The head light door actuators may fail causing the head lights to become stuck in the raised or lowered position.Google+
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Pontiac Firebird Head light door actuators may fail and cause head lights to stick
Pontiac Firebird Problem
Average Mileage: 95,028 mi (20,000 mi - 200,000 mi)
Visitor, 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.
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.
Visitor, 1990 Pontiac Firebird, 100,000 mi
Gear stripped out. The motor runs but the headlight will not move.
Visitor, 1997 Pontiac Firebird, 75,000 mi
Small arms that control light body bent and stopped working at 75,000 miles on one side
Visitor, 1994 Pontiac Firebird, 120,000 mi
plastic gears failed on head light door motor
Visitor, 2000 Pontiac Firebird, 65,000 mi
Motor failed bougt a new one and replaced
Visitor, 1998 Pontiac Firebird, 45,000 mi
Actuator went bad replace with new
Visitor, 2000 Pontiac Firebird, 20,000 mi
both sides failed at different times and were repaired under warranty.