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Adjust Headlights Horizontally in Hyundai Sonata 2002

I can't find the horizontal screw to adjust my headlights in my 2002 sonata. I looked at the manual and it said to take to dealership. Does anyone know how to locate this?

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  • jaednmichael Mar 25, 2009

    All I know is that they told me a Pep Boys that you have to have a special tool to replace headlights.

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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)

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.

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