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GMC Envoy Headlight Problems



  • I had the same problem. I found a mechanic that could covert my 1999 envoy to standard headlights but GM would not send the parts. He was going to charge me $2000.00 for the job. After extensive searching this is what I did. I bought an aftermarket HID plug and play kit for 1999 envoy. I tore off the plates on the original lights and installed two brand new headlights for $250.00... no need to covert... Hope this helps. My new lights are two years old now.
  • This just happened to me and I fixed it today for $20 and it was really easy.

    Same story, passenger low-beam died and I was quoted over $1300. Went to a local auto store and bought the 9006 low-beam and the socket for it. Total $20. I removed the headlight cluster and took out the old HID light and igniter. Following the wire back to the ballast, I cut it and threw it all away. I left the old ballast where it was because it was a pain to get at. Next I cut the wires going into the ballast on the opposite side from the one I just cut. This is just the good old regular juice to make the good old regular headlight you just bought work. Wire the two together and you are good to go.

    You will have to make sure the new light is secure in the cluster. I used a short piece of metal strapping and screwed it right into the same holes. I may do the driver's side just to get them both out of the way. Total cost $40, or maybe $75 if you want higher end bulbs.
  • a little more input would be appreciated like what kind of conversion kit and what plates you tore off Pics if avalable would be a plus or mabie a website thanks:)
  • I have a 2004 GMC Envoy XL and my headlights will go out, out of no where. I am sure there is a short somewhere, but how do I find out where? Also, my air conditioner works up front, but the rear vents do not work. Any hints?
  • I have a 2005 Envoy and I also have this problem. Early morning after startup for at least 30 minutes, my lights will flicker.
  • mealwormmealworm Posts: 1
    Just wanted to say thanks a million for your post. I had searched and searched for solutions to the Envoy HID problem with no luck. When we bought our 2000 Envoy the passenger-side HID, igniter, and ballast had all been removed already. I used some metal strapping to hold a 9006 bulb in the HID hole, but it was not a good long-term solution.
    So I decided to try the two headlight assemblies you listed from Vehicle Interior Parts on Amazon. $35/ea + shipping = not bad. They got here quickly and were well packaged and brand new.
    The passenger side was a breeze since the 9006 connector had already been freed from the ballast. The driver's side was tougher. I tried like hell to remove the ballast, but without completely removing the front bumper cover, it seemed impossible. Then I just tried to get the 9006 connector free, which was also a [non-permissible content removed] because it was impossible to get my hand into the space where it was connected. I fussed with trying different angles for a good half hour. I finally sent a long flathead screwdriver into the cavity and it pried off really easily (note to self for next time). At this point, the original assembly was now dangling from the ballast. I cut the wire as close to the ballast as I could and was finally free to install the new light. The wires barely reached, but they did.
    This is an excellent solution for those of us who prefer regular, easy to find, cheap headlights over proprietary redonkulously expensive HIDs.
  • I have a 2005 GMC Envoy. Recently while driving at night, they both turn off. This has happened to me quite often in the past week. I have had to ride the rest of the way to my destination with my high-beams. However, my fog lights still work.

    I have replaced the fuses for both headlights and checked the battery, in case a cable was loose.

    It turned off on me when the car was on but in park. It has come back on for me once. This was after I hit the top of the fuse box cover to lock it back in place and the lights immediately turned on.

    Could anyone tell me what else to check for?
  • lasdouglasdoug Posts: 12
    I like your way-BUT can you provide me EXACTLY what you BOUGHT & WHERE
    on-line and what your mechanic had to do exactly. That would really help my mechanic who I think will take this job on if its not going to be a nightmare!!
    Would appreciate additional info from you-it would really help.
    Thanks you much, in advance
  • lasdouglasdoug Posts: 12
    susan72 (REPLY #19) Can you please provide additional Info on WHAT YOU BOUGHT On-line and from WHOM on-line and what your mechanic had to do exactly!! That would be of great help if you can do this for me.
    Thank you (INADVANCE)
  • heartless2heartless2 Posts: 1
    I followed all these instructions except I chose to take the bumper cover and bumper off. The same plug that is in the ballast fits right into the new headlight so no rewiring!

