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Chevrolet Silverado Headlight Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change burnt out low beam, high beam or turn signal bulbs in the headlights of a 2007-2013 GM Chevy Silverado.

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2013 Silverado Headlight
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Engine Air Box
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Driver Side Headlight

This automotive "how-to" guide was specifically written to assist owners of the 2nd generation (2007, 2008, 2009, 2010, 2011, 2012 & 2013) Chevrolet Silverado 1500 in replacing a burnt out low beam, high beam or turn signal bulb in the headlight assemblies.

Owners of other General Motors vehicles such as the GMC Sierra, Terrain, Acadia, Yukon, Savana, Chevy Colorado, Avalanche, Express, Equinox, Traverse, Tahoe, Suburban, Spark, Sonic, Cruze, Volt, Malibu, Impala, SS, Camaro, Corvette, Verano, Regal, LaCrosse, Encore, and Enclave may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

Replacement headlight bulbs with their part numbers are as follows: Low Beam # H11, High Beam # 9005 or HB3 and Turn Signal / Parking Light # 3157A (also 3157NA or 4157NA).

No tools are needed to replace the driver side low or high beam bulbs. To replace the driver side turn signals, you'll need a 7mm socket and 10mm socket with ratcheting wrench.

To replace the passenger side headlight bulbs, you'll need a Torx T-25 star bit screwdriver to remove the engine air box.

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Driver Side - Reach In
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Passenger Side - Air Box
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4 Torx T25 Screws
If you need to replace the low beam or high beam bulbs in the Driver Side headlight assembly, just pop open the hood and reach in behind the housing.

The low beam bulb is located at the top of the headlight and the high beam bulb is located just below it. Remove them by first rotating the base of the bulbs 1/4 turn counter clockwise and then pull them straight out. Press the release tab on the power connector, slide it straight off, and push on a new # H11 low beam or # 9005 (HB3) high beam bulb.

Try to avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen bulbs. If you do touch the glass part of the new bulb with your fingers or anything greasy in the engine bay, wipe it clean with an alcohol moistened paper towel.

Insert the new bulb in to the housing and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.


If you need to remove any of the headlight or turn signal bulbs on the Passenger Side, you'll first need to remove the engine air box.

Use a Torx T-25 star bit screwdriver to remove the four screws that hold the top half of the engine air box in place. Set them aside in a safe place.

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Pull Out Engine Air Filter
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Pull Up Lower Half
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Removing Air Box
Pull out the engine air filter element and set it aside with the air box screws.

Carefully pull upwards on the lower half of the air box until it pops out of the engine bay. It is held in place by a few plastic pegs that act as friction fasteners.

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Pegs On Bottom of Box
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Low Beam & High Beam
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Low Beam Bulb At Top
With the lower half of the air box removed, you can easily access the low beam bulb at the top and the high beam bulb just below it.
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Low Beam Headlight
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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Low Beam Removed
Rotate the base of the low beam bulb 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the headlight housing.
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Press Release Button
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Slide Off Power Plug
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Philips H11 LL 12V 55W
Press the release tab on the power connector and slide it straight off the base of the old low beam bulb.
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Push On Power Connector
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Low Beam Bulb Socket
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
Push the power plug on to the base of a new # H11 low beam bulb.

Try to avoid touching the glass part of the new halogen bulb with your fingers or anything dirty in the engine bay. If you do touch the glass part of the new bulb, wipe it clean with an alcohol moistened paper towel.

Insert the new low beam bulb in to the headlight assembly and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to lock it in place.

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High Beam Bulb - Bottom
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Base of High Beam Bulb
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
The high beam bulb is located at the bottom of the headlight assembly. Unlike the low beam, the high beam bulb's installed or "locked" position is at an angle.
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High Beam Bulb Unlocked
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Pull Out Old High Beam
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Press Release Tab
Rotate the base of the high beam bulb 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull it straight out of the headlight.
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Slide Off Power Connector
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Philips HB3 LL 9005
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High Beam Bulb Socket
Press the release button on the power connector and slide it straight off the base of the bulb.



