2007 Freestyle: there is a light colored 8mm nut adjuster with teeth on the fender side of the back of the housing for vertical aim. You can turn it by hand. Must be fine threads because it takes quite a few turns clockwise (screw persective) to raise the aim much.
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Re: adjusting headlights on a 2005 ford freestar
open the hood, take a close look at your headlights, if it is a headlight assembly, there are two screws with big plastic heads on the back of the assembly, these are the adjusting screws. one for horizontal adjustment and the other one is for vertical adjustment.
if the headlight is a round or square ordinary bulb, the adjusting screws are located near the bulb itself, these are philips screws. one on the top and one on the side.
a suggestion; when adjusting headlights, face the car to a wall about 5 ft away and adjust the headlight.
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1. Remove the two upper screws from the headlight housing, using a Phillips screwdriver.
. Locate the two lower retaining nuts inside the engine compartment at the bottom of the headlight housing. Remove the nuts using a ratchet, extension and socket.
Separate the turn signal and marker light assembly from the front grill. Rotate the bulb holders counterclockwise and pull them out of the assembly. Set the assembly aside.
Unplug the headlight bulb connector from the bulb. Rotate the retaining ring counterclockwise one-eighth turn and remove it from the housing. Pull the headlight bulb straight back and out of the housing. Do not rotate the bulb during disassembly.
Lift up on the headlight housing retaining clips to unsnap them from the headlight housing vertical adjuster studs.
Locate the horizontal adjuster at the outer bottom corner of the headlight assembly inside the engine compartment. Loosen the horizontal adjuster until it is free of the adjuster nut.
Engage the horizontal adjuster screw with the adjuster nut and screw it partially in.
Snap the headlight housing clips on the vertical headlight adjuster studs.
Insert the headlight bulb into the headlight housing, flat side up. Slightly rotate the headlight bulb to engage the grooves in the light with the alignment tabs in the back of the housing. Install the retaining ring on the bulb. Plug in the headlight bulb connector.
Install the bulb holders in the turn signal and marker light assembly. Install the assembly in the grill. Install the two upper screws, using a Phillips screwdriver. Install the two lower retaining nuts, using a ratchet, extension and socket.
Pull the vehicle to within a few inches of a blank wall, on a flat surface. Apply two strips of tape to the wall vertically to mark the centers of the headlights. Apply a strip of tape to the wall horizontally to mark the center of the headlight height. Back the vehicle up 25 feet in a straight line.
Turn the headlight low beams to the "On" position.
Adjust the vertical headlight adjusters until the high-intensity zone of the light pattern is two inches below the horizontal mark on the wall.
Adjust the horizontal headlight adjusters until the high-intensity zone of the light pattern is two inches to the right of the vertical headlight marks on the wall.
Determine the type of headlights you have on your car.
You can only adjust composite headlights if they bolt to adjuster
plates. For dual headlights, look on the headlights for four adjustment
screws per side. Sealed beam units have interior adjustment screws under
Locate your adjustment screws. On sealed beam units, you may
need to remove the trim screws and pull the trim off to reveal the Torx
Begin with you headlights turned on to the low beam. Use a
Torx screwdriver for sealed beam units and Phillips screwdrivers for
other types of headlights.
The best way to do it is to park your car in front on a garage door, a building or put a piece of plywood in front. Whichever you use, park you car at least 10 feet away; so you can tell if you are going up, down or in the middle when adjusting.
Remove the four screws that secure the headlight trim bezel to the grille.
Remove the headlight trim bezel.
Turn the headlight high beams on.
Adjust the headlights. Use the adjustment screws located
along the outboard side and the inboard lower corner of the headlight
bucket. Adjust the headlights until the beams are centered directly on the wall.
I had a similar problem on my 04 expedition. I just bought it and the headlights were aiming too far down. A rather larger gap was noticeable between the headlight and the hood. The so called adjustment bolt did nothing. I removed the headlights and found 2 issues. On the adjustment bolt there is a washer. Make sure when you re-install the headlight the washer sets on top of the plastic slot and is visible when looking down behind the headlight. Without the washer being in the correct location it will not tighten the headlight in place.
Second I found the adjustment bolt adjusted nothing. It merely tightened the headlight in place. What I had to do was to loosen this bolt and physically move the headlight into place and the re-tighten the bolt. Hence the slot is the adjustment. Turning the bolt CW or CCW did not move the headlight.
I tried several things trying to figure why the lights would not move until I realized I could move the light with my hands and tightened them in place using the adjustment bolt.
This may not be your issue but I found the owners manual instructions to be useless.