It’s not that difficult to replace the headlamp or headlight bulbs in the 2000-2005 Chevrolet Impala. This certainly fits within the “do-it-yourself” category. And perhaps one of the things that makes this process easy is that there are no tools required!
If you’ve read the other posts here about headlamp replacements, then you should have a good idea of how
easy the procedure is.
Here’s how it goes:
Since we’re dealing with an electrical device, you should always think about safety. The last thing we’d want is to have a first-hand experience of the thousands of volts stored in your car. There’s a lot of ways to, as they say, “jump-start your day”; certainly, being electrocuted by your car is not one of them. And so before starting:
- Disconnect the negative (usually the black one) battery cable.
- Make sure the car is off; meaning, the ignition switch is in the OFF position.
Now on to the procedure itself:
- Pop up the hood
- Look at where the headlight assembly is. Remove the air baffle to have access to the plastic fasteners.
- Look for the two fasteners and pull them up (refer to the image).
- Lift and pull the headlight assembly and pull out the electrical connector.
- Now, look for the bulb that you want to replace (refer to the image above) and remove its dust cover.
- Turn the bulb that you want to replace counterclockwise and pull it out.
- Pull the electrical connector from the bulb.
Now, you have the old bulb out. To replace, you just have to reverse the process: reconnect the connectors, insert the new bulb (there should be a notch to guide you) and twist it clockwise to lock it. Then just retract your steps.
Then of course, test the bulb!
A: Signal Lamp|B: Low-beam Lamp|C: High-beam Lamp
Headlight assembly out; dust cover and electrical connector