There are four things you will need when you're adjusting your ford car headlights. The list includes a tape measure, masking tape, screw driver and a carpenter's level whenever necessary. With all these tools ready, you can now start your job.
7 steps in adjusting car headlights
Remember that you should always adjust your headlights properly as this may have an effect to you whilst you're driving. This can also affect other drivers who you meet on the road. So better take note of the following steps:
Check your car's trunk. Remove any items found inside it. Excess weight can critically affect the correct alignment of the car headlights. In addition to this, you must also make sure that the tyre's pressure is according to its manufacturer's settings.
You should also consider the area where you will do all the work. You should park your car preferably 10 to 15 feet from a garage door or wall. The ground should also be even. A paved parking lot is ideal.
Turn on your car headlights. This time, you should make a mark on the garage door or wall using the masking tape. Make one horizontal-vertical mark each for the left and right headlight. Each should look more like a letter 't'.
Using the carpenter's level, you may now check if the headlights cast even rays of light. Simply place the level in between the centre lines of each mark. If they are not aligned, use a tape measure to check on how far the lower mark is from the upper part of the wall. Lower down the other marker's centre line to have the same height with that of the other. Make sure that the centre lines are within 3.5 feet from the ground.
Adjust your car's position to about 10 more feet backward. Turn off the car headlights then start removing the trim rings surrounding them. You should also find the adjusting screws. One screw is found on top of the headlight. This is for making vertical adjustments. The other screw is located at the sides to make horizontal adjustments.
Using the screwdriver, you may now adjust the screws. You should turn the upper screw clockwise if you want to raise the headlight and counter clockwise if you want to lower it down. As for side screws, you can turn it from right to left or vice versa.
Turn your car headlights on to check if everything's fine. Make sure that the beam of light is casted just a little lower than the centre line on your garage wall or door. This is to make sure that you won't blind drivers you meet along the way.
After you're through with the tasks of adjusting your car headlights, you may now take your cars to a test drive. You may readjust the headlights if you find that something's still wrong. But to keep it safe, you should not experiment on this task. Bring your car to a mechanic and have your car headlights aligned properly.