Question about 1987 Toyota MR2
I have an 87 MR2 and this is how to adjust mine. Headlights have two spring loaded adjusting screws, one on the top controlling up and down movement and one on the side controlling left and right movement. The simplest method requires a blank wall 25 feet in front of the vehicle and a level floor. Position masking tape vertically on the wall in reference to the vehicle centerline and the centerlines of both headlights. NOTE: It may be easier to position the tape on the wall with the vehicle parked only a few inches away. Adjustment should be made with the vehicle sitting level. Starting with the low beam adjustment, position the high intensity zone so it is 2 inches below the horizontal line and 2 inches to the right of the headlight vertical line. Adjustment is made by turning the top adjusting screw clockwise to raise the beam and counterclockwise to lower the beam. The adjusting screw on the side should be used in the same manner to move the bean left or right. With the high beams on, the high intensity zone should be vertically centered with the exact center just below the horizontal line. NOTE: It may not be possible to position the headlight aim exactly for both high and low beams. If a compromise must be used, keep in mind that the low beams are the most used and have the greatest effect on driver safety. I typed this out of my "Haynes Manual 1985-1987 Toyota MR2 Book. I would think it would be the same method for a 1989 also. Hope this helps you. Redheadedwop
Posted on Oct 26, 2008
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1. Make sure you remove the part that surrounds the housing first. This can be a metal trim or an exposed plastic. You should do this so you can reach through the adjusting screws and retaining ring in the headlights.
2. Make sure you also have the right tool for the removal of the headlight's four retaining ring screws. The screws may get corroded most of the time so they can easily be stripped. You should use penetrating oil when going through this process. Allow parts to soak in the oil solution for some time and make sure you're careful enough not to move the headlight aiming screws.
3. After removing the rings, you can work freely on your headlamps. This means that you can start replacing them. But before you do that, make sure that you have unplugged the headlamp's wiring connector which can be found on its back.
4. Now you can work on plugging the connector into your new Ford headlamps. Place the lights carefully on the base. Don't be too worried doing this process as lugs found on the headlight will help in its proper positioning. If you think, something is wrong with the way it fits, you can check on how you positioned the headlights.
5. After installation, you may now test if your Ford headlights are working. If any problem seems to show, it means that something is wrong with your wiring connector and not with your headlight.
6. To fasten the new headlights, the retaining rings should be replaced. Make sure that the adjusting screws' settings are not disturbed. In line with this, make sure you've repositioned all the parts that you removed before you started replacing your Ford headlights.
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