Head light door actuators may fai on Pontiac Firebird

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

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Average mileage: 87,075 (20,000–200,000)
13 model years affected: 1990, 1991, 1992, 1993, more1994, 1995, 1996, 1997, 1998, 1999, 2000, 2001, 2002
34 people reported this problem
13 people shared problem details
Right headlight will not pop up when switch is turned on. Left headlights makes a loud noise when you turn switch off.
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.
Changed headlight door motor and now they open at different speeds. Is there an adjustment?
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
Replaced gear several times & turned gear.
2001 Pontiac Firebird125,000
drivers window and headlight
1990 Pontiac Firebird100,000
Gear stripped out. The motor runs but the headlight will not move.
Small arms that control light body bent and stopped working at 75,000 miles on one side
1994 Pontiac Firebird120,000
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.
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