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  • Keep stripping headight motor gears.

    This is a brand new driverside headlight motor...and the D.S. motor has ALWAYS been stripping geae its 3rd gear (and this is a NEW NON REMAN MOTOR) ..btw this is the first gear this motor has had and it IS the Aluminum Gear... but it stripped within 1 month of use. I already know about the water problem but the cover screws onto the housing. it doesnt require glue. The previous motor WAS glued on and failed roughly within the same time frame. Im at a loss for thoughts..why am I eating gears so rapidly on the driverside.

  • #2
    Re: Keep stripping headight motor gears.

    Wow, it ate a metal gear? I've never heard of that.

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    • #3
      Re: Keep stripping headight motor gears.

      Originally posted by Atrum Rosa View Post
      Wow, it ate a metal gear? I've never heard of that.
      Yes...TWICE.

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      • #4
        Re: Keep stripping headight motor gears.

        The passenger one is fine? Only the driver side keeps stripping?

        Do both headlights go up and down correctly?

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        • #5
          Re: Keep stripping headight motor gears.

          Only reason I've ever stripped gears including the brass and/or metal ones is the play that some of the housings get when they break.

          I had to get reman'd motors cause my housings were broke and would cause them to strip.

          Kinda odd that only 1 side is doing it as well as a brand new one...?

          Have you checked to see if the housing has play in the middle of it? Mine would move side to side cause the part that holds it together was messed up.

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          • #6
            Re: Keep stripping headight motor gears.

            yes brand new motor...stripped gear...housing doesnt move side to side at all but there is alittle vertical play (up/down).

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            • #7
              Re: Keep stripping headight motor gears.

              do they both go up and down at the same time when they worked?

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              • #8
                Re: Keep stripping headight motor gears.

                I installed brass ones early this year and 3 days ago I removed the DS motor because the glue that came with the brass gear kit sucks.

                What I did was use a cement glue and I used 2 wires to clamped them just in case the glue fails to hold again. So far so good everything is fine.

                IDK why yours are failing like that. Check the housing, see if the gear is spinning OK, and see that it's properly greased. I would recommend that you glue it and then clamp it down with wires or maybe with a real clamp.

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                • #9
                  Re: Keep stripping headight motor gears.

                  same thing happened to me found out it wasnt sealed right then i ordered re-manufactured ones with the metal gear and theyve worked fine for me.

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                  • #10
                    Re: Keep stripping headight motor gears.

                    Shouldnt have much play in them at all or they'll not make full effecient contact.

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                    • #11
                      Re: Keep stripping headight motor gears.

                      Originally posted by firebird19_99 View Post
                      same thing happened to me found out it wasnt sealed right then i ordered re-manufactured ones with the metal gear and theyve worked fine for me.
                      Re-manufactured motors come with the metal gear installed already?

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                      • #12
                        Re: Keep stripping headight motor gears.

                        I rotated the gear 180 to save money...and it didnt even last TWO DAYS...I dont know what to do.

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                        • #13
                          Re: Keep stripping headight motor gears.

                          Have you boosted your charging system by chance? Maybe the motors are getting too much juice. That's the only thing I can really think of and I'm not even sure it makes sense, heh

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                          • #14
                            Re: Keep stripping headight motor gears.

                            Do these gears require any lithium grease or moly lube to enhance gear meshing?

                            Sounds like an ingredient missing to me.

                            Former '91 Firebird owner

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                            • #15
                              Re: Keep stripping headight motor gears.

                              I think this is better.

                              www.rodneyd ckman.com/n113.html

                              Add the "i".

                              I used this on mine.

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                              Last edited by FirebirdGT; 11-18-2011, 05:23 PM.
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