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Headlight Mis-Alignment 1990 Gallant GSX, HOW? do you adjust Headlights? Found 1 Adjustment Screw on each side (for Adjustment Up & Down), but can't Locate any Screw to Adjust Side-to-Side?? Can't even seem to Remove the Lenses to get at the actual Head Lamps either (popped Loose the 3 Clips on Top, No Access to the Bottom or sides that I can see)??Don't have a Owners Manual...

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  • Rick Wymer
    Rick Wymer Jan 18, 2009

    Well the Driver-side is "shooting" way out to the Side, and NEEDS to be brought In, and as Far as I know, there has been No External Damage to the Car.

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It is most likely that the in-out angle is factory set. As for the lamp it should remove from the rear of the lens assembly. Where the wires plug into the lamp, there is a ring that twists and releases the lamp. It is also possible that the lamp itself can be twisted which will release it.

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  • Eric Murphy
    Eric Murphy Jan 18, 2009

    Like how far out to the driver side is it pointing, Some manufactures will angle the driver side head light almost straight to facilitate drivers distance of sight?

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