Little bulb in the headlight housing

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Discussion Starter · #1 · Nov 4, 2018

Hi, Does anyone know if the little bulb maybe marker light?- not the headlight or turn signal light can be changed? Searched didn’t find much and found conflicting answers of what I did find. Some said they were sealed led’s in there and need a whole new headlight housing, others said just that bulb can be changed. If it can, can you reach that bulb without ripping the bumper off like the headlights? Any info would be awesome.

Replied to the flickering headlight and said the bulb fixed that problem. I had to go jinx it. Last night same bulb was out on way home-lovely. Seen it randomly do it a couple times since replacing while parked and or using remote start a different time but never while driving. Hilarious, actually quite the opposite. And the little light that is out at least right now is on the other side of the car

Gotta love gm, makes changing something so small and minor as a marker light be an outrageous beast

Thanks, Eric

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Those are the parking lights and yes they can be changed. You pull the headlight assembly and those are a 1/2 twist, pull out bulb. I changed mine to a much brighter LED and love the look much better at night. I wished I could use them for DRL.

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The small single lamp between the turn signal and the headlamp is a marker lamp that is replaceable. It uses a 194 bulb. Like Soapm, I replaced mine with LEDs … but I got amber LED bulbs, rather than white. They match in color with the 4 tiny side marker lamps on the side of the assembly (which are not replaceable) … gives a cohesive look that I like.

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By the way, I’ve been able to replace my marker lamps without having to take off the entire front bumper cover. If I remember correctly, it was a combination of removing the flat, plastic cover over the front portion of the engine bay, reaching through some areas and using needle-nosed pliers. It’s not easy, but I was able to do it.

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Mine are amber also, I almost forgot that wasn’t the factory color since it just makes sense…

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Hi, Does anyone know if the little bulb maybe marker light?- not the headlight or turn signal light can be changed? Searched didn’t find much and found conflicting answers of what I did find. Some said they were sealed led’s in there and need a whole new headlight housing, others said just that bulb can be changed. If it can, can you reach that bulb without ripping the bumper off like the headlights? Any info would be awesome.

Replied to the flickering headlight and said the bulb fixed that problem. I had to go jinx it. Last night same bulb was out on way home-lovely. Seen it randomly do it a couple times since replacing while parked and or using remote start a different time but never while driving. Hilarious, actually quite the opposite. And the little light that is out at least right now is on the other side of the car

Gotta love gm, makes changing something so small and minor as a marker light be an outrageous beast

Thanks, Eric

Mine is out also so the correct way is to remove tire, and remove tire well plastic protect ( not entirely just about 5 clips), loosen first two bolts holding bumper cover to fender panel, loosen but on back of light assembly ( only be seen when wheel well protectant is pulled back) remove top shield over radiator and remove headlight screws, work headlight out pulling out away from car, unclip harness, voil’a. Or a good long pair of needle nose pliers and some light to reach that plug and turn it. Either way beats dealer or body shop !

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I replaced mine with bright white leds to match my headlights.

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Mine is out also so the correct way is to remove tire, and remove tire well plastic protect ( not entirely just about 5 clips), loosen first two bolts holding bumper cover to fender panel, loosen but on back of light assembly ( only be seen when wheel well protectant is pulled back) remove top shield over radiator and remove headlight screws, work headlight out pulling out away from car, unclip harness, voil’a. Or a good long pair of needle nose pliers and some light to reach that plug and turn it. Either way beats dealer or body shop !

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I didn’t remove the tire, I just loosened enough clips to get my arm in there to loosen the bolt.

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Discussion Starter · #8 · Nov 21, 2018

Hey, thanks for the replies all. Sorry been busy, and didn’t get logged in to see. Didn’t see email notification. But yeah, that’s awesome they can be replaced.

TopherS- I’ll try popping that cover off if I can find a warm spot to do it and see if I can get in there. It’s on the passenger side. Would be nice if that is all it can entail. Pulling the bumper off sounds more involved than I would be comfortable with doing, especially on a daily and needing the car every morning. Plus it’s now winter here. Been just dealing with it and trying to convince myself that it isn’t that noticeable. I see it plain as day, but sure most people at night wouldn’t notice. But past 9 pm either behind a cop or facing him at a stop light, I’m sure would be guaranteed pull over. My drivers side headlight that I had changed at the dealer maybe 2 months ago has randomly gone out on me a few times since. 2 weeks ago- only drove maybe 10 minutese saturday and sunday night and it was out both times I came home. To my knowledge it hasn’t done it since. So maybe just glitchy? The 2 times I’ve been at this place, of course it’s working fine. I’d hate to get rid of the car over a bulb. Was waiting for that to act up and take it back in and have them deal with the marker bulb then. But if I can get it myself I’ll do that asap and just hope the headlight is fine.

