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Headlights Problems of GMC Acadia - part 1



GMC Acadia owners have reported 41 problems related to headlights (under the exterior lighting category).

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 1
Failure Date: 06/09/2014

The contact owns a 2009 GMC Acadia. The contact stated that the low beam headlight failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer where the technician diagnosed that the low beam head socket on the drivers side melted. As a result, the technician stated the head light capsule needed to be replaced. The vehicle was not repaired. In addition, the contact stated that the vehicle failed to accelerate. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failures. The failure mileage was 60,000.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 2
Failure Date: 05/07/2014

I have needed to replace 7 low beam headlamps on my GMC Acadia since 2011. This week both low beam headlamps went out in a 24 hour period. Replacing the headlamps is a very expensive item due to the labor involved (removing the front wheels and wheel wells). This costs anywhere between $150 to $250 each time. I consider this a safety issue since this happens so often. This last event happened at night requiring us to drive home without any low beam headlights.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 3
Failure Date: 04/01/2014

The contact owns a 2009 GMC Acadia. The contact stated that the headlights alternately failed. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. The technician diagnosed that the headlight needed to be replaced. The vehicle was repaired. The manufacturer was made aware of the failure. The failure and current mileage was 176,531.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia 4
Failure Date: 03/11/2014

Right headlight gasket around daytime running light overheated and melted headlight casing causing entire headlight assembly to need to be replaced. Did not discover until realizing daytime light was not coming on. Unsure of how long the issue had been going on.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 GMC Acadia 5
Failure Date: 02/28/2014

The contact owns a 2011 GMC Acadia. The contact stated that the headlights on the vehicle were cracked and the daytime running lamps overheated and malfunctioned. The dealer recommended that the headlights and daytime running lamps be replaced. The vehicle was repaired and the manufacturer was notified. The approximate failure mileage was 52,000.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 6
Failure Date: 01/15/2014

Passenger side low beam headlight failure. Replaced by recall in 2012. Now driver side low beam operates intermittently. Probably needs same repair - but recall has ended.


car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia 7
Failure Date: 11/04/2013

The contact owns a 2008 GMC Acadia. The contact stated that the headlights failed to function properly. The contact also mentioned that the sockets were melted. The vehicle was not diagnosed or repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted about the failure. The failure mileage was 90,000.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia 8
Failure Date: 08/21/2013

Passenger side headlight failed to properly function, bulb was changed and still failed to function properly. Problem seems rooted in manufacturer's wire harness not properly functioning.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 GMC Acadia 9
Failure Date: 07/17/2013

Headlight connector was overheating and melted.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia 10
Failure Date: 06/10/2013

We purchased our 2008 Acadia in 2011, it had approximately 30,000 miles on it at the time of purchase. Less than thirty days after purchase we had to replace the front rotors. At 40,000 miles we had to replace the front brakes; the air conditioner backed up, which required maintenance to the blower motor; and the head lights went out, which required replacement. At 45,000 miles the rear struts went out, which required replacement; and we had to replace two tires. At 60,000 miles the water pump went out and needed to be replaced. At 55,000 miles the front struts went out, which needed replacing, along with four new tires, and a new set of headlights. At 60,000 miles the rear brakes and rotors needed to be replaced. At 70,000 miles the transmission went out, which also required replacement. The final incident happened on 6/10/13 at 74,000 miles, while I was driving with all three of my children. I was going 50 miles an hour on a highway, and the entire car shut down. The steering console locked with the keys in the ignition, I had no ability to steer the vehicle, the brakes did not function either. I had to use the parking brake to slow the vehicle down, barely avoiding a collision with another vehicle.


 
car image   Headlights problem of the 2011 GMC Acadia 11
Failure Date: 06/03/2013

Head light mounts have melted due to heat from the daytime headlight bulbs. Now I cannot maintain functioning daytime running lights. Bulbs burn out in just a few days use. Gm claims this is not a safety issue and therefore will not replace the headlight units.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 12
Failure Date: 03/30/2013

Passenger side low-beam headlight failed. Upon inspection, it appears the light socket itself has melted and caused the wiring shielding to melt as well. Attempted replacement of the bulb resulted in the socket housing crumbling in my hands. The dealer claims it will cost upward of $500 to change my lightbulb. This is outrageous and clearly the fault of GMC, who seem to have purposely designed these bulbs to overhead their housings, melt, and be almost impossible to change without taking the vehicle to the dealer. I want GMC to pay for new wiring and illumination.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 GMC Acadia 13
Failure Date: 03/22/2013

Tl-the contact owns a 2010 GMC Acadia. The contact stated that the drivers side headlight assembly fractured. The vehicle was taken to the dealer. After diagnosis they advised her that the assembly fractured. The vehicle was not repaired. The manufacturer was not contacted. The failure and current mileages was approximately 60,000. The VIN was unavailable. Tb.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 GMC Acadia 14
Failure Date: 02/01/2013