 

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Insert New High Beam
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1/4 Turn Clockwise - Lock
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Passenger Turn Signals
Push the power plug on to the base of a new # 9005 or HB3 high beam bulb.

Try to avoid touching the glass part of the new high beam bulb with your fingers or anything dirty in the engine bay. If you do touch the glass part of the new bulb, wipe it clean with an alcohol moistened paper towel.

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Easy Access Cutout
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Turn Signal Bulb Socket
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
To replace the Passenger Side Turn Signals, reach in through the large rectangular access cutout that GM has provided.

Rotate the turn signal bulb sockets 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull them straight out of the headlight assembly.

Pull the old bulbs straight out of the socket and push in a new amber colored glass # 3157A, 3157NA or 4157NA bulb.

Re-insert the socket and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

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Pull Out Old 3157A
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Driver Side Turn Signals
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No Access Hole
 
To replace the Driver Side Turn Signal bulbs, you'll have to do some more work since there is no large rectangular access hole on that side of the vehicle.
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Wheel Well Liner
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Remove 7mm Screw
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7mm Screw Removed
First remove the screw holding the wheel well liner in place with a 7mm screw and ratcheting wrench.

Set the wheel well liner screw aside in a safe place. Pull back the wheel well liner.

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Pull Back Wheel Well Liner
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10mm Headlight Bolt
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Remove Counter Clockwise
Completely removing the headlight assembly on a 2nd generation Silverado requires removing the front grill.

But to just replace the driver side turn signal bulbs, only requires removing 3 bolts to create a little bit of extra working room.

Remove the 10mm vertically mounted bolt on the top of the headlight assembly by turning it counter clockwise.

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Horizontal 10mm Bolt
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3rd 10mm Bolt At Bottom
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Remove Lower Bolt
Then remove the horizontally mounted 10mm bolt on the top of the headlight assembly.

The third 10mm bolt at the bottom of the headlight can be accessed through the wheel well liner.

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3 Headlight Bolts Removed
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Pull Headlight Forward
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Forward About 1/2-1"
Set the three 10mm bolts aside in a safe place.

Gently pull the headlight assembly forward away from the truck about 1/2" to 1".

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Enough Room To Reach In
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1/4 Turn Counter Clockwise
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Turn Signal Bulb Removed
Reach in through the wheel well liner behind the headlight assembly to access the two turn signal light bulb sockets.
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Reach In To Upper Bulb
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Two Turn Signal Bulbs
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Install New 3157A Bulbs
Rotate the turn signal bulb sockets 1/4 turn counter clockwise and pull them straight out of the headlight assembly.

Pull the old bulb straight out of the socket and push in a new # 3157A, 3157NA or 4157NA bulb.

Re-insert the socket back in to the headlight assembly and rotate it 1/4 turn clockwise to secure it in place.

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Push Headlight Back
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Insert 10mm Bolt
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Insert Horizontal Bolt
Gently push the headlight back in to place and insert the top 10mm bolt by hand.

Re-insert the horizontally mounted 10mm headlight bolt.

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Insert Lower 3rd Bolt
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Tighten Lower Bolt
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Replace Wheel Well Liner
Move to the bottom of the headlight and insert the lower 10mm bolt behind the wheel well liner.

Tighten the lower bolt with the 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

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Insert 7mm Screw
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Tighten With 7mm Socket
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Tighten Bolts
Push the wheel well liner back in to place. Replace the wheel well liner screw and tighten it with the 7mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

Tighten the two upper headlight bolts with the 10mm socket and ratcheting wrench.

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Passenger Side
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Push In Lower Air Box Half
If you removed the lower half of the air box to access the passenger side headlight bulbs, push it firmly back in to place.
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Insert Air Filter Element
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Replace Top Half Box
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Tighten Torx T25 Screws
Insert the air filter element and lower the top half of the box in place. Re-insert the four screws and tighten them with the Torx T-25 star bit screwdriver.
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Air Box Re-Installed
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Test New Headlights
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Testing Passenger Bulbs
Test the new bulbs by turning on the headlights, flashing the high beams and activating the hazard signals.

For more, check out my other 2007-2013 Chevy Silverado Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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