So those “other marker lights” on the very sides are not replaceable and if they go you need a whole new housing? They seem to be fine, not to jinx it, but hope I don’t ever have to deal with that.

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So those “other marker lights” on the very sides are not replaceable and if they go you need a whole new housing? They seem to be fine, not to jinx it, but hope I don’t ever have to deal with that.

The “side marker lights” are the 4 tiny LED lights in a row on the side. They are not replaceable. I’ve seen several threads about it … from owners who live in states that require a full safety inspection for license plate re-registration. I haven’t seen anyone who has found a fix for malfunctioning side marker lights.

The small “positioning lamp” or “parking lamp” (the one you need to replace in your car) is quite honestly barely visible … especially if the headlamps are on. They overpower the small lamps from any real distance … especially if they are the stock white color. Because I changed mine to amber, they are a bit more visible from a distance.

I suppose it depends on your jurisdiction and whether you have police officers in your area that would notice that lamp out and use that as a reason to pull you over. If a full safety inspection is required where you live, a burned out parking lamp may get called … if the inspector realizes that the lamp is even a lamp in the first place.

Here in Oregon, we’ve never been pulled over for a burned out lamp … or even a broken taillight (we’ve had both in the past). We have smog-testing for re-registration every other year (we register for two years at a time in Oregon), but the only visual vehicle inspection is to ensure you have not removed your catalytic converter and that you aren’t blowing visible smoke out the exhaust … so burned out bulbs are not called.

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Discussion Starter · #10 · Nov 28, 2018

Still have to mess with it, been so cold lately. That would suck for the inspection states on the led’s, sounds like a joke. But yeah, it’s really not that noticeable but you can definitely tell. Haven’t been nailed yet, but haven’t been out later at night as much either. They’ll nail you for license plate lights trying to catch people drinking. And it’s not like a headlight out that commands attention, and then you’re way more likely to get clocked for a speeding ticket too. They don’t drive around with their radar on all the time, but if they see you on the highway with a light out and you’re speeding, you’re toast

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Discussion Starter · #11 · Dec 8, 2018

The small single lamp between the turn signal and the headlamp is a marker lamp that is replaceable. It uses a 194 bulb. Like Soapm, I replaced mine with LEDs … but I got amber LED bulbs, rather than white. They match in color with the 4 tiny side marker lamps on the side of the assembly (which are not replaceable) … gives a cohesive look that I like.

By the way, I’ve been able to replace my marker lamps without having to take off the entire front bumper cover. If I remember correctly, it was a combination of removing the flat, plastic cover over the front portion of the engine bay, reaching through some areas and using needle-nosed pliers. It’s not easy, but I was able to do it.

Hope this helps.

Finally got this beast done. Thanks for all the help and confidence to do it. Had a license plate light go out a couple days ago so got 2 of those and the one parking lamp. Popped the cover off over the radiator and took out the bolt in the area where the headlight meats the grill and top of bumper area. Pulled back on the front/grill held together piece and barely got my fingers on it, I did, but couldn’t get leverage to turn it out. Pliers wasn’t long enough and enough room to get in there and be able to turn it. Ended up pushing on it for a year with fingers and used 1 to 2 long screw drivers to twist it from different directions and act as pliers. Was worried since it was that much of a beast I wasn’t goona get it back in but did. Before I ended up getting it, I popped the clips off the fender liner and a couple underneath the bottom in front trying to get at it. Don’t know if that actually did anything or not, maybe loosened the front top of car color part and grill area a little more? But yeah got it. They gave me a orange bulb, thought it was an amber light at least thought it was compared to the headlight, but it is a regular white bulb like the license plate. Wasn’t going to try to put it back together and do it again. So pulled one back out of the license plate and stuck it in. Pretty sure it’s the same size bulb? But yeah, got it all put back together and works. Didn’t really think, was hoping but wouldn’t have been surprised if I couldn’t get it. Once I had my fingers on it, but couldn’t turn it, thought I may have been done, but was like I’m right there, gotta get it. Pulling the whole bumper off would be more than I would be comfortable doing. But seeing your post about the needle nose being able to get it done, gave me enough to try it. If anyone has one out and won’t try bumper removal. It can be done without it. This was on the passenger side. Was looking at the driver side, not sure if that would be doable with the air intake and everything else there in front of it. The passenger side just had to pop the cover off the fuse box. Thanks everybody for all the help and knowledge that it can be done and not rocket science. Just kind of a pain and took a bit, but better than paying I’m sure a good 300 bucks for a 2 dollar light. My hand and fingers are pretty raw now. Success, time for a drink Thanks everybody

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