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2004 grand am headlight problem

I have a 2004 grand am and the headlights have been bad since i got it. it seems that the headlights arent aimed correctly and the is poor road coverage in the center of the road. is there any way to aim the headlights?

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    Same problem. My headlights ae useless after dark. They are dim and point directly downward. I get various outrageous quotes from mechanics. A GM dealership in NM also told me it would take @ $3000to diagnose then fix rapid fire turn signal noise that keeps going constantly non-stop. I already check fuses BTY in regards o the blinker click-click-click.

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Here's a link I found to a thread on GAOwnersClub.com. Hope This helps. Let me know if I can be of any more assistance.

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Just bought a used 05 subaru impreza. Noticed the right head lamp is pointed too high. where is the adjustment screws to lower the lamp. It seems great on the horizontal just needs to be adjusted on the...


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ADJUSTMENT

HEADLIGHT AIMING

CAUTION: Turn off the light before adjusting headlight aiming. If the light is necessary to check aiming, do not turn on for more than 2 minutes.


  1. Before checking the headlight aiming, be sure of the following:
    • The area around the headlight has not sustained any accident, damage or other type of deformation.
    • Vehicle is parked on level ground.
    • The inflation pressure of tires is correct.
    • Vehicles gas tank is fully charged.
    • Bounce the vehicle several times to normalize the suspension.
    • Make certain that someone is seated in the driver s seat. Turn the headlights on and then adjust the low beam pattern to the following positions on the screen.
  1. Position the headlight beam leveler switch to "0" .
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  1. Rotate the adjusting screw (A) to adjust aim.

Aug 01, 2011 | Subaru Impreza Cars & Trucks

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How do I adjust the headlight aim?


mcdevito75 here, You need a special instrument to do this adjustment. Let your local repair shop handle this job.

Mar 25, 2010 | 2004 Mitsubishi Eclipse

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How do i adjust the head lights on a 1997 grand marquis


AIMING THE HEADLIGHTS

On 1989-91 vehicles, the headlights can be aimed using the adjusting screws located above and to the side of the headlight bulbs. A rough adjustment can be made while shining the headlights on a wall or on the rear of another vehicle, but headlight adjustment should really be made using proper headlight aiming equipment.
On 1992-98 vehicles, the aerodynamically styled headlights necessitate the use of headlight aiming kit 107-00003 or equivalent. The adjustable aimer adapters provided in the kit must be used to aim the headlights. Adjustment aimer adapter positions are moulded into the bottom edge of the headlight lens. Set and lock the adjustable adapters, attach each adapter to its mechanical aimer and aim the headlights according to the instructions in the kit.
Headlight aim adjustment should be made with the fuel tank approximately half full, the vehicle unloaded and the trunk empty, except for the spare tire and jacking equipment. Make sure all tires are inflated to the proper pressure.
The headlights must be properly aimed to provide the best, safest road illumination. The lights should be checked for proper aim and adjusted as necessary. Certain state and local authorities have requirements for headlight aiming; these should be checked before adjustment is made.

CAUTION About once a year, when the headlights are replaced or any time front end work is performed on your vehicle, the headlight should be accurately aimed by a reputable repair shop using the proper equipment. Headlights not properly aimed can make it virtually impossible to see and may blind other drivers on the road, possibly causing an accident. Note that the following procedure is a temporary fix, until you can take your vehicle to a repair shop for a proper adjustment.
Headlight adjustment may be temporarily made using a wall, as described below, or on the rear of another vehicle. When adjusted, the lights should not glare in oncoming car or truck windshields, nor should they illuminate the passenger compartment of vehicles driving in front of you. These adjustments are rough and should always be fine-tuned by a repair shop which is equipped with headlight aiming tools. Improper adjustments may be both dangerous and illegal.
For most of the vehicles covered by this guide, horizontal and vertical aiming of each sealed beam unit is provided by two adjusting screws which move the retaining ring and adjusting plate against the tension of a coil spring. There is no adjustment for focus; this is done during headlight manufacturing.
Because the composite headlight assembly is bolted into position, no adjustment should be necessary or possible. Some applications, however, may be bolted to an adjuster plate or may be retained by adjusting screws. If so, follow this procedure when adjusting the lights, BUT always have the adjustment checked by a reputable shop.
Before removing the headlight bulb or disturbing the headlamp in any way, note the current settings in order to ease headlight adjustment upon reassembly. If the high or low beam setting of the old lamp still works, this can be done using the wall of a garage or a building:
  1. Park the vehicle on a level surface, with the fuel tank about 1 / 2 full and with the vehicle empty of all extra cargo (unless normally carried). The vehicle should be facing a wall which is no less than 6 feet (1.8m) high and 12 feet (3.7m) wide. The front of the vehicle should be about 25 feet from the wall.

See Figure 6


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Fig. 6: Example of headlight adjustment screw location for composite headlamps
  1. If aiming is to be performed outdoors, it is advisable to wait until dusk in order to properly see the headlight beams on the wall. If done in a garage, darken the area around the wall as much as possible by closing shades or hanging cloth over the windows.
  2. Turn the headlights ON and mark the wall at the center of each light's low beam, then switch on the brights and mark the center of each light's high beam. A short length of masking tape which is visible from the front of the vehicle may be used. Although marking all four positions is advisable, marking one position from each light should be sufficient.

