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Adjusting headlights Is there a special tool needed to adjust the headlights on a 2003 Chevy Malibu or is a screwdriver sufficient?

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    Thanks for advising me the name of the tool.

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Their is a trox bit that you can pick up at your local hardware store. They should be able to get the right size.

Good luck.

Posted on Jan 28, 2009

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Headlights - REMOVAL & INSTALLATION
If some or all of the headlight bulbs being replaced still operate, refer to the headlight aiming procedure later in this section to ease checking or adjustment of the headlights after installation.
  1. Disconnect the negative battery cable.
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  3. On most models, the headlight bulb retaining ring is only held on by retaining screws. If so, remove the bulb retaining ring screws. These are the screws which hold the thin metal ring which holds the bulb against the adjusting plate. Do not touch the two headlight aiming screws, at the center of the top and side of the retaining ring (these screws will have different heads), or the headlight aim will have to be re-adjusted.

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Fig. 1: Exploded view of a common dual headlight mounting assembly-1983 Malibu shown typical
  1. Some later model vehicles will use a spring on the retaining ring. If so equipped, disengage the spring from the retaining ring, using a cotter pin removal tool, then remove the retaining ring screws.
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  2. Position the retaining ring over the bulb, then install the assembly to the adjusting plate. Secure using the retaining screws and, if applicable, the spring.
  3. Install and secure the headlight bezel.
  4. Connect the negative battery cable.
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Loosen and remove the headlight bezel retaining screws

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Make sure all of the screws are removed, then pull the bezel from the front of the vehicle

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Loosen and remove the retaining ring screws

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Pull the retaining ring and bulb forward to separate them


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Unplug the electrical connector from the rear of the headlight


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