How to align headlights
Are your headlights beams too high? too low? Then bear with me and maybe I can help
Horizontal headlight adjustment is easy. See the screw on the inside top of each light? turn the screw left and your headlight beam goes outward; turn the screw right and the beam goes inward, (toward the center.)
Okay now Vertical adjustment is a little more involved. Start by removing the corner lens; take out the screw on top of the headlight and pull the corner lens forward. This will allow you to access two 10mm bolts holding the headlights in on the sides.
Remove those, along with one 10mm nut on the backside of the headlight assembly (near where your bulbs plug in). Remove your headlight bulbs carefully - I usually put a paper towel around them to protect them from dirt and oil. Now the only thing holding your light housings on are the horizontal adjustment
screws. Just slide the screws out from the lens, and then remove the headlight from the car.
If you look at your headlights now, there is another screw that looks just like the horizontal adjustment screw.
In order to adjust this, you need to remove the 10mm bolt labeled "A".
Now slide the plastic headlight base off of that bolt. The whole plastic base will now be free to swivel on the adjustment screw. What you need to do now is to turn the plastic base around the screw; if you turn it clockwise or right, it will lower your headlight beam when reinstalled. If you turn it left, it will raise the beams.
I ended up only turning each side lower by one revolution. You shouldn't need more than one or two turns. It also becomes hard to slide the housing back over the "A" bolt after two turns. If
in doubt about whether the beams will be raised or lowered, on the final pic you can see the clean area of the bolt on the left side. if you lengthen this side, it causes the beam to go down.
Its really easier to understand as you are doing it, if this does not seem clear. Just use some common sense and you'll see what I mean.
Installation is the reverse of removal.
Dec 22, 2013 |
1993 Mazda MX-6