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Headlamp Aim, Easy? or Getting into something more here.
Posted 23 July 2003 - 10:45 PM
I looked up in my chilton manual, as well as the owners manual for the car and both of them tell me that I need to have the headlights professionally aimed.
I am guessing that after I fiddle with the mounts unbolting them and then bolting them back in I will put the lights out of whack.
Does anyone know if I can just re-aim them easily myself? I really don't feel like taking them to some dealer and pay $$$$ to have them twist some bolts.
Posted 23 July 2003 - 11:51 PM
I cannot vouch for the legality of your headlight aim after you do it yourself. Different places have different laws about headlight height and aim, make sure you comply.
Anyway: Find a flat piece of land, preferably with a vertical wall at one end. Drive right up close the wall with the lights on. Mark the area on the wall where the light is brightest, should be roughly the center of the beam.
Roll the car back about ten meters, and adjust so that the beam center has dropped below the marks, and moved slighty off toward the curb side of the road. This should prevent you blinding oncoming traffic. Again, make sure the aim is legal. The exact drop will be dependent on the local laws. I would recommend that you start with a 2 cm drop, and maybe 1 cm off center.
Then, making sure that nothing is behind you, reverse very slowly another 10 meters and watch how the aim changes. Should move smoothly down and slighty more off centre, toward the curb side.
Take it for a spin at night, and if people flash their full beam at you all the time, your lights are probably still too high! Back to the wall...
Posted 24 July 2003 - 10:31 AM
Couple this with the above alignment directions and you should come out ok I'd think.
Posted 25 July 2003 - 10:08 PM
Do NOT try this anywhere in California!
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