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    Quote Originally Posted by shadams View Post
    Dude, you can turn off your headlights by......turning them off. The knob twists to the left from the auto position to the off position (looks like an "0") They will automatically turn back on next time you start the truck.

    Second, people are bitchin and moaning about gaps and fit and finish, the result? Hard to remove headlights and other components. Its very easy to do once you know how to do it.
    DUDE, they don't turn off when the transmission is in drive or reverse, therefore my complaint was that the headlight obviously burnt out faster because its always on when I drive, think about it. Why the hell would I leave my headlights on when Im NOT driving.

    SECOND, yeah Im bitching about hard to remove components that shouldn't be hard to remove. This is the complaint area right? I have a problem with having to disassemble part of the front of my truck to change my headlight. NOT A PROBLEM DOING IT. A PROBLEM BECAUSE THATS WHATS INVOLVED.


    Ok Im all better now!

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    Re: the simple task of changing a headlight

    YES YOU CAN TURN THEM OFF WHEN YOU ARE DRIVING!!!

    Start the truck, put it in gear, drive away, twist the know to off, and they go off. Next time you turn the truck off then back on they are on again...................easy.

    Second, they only seem hard to remove because the old ones were so easy to remove. I can take the headlight out in just a few minutes. Not a big deal. Thats all I am saying. I will take a little bit more work for a 100% improvement in fit and finish, as well as a much better overall look, anyday.

    Lastly, yes, this is the complaint deparment, but it is also a forum where people are free to disagree with someones complaint, like I am doing. Have a nice day....

    EDIT: I just noticed that you are in BC, I wonder if the headlight system is different for Canadian vehicles, someone else chime in here.
    Last edited by shadams; 10-21-2009 at 02:30 PM.
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    Re: the simple task of changing a headlight

    I have a feeling he is talking about DRL's.
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    Re: the simple task of changing a headlight

    Quote Originally Posted by shadams View Post
    EDIT: I just noticed that you are in BC, I wonder if the headlight system is different for Canadian vehicles, someone else chime in here.
    DRLs are required on Canadian vehicles. That's what he's talking about.
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    Re: the simple task of changing a headlight

    It took me the better part of an hour to replace the right turn bulb on a 2005 SRX. Had to remove the fender well shroud and nearly the entire shroud located under the nose of the car. All that to have the pleasure of removing 6 torx screws, two of which were blind.

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    Re: the simple task of changing a headlight

    Quote Originally Posted by Uzzy View Post
    DRLs are required on Canadian vehicles. That's what he's talking about.
    Yes I guess I should have said daytime running lights, its the same bulb as the low beam bulb.






    And lets get something straight here for future replies on this topic, Im talking about just a bulb replacement not the whole fixture.
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    Re: the simple task of changing a headlight

    Just FYI, in the GOOD OL' USA, where things are'nt backwards, you can turn off the headlamps or drl's, no difference.

    However, in my search to put this to bed, here is what I now know our problem is:

    When it is dark enough outside, the automatic headlamp system turns on the headlamps at the normal brightness, along with the taillamps, sidemarker, parking lamps, and the instrument panel lights. The radio back lighting is also dimly lit.

    To turn off the automatic headlamp system, turn the exterior lamps switch to the off position. Turning off the automatic headlamp system with the headlamp switch is not available for vehicles first sold in Canada.

    That bolded sentence means DRLs as well...........

    So there we have it, for crying out loud.
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    Re: the simple task of changing a headlight

    Quote Originally Posted by shadams View Post
    Just FYI, in the GOOD OL' USA, where things arent backwards,
    Uncalled for, and from a "GMI staff member" yet.

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    Re: the simple task of changing a headlight

    You can turn your headlights off. Click the auto dial to the O symbol to the far right, it will shut the headlights off.
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    Re: the simple task of changing a headlight

    ~IN CANADA WE DON'T HAVE THE OPTION OF TURNING OFF THE LOW-BEAM COMPLETELY~

    lets not deter from the topic of this thread, changing the low-beam bulb in a all-new style sierra sucks balls

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    Re: the simple task of changing a headlight

    Quote Originally Posted by Mustapha Mond View Post
    Uncalled for, and from a "GMI staff member" yet.
    Seriously? Come on now.....

    Quote Originally Posted by tanked_darren View Post
    ~IN CANADA WE DON'T HAVE THE OPTION OF TURNING OFF THE LOW-BEAM COMPLETELY~

    lets not deter from the topic of this thread, changing the low-beam bulb in a all-new style sierra sucks balls
    Agreed, it sucks. But at least I learned something new today. For that, I thank you from the bottom of my heart my Canadian friend.
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    Re: the simple task of changing a headlight

    If I have learned one thing in almost 30 years of fixing cars it is that serviceability is not considered when they design the vehicle.
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    Re: the simple task of changing a headlight

    Quote Originally Posted by tanked_darren View Post
    ~IN CANADA WE DON'T HAVE THE OPTION OF TURNING OFF THE LOW-BEAM COMPLETELY~
    Sure ya do! Just pull the DRL relay and be done with it. Auto headlamps wont work (gotta do it manually) but neither will the DRLs .

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    Quote Originally Posted by Buicktech View Post
    Sure ya do! Just pull the DRL relay and be done with it. Auto headlamps wont work (gotta do it manually) but neither will the DRLs .
    hi
    in a lot of canadian provinces ,the vehicle has to have a yearly safety inspection.
    if the drl's are disabled the car fails.
    you could always replace the module before inspection though.

    and yes some things are backwards in canada. :>)

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    Re: the simple task of changing a headlight

    Quote Originally Posted by Buicktech View Post
    Sure ya do! Just pull the DRL relay and be done with it. Auto headlamps wont work (gotta do it manually) but neither will the DRLs .
    I was going to bring that up, but thought better of it then to recommend something illegal, you know, being a staff member and all.

    Quote Originally Posted by kbg1 View Post
    and yes some things are backwards in canada. :>)
    Hey hey hey now, watch it waaaaatch it!!!!

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