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Q: How do you check the aim of the headlights?

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How do you check the aim of the headlights?

While your headlights should have come from the dealer perfectly adjusted, they can be thrown off over time, particularly if you carry heavy loads often. Here’s how to check if they’re aligned properly:

  1. Find a section of wall or a screen 8 feet long.

  2. Park about 25 feet away from it and make sure the vehicle is level with the wall or screen.

  3. Measure from the ground to the center of the headlights.

  4. Draw a line on the wall or screen at the same height.

  5. Turn on your low beams.

  6. The edge of the brightest spots of light should be on the line you drew. If not, your headlights need to be adjusted professionally.

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