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
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2002 Pontiac Firebird 65,000 mi,
Right headlight will not pop up when switch is turned on. Left headlights makes a loud noise when you turn switch off.
1996 Pontiac Firebird 65,000 mi,
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.
1997 Pontiac Firebird 75,000 mi,
Small arms that control light body bent and stopped working at 75,000 miles on one side
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.
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
1997 Pontiac Firebird 40,000 mi,
Changed headlight door motor and now they open at different speeds. Is there an adjustment?
1998 Pontiac Firebird 26,089 mi,
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
2000 Pontiac Firebird 60,000 mi,
Replaced gear several times & turned gear.
2001 Pontiac Firebird 125,000 mi,
drivers window and headlight
1990 Pontiac Firebird 100,000 mi,
Gear stripped out. The motor runs but the headlight will not move.
1994 Pontiac Firebird 120,000 mi,
plastic gears failed on head light door motor
2000 Pontiac Firebird 65,000 mi,
Motor failed bougt a new one and replaced
1998 Pontiac Firebird 45,000 mi,
Actuator went bad replace with new
2000 Pontiac Firebird 20,000 mi,
both sides failed at different times and were repaired under warranty.