Newbee with a question - CorvetteForum - Chevrolet Corvette Forum Discussion

Notices
C5 General General C5 Corvette and C5 Z06 Discussion not covered in Tech
Sponsored by:
Sponsored by:

Newbee with a question

Old 10-10-2018, 08:06 PM
  #1  
papasan
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Member Since: Oct 2018
Posts: 8
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default Newbee with a question

Like another thread, I just got my dream car - also a silver 2001 C5 coupe with 48,600 miles. At my age (70) I never thought it would happen. Think I'll make it a daily driver, at my age why not? Since I live in Colorado, that will mean December - March in the garage. Lot's of fun roads when the snow clears. Got the car from a niece who inherited it from her grandfather so it's sr. citizen bona fides remain intact (Pulls hard to redline and my wife and I can actually enter and exit easily - who knew) More fun than my old SS396 Chevelle! Glad to be a part of the community.


Couple of minor issues: intermittent right headlight door (will install new motor gear), 'rockin' seat and a 'simple' one that has me stumped re next steps. When I got the car everything worked, including headlights. But as I bought it in the daytime I didn't notice that the driver's low beam pointed at the ground in front of the car and the right low beam pointed high and to the right. No problem, right? Re-seat the bulbs correctly in the housings.

NOT SO FAST, Newbee! Got driver's side bulb re-installed after some great instructions on the forums. Aim seems better now.

Cannot get the right bulb to seat in the housing. Bulb looks okay with undamaged tabs, etc. Bunged up headlight housing? One thought was to take off headlight cover for better visual and hand access to the housing for inspection and repair?

So, right now it's a daytime only drive. Do the guru's on this forum have some help?


Thanks, Papasan
papasan is offline  
Old 10-11-2018, 12:29 AM
  #2  
Vetteman Jack
Moderator
Support Corvetteforum!
 
Vetteman Jack's Avatar
 
Member Since: Mar 2001
Location: Missouri. Currently own 2003 Milestone Edition.
Posts: 261,354
Thanked 3,392 Times in 3,007 Posts
MO Events Coordinator
St. Jude Co-Organizer
St. Jude Donor '03-'04-'05-'06-'07-'08-'09-'10-'11-'12-'13-'14-'15-'16-'17-'18
NCM Sinkhole Donor
CI 5, 8 & 11 Veteran

Default

I would do as you mention and first check the back of the headlight housing and see if the mounting slots are OK and hold the bulb in tightly. If there is some damage, you can find replacement housings on here every now and then (C5 Parts for Sale Section) or check with one of the forum's used parts vendors: aescorvetteparts, Northern Corvette or VetteNuts.
Vetteman Jack is online now  
Old 10-11-2018, 08:11 AM
  #3  
Old School
CF Member
 
Member Since: May 2003
Location: Baiting Hollow NY
Posts: 75
Thanked 12 Times in 9 Posts
Default

Before you replace the motor there are 4 plastic end stops (bumpers) for the headlight housing. Take the plastic stops off, (they just pull off) and turn them around 180 degrees. When the housing opens or closes it hits the stop and over time it wears and digs in. Turning the stop around gives it a new surface to push against. If the motor is not making a ratcheting noise this may fix it and it costs nothing to try. I would remove the headlight bucket and see whats going on with the bulb socket. They come out easy enough.

Last edited by Old School; 10-11-2018 at 08:12 AM.
Old School is online now  
Old 10-11-2018, 11:48 AM
  #4  
aj98
CF Senior Member
 
aj98's Avatar
 
Member Since: Dec 2005
Location: SE VA VA
Posts: 1,910
Thanked 143 Times in 116 Posts
Default

Welcome to the forum!

Check your PMs
aj98 is offline  
Old 10-11-2018, 12:46 PM
  #5  
papasan
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Member Since: Oct 2018
Posts: 8
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by Old School View Post
Before you replace the motor there are 4 plastic end stops (bumpers) for the headlight housing. Take the plastic stops off, (they just pull off) and turn them around 180 degrees. When the housing opens or closes it hits the stop and over time it wears and digs in. Turning the stop around gives it a new surface to push against. If the motor is not making a ratcheting noise this may fix it and it costs nothing to try. I would remove the headlight bucket and see whats going on with the bulb socket. They come out easy enough.
Thanks for the tip on the tabs. Removing the headlight bucket is proving to be a challenge. Looks like I need a torx angle screwdriver to get off the mounting bolts holding the bucket to the bracket (which I don't have....where to buy?) Am I missing something here? This 'simple' problem is turning into a major frustration, but that's not unusual for me.
papasan is offline  
Old 10-11-2018, 12:58 PM
  #6  
chris308
CF Senior Member
 
chris308's Avatar
 
Member Since: Sep 2006
Location: Seminole Florida
Posts: 2,467
Thanked 57 Times in 51 Posts
Default

You can buy torx bits at any tool place, save money and go harbor freight
chris308 is online now  
Old 10-11-2018, 04:34 PM
  #7  
Old School
CF Member
 
Member Since: May 2003
Location: Baiting Hollow NY
Posts: 75
Thanked 12 Times in 9 Posts
Default

Originally Posted by papasan View Post
Thanks for the tip on the tabs. Removing the headlight bucket is proving to be a challenge. Looks like I need a torx angle screwdriver to get off the mounting bolts holding the bucket to the bracket (which I don't have....where to buy?) Am I missing something here? This 'simple' problem is turning into a major frustration, but that's not unusual for me.
I have torx bits for a 1/4 drive ratchet that came in handy for this job. There are a lot of torx fasteners on this car you will need a few good sets. If you are removing the two shoulder bolts that the that the headlight bucket is hinged to at the rear be aware there are a couple plastic sleeves the bolts go thru you don't want to lose. If you remove the headlight body panel (4 torx screws), the bezel (3 phillips screws) and the two rear shoulder screws (torx and 8mm I think), you can carefully fold the headlight down into the bumper and you should have plenty of room to get to the sockets.
Old School is online now  
Old 10-11-2018, 05:40 PM
  #8  
papasan
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Member Since: Oct 2018
Posts: 8
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Thanks!! The mounting slots are all bunged up and I couldn't repair them. Will search vendors.
papasan is offline  
Old 10-11-2018, 05:44 PM
  #9  
papasan
Junior Member
Thread Starter
 
Member Since: Oct 2018
Posts: 8
Thanks: 0
Thanked 0 Times in 0 Posts
Default

Thanks! I got that accomplished. Discovered the socket is all bunged up and I couldn't repair it. Need new one and will do a search. Also noticed that one bump tab was missing on headlight acting intermittently - will order those as well.
papasan is offline  
Old 10-11-2018, 06:08 PM
  #10  
Old School
CF Member
 
Member Since: May 2003
Location: Baiting Hollow NY
Posts: 75
Thanked 12 Times in 9 Posts
Default

I would post a WTB in the C5 parts for sale section, lots of people upgrade to HID lights and might have the old units for sale
https://www.corvetteforum.com/forums...eadlights.html
Old School is online now  


Thread Tools
Search this Thread
Sponsored Ads
Vendor Directory

Contact Us Archive Advertising Cookie Policy Privacy Statement Terms of Service

© 2018 MH Sub I, LLC dba Internet Brands

We are a participant in the Amazon Services LLC Associates Program, an affiliate advertising program designed to provide a means for us to earn fees by linking to Amazon.com and affiliated sites.
 
  • Ask a Question
    Get answers from community experts
Question Title:
Description:
Your question will be posted in: