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Old 01-30-2006, 08:39 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Help: Adjusting headlights ?

Hi all,

sorry if anyone already ask about this before, but i need to adjust my headlights since the right one is so dipped down.

how do I adjust them?

I know there 2 gear thing behind each headlight, but nothing seems to change.
which knob is suppose to move the headlight up-down and left-right?

can anyone help please?

Thx alot
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I believe that turning the white gears is what is supposed to adjust the head lights. I'm not sure how much you can actually adjust the headlights using those, I know you can find tune the adjustment with them, so it may be fairly small amounts for each tooth on the gear. My car is lowered so I loosened the mounting screws at the top and bottom and was able to adjust the whole assembly up just a little, made a nice difference without shining the lights upwards.
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yeah use an alan key in the sockets at the back of the lights.

the adjustments near the centre of the car are the up / down and the ones nearest the wings are the left/right.

becareful though as a couple of turns either way will drastically adjust you beam even if it only moves them a few millimeters when shining on a wall directly infront of your car.

best thing to do is take it to a garage and they'll shine em onto a chart, then you can adjust them to get it perfect. its generally a lot lower than you think

also if you have uprated bulbs like me it can be deceptive.
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Also make sure your headlights are screwed into the the car's nosepanel and frame securely.
Loose screws on the bracket can also make the aim of the lights dip or rise unwantedly.
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if u look in the bentley manual.. they have a write up for them!
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thx guys for all the replies !

i ended up adjusting the mounting screws since the beam wayyyy down.
but still havent moved the headlights right-left though...
we'll see how it goes when i take it for a spin tonite.

as for bentleys, thx for the offers to send it to me.

if anyone have a softcopy can u please email it to oe_tuning@yahoo.com ?

greatly appreciate all the help guys
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