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Headlight adjustment I am trying to establish if I can adjust the headlights for driving on RH side of road. Or do I have to buy new headlight units?

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  • geoffreyjsim Feb 18, 2009

    Thanks for the suggestion. Whilst this is suitable for short term driving in EU, I need a longer term solution in order to achieve Spanish registration for my Saab and to pass the national roadworthy test.

  • geoffreyjsim Feb 19, 2009

    thanks for this update. yes i should have been clearer in my question. I have also subsequently spoken to a saab dealer who has told me that the lights can be re aligned on cars manufactured between 03 and 07. Other websites have also indicated that they can be adjusted are via plastic allen screws (2 each) accessed through holes above each headlight. I have yet to try it.



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There is this product called beam benders that fit on the headlight, that with change the beam.

Posted on Feb 17, 2009

  • mohammed rahman Feb 18, 2009

    u never said u wanted a long term solution, anyway what u really need to do is actually replace the headlights to be able to comply with spanish regulations, the cheaper option is to order it from europe, say portugal. but i would check the money rates first and also check if saab ( gm) can supply u with headlights

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Fig. 6: Example of headlight adjustment screw location for composite headlamps
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Fig. : Location of the aiming screws on most vehicles with sealed beam headlights


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Fig. : Example of headlight adjustment screw location for composite headlamps
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Fig. Example of headlight adjustment screw location for composite headlamps


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. 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. 30c25df.jpg

Fig. Low-beam headlight pattern alignment


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Fig. High-beam headlight pattern alignment

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. 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. Have the headlight adjustment checked as soon as possible by a reputable repair shop.
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