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Adjusting headlights on 2003 honda accord

My Low beam on the passenger side headlight seems to be lower than the the driver side. Does anyone know how i can adjust it to make the rightside higher?!?!?!

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Further to Emmisionwiz's answer that worked for me - the holes are in the black plastic covering the radiator support, to each side more or less in line with the headlights. They are marked with an "A" and rotation directions for UP and DOWN. The Phillips screwdriver goes into the hole about 45 degrees from vertical and engages the adjusting rack, where the teeth of the Phillips screwdriver are the pinion. If you shine a flashlight down the hole you can see the rack teeth and all becomes clear. But you will need a long Phillips screwdriver and a little bit of luck.

In the owner's manual it says the lights are adjusted correctly at the dealership and if they need adjustment because of a trailer then take the car to a Honda certified mechanic.

I have a 2004 Accord also and the method is the same for that one too.

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I just got thru adjusting my wife's Honda Accord's headlights. Take note of which way to turn it by looking at the plastic radiator cover, there is a hole over each headlight with a directional arrow. Remove same radiator cover and you can see adjustment mechanism a little better (look thru hole TOWARDS front fender and you'll see sprocket). Use a #10 opened end wrench (NOT A PHILIPS HEAD, I tried, it's a waster of time.. even a flat head screw driver worked better than a Philips.) and attach to nut on mechanism. A few turns one direction and you'll see a noticeable change in the headlights height. Easy stuff.

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Most Honda headlights adjust with a Phillips screwdriver inserted in a hole
in the rad support. Inside the hole is a square funnel, and a small gear is
inside that which engages the screwdriver.

Your HIDs might adjust differently, but I don't know for certain. It's
worth looking for that hole. It's about 3/8" in diameter.

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