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    Question Headlight allignment?

    Can anyone tell me what the headlight height needs to be set at. I know this is probably more technical than I am planning but if I hold a pole in front of the car with the lights on how far in front of the car should I hold it and how high up the pole should the top of the light hit?

    Also Ive found the allen key hole which raises the lights but there is another right next to it which doesnt affect the height of the beam

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    The other allen key adjust the beam left to right. As for trying to align them correctly, you really need to get it onto the gizmo that they have an MOT station. Anything you try and do yourself is only going to be approximate.

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    approximate would be good/better than it is at the moment lighting the 3 metres in front of the car. Does a headlight allignment for £18 sound right? Seemed excessive to me considering no parts are needed

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    If you google "headlight alignment", various sites are suggesting circa £5 - £10.

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    thats more like the price I was thinking. Anyone fancy being kind and stepping outside and measuring 1 metre in front of the light while on what the light goes up to?

    Will I have to have them alligned everytime I take my lights out?

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    Go to a local MOT place, bung em £10 to use their machine for max 10 minutes and adjust them there and then

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    adjusted earlier so the lamps point about 30 degress higher than prev and took it for a drive and I can now see the road again at night.prob not right but at least I can see again

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    id go to a mot test center and just ask them to adjust them or wait til your next mot and do them then

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    Mot isnt due for 2 years, Been quoted £14+vat so its getting cheaper but still not happy paying that much for a 5 min job

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    The easy and approx way to do it is to park over looking a car park, and relatively flat. (but is approx, should be OK though)

    Cover one of the lights with a thick coat (or otherwise block it's light beam)
    Adjust the height switch to pos 2 on the dial and then using the allen screw adjusters set the range of the top of the beam to a reasonable distance and slightly left of centre. Repeat for the other light and just make sure that the offside light is adjusted more left and slightly lower then near side.

    Should really only take 5 minutes and will give you a surprisingly good result.

    If you then get flashed a lot or put weight in the boot, you can always adjust them down with the dial switch.

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