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Aiming headlights How do you go about aiming headlights on the 2000 Mr2 Spyder?

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  • phritzy Nov 05, 2008

    I still don't know how you access the headlight behind the clear lens to reach the adjusting screws.

  • phritzy Dec 05, 2008

    Unlatch and remove the cover from the spare tire compartment under the front trunk (hood). Remove 17 clips holding the entire molded plastic sheet under the trunk lid and remove it. This exposes the back of the headlights. Turning the upper left bolt (on a one inch disk) behind the light with a socket wrench will adjust the up and down direction of the light beam. Turning the lower right disk bolt will adjust the light beam left and right. It is tight, and tricky to keep the socket on the bolt in the disk and it requires many turns as it moves the beam slowly.



    Park the car at night, facing a white garage door about 10 ft. away. Put black tape horizontally on the garage door the same height of the car headlights center from the ground. With bubble levels you adjust the bubble to the center. Without, you put on the low beam and adjust the verical height so that the lightbeam is below the horizontal black tape. With the high beam the light should be centered on the tape line; however this is difficult to see as the light is diffuse on high beam. The light beam should be adjusted so that the high beam is centered on the garage tape and directly in front of the headlight. On low beam the light beam should fall below the tape, but will move to the right of straight ahead and out of the view of oncoming traffic.

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If you don't see little bubble levels near the headlight under the hood then you must have them aligned with an optical aimer, if you do have the bubble guages then park the car on a level pad and set the bubbles to center with the little adjusting screws near them.

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    yadayada Dec 05, 2008

    No that won't work

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