Noticed drivers side daytime running light was out on GMC Acadia 2010. Husband went to replace bulb and discovered housing had completely melted( headlight still worked), he then decided to check passenger light that still worked and it is melted too! this has to be dangerous. I am contacting GMC to see what they can do. This should definitely be a recall.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 15
Failure Date: 01/22/2013

The daytime running bulbs next to the headlights overheated and melted the back of the housing that the bulb socket mounts in the back of the headlight housing. Obviously there is a design defect in the socket/harness that is causing overheating. There is a technical service bulletin on this for 2009 Acadia and other makes with the same design but this is a safety issue as it can cause a fire and also the lights can short out. The bulletin is #10-08-42-001: low beam headlamp bulb diagnosis/replacement (inspect bulb and connector) - (may 14, 2010) . This needs to be recalled.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 GMC Acadia 16
Failure Date: 09/07/2012

Low beam headlight bulb continues to overheat, blow out and melt housing unit around bulb. GMC states it is my responsibilty to replace it because now my vehicle is out of warranty, even when my vehicle was in warranty when this started. Estimated cost $915. I have had the headlight bulbs replaced at least 3 times within 6-7 months. I have had to pay for the bulb and "labor" which could run as high as $50 a hour.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia 17
Failure Date: 03/01/2012

Low beam headlight out. Have changed twice within a 2 month period. Second time I changed it went out the very next day.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 18
Failure Date: 02/23/2012

The contact owns a 2009 GMC Acadia. The contact inspected the vehicle and noticed the driver's side headlight exhibited a large accumulation of water which resulted to condensation inside of the headlight lens. The vehicle was taken to an independent mechanic who stated to the contact that the driver's side headlight would need to be replaced. The vehicle had not been repaired. The manufacturer was notified of the problem. The failure mileage was 94,000.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2007 GMC Acadia 19
Failure Date: 12/17/2011

2007 GMC Acadia. Consumer writes in regards to problems with the vehicle headlights and the transmission. The consumer stated on December 17, 2011, the left headlight burned up for no apparent reason. The local dealer quoted him $1,213. 59. He was able to get the headlight fixed for$ 695. 67. On December 2, 2012 the transmission failed. The consumer had a rebuilt transmission installed at a cost of $ 3,737. 25.

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car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 20
Failure Date: 11/19/2011

The driver side low beam headlight went out. When replacing the light bulb found that the wiring connector was partialy melted and one of the wires was hanging out. The insulation on that wire was also melted off so bare wire was exposed. The original bulb also had a burnt spot where the connector attaches.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2010 GMC Acadia 21
Failure Date: 11/19/2011

My drivers side headlight went out, I originally thought it was due to bulb life. When I changed the bulb I found that the harness socket where the bulb plugs into was burnt/melted. I proceeded to change the bulb anyway to see the result. 5 minutes later the light bulb burnt out again. This looks to be a serious fire hazard and I believe there should be a recall completed for further investigation. This was for the low beam light bulb.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 22
Failure Date: 11/14/2011

Driver side low beam headlight bulb went out. Purchased bulb to replace myself, but discovered harness was burnt. I then took to shop to have harness replaced. They told me it looked like something that should be a recall and told me to report and keep receipt of cost to replace. Now I am concerned about the left bulb and wonder if I should go ahead and pay again to get that replaced for safety precaution.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 23
Failure Date: 11/11/2011

Driving down the road and notice a deer. Speed limit was 55, so we had slowed down to about 45. Deer crossing in front of us, and we almost come to a complete stop (about 10-15mph). We hit the deer on the passenger front. Get out of the car to assess the damage, and notice a fire under the grill and headlights. Air bags had deployed. Everyone evacuated the vehicle, and it was a total loss.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2008 GMC Acadia 24
Failure Date: 11/01/2011

My vehicle has an issue with the daytime driving lights and headlights. The lights have failed multiple times due to the bulb melting into, and fusing to, the headlight assembly. This created a condition where the entire headlight assembly needs to be replaced. This includes the lens piece, the bulb, and the wiring connector. This is an issue at night (no/misaligned headlights), the loss of the benefit of daytime driving lights, and I imagine a possible fire.

car image   Headlights problem of the 2009 GMC Acadia 25
Failure Date: 10/26/2011

Wiring harness to passenger side low beam headlight is defective. Thought bulb was out but after inspection found the wiring harness plug had completely melted where plugged into bulb. One wire was just hanging and could see burn marks where it had been arcing as it bounced around. Could definitely have caused much bigger problems than driving with one headlight I. E. Fire, shorting whole electrical system, and on and on. This is a very big safety concern. These were the oem headlights not aftermarket bulbs that pull more current so should not have melted the harness plug.

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