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2000 Chevy Cavalier front end.

Replacing Headlight Bulbs, Parking Lights, and Turn Signal Bulbs
On A 2000 Chevy Cavalier

(Covers Model Years 2000 to 2005)

In This Article:

A plastic radiator cover is removed. The parking light is removed. The headlight assembly is unbolted and lifted off its supports, unplugged, and the bulb is changed.

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Skill Level: 2-3 (Basic to Intermediate)

Time Taken: About 15 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician


This 2000 Chevrolet Cavalier headlight was removed as an assembly.

First the upper radiator shield had to be removed.

Headlight area of Chevy Cavalier 2000.


Removing radiator shroud on Chevy Cavalier.

I used tack puller to pry up on the center of the clip, then I pried up on the outer ring of the clip.


View of retainer clips with center up.

To reuse the clips, push the base in first, then push in the center pin to lock the retainer in place.

These clips are used all over the average car, to hold various plastic panels in place.

Plastic shroud retaining clips, GM.


Engine area of Chevy Cavalier. I removed the upper radiator cover and placed it on top of the engine.


View of the clip attaching the park lamp to the headlight assembly.

The park lamp assembly needs to be removed before the headlight assembly can be removed for the bulb to be changed.

Headlight and parking light assemblies, Chevy Cavalier 2000.


Removing turn signal park lamp assembly on Chevy Cavalier. To remove the parking lamp, I used a large screwdriver to pry against the headlight adjuster, applying pressure on the clip to release it.

(This photo is looking almost straight down... the parking lamp is at the bottom of the picture.)


The green arrows show where the alignment studs go when the parking lamp assembly is replaced on the car. Alignment of park lamp assembly with mounting holes.


Removing parking lamp bulb, Chevy Cavalier.

Removing The Park Lamp Bulb:

I pressed in on the lever-type clip on the socket (green arrow) and turned the socket.


I removed the bulb by pulling it straight out.

The park lamp bulb is # 3157 clear.

Replacing light bulb.


Front of car with park light assembly removed. View of area with park lamp assembly removed.


Removing The Headlight Assembly:

I used a 13mm socket to remove the headlamp housing bolt on the left side (green circle). Unbolting headlight assembly, Chevy Cavalier.


Removing bolts on headlamp housing, 2000 Chevy Cavalier. Then I removed the bolt on the right. (green circle).


View of special headlight mounting bolts. Headlight assembly mounting bolts, GM


Removing headlight assembly on Chevy Cavalier. I lifted up on mounting panel (the black plastic piece behind the headlight) to detach the studs on the mounting panel from the metal core support.

The green arrows show the hole and the plastic stud that goes in it.


Using a flat screwdriver I pried up the clip on the wire connector to the headlight bulb. Disconnecting wiring from headlight, Chevy Cavalier.


Electrical connector for headlight, Chevy. Then I pulled the wiring connector out of the back of the headlight bulb.


To remove the number 6004 headlight bulb I turned the outer retainer (green arrow) counterclockwise. Then I just pulled out the plastic bulb-holder and replaced the head light bulb. Headlight assembly, Chevy Cavalier, rear view showing bulb retainer.



Avoid touching the new light bulb with your bare hands... the oil from your skin can damage the light bulb and cause it to burn out early. Use a tissue or paper towel to handle the new bulb.


Headlight area with light removed, Chevy Cavalier. View of metal core support area.

The green arrows show the holes that the lower studs of headlight housing go into.


More Info:

Tools Used:

  • 13mm socket
  • Tack Puller
  • Large Flat screwdriver
  • Small Flat screwdriver

Materials Used:

  • Headlight Bulb #6004
  • Park Lamp Bulb #3157 Clear

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Written October 1, 2009