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How do I aim the headlights on 07 Dodge Dakota? I

How do I aim the headlights on 07 Dodge Dakota? I found one screw that appears to adjust from side to side. Is there another to raise or lower?

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  • kufeldtk Apr 11, 2010

    The info on adjusting the light to the right height is very useful background info but my problem is more basic. I can't find a vertical adjusting screw on the headlight assembly. I assume there is one. Where is it hiding? The one I can see when I raise rhe hood is on the side of the assembly and I assume is the side to side adjuster. Thanks.

  • kufeldtk Apr 11, 2010

    Re 07 Dodge Dakota headlight alignment. I can't find the vertical adjusting screw on the headlight assembly. There is one visible on the side of the assembly when the hood is raised but its positioning suggests it is for lateral adjustment. Can you help me find the vertical one?

  • kufeldtk Apr 11, 2010

    Thank you. This answers my question.

  • william gerretz
    william gerretz Aug 22, 2014

    there is a screw on the inside of the headlight assembly (on the engine side) that will moce the headlight beam up and down. I found it accidently by trying to remove the headlight by turning this screw.

  • william gerretz
    william gerretz Aug 22, 2014

    Yes there is a screw to aim the headlights up and down. I first thought it was how you remove the headlight assembly but it just kept turing and turning without loosening. Later I discovered it moves the healight beam up and down. It is located on the engine side of the headlight assembly in the middle.

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Hello kueldtk.
According to Dodge manual there is no provision for left/right adjustment on your Dakota.
"No horizontal (right/left) adjustment is required for this headlamp beam pattern. The high beam pattern will be correct when the low beams are properly aimed."


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Turn the headlamps ON and select the LOW beams. Open the hood and move aside the air shield (1) from the inboard side of the front lamp unit (2) as needed to access the headlamp vertical adjustment screw (3). Rotate the adjustment screw on each lamp to adjust the beam height as required.
This should solve your question.
KL.

Posted on Apr 11, 2010

  • FUBAR Apr 11, 2010

    Thank you for the rating.
    Glad it solved your question. :)

    KL


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FRONT LAMP AIMING

VEHICLE PREPARATION FOR LAMP ALIGNMENT
1. Check for and correct any burnt out bulbs.
2. Repair or replace any ineffective, worn or damaged body or suspension components that could hinder proper lamp alignment.
3. Verify proper tire inflation pressures.
4. Remove any accumulations of mud, snow or ice from the vehicle underbody and clean the front lamp lenses.
5. Verify that there is no load in the vehicle (cargo or passengers), except for the driver.
6. The fuel tank should be FULL. Add 2.94 kilograms (6.5 pounds) of weight over the fuel tank for each estimated gallon of missing fuel.
7. Verify correct vehicle suspension height.


LAMP ALIGNMENT SCREEN PREPARATION
The procedure that follows will prepare a suitable front lamp alignment screen:
1. Tape a line on a level floor 7.62 meters (25 feet) away from and parallel to the flat wall that will be used as the lamp alignment screen. The level floor will be used as the horizontal zero reference.
2. An adjacent wall or floor member that is perpendicular to the alignment screen can be used as the vertical zero reference. If there is no adjacent wall or floor member that is perpendicular to the screen, tape a second line on the floor perpendicular to both the alignment screen and the first line, and outboard of either side of where the vehicle will be positioned. This will be used as the vertical zero reference.
3. Position the vehicle so that the side of the vehicle is parallel to the vertical zero reference, and so that the front of the lamp lenses are in the vertical plane of the parallel line taped on the floor 7.62 meters (25 feet) away from the screen.
4. Rock the vehicle side-to-side three times to allow the suspension to stabilize.
5. Jounce the front suspension three times by pushing downward on the front bumper and releasing.
6. Measure the distance between the optical center of one of the lamps being aimed (head or fog) and the floor (horizontal zero reference). Transfer this measurement to the alignment screen with a piece of tape placed horizontally to the floor. This line will be used as the lamp horizontal reference.
7. Measure the distance between the vertical zero reference and the optical center of the nearest lamp being aimed (head or fog). Transfer this measurement to the alignment screen with a piece of tape placed vertically across the appropriate (head or fog) lamp horizontal reference. This is the centerline reference for the first lamp.
8. Measure the distance on center between the first and the second lamp being aimed. Transfer this measurement to the alignment screen with a second piece of tape placed vertically across the appropriate (head or fog) lamp horizontal reference. This is the centerline reference for the second lamp.


HEADLAMP ALIGNMENT
NOTE: Due to the linear nature of the headlamp cutoff, a properly aimed low beam headlamp will project the top edge of the high intensity pattern on the alignment screen from the horizontal line to 25 millimeters (1 inch) below the horizontal line. No horizontal (right/left) adjustment is required for this headlamp beam pattern. The high beam pattern will be correct when the low beams are properly aimed.

1. Turn the headlamps ON and select the LOW beams.
2. Open the hood and move aside the air shield (1) from the inboard side of the front lamp unit (2) as needed to access the headlamp vertical adjustment screw (3).
3. Rotate the adjustment screw on each lamp to adjust the beam height as required.


FOG LAMP ALIGNMENT
NOTE: A properly aimed front fog lamp will project the top edge of the high intensity pattern on the alignment screen from the horizontal line to 100 millimeters (4 inches) below the horizontal line and straight ahead of the lamp. The best location for the top edge of the fog lamp beam pattern is at the bottom edge of the low beam headlamp pattern, which helps to eliminate a dark area from occurring between the two beam patterns.

1. Turn the fog lamps ON.
2. Rotate the fog lamp vertical adjustment screw (2) on each lamp to adjust the beam height as required.


Hope help with this.

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