jdunmyer
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headlight adjustment

Wed Dec 06, 2017 11:37 pm

If I have a full load, IE: 4 adults, oncoming traffic flashes their lights at me; from reflections on buildings when I turn a corner shows why. The low beams are aimed too high. With only 2 people in the car, the adjustment appears to be JUST low enough.

Where is the adjustment, and which way do you rotate it? I'd like to give it a bit "lower" setting.

Am I the only one with this problem?

djhodny
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Joined: Thu Jun 29, 2017 5:19 pm

Re: headlight adjustment

Thu Dec 07, 2017 2:49 pm

I had the same issue. Thankfully, adjustment is really easy. There is a white plastic Philips head adjustment screw under the hood behind each headlight. They're just behind the metal frame piece that runs diagonal, behind where that diagonal frame pieces are connected to the sides / fenders. They have a Philips head recessed within a hexagonal head - I think for using an Allen wrench. Turn counter clockwise to lower the headlight.

GernBlanston
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Re: headlight adjustment

Wed Jan 17, 2018 2:26 am

One of the complaints that Consumer Reports or some such had was headlight glare. I was getting flashed occasionally at night, so I lowered mine. Parked 25 feet from the hangar door, put 2 pieces of painter's tape up so that the bottom of the tapes touched the top of the light spots on the door,then lowered each headlight exactly one inch. Wow. I can see better at night (all those photons are on the road instead of out in space) and haven't been flashed once since then. I am a headlight geek and think more about, and spend more on, headlights than I probably should (put E-codes and leveling motors on my '03 Golf, and finally settled on Osram all-weather bulbs.)
Sorry, forgot to measure the height of the tapes before I threw 'em out, but one inch lower than they were from the factory.
If it's not foggy
and your foglights are on
you are a doofus.

GetOffYourGas
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Location: Syracuse, NY

Re: headlight adjustment

Wed Jan 17, 2018 12:38 pm

GernBlanston wrote:I am a headlight geek and think more about, and spend more on, headlights than I probably should


This, plus your signature, is a new one to me. Hey, there are much worse things to geek out about. Headlights are probably one of the most underrated parts of a car. Being able to see well at night can literally mean the difference between life and death!
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GernBlanston
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Re: headlight adjustment

Sat Jan 20, 2018 3:38 am

GetOffYourGas wrote:
GernBlanston wrote:I am a headlight geek and think more about, and spend more on, headlights than I probably should


This, plus your signature, is a new one to me. Hey, there are much worse things to geek out about. Headlights are probably one of the most underrated parts of a car. Being able to see well at night can literally mean the difference between life and death!

Yeah, they're fairly important. :D
If it's not foggy
and your foglights are on
you are a doofus.

boltage
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Re: headlight adjustment

Sat Jan 20, 2018 5:52 am

GernBlanston wrote:One of the complaints that Consumer Reports or some such had was headlight glare.


It was IIHS that said that the headlamps made too much glare.

GernBlanston
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Re: headlight adjustment

Sat Jan 20, 2018 10:15 pm

boltage wrote:
GernBlanston wrote:One of the complaints that Consumer Reports or some such had was headlight glare.


It was IIHS that said that the headlamps made too much glare.

I stand corrected. Lower 'em an inch and see what you think.
They are odd for HIDs in that they have a little lump in the middle rather than
the razor-sharp, arrow-straight cutoff that you usually see. That's the issue I think.
If it's not foggy
and your foglights are on
you are a doofus.

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