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WHERE CAN I FIND THE ACTUATORS FOR THE HEADLITES. THEY WILL NOT OPEN ON THEIR OWN ANYMORE. DO THEY MAKE A KIT TO REBUILT? shocked.gif" border="0

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BEFORE YOU BUY NEW MOTORS TRY CHECKING THE <BR>GEAR BOX ON YOUR PRESENT ONES. THEY HAVE<BR>THREE PLASTIC BALLS THAT INTERLOCK THE MOTOR<BR>SHAFT TO THE DRIVE GEAR. THE BALLS ARE MADE<BR>OF A CRUSHABLE PLASTIC TO PROTECT THE MOTOR<BR>IN THE EVENT THE HEADLIGHT DOOR HANGS UP FOR<BR>ANY REASON. LIKE BEING FROZEN SHUT. ALSO<BR>THE LINKAGE FROM THE MOTOR DRIVE TO THE HEADLIGHT DOORS HAVE A HABIT GOING BAD. THE <BR>LINKAGE KITS ARE AVAIABLE FROM THE DEALER AT<BR>ABOUT $50+. THE PART OF THE LINKAGE THAT ATTACHES TO THE MOTOR SHAFT IS MADE OF ALUMIUM AND THE FLATS IN THE HOLE GET ROUNDED<BR>OUT. CHECK THIS FIRST, THEN THE GEAR BOX ON THE MOTORS. I HAVE REPLACED THE LINKAGE TWICE IN THE TWO YEARS I HAVE HAD MY 90 CONVERT. RON THOMAS

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As Ron said, check the links first. They are still available new. When replacing them, use Loctite "quick metal", such as used on loose press fit bearings, between the motor shaft and link. This will prevent future problems, and will still provide for dissassembly if needed.

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The actuators are called "bellcranks" by GM.<BR>The part number is 16510108 and list for around $35. Check <A HREF="http://www.gmpartsdirect.com" TARGET=_blank>www.gmpartsdirect.com</A> and <A HREF="http://www.partsgm.com" TARGET=_blank>www.partsgm.com</A> to see what their price might be. <P>I believe you must also make certain you have the nut tight. The nut is a locking type and has resistance as you install it, If you do not tighten the nut against the bellcrank, the bellcrank will work against the steel shaft and you will have another failure in a couple of years.<P>Question for Russ... is Traxx a local auto parts store or are they on line?<p>[ 06-23-2001: Message edited by: Barney Eaton ]

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I don't know if Traxx has an on-line outlet or not. They are a chain auto parts store seemingly in every town here in the midwest. Thought they were national but apparently not. If you replace the actuator, be sure that the crank (which is not included with the actuator) is in working condition as well. That is a cheap additional part that my need replacement. wink.gif" border="0

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The actuators are called "bellcranks" by GM.<BR>The part number is 16510108 and list for around $35. Check <A HREF="http://www.gmpartsdirect.com" TARGET=_blank>www.gmpartsdirect.com</A> and <A HREF="http://www.partsgm.com" TARGET=_blank>www.partsgm.com</A> to see what their price might be. <BR>I paid $110 CDN. and replaced them as per Barney's page as to how to dismantle the lights, and they work great, I also checked the 3 x cylindrical Nylons and they were okay.<P>Good luck<P>Prakash

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Believe it or not..I bought those 3 plastic bushings from a Ford Dealership for $8.00 a set. It was the bushings for a Ford truck window motor. Sixteen bucks and 30 minutes of labor and they work like a charm. sp61@policeone.com

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