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Popm the hood on your car and you will see adjustment screws on the headlights they are usually torkhead screws.

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The best way to do it is to park your car in front on a garage door, a building or put a piece of plywood in front. Whichever you use, park you car at least 10 feet away; so you can tell if you are going up, down or in the middle when adjusting.

  1. Remove the four screws that secure the headlight trim bezel to the grille.
  2. Remove the headlight trim bezel.
  3. Turn the headlight high beams on.
  4. Adjust the headlights. Use the adjustment screws located along the outboard side and the inboard lower corner of the headlight bucket. Adjust the headlights until the beams are centered directly on the wall.
  5. Replace the headlight trim bezel.

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  • 1.
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  • .
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