Question about 1997 Mercury Sable
What is the proper method to adjust the left/right and up/down position of the headlights in a 1997 Mercury Sable? I have tried adjusting the screws on either side of each headlight but cannot seem to get the proper alignment - it appears the headlight beam is angled when shown on a wall. The headlights have a level indicator but those do not seem to be functional.
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Posted on Jan 02, 2017
It's a bulb replacement. If it's anything similar to my Audi, there is a cover on the back of the headlight housing that you pop off. Then you can reach in, pull the wire connector off the bulb, and unclip a metal retainer over the bulb, and pull the bulb out. Installation of the new one is the reverse. Just be SURE not to touch the glass part of the bulb. Skin oils can cause a halogen bulb to burn very hot and burn out very quickly. If you do touch the glass, wipe it gently but thoroughly on a cotton cloth to clean it off before you install it.
Posted on Oct 31, 2008
When you open the hood and look at the headlight assembly you will see 2 plastic gears, they take a hex tool, and the one to adjust the lowbeams is the outermost one towards the fenderwell of the car, the high beam adjustment is the one closest to the radiator.
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Posted on Nov 06, 2008
This problem is now resolved, thanks to a prior post by sableowner.
The 2003 Sable has the same headlight assembly and removal/replacement instructions as the 2001 Sable. Once I had this information in hand, bulb replacement was easy.
Posted on Jan 13, 2009
AIMING THE HEADLIGHTS
The headlights must be properly aimed to provide the best, safest road illumination. The lights should be checked for proper aim and adjusted as necessary. Certain state and local authorities have requirements for headlight aiming; these should be checked before adjustment is made.
CAUTION About once a year, when the headlights are replaced or any time front end work is performed on your vehicle, the headlight should be accurately aimed by a reputable repair shop using the proper equipment. Headlights not properly aimed can make it virtually impossible to see and may blind other drivers on the road, possibly causing an accident. Note that the following procedure is a temporary fix, until you can take your vehicle to a repair shop for a proper adjustment.
Headlight adjustment may be temporarily made using a wall, as described below, or on the rear of another vehicle. When adjusted, the lights should not glare in oncoming car or truck windshields, nor should they illuminate the passenger compartment of vehicles driving in front of you. These adjustments are rough and should always be fine-tuned by a repair shop which is equipped with headlight aiming tools. Improper adjustments may be both dangerous and illegal.
For most of the vehicles covered by this guide, horizontal and vertical aiming of each sealed beam unit is provided by two adjusting screws which move the retaining ring and adjusting plate against the tension of a coil spring. There is no adjustment for focus; this is done during headlight manufacturing.
Because the composite headlight assembly is bolted into position, no adjustment should be necessary or possible. Some applications, however, may be bolted to an adjuster plate or may be retained by adjusting screws. If so, follow this procedure when adjusting the lights, BUT always have the adjustment checked by a reputable shop.
Before removing the headlight bulb or disturbing the headlamp in any way, note the current settings in order to ease headlight adjustment upon reassembly. If the high or low beam setting of the old lamp still works, this can be done using the wall of a garage or a building:
Fig. : Location of the aiming screws on most vehicles with sealed beam headlights
Fig. : Dual headlight adjustment screw locations-one side shown here (other side should be mirror image)
Fig. : Example of headlight adjustment screw location for composite headlamps
Fig. : Low-beam headlight pattern alignment
Fig. : High-beam headlight pattern alignment
Posted on Nov 10, 2009
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