How to Aim Your Headlights

How to Aim Your Headlights

Last Updated April 16, 2024 | Bill Tumas

Installing a new set of headlights is a very easy and common aftermarket mod for your ride. Whether you're restoring an old set of headlights or installing a brand new pair, it's very common for them to be misaligned and not give you proper visibility and spread at night. To get the most out of your new headlights, it's important to aim them properly.

Check out this short and simple video to learn how to aim your headlights.

What Tools and Supplies Will You Need to Adjust Your Headlights?

Aiming your headlights is a relatively quick and easy job that can be done with things most people have around the house. Here are the supplies and tools you'll need:

  • Tape (electrical or painter's tape works best)
  • Tape measure
  • Marker
  • Small wrench or ratchet to adjust the headlight

How to Aim Your Headlights

You'll need to find level ground with a wall and plenty of space to aim your headlights properly. While we recommend watching the video above, you can follow along with these steps.

  1. Park the car on level ground around 3 feet from a wall.
  2. Find the center dimple of your headlights and put vertical pieces of tape on the wall straight across from them.
  3. Find the center of the car and put another vertical piece of tape on the wall straight across from it.
  4. Measure from the ground to the center of each headlight and mark the wall accordingly.
  5. Measure two inches down from the center point of each headlight and put pieces of horizontal tape at that mark. You should now have two crosshairs.
  6. Turn on your low beams.
  7. Adjust your headlights so the top of the low beams touch the horizontal lines of the crosshairs.
  8. Center the headlights so the center of the beam is in the middle of the crosshair.

While this may seem challenging, this is a beginner-friendly job that requires little to no specialized tools and can be done in a few hours.

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