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Re: how to change the headlight
Open the hood and look on the back of the headlight fixture for a large plastic nut... This is the retaining ring that holds your headlight bulb in the fixture. If by ' problem with my headlight shining' you mean your headlight no longer works , you can use the above to replace the bulb and that should solve the issue. HOWEVER , if by ' problem with my headlight shining' you mean that the light is not aimed properly , you will need different instruction on how to solve the problem.
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On a Newer Vehicle you'll replace the Headlight Bulb Open the engine compartment hood.
Locate the back of the headlight to determine the lamp and bulb type. Decide which bulb you need to replace. Purchase the correct bulb for your headlamp. Behind the headlight the lamp the socket is removable. Remove Socket then replace lamp (bulb). Carefully re-install the socket
On Older vehicles:
Remove the screws that connect the headlamp frame to the bracket holding the headlamp. Make certain you turn only the screws that hold the lamp frame, not the adjusting screws. Disconnect the electrical connector in the back of the lamp by pulling the socket away from the headlamp with your hand. Remove the headlight from the bracelet area and discard it. Replace with the new headlight, making sure that it is positioned right side up. Plug the wire socket into the new headlight, which holding the headlight securely. Replace the headlight into the frame. Place the frame onto the headlight bracket. Reattach the screws to hold the frame and bracket in place. Do not adjust the setting screws for the direction the headlight shines.
At night partk in front of a wall and shine your lights on the wall so see if the headlight shifted during installation.
You should not try to adjust the headlights yourself because if you get them to where they shine in other drivers eyes when going down the road you could be fined for it.If you don't know how or where the beams should shine you could make it worse,they have to be a certain hieght and a certain angle.
If you look at the top of the head light assembly with the hood open just past the top rubber seal, you will see an alan head adjustor screw. This will adjust the low beam light up and down. the high beams are fixed. I would suggest shining your headlights on to a wall or garage door to get them to the same hight you need.
I am assuming that the design was not changed from my 2005 updander to your 2008. I had to adjust mine while on a road trip. We had a lot of people and stuff in my vehicle which made the headlights shine higher than normal. I was getting a lot of on commig traffic flashing. I was able to ajust them down fairly easy with those adjustor screws. Hope this helps.
The headlight on an 03 baja are a double element bulb for high an low beam. I replaced mine with 9007 bulb from auto parts store. Be careful to pay attention to bulb position, they can be installed up side down having the high beam as your low beam. I would shine the lights up against a wall or garage door and flip your high and low beams on and off to see how the shine.
At the back of the headlight there are screws that adjust up and down and left to right,look carefully as it will be written on the headlight,you will see it stamped into the top of the housing just follow the indicators on the light to adjust it down,and park in front of a wall on a flat surface if possible at night or dusk to see how much youve changed the height,its not difficult to do just look carefully
Don't change to HID Xenon or Bi-Xenon unless you change the entire headlight unit, as your standard headlamp units are not designed for this. You will only end up blinding oncoming traffic, and your beam scatter will be all over the place.
Take your car to a servicing garage or dealer and ask them to check the headlight alignment. If you are still unhappy with the headlight performance, there are plenty of quality halogen bulbs out there - just look at the Philips or Osram automotive range.
it's very difficult to install them upside down,but i guess anything is possible. wait until dusk,shine the lights on a flat surface and attempt to adjust until the lights look like they are shining in the center.