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Take care of your automobile and it won't strand you. Howcast helps you keep your ride running smoothly with this video series on car maintenance.
You Will Need
- A flat surface
- A clear, flat wall
- A level
- A measuring tape
- A screwdriver
Park your car near a wall
Park your car on a flat surface 10 feet in front of a clean and flat wall. Turn on your headlights so they shine onto the wall.
Mark the points of the beams
Mark with tape the places on the wall where each beam is most concentrated. Use a level to see if the lights are of equal height and measure the difference if they are uneven.
Measure the space in between
Measure the space between the marks. Use these marks if the lights need horizontal adjustment.
Mark desired spot with tape
Place strips of tape at the spots you want to adjust to. Your vertical and horizontal adjustment spots will be used for reference but are not necessarily set in stone.
Open the hood and find adjusters
Open the hood of your car and locate your adjuster screws. Each headlight has one screw on the top of the headlight, and one on the side.
Adjust the vertical beam
Adjust the height of the beam by turning the top screw.
Adjust the horizontal beam
Adjust the horizontal placement of the beam by turning the side screw. Use your measurement of the distance between the beams to assist your adjustment.
Test your adjustments
Test your adjustments by sitting in the driver's seat and looking at the beams on the wall. Go for a night drive to see if you're satisfied with the changes made.