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#9 of 42 Re: saturn outlook 2009 headlamp replacement [malibumaxdude]
Mar 30, 2011 (11:45 pm)
Thanks for the post. I'll try your method. I replaced my left fr. low beam about 6mo ago and it's dead again. It cost me over $200! That's absurd, but it's no accident. Turns out the bulb was ok but the 8" connectorized wiring lead assy. which runs from the bulb to the main harness was totally burnt. Insulation was fried. This can only be caused by the wire gauge not being large enough for the bulb current load. Since the low beams come on automatically when you start the car (day or night) the light is destined to fail regularly. It's like GM purposely did this so they could make lots of money on servicing burned out lights at $200 a pop!
#10 of 42 Re: saturn outlook 2009 headlamp replacement [paynski]
Apr 17, 2011 (12:00 pm)
very very very common outlook problem.
#11 of 42 Re: saturn outlook 2009 headlamp replacement [bucky11482]
Apr 20, 2011 (10:27 pm)
Awesome. Thanks for posting. I'm going to be replacing my first bulb. I was a little concerned on the bumper idea...I will give it a try. Thanks again!
#12 of 42 Re: saturn outlook 2009 headlamp replacement [bucky11482]
Apr 21, 2011 (9:25 am)
Bucky11482 is right on. I replaced my bulb and burnt harness in less than an hr. I jacked up the front wheel and removed it so I could easily remove the plastic snap retainers and metal screws on the forward half of the plastic wheel well liner. It was quite easy to bend the plastic fender liner back about 12" to access the 3 light bulb connectors and the large flat connector to the main harness which is clipped to the framework below the light housings. The replacement harness I cost is $40.00 and is upgraded with larger gauge wire and improved contacts which have pink insulators at the low beam bulb connector. The orig. harness has wires going straight into a black epoxy in the conn. with no strain relief. This is where the insulation and wire burns. When you buy the new harness, make sure you bring the old one with you for comparison.
The hardest part was threading the high beam connector thru the housing hole. I did this by first removing the high beam bulb, then opening the hood and threading a coat hanger wire thru the high beam port and out the side housing hole. I then bent the hanger wire end back over itself clamping the harness wire at the base of the high beam conn. I then gently pulled it thru the high beam port. From there it was simple to install the high beam bulb with qtr. turn and clip the harness conn. to it. The parking lt. and low beam are much simpler to connect.
THIS PROBLEM IS DEFINITELY A GM/SATURN DESIGN DEFECT WHICH SHOULD HAVE A RECALL DUE TO POTENTIAL FIRE HAZARD. One could easily make this a good law suit case against GM for continuing to ignore a potential fire hazard, and for charging their customers over $200.00 for a 1hr or less procedure to correct a design defect they created!
#13 of 42 Re: saturn outlook 2009 headlamp replacement [bucky11482]
Jun 19, 2011 (6:19 am)
Going on a vacation today after church. I was struggling trying to figure out this routine headlight replacement. I saw your message and many thanks. I will make it to the church on time and be beaming out a bright headlight stream all the way to the beach! The Outlook is new to us. My wife and kids love it. They say that 6 female design engineers created this vehicle. I believe it. It is comfortable and very convenient...except for routine maintenance.
Happy Fathers day guys!
#14 of 42 Re: saturn outlook 2009 headlamp replacement [paynski]
Jun 27, 2011 (3:56 pm)
Same problem with my 2008 Outlook. Just wondering what is the part number for the harness?
#15 of 42 Re: saturn outlook 2009 headlamp replacement [saturndriver08]
Jun 29, 2011 (10:58 am)
Please let me know you found the part number. You can also find parts at www.GMpartsdirect.com. Hope this helps.
GM Customer Service
#16 of 42 Re: saturn outlook 2009 headlamp replacement [gmcustsvc]
Jun 29, 2011 (11:21 am)
I will try to find the p/n for you. I don't have access to my records during the day, so you'll have to wait. Hopefully, l I can dig it up.
#17 of 42 Re: saturn outlook 2009 headlamp replacement [paynski]
Jun 29, 2011 (8:03 pm)
my ro shows harness is #20858015....
#18 of 42 Re: saturn outlook 2009 headlamp replacement [saturndriver08]
Jul 02, 2011 (12:37 pm)
The GM part no. for the driver side headlamp harness is 20913209. This harness has the improved wire strain relief on the connectors.