Can you adjust your headlights? It’s a question many drivers ask themselves when they notice the headlight is not as bright as it used to be. If this sounds like something you want to do yourself, then read on. This article will talk about why someone might adjust their headlights and how to adjust them. We will also touch on some considerations that may impact your ability to adjust your headlights, such as voiding warranties or damaging the vehicle.
The importance of adjusting your headlights
Put simply: for you and your passenger’s safety.
There’s no easier way to say it. You need to adjust your headlights when you feel unsafe driving the car because you can’t see appropriately during low light conditions. When your headlights aren’t correctly set, you don’t know what’s in front of you, making you a danger to your passengers and everybody else on the road.
You might adjust your headlights if:
- You notice that the headlight is not as bright as it used to be
- Your headlights are misaligned, and you want them fixed properly instead of just screwing them back into place
Adjusting your car’s headlights yourself will save you time and money. If this sounds like something you would like to do on your own, great! Keep reading for more information about adjusting a headlight on a vehicle without damaging anything else or voiding any warranties along the way.
How to adjust your car headlights
It can be a relatively simple process but will vary depending on what headlights are installed in your vehicle. For example, suppose screws hold down each headlight unit and sliders under them, allowing horizontal movement. In that case, adjusting is easy – just tighten or loosen those bolts/sliders until they’re at an angle that suits you.
However, some cars use gears instead, which means more steps will be involved with this type of adjustment. Also, consider adjustability when you adjust your headlights – if they can’t be angled downwards, then move them so that the light is being directed away from oncoming traffic.
Tightening headlight bolts
Go to your local hardware store and pick up a set of wrenches that will fit the bolt on either side of one headlight. You may need an adjustable wrench, depending on what kind of bolts you have holding them down.
If they can be tightened using a screwdriver or a socket, then do so until the headlights are angled in the desired direction – adjust for both sides evenly if necessary.
Adjusting headlights with gears
Depending on where this is located in your vehicle’s engine bay/underneath, adjusting these gears yourself might take some time. In many cases, there will be a metal tab that indicates which way each gear needs to be turned to adjust them appropriately.
If you adjust the headlight gears yourself, be sure to take your time and move them one at a time. You want to make sure that both headlights are angled in the same direction; otherwise, they’ll blind oncoming traffic.
Considerations before adjusting headlights yourself
There are a few things to consider before adjusting your headlights. For example, you will want to check and see if the adjuster is moveable by hand or needs an adjustment tool (such as a screwdriver) to shift it properly.
Another consideration may be whether or not there’s any risk of damaging your vehicle when making this attempt; for example, some headlights can only be adjusted with specific tools such as T20 Torx drivers.
What if I adjust my headlights but still can’t see correctly?
If adjusting your car’s headlight doesn’t help with visibility, then it might be due to other factors such as poor weather conditions or dirty/damaged lenses. This means more work is involved than simply tightening bolts or turning screws. It could mean opting for professional services like those offered by our general repair service, which can clean off any debris from the lens so you can see again!
If adjusting your own car’s headlights seems too complicated or risky for you, do not worry! At T3 Atlanta, we have a team of certified mechanics who can help you make proper adjustments without having to worry about possibly blinding oncoming traffic. Give T3 Atlanta a call today and we can help you see the road clearly again!