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Author Topic: $240 To Replace the Pair of Burned Out Headlamps!!!  (Read 7596 times)
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« on: March 03, 2012, 09:28:31 AM »

One of my headlamps just burned out on my 09 Traverse w/60K miles.  Since the bulbs dim with age, when one is replaced they recommend that you replace both at the same time for maximum visibility.  If this happens to you, it's 1.8 hrs of labor and about $20 to replace each bulb.  The stupid idiot  Angry engineers at GM put the air filter box in the way of getting access to the headlight on one side and a big fuse box in the way to prevent access to the headlight on the opposite side.  In order to gain access to the headlamp assembly, the tech has to go in through the wheel well.  I'm so SICK AND TIRED of this car I can't even tell you.   flaming mad flaming mad flaming mad flaming mad flaming mad flaming mad flaming mad flaming mad flaming mad flaming mad
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« Reply #1 on: March 03, 2012, 10:08:14 AM »

The Standard procedure is to go through the wheel well. Some new cars on the market are even worse.  The worst part is it only takes 5 minuets to change a blub... At least that's all it took me. So they took you for a ride... Don't blame GM it's who ever serviced the lights.

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TO access the rear of the headlamps to replace burned out bulbs- requires that you remove 4 screws- 2 in the wheel well and 2 under the bumper- and then pull the plastic wheel well shield just enough to turn and remove the cover.

"It is really this simple." So I will state it again you were ripped off by the Service techs. I could have pulled the engine out in 1.8 hrs.
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« Reply #2 on: March 03, 2012, 10:53:49 AM »

As stated before, you were ripped off. It is literally a 5 minute job.....10 with a break between bulbs.....sorry to say
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« Reply #3 on: March 03, 2012, 01:36:42 PM »

yes- thats right-- they ripped you off.
the last time I changed my bulbs- it took me 20 min to do both sides- all while watching my 2 yr old -to make sure he didnt run into the street- and having him hand me 'tools'.... and you know how long it takes for a little one to hand you a screwdriver.
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« Reply #4 on: March 03, 2012, 01:48:57 PM »

One of my headlamps just burned out on my 09 Traverse w/60K miles.  Since the bulbs dim with age, when one is replaced they recommend that you replace both at the same time for maximum visibility.  If this happens to you, it's 1.8 hrs of labor and about $20 to replace each bulb.  The stupid idiot  Angry engineers at GM put the air filter box in the way of getting access to the headlight on one side and a big fuse box in the way to prevent access to the headlight on the opposite side.  In order to gain access to the headlamp assembly, the tech has to go in through the wheel well.  I'm so SICK AND TIRED of this car I can't even tell you.   flaming mad flaming mad flaming mad flaming mad flaming mad flaming mad flaming mad flaming mad flaming mad flaming mad

Did you have this done at your Chevy dealer ?  When they gave you the quote, I'm assuming here you asked for the price, you should have jumped into your Traverse and moved on ..... don't blame Chevrolet.
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« Reply #5 on: March 03, 2012, 02:03:08 PM »

heres a how to I made on how to change your headlight bulbs... wih pictures

http://www.traverseforum.com/index.php?topic=610.msg3980#msg3980
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« Reply #6 on: March 03, 2012, 02:03:30 PM »

Good grief! Worst car I have ever had to change the HL bulb on was a Volvo xc70. First time 45 minutes and my entire library of cuss words. Now under ten mins.
Best? Honda-under 5 mins last time by feel in the pitch black of night without a flash light.
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« Reply #7 on: March 03, 2012, 05:50:35 PM »

The GM dealer wanted $254 so I went to a local garage and they came out with the $240 quote.  I got the Traverse back a few hours ago and the bill came to $212 with a coupon I found so I still saved quite a bit vs the dealership.
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« Reply #8 on: March 03, 2012, 06:35:07 PM »

A Dealer told me I had a bulb out on my silverado and asked if I wanted them to change it. Ok but how much $$ , $32.00 ?? which bulb was out I asked? A side marker "wheat bulb" $.75  confused Never mind I'll do it. These are the rates dealers charge when they go by the book not real life. Be careful
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« Reply #9 on: March 03, 2012, 09:32:30 PM »

My dealer quoted me $110 complete to swap out both halogen headlamps with the projector headlamps I bought on ebay.
And that's a lot more work involved than just replacing the bulbs.
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« Reply #10 on: March 04, 2012, 03:38:17 PM »

It sounds like they charged by the book (removal of bumper) but did it the quick 15min way through the wheel well.   Oh No


like others have stated...it takes me 20min to replace both bulbs.  Dealers go by the book and it's a complete joke because it requires partial removal of bumper.  I plan to upgrade my lights to the Projector style with HID kit which will take longer, but bulbs alone can be done in 15-20min at a cost of $20 for the pair.
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« Reply #11 on: March 04, 2012, 04:12:24 PM »

As stated before, you were ripped off. It is literally a 5 minute job.....10 with a break between bulbs.....sorry to say

avalanche is the same way... Cheers
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« Reply #12 on: March 05, 2012, 09:03:31 AM »

You could have purchased a lifetime supply of bulbs for your Traverse, and done it yourself for that price. Terrible.
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« Reply #13 on: March 05, 2012, 08:08:35 PM »

Thank you for the instructions.  I'm assuming when the front amber colored turn signal goes out the procedure would be the same or does the bumper need to come apart for that?
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« Reply #14 on: March 05, 2012, 10:01:37 PM »

yep!  Here's a video showing how to replace the parking lamps.


http://www.carcarekiosk.com/video/2009_Chevrolet_Traverse_LS_3.6L_V6/lights/parking_light
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« Reply #15 on: March 06, 2012, 04:55:39 PM »

I watched the videos.  I don't see where they came up with 1.8 hours of labor.  Thanks to your postings, I will now be able to handle this task on my own in the future and save $$$.  I'm still mad at GM, though.
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« Reply #16 on: March 06, 2012, 05:11:02 PM »

To remove the headlamp ASSEMBLY requires the bumper removal.
I think thats what they probably look up and get 1.8 hrs- removal of the entire assembly...

When I did the change my 1st time- I was about to remove the upper plastic shield under the hood etc. but thought- there must be an easier way..
sure enough there was...


The image below is for the headlight removal.
I also did the change on my sisters Lucerne- which called for bumper removal.
But I removed the plastic shield under the car- and was then able to reach UP- laying on my back.

So I looked around my Traverse- and found I could access them via the wheel well.




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« Reply #17 on: March 10, 2012, 11:47:31 AM »

This is the reason I always turn off the DRLs in all my cars.  That strategy lasted 8 years and 80000 miles on my Trailblazer, which needed the whole front grille removed to change the headlamps.

Yes, very dumb design.  Bang Head
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« Reply #18 on: March 10, 2012, 02:28:39 PM »

RB, that is EXACTLY what they quoted.
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« Reply #19 on: March 10, 2012, 02:31:04 PM »

This is the reason I always turn off the DRLs in all my cars.  That strategy lasted 8 years and 80000 miles on my Trailblazer, which needed the whole front grille removed to change the headlamps.

Yes, very dumb design.  Bang Head

Had a TrailBlazer, so did RB.  Time on TrailBLAZER bulb replacement was .4 FRH or 24 minutes. 
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