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Replace headlight bulbs on a 1999 Pontiac Sunfire.

Replacing A Head Light On A 1999 Pontiac Sunfire

Also: Replacing The Park Lamp Bulb

(Covers Model Years 1995 to 2004)

In This Article:

A plastic cover is removed, then 2 bolts are removed from the headlight lens. The wires are disconnected and the bulb socket is removed.

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Skill Level: 2-3 (Basic to Intermediate)

Time Taken: About 25 Minutes

By Jim Wilk, Licensed Auto Body Technician


This 1999 Pontiac Sunfire headlamp assembly is easily accessible.

Left headlight being removed 1999 Pontiac Sunfire.


Remove fasteners from upper radiator cover 1999 Pontiac Sunfire.

First, I removed the upper plastic radiator cover.

The red arrows show the six retainer clips that had to be removed.


To release each retainer clip, I pulled up on the pin in the center of the retainer, using a tack puller. How to remove plastic clip from upper radiator 1999 Pontiac Sunfire.


Removing upper radiator cover 1999 Pontiac Sunfire. Then I maneuvered the plastic cover off and placed it out of the way.


To replace the retainer, I push the base of the retainer in the hole and then push the center pin down into the retainer to lock it. Plastic fastener clips General Motors.


Removing headlight mounting bolt 1999 Pontiac Sunfire. I removed the first headlight mounting bolt (red arrow) using a 13mm socket.


Then I removed the second bolt with the ratchet and socket.

Note: These are special bolts, as shown with the red arrow.

Special headlight mounting bolt 1999 Pontiac Sunfire.


Lifting headlamp from car, 1999 Pontiac Sunfire. Once the 2 screws were removed, I lifted the assembly up and out of the mounting area.


I lifted up the wire connector lock tab... Disconnecting headlight bulb wire 1999 Pontiac Sunfire.


Removing wire from headlamp bulb 1999 Pontiac Sunfire.  ...and pulled the connector from the bulb.


To remove the bulb I turned the assembly retainer counter clock-wise... Unscrewing bulb socket from headlamp assembly 1999 Pontiac Sunfire.


Removing bulb from headlight assembly 1999 Pontiac Sunfire. ...then pulled the bulb out.



Avoid touching the new headlight bulb with your bare hands. Oil from your skin can get on the glass and cause the bulb to overheat and burn out. Hold the new bulb with a tissue or piece of paper.


With the headlight assembly removed I was able to reach inside the bumper area and remove the marker lamp socket, by turning the socket counter-clockwise.

To remove the bulb from the socket I just pulled it straight out.

Side marker lamp bulb wiring connector, 1999 Pontiac Sunbird.


Front turn signal bulb socket, 1999 Pontiac Sunfire. I removed the turn signal socket by reaching both hands under the lens. With one hand I pressed the lock tab (red arrow) and used the other hand to turned the socket.

Then I removed the bulb by pulling it straight out of the socket.


View of left headlamp reinstalled. Left headlanp reinstalled, 1999 Pontiac Sunfire.


More Info:

Tools Used:

  • Basic Mechanic's Tools
  • 10mm Socket
  • Tack Puller

Materials Used:

  • Headlight Bulb
  • Park Lamp Bulb
  • Turn Signal Bulb

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Written May 20, 2010