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Firebird Headlamp Doors

loamsloams Posts: 8
edited March 2014 in Pontiac
The headlamp doors on my 1989 suddenly barely open or close. Is it a coincidence that both motors would begin to fail at the same time or is it perhaps a common electrical connection to both doors? (All other electrical devices in the car are working properly). Any advice would be appreciated


  • Mr_ShiftrightMr_Shiftright Sonoma, CaliforniaPosts: 58,504
    Aren't these vacuum operated or am I thinking of older ones?

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  • loamsloams Posts: 8
    I'm thinking they may be vacuum operated as you suggest; but how would I check? and if so, would it be a relatively simple repair to find and repair the vacuum hose? thanks.
  • kkollwitzkkollwitz Posts: 274
    My 89 doors gave up within a month of each other a couple years ago. If you still hear the motors run, but the doors don't move, the fix is cheap & you can do it yourself if you can fix a toilet.

    There is a plastic bushing in the motor which has worn out. All you do is remove the motor (pretty simple), unscrew the gear cover, clean out the broken/worn old bushing, replace & reassemble.

    You can order the parts with instructions ($10 or so) at It's a Fiero store but the bushing part is the same. It's called "87-88 Headlight Actuator Rebuild Kit." If you can't find it, send Rodney an email.
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