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#1 of 25 Changing headlight assembly (Not the bulb)
Oct 08, 2008 (11:35 am)
1998 Chevy Tracker 4WD 2 Door Soft top
I was driving down the freeway and a car just in front of me had a tire blow. It pulled over to side and I kept going. Later I saw a wheel weight sticking out of what was left of the glass in my passenger side headlight.
I found a headlight assembly and bought it but need to get info on what I need to do to change the whole assembly.
Do I take the whole front grill off? and what else do I need to change and then I presume I need to have the headlight aimed... This seems to be a major production LOL...
I looked in a cheap "how to" manual but it doesn't have much on body work...
Any online suggestions or how to suggestions.
And I love my Tracker...wish they still made them...
#2 of 25 headlight bulb
Dec 02, 2009 (10:26 am)
gmc 2007 work truck 1500,
changing the low beam headlight, i started this job thinking what a nothing chore,
wrong i had to remove several components from the engine compartment, i had to wedge a block of wood between the washer fluid tank to allow access to the light bulb.
this may work for others, grab the light bulb insert with a pair of pliers and twist counter clockwise. it needs about 1/4 turn. the wiring harness may have to be stretched.
good luck. changing a sealed beam use to be a nothing job. listen up automakers
#3 of 25 Headlights not focused
Dec 06, 2009 (12:58 pm)
'99 Yukon- headlights have poor focus and do not light road well. Front end wreck a few years ago. Replaced lens assmby with GMC but no improvement.
They take halogen bulbs and I am considering replacing them with old style glass sealed beams. Anyone have this problem or find a fix?
#5 of 25 Blinking interior lights AND headlights
Apr 06, 2008 (5:09 pm)
We have a 2002 Tracker and the same thing is happening now. The interior and exterior (including headlights) are dimming and going back to normal for a while (30 seconds or so) then it goes back to normal for a while... then it starts blinking again for a while, etc.
The check engine light is also on. Having had the code checked at my local shop, they said it was the front O2 sensor, but they have no idea how that could cause any blinking...
I removed the ground wire up against the chassis and brushed it well, tested the battery to no avail.
Any help would be greatly appreciated.
#6 of 25 flickering head lights an dash lights
Sep 26, 2008 (8:27 am)
2000 chevy tracker,my head an dash lights flicker while driving,at idle everything is fine.i had the battery an alternator checked both are ok.what could be causing this?
Nov 03, 2008 (1:12 pm)
I was just wondering if anyone ever helped you guys with this because I also have been having this problem. Had the Alternator and Battery tested both checked ok.
#8 of 25 Re: [trackerenvy]
Nov 04, 2008 (6:44 am)
I got this from an electric forum pro:
It sounds to me like the voltage regulator in your alternator is spikeing. A normal alternator test may not show this. The easiest way to find out is to connect a cheap "analog" voltage
gauge to the output terminal of the alternator and extend it into the vehicle so you can watch it while driving. The wire from the alternator to the plus side of gauge. The negative side to ground. You can't use a digital gauge or meter because they won't show a "pulse" Where an analog gauge with the needle will. If the lights spike with the gauge needle, it's the regulator for your alternator.
#9 of 25 Blinking, flicker interior dashboard lights and headlights
Jul 21, 2009 (7:20 pm)
My 2001 Tracker had the same issue. I passed along the recommendation to my mechanic to use an analog voltage meter and look for a "pulse" when the blinking begins. My mechanic was able to catch the steady light go into blinking mode and see the meter's needle start to pulse. It was the regulator that was bad and warranted a alternator/regulator replacement. This so far has resolved the problem in my Tracker.
This problem is a tough one to resolve. Initially the alternator tested fine (as others had reported in this forum and other Tracker forums). The bad alternator/regulator caused other problems to materialized that the auto's computer was trying to compensate for. Once the new alternator/regulator was installed the blinking/flicker lights stopped and other problems disappeared. My other recommendation is to buy a new alternator rather than a rebuilt. The cost for the part was only $30 more than the rebuilt and I believe will make a difference in the long run.
#10 of 25 Re: Blinking, flicker interior dashboard lights and headlights [bill_colwell]
Oct 14, 2009 (6:56 am)
My 2004 chevy tracker has started to experience the same problems you describe. I put a digital and a multimeter on the battery while starting up cold and the headlights and dash lights and dome light started flickering until the vehicle came off fast idle. At idle these conditions didn't exist. As i wenr sown the road the flickering started again. It's not much flickering but it's there. Acceleration is fine. The digital meter shoed at no load 15.5-15.7 volts. With all the loads on the meter never went below 13.0 volts. To me the alternator and regulator are working. I even ran a test light from the alternator output to ground and it flicked as i rev'd the engine up in speed. Does this mean my regulator is going bad? My price for a rebuild is $165 plus tax. A new one is $471. (Pittsburgh,pa) I'd appreciate some guidance. Thanks..palko