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Parked 3 ft away from my garage driver side light beam is pointing strait ahead the passenger light beam is pointing down about 8 in don't understand why

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There should be a little screw to turn to adjust the head light. This will be in the head light assembly itself on top. If you have a manual they tell you in that also - but you should be able to find it any way. Some cars use a screw driver and some use a special type of screw driver you may have to buy.

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How to adjust headlights on a 98 mercury tracer


There are usually 2 hex screws on each lens. The State Vehicle inspections govern how headlights are suppose to be aimed if you live in a State requiring Annual inspections.

For this reason, I would suggest looking at Youtube videos or finding a CD at an autoparts store which include this process.

In general, you would park between 20 or 30 feet from a wall or garage door and shine your low beams on the surface. Get a piece of tape to use as a marker for each beam to mark the starting point from the brightest point of each beam.

Then measure the height of the center of each headlight and compare to the tape mark and how high it is on the door or wall. If the center of the headlight is higher than the mark on the wall, GOOD.

What you want is the drivers' beam to point away from oncoming traffic and farther forward on your direction of travel not to become cross-eyed with the passengers' beam. Seek to not have a dark spot in the center of your travel. The passenger beam usually shifts to the curbside and up because of parked cars and no one to blind with your lights.

Personally I like to adjust my passenger headlamp beam to highlight the lane markers and center my car in my lane on the Interstate. This is particularly useful in foggy or rainy driving conditions and around curves.

A body shop or collision shop can probably do this for you for a reasonable price as replacing the front sheet metal of a vehicle can require reaiming the lights.

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Driver side headlight goes dim on high beam while passenger side is bright


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How to adjust headlights on 2013 dodge journey


Wahoo do is pop the hood, and there should be two-three screws around the headlamp assembly. These adjust the light directions. But you'll need to pull the vehicle away from a solid wall by about ten feet I think it is, and mark off a little area to adjust the lights at the correct level. You will be able to find this at you
ocal auto parts store. I usually go to Advance Auto, or Auto Zone. They have the little kit that helps you get all the marks on the surface you are using.

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Adjusting headlight on mercedes benz


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How to Adjust a Mercedes' Headlights

In the U.S. the type, adjustments, and illumination factors of all automobile lighting devices are regulated by the Federal Motor Vehicle Safety Standard 108. The headlights must function and be adjusted correctly. Your high beams must disperse their beams straight forward and low beams down and to the right while safely providing illumination without too much or too little glare. It is wise to check the headlight adjustment on your Mercedes at least every year. Doing it yourself will save you time and money. It will also make driving safer for you and others you may meet on the road at night. All it takes is time, some basic tools and a little patience.
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  • 1/4-inch screwdriver, at least 8 inches long
  • flashlight (if needed)
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    • 1 Open the hood and prop it up.
    • 2 Remove components if necessary to allow access to the left/right and up/down adjustment knobs. They are on top of the rear side of the headlight. The upper knob adjusts the beam to the left and right. The lower knob controls up/down adjustments.
    • 3 Park with the passenger side of the car parallel to a solid fence or wall and about four feet from it. When there is dim light or darkness, turn on the lights and use your screwdriver to adjust the up/down knob on the passenger-side headlight until the light beam is parallel to the ground (you can see the beam of light against the surface of the wall).
    • 4 Turn the car so that it faces the wall approximately one car length away. Adjust the up/down knob on the driver-side headlight until it is at the same level as the passenger side headlight. Then adjust both sides until the small groove on top of the beam cutoff is directly in front of the light.
    • 5 Reinstall any components that you removed. Close the hood.
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older vehicles have adjustment screws accessible thru trim on front of headlights, newer vehicles have adjustment screws in engine compartment on or near each headlight assembly (usually requiring a torx screwdriver) one screw will adjust side to side and the other will adjust up and down. park vehicle level with lights on & aim at vertical flat surface 20 feet away. Cover headlight you are not adjusting so it doesn't interfere with aiming the one you are working on. Driver's side- just below height of light on vehicle and to the right of straight, Passenger side- just below annd straight ahead. Adjust at low beam. Law enforcement and DMV prefer you have this done by shop.

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I need to replace and then adjust the headlights on my 2000 Chrysler 300M. How do I replace the headlights, then adjust them.


Park your vehicle on level ground with the headlights near a garage door or wall. A good distance is 2-3 feet away from the wall or door. The location must be perfectly level and flat at a distance of 10 to 25 feet away from the door or wall.
Switch on the low headlight beams and mark the horizontal and vertical centerlines of each headlight beams on the wall using masking tape. This will mark the center of each beam with a +. The marking will tell you where exactly the headlight beams should be centered from a distance.

Move the vehicle back about 10 to 25 feet away from the garage door or the wall.

Keep the headlights on the low beam setting.
Use the markings you made on the wall or garage door to, check where the light shines and see if the centerlines still match up with the masking tape marks. If the centerlines of the two beams do not align with the tape marks, you can adjust one or both sides as needed.

Make the necessary adjustments with the lights still on while watching the light beams on the wall and your marks.
Turning the top adjusting screws in a clockwise direction will raise the beam while counterclockwise turn will lower it.

Turning the side adjuster screws will adjust the lights to the left or right.

Continue the adjustments until the center of the light beams are aligned with the tape marks. Then adjust the vertical alignment of both beams slightly below the marks on the wall. This will assure that the lights are tilted slightly downward so they won’t blind approaching motorist.

The will align bot lights, the high and low sine both are connected to the same headlight!!

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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)

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.

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Park the vehicle on a level surface, with the fuel tank about 1 / 2full and with the vehicle empty of all extra cargo (unless normallycarried). The vehicle should be facing a wall which is no less than 6feet (1.8m) high and 12 feet (3.7m) wide. The front of the vehicleshould be about 25 feet from the wall:
  1. If aiming is to be performed outdoors, it is advisable to waituntil dusk in order to properly see the headlight beams on the wall. Ifdone in a garage, darken the area around the wall as much as possibleby closing shades or hanging cloth over the windows.
  2. Turn the headlights ONand mark the wall at the center of each light's low beam, then switchon the brights and mark the center of each light's high beam. A shortlength of masking tape which is visible from the front of the vehiclemay be used. Although marking all four positions is advisable, markingone position from each light should be sufficient.
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Fig. The head light alignment adjusters are located on the backof the assembly. Access holes are provided as necessary-2.0L Passat GLSmodel shown


Head lamps are adjusted from above. Do the following:
1. Open the hood
2. Look on top by the head lamps you should see two service holes (oneouter and one inner) where you will see a plastic adjustment screwwhich requires a hexagon wrench or a flathead screw driver that fits. Note the outer alignment screw is the hole located on top eg. driver side head lamps outter being the hole on the right side. innerbeing the alignment screw located in the hole on the left side of thedriver side head lamp assembly.
3. Lateral adjust/ horizontal adust is the right side hole.(which way to turn I've forgotten try incremental trial and error tilyou determine which way is left and which way is moving the beam to theright)
4. Vertical adjust is the adjustment screw located on theleftside of driver side headlamps assembly from above. turn counterclockwise to raise and clockwise to drop. its been awhile so i'm notquite sure .
5. Passenger side lateral and vertical adjust is symetrical. rememberoutter hole from above is lateral adjust and inner hole to the right inthis case for passenger side is vertical adjust.

More details: http://www.ehow.com/how_112704_adjust-headlights.html

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