Head light door actuators may fai on Pontiac Firebird

Problem Description and Possible Solution

The head light door actuators may fail causing the head lights to become stuck in the raised or lowered position.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 86,738 (20,000–200,000)
13 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
37 people reported this problem
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Right headlight will not pop up when switch is turned on. Left headlights makes a loud noise when you turn switch off.
when i turn my headlights off the motor keeps running make this loud grinding, clicking noise. i replaced the motor and within 2 months its doing it again!! what is going on here? anyone? thanks
heard the sound of a motor on passenger side after closing the headlights. Found it to be the headlight actuator. Hope I don't need one for the drivers side given the pricey repair.
I have had to replace both sides 3 times as the actuator motor gears are made of plastic and not metal. Each side cost a total of $300 and $85 an hour labor X 3 hours.
My headlight doors on my 1997 Pontiac Trans Am fail to open quite frequently and sometimes they open all the time try o
ther times yet they open when I'm opening them by hand they will just instantly zip out of my hands and open up I'm not quite sure what it is I haven't fixed it yet and the motor sounds just fine any suggestions would be helpful thank you. Although I have eliminated the connectors and have hard-wired the lights doors
this happened again at 56,000 was repired the first time by gm second time had to fix myself luckly found metal gear to fix permanently you can find them on ebay
Small arms that control light body bent and stopped working at 75,000 miles on one side
Changed headlight door motor and now they open at different speeds. Is there an adjustment?
Replaced gear several times & turned gear.
drivers window and headlight
Gear stripped out. The motor runs but the headlight will not move.
plastic gears failed on head light door motor
Motor failed bougt a new one and replaced
Actuator went bad replace with new
both sides failed at different times and were repaired under warranty.