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10/11/11 2:14pm - Original Message: 'Headlight actuators'
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73 Conv, Blue-Green/White Top - 454, M21 - Dark Saddle Leather, Power Windows, A/C, Tilt/Tele, AM/FM St. (orig. and sounds like it too).#2 -- 2007 Coupe,3 LT package, Z51 option, Victory Red, Ebony Int. Clear Top.

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Anyone have any success with rebuilding headlight actuators... one is reacting very slow. I have it off and not sure to rebuild $20+  or Buy new  $70+

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10/11/11 9:41pm - Reply: 'Re: Headlight actuators'
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This might be worth checking out.......................

http://www.corvettemagazine.com/2002/january/headlights/lights-1.asp



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10/12/11 8:17am - Reply: 'Re: Headlight actuators'
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corvette440hp said: This might be worth checking out.......................

http://www.corvettemagazine.com/2002/january/headlights/lights-1.asp



... I removed the one brace in the middle of the frame by the horn that goes down below the radiator and I could get both actuators out easy enuf.
 Parts should be here by tomorrow..


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10/12/11 9:35am - Reply: 'Re: Headlight actuators'
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Ray, sounds like you have it under controlThumbs Up..........Good luck to you.

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10/12/11 11:17am - Reply: 'Re: Headlight actuators'
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Hey Ray. I had the same problem. Right side would go up to about half way on its own very slowly. I put the kit in and they still work fine. Actually its a piec-o-cake to do. "T"

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10/12/11 1:40pm - Reply: 'Re: Headlight actuators'
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#1-1974 L-48 4spd Cp Med Red Metallic/Black deluxe int w/AC/tilt/tele./p/w-p/b/ Am-Fm/map light National/Regional/Chapter NCRS "Top Flight" #2-1985 Bright Red/Carmine Cp.L-98/auto Member: NCRS, NCRS Texas, Corvette Legends of Texas

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Most of the time, the problem with the actuators is the seal in the front, where the shaft seals to the can. You should have the seal, and the accordian-styled dust cover. Replacing these two pieces usually takes care of the lazy headlight. If it does not, then the actuator(s) need to be rebuilt/replaced. A friend of mine here locally does rebuild them, and the relays. He also has them replated(gold irridite). He's fairly reasonable on pricing, and I've seen plenty of his work...it's top notch.

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10/16/11 10:01pm - Reply: 'Re: Headlight actuators'
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Thanks for the info Joel. Got the kit today and will put it in tomorrow... the bladder inside seems OK so looks like seals will do the trick. Might as well do both.. actually a lot less complicated then I thought once i figured out the principal.. I didn't realize the vacuum was on both sides and the springs work to help the little boogers  to lift it...Thumbs Up
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Update 10/16:
Rebuilt with kit for $20 and they work great.. faster than ever now... not a bad job at all...






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10/17/11 12:28pm - Reply: 'Re: Headlight actuators'
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1982 C3 Collectors Edition 44000 miles, sat in the sun most of it's life, My wife purchased it for me for fathers day in 2007 from her girl friend that had it for 19 years. It is on the road again. I'm retired but it is now my daily driver.

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Great how to.  Do not need it yet but I copies it and made a pdf so that it would never ever go away.

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