?

    It's a simple fix, there are three nylon bushings inside the gear assembly that are worn out too much...since they're worn down, they're not giving enough resistance to trigger the motor to cut off and it's running until it times out basically. Do a search on the forum for headlight bushings and you'll probably turn up more posts than you can dream about for it...there is one really good one somewhere I'll see if I can find and give you a link to that has pic's and step by step instructions. It's fairly simple, about 6$ or so maybe and 40 minutes or so per headlight.

    Try this LINK or if that didn't work, the url is:
    http://home.comcast.net/~zrjuan/headlight.html

    Look at picture 16 on that page, see those three round bushings inside of the white plastic gear? You don't have those anymore.
    That's about the best "how-to" fixit page I've found for it, holler if you're having trouble figuring out what bushings to use...although like I mentioned, search the forum and you'll find plenty of posts on it. Give a shout if you need more help!

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    Thanks. Sorry to clog the forum up with redundant questions. Now to find the new bushings....


    Dang newbies ....

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimBobC4 View Post
    Thanks. Sorry to clog the forum up with redundant questions. Now to find the new bushings....


    Dang newbies ....
    Hey, we were all newbies at one time or another. And, as to redundant questions, don't worry about it. There's so much information out here that it can be overwhelming and hard to keep track of. Ask away....

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    No worries about the newbie/redundant question thing, Scott's right, we all start somewhere! I don't mind answering questions I can help with whether new or old ones, just wanted you to know there's info here in the forums about it other than just what I have to say on it...and a lot of times it's best to read a few different peoples input on something before diving into it.
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    Hi Jim/Bob

    I am having trouble with my headlight and came across your post. Mine headlight motor also runs longer also. Once the light turns on it is facing out as if you were driving at nigh and then with the movement of the car it dips downward. Or if it is on and facing out ward and you touch it, it also falls inward and seems really lose. Is this cause by the worn out bushings also.

    thanks

    Bob

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    Question for those who have done this fix, how worn was the plastic gear? My passenger side motor is making noise and I am wondering if I should get another gear in addition to the bushings. Is the bronze gear worth the extra money?
    Jim


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    Quote Originally Posted by Robert12 View Post
    Hi Jim/Bob

    I am having trouble with my headlight and came across your post. Mine headlight motor also runs longer also. Once the light turns on it is facing out as if you were driving at nigh and then with the movement of the car it dips downward. Or if it is on and facing out ward and you touch it, it also falls inward and seems really lose. Is this cause by the worn out bushings also.

    thanks

    Bob
    I'm really not sure with yours, hopefully someone with more knowledge will speak up. I think yours is a different design though and may be a different problem than the bushings.

    Quote Originally Posted by jrogensk View Post
    Question for those who have done this fix, how worn was the plastic gear? My passenger side motor is making noise and I am wondering if I should get another gear in addition to the bushings. Is the bronze gear worth the extra money?
    I did mine when there was about 110k on the clock and the gears in both my headlights were just fine.

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    well I checked. One bushing is fine or at least whole, the other 2 seem to be in crumbles. Must be from all the speed and wind resistance .

    I'm really suprised it works at all. Where do I find the replacement parts ?

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimBobC4 View Post
    well I checked. One bushing is fine or at least whole, the other 2 seem to be in crumbles. Must be from all the speed and wind resistance .

    I'm really suprised it works at all. Where do I find the replacement parts ?
    Eckler's has them. I just did mine and you would not believe what I found. Some clown before me had used two nuts in each corner and covered the whole mess with gray silicone. I have slop in the "horseshoe" brackets so I have a bushing kit on order from vette2vette.com. Talk to Jason, he is a nice guy. It really is an easy fix but when you do it one of the bolts that hold the motor on is hard to get at, it is torx, so you have to use the knob to manually adjust the headlight up to get at it. There is an excellent article that walks you through the whole thing with detailed pictures. Do a search for "lazy eye" or something like that. Someone pointed me in the right direction. Now I forget where it was. The whole job can be done, both lights in a few hours or less.

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    I ordered mine although I really don't remember from who...I know all of the normal corvette parts suppliers have them.
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    If you need help let me know. It's actually fun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JimBobC4 View Post
    well I checked. One bushing is fine or at least whole, the other 2 seem to be in crumbles. Must be from all the speed and wind resistance .

    I'm really suprised it works at all. Where do I find the replacement parts ?
    Go to Auto Zone or Advance and look in the "Help Section",Mach it up with a Power Window Gear repair kit!!!
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    Junk, the power window repair kit will work on the headlights? Man, if I knew that it would have saved me a lot of hassle. I'm STILL waiting on my parts to come in I ordered.

    By the way, I really appreciate all the help you give me and others. Junk, I don't know how you find the time to do it but a special thanks is in order. People like you who are willing to help EVERYONE are a rare breed.


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    Quote Originally Posted by gmjunkie View Post
    Go to Auto Zone or Advance and look in the "Help Section",Mach it up with a Power Window Gear repair kit!!!

    Hey Junk, look back up in this thread at post ...were 88's the same too, or was that the previous motor assembly?

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