    Thank you for the help! Now I'll go sell the good side and the ballast and ignitor for the other. As it turns out, just the bulb was burned out but in the long run, the conversion will be more cost effective.
  • lasdouglasdoug Posts: 12
    First of all, thanks to all of you that responded to my cry for HELP, way back when, regarding my 1999 Envoy Headlight Problem. Without your feedback and support the fix would not have been possible, would not have been able to tell my mechanic where to start. Of course, when I called the GMC Dealers (THE EXPERTS) for assistance on changing out the 99 Envoy HID Lights to Conventional Lights, they were flabbercasted and did not know if it was even possible OR they knew what to do, but would not tell you, for it would mean loss of big $$$$ in their pockets....WHATEVER!!! To make a
    Long Story Short (PROBLEM FIXED) with a total cost of UNDER-
    $ 200.00 to change out BOTH HID HEADLIGHTS to Brand new
    CONVENTIONAL HEADLIGHTS (Now can go to any Auto Parts Store and buy a $2.00 blub if one goes bad) WHEW!!!!
    ***Running out of room (SEE PART-2)
  • lasdouglasdoug Posts: 12
    Sorry Bout That..........................
    1- Purchased 2 BrandNew Headlights From; (651-644-3456)
    *LEFT (Headlight) Partslink GM2502174 (Part # 14-00535L) $ 64.00
    *RIGHT (Headlight) Partslink GM2503174 (Part# 14-00535R) $ 64.00
    SHIPPING $ 14.75
    ARRIVED 2 days later (Perfect Condition) for TOTAL ( $ 142.75 )
    I managed a (No restocking Fee-Return Policy) !!!!!!!!!!
    2- My buddy (Did NOT HAVE TO CUT ANY WIRES)
    3- Removed Each Assembly (Easy remove clips behind assembly
    that pull straight up- the light can be pulled out-dangling)
    4- Uplugged the (Harness Plug from Ballast) Ballast located below
    Headlights/Behind Bumber). He layed on his back and got under
    car with a long screw driver to help unplug the plug from BALLAST.
  • lasdouglasdoug Posts: 12
    5- Driver side (EASIER to UNPLUG from BALLAST - BUT- HARDER
    to connect HARNESS PLUG to NEW ASSEMBLY)
    6- He connected the Harness Plug from EACH BALLAST and
    connected the plugs into the NEW L&R ASSEMBLIES.
    No wires to Cut. The Drivers Side -Harness Plug after removal from
    Ballast had to be maneuvered below AC Lines in order to reach
    plug-in on NEW ASSEMBLY. Buddy says the job is DO-ABLE!!!!
    7- My PAX SIDE (BALLAST) was bad, dont know about IGNITER.
    8-Kept Drivers Side HID ASSEMBLY (Still Good) if you want it Free!!
  • lasdouglasdoug Posts: 12
    My E-Mail is if I can answer any questions
    or if you can use my Old (Drivers Side Headlight Assembly). Its your Free. Also if in the Dayton Ohio area- My good mechanic will change out your HID Headlights for Conventional ones. Thanks again for all
    that responded to my earlier request for info on this matter-It really PAID OFF.
  • cprincesscprincess Posts: 1

    You are a life saver. I bought a 2000 Envoy in April 2010. The headlight went out and I thought it would be an easy fix. Longer story short the dealer said the part would be $786 for the driver side headlight because it was a H.I.D. Igniter and ballast Headlight. I said there is no way I’m paying that much for 10 year old SUV. So I have been searching high and low for a solution on the net and there you appeared. I called the website you suggested and they have a GMC Jimmy headlight in stock and Kerry the sales associate remembered you and said she is glad everything worked in your favor.

    Well have fabulous Memorial Day and I hope everything goes as well for me.

  • lasdouglasdoug Posts: 12
    Best of luck changing out those over priced headlights. Have a good mechanic do it, he'll figure it out, FOR SURE. My mechanic was great and figured everything out by reading past POSTS on this site. Took him about an hour, maximum.That headlight place I purchased the lights at, where great to work with, and I remember KERRY, she sounded like a "BABE" !! Wish I could see her pic !!!
    I think I actually like these NEW conventional headlights BETTER, than the original HID, they seem just as bright !!!
    GOODLUCK. Shame on you GMC for putting these high priced
    headlights on a low priced Vehicle in the first place, it isn't a LEXUS!!
    You've caused alot of headaches, to alot of us.
  • robo2023robo2023 Posts: 1
    I,too, am experiencing the vary same situation with my 1999 Envoy. What a shame that a company does this to their customers. It's no wonder people don't trust companies like GM anymore. We can't afford to buy the parts let alone have it fixed.

    I am very interested in the drivers side assembly if you still have it. Let me know if it is available. Thanks for your input!
  • lasdouglasdoug Posts: 12
    I am sorry, I ended up giving the remaining drivers side assembly to a neighbor, who has a friend with the same headlight issue. I tried to convey to the neighbor, how much happier his friend would be to just (CHANGE OUT BOTH HEADLIGHTS) with brand new conventional headlights, but his friend wanted to try this old HID headlight first.
    Sorry bout that--and--good luck with your FIX. For less than $200 my belief is you will be happier with a complete changeout to brand new conventional---I was !!!
  • I have a 1999 Envoy. I love this car. Bought it used runs like new but I too have the headlight problem. Your solution sounds great. I even have a mechanic living behind my house who says he would install the conversion kit on both sides. My problem is where to get the parts. We live in Ohio and the only parts places near us are Auto zone and Advanced Auto Parts. I'm not good with all the parts stuff. Any suggestions. I also don't have any credit cards. Any help would be awesome.
  • lasdouglasdoug Posts: 12
    I see your problem. The only reason I ordered OnLine was because the 3 or 4 Junk Yards/Salvage yards in the Dayton area did not have the Conventional Headlights. Right after I placed the order Online,
    one of the local Salvage yards, I think it was RIVERSIDE or Clayton, called me back and said they could get the Conventional Headlights from Online and I could pick them up in person. Try some LOCAL junkyards to you and explain that you need to pay by cash or check, and I'll bet they will order the Headlights for you and have them delivered to their location so you can pick them up. (Give them the number of the place I purchased mine)- you'll see in my prior posts all the information regarding where I purchased mine online. GOODLUCK
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