See Figures 7 and 8


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Fig. 7: Low-beam headlight pattern alignment


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Fig. 8: High-beam headlight pattern alignment
  1. If neither beam on one side is working, and if another like-sized vehicle is available, park the second one in the exact spot where the vehicle was and mark the beams using the same-side light. Then switch the vehicles so the one to be aimed is back in the original spot. It must be parked no closer to or farther away from the wall than the second vehicle.
  2. Perform any necessary repairs, but make sure the vehicle is not moved, or is returned to the exact spot from which the lights were marked. Turn the headlights ON and adjust the beams to match the marks on the wall.
  3. Have the headlight adjustment checked as soon as possible by a reputable repair shop.

Hope thats helped (remember rated this) Good luck.

Jan 24, 2010 | 1997 Mercury Grand Marquis

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Headlight replacement on a 1991 pontiac grand am


Sealed Beam Type
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
  2. Unfasten the headlight bezel attaching screws, then remove the bezel.
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Remove the headlight bezel

To avoid turning the vertical or horizontal aiming screws, refer to the illustration before removing the headlight retainer.
  1. Unfasten the headlight retainer attaching screws, then remove the retainer.
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Remove the headlight trim screws then...

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... pull the trim off while holding the bulb

4. Pull the headlight out, then carefully detach the electrical connector.

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Pull the bulb out far enough to disconnect the wiring


To install:
  1. Attach the electrical connector to the new headlamp.
  2. Place the headlamp into the socket.
  3. Install the retainer, then tighten the attaching screws.
  4. Connect the negative battery cable, then turn the headlight switch on, to be sure the headlights are operating.
  5. Install the headlight bezel and secure using the attaching screws.

Jan 18, 2010 | 1991 Pontiac Grand Am

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2008 Jeep Grand Cherokee has a headlight aiming problem - the low beams are aimed too high. I cannot find the vertical aiming adjustment screws to fix the problem. Can anyone tell me how to adjust the low...


Hi, i have no idea if this will help you or not, but, on the 1997 grand cherokee, if you look at the headlight itself, look to the outer edge, over the top ontop of the headlight there is a white allen key hole, not sure on the size, this, basically is the up and down adjuster for the headlight, sorry if it doesn't help but i've just had to adjust mine, and thats where it is, the one towards the radiator is the in and out, it pushes or pulls the headlight offcentre

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I need to adjust the headlight beam on my 04 chevy tahoe. there passed inspection but the beams arent' lighting the road properly.


If it passed inspection, technically the beams are aimed properly.....that is part of the required inspection.

Take it back to where it was inspected and have them correct it.

Inform them that they passed your vehicle without checking the headlights.....I'm sure they want to keep their inspection license :)

Nov 09, 2009 | 2004 Chevrolet Tahoe

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2004 ford focus headlight ajust ment


Your adjustment screws should be white nuts (adjustable with an allen wrench, or a socket, or a pair of pliers) located behind the headlamp assembly right up against the fender

Park your car on a level ground 30 feet from a wall and measure the height from the ground to the bulb and mark on a wall. You only need to do this and the aiming for your low beams as your high beams are on the same bulb

Your headlights should also say VOR. When you turn on your headlights, aim them right at the mark that you put on the wall, with the brightest cutoff directly under the mark

Sep 18, 2009 | 2004 Ford Focus

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How do you aim headlights


The adjustment screws/nuts should be located either on the top of the headlamp assembly, behind the headlamp assembly, or near the frame rail by the radiator support.

You will have vertical adjustment screws for each independent beam (separate highs and separate lows, but will be same screw if highs and lows are the same bulb). You may also have additional horizontal adjustment screws as well

Park your car on a level ground 30 feet from a wall and measure the height from the ground to the bulb and mark on a wall (do this for highs beams and low beams if the bulbs are separate, if highs and lows are the same bulb, only do it for the lows)

For Low Beams: If the headlights read VOR, then aim the brightest part or cutoff part just below the mark on the wall. If it says VOL or nothing, aim them 2 inches below the mark on the wall.

For High Beams (if separate from low beams): Aim the headlight directly at the line you marked on the wall.

Aug 11, 2009 | 2004 Suzuki Forenza

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Headlights needs ajusting


on each headlamp assembly, there will be either one or two plastic nuts that you can turn.

If you only have one nut on each, that will adjust the vertical aim of the headlights.

If you have two nuts on each, one will adjust the vertical and the other will adjust the horizontal.

Park your car on a level ground 30 feet from a wall and measure the height from the ground to the bulb and mark on a wall (do this for highs beams and low beams if the bulbs are separate, if highs and lows are the same bulb, only do it for the lows)

If the headlights read VOR, then aim the brightest part or cutoff part just below the mark on the wall. If it says VOL or nothing, aim them 2 inches below the mark on the wall.

Mar 14, 2009 | 2004 Nissan XTerra

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Headlights need to be aimed properly


of course you can...try fixing it during night time in a place that is dark. in a street that is no traffic is the best place. pop the hood and look behind the headlight assembly. you will see two long screws that can be adjusted by tightening or loosening the screw for up and down adjustments and left and right adjustments

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