Headlamp Aiming

The vehicle has a visual optical headlamp aiming system. The aim has been preset at the factory and should need no further adjustment.

However, if the vehicle is damaged in a crash, the headlamp aim may be affected and adjustment may be necessary.

If oncoming vehicles flash their high beams at you, this may also mean the vertical aim needs to be adjusted.

It is recommended that the vehicle is taken to your dealer for service if the headlamps need to be re-aimed.

It is possible, however, to re-aim the headlamps as described.

The vehicle should:

- Be placed so the headlamps are 7.6m (25 ft) from a light colored wall.

- Have all four tires on a level surface which is level all the way to the wall.

- Be placed so it is perpendicular to the wall.

- Not have any snow, ice, or mud on it.

- Be fully assembled and have all other work stopped while headlamp aiming is being performed.

- Be loaded with a full tank of fuel and one person or 75 kg (160 lbs) sitting on the driver seat.

- Have all tires properly inflated.

- Have the spare tire (if equipped) in its original location in the vehicle.

Headlamp aiming is done with the vehicle's low-beam headlamps.

The high-beam headlamps will be correctly aimed if the low-beam headlamps are aimed properly.

To adjust the vertical aim:

1. Open the hood. See Hood for more information.

Halogen Headlamps
Halogen Headlamps

High Intensity Discharge Headlamps
High Intensity Discharge Headlamps

2. Locate the aim dot on the lens of the lowbeam headlamp.

3. Record the distance from the ground to the aim dot on the lowbeam headlamp.

4. At a wall, measure from the

4. At a wall, measure from the ground upward (A) to the recorded distance from Step 3 and mark it.

5. Draw or tape a horizontal line (B) the width of the vehicle at the wall where it was marked in Step 4.

Notice: Do not cover a headlamp to improve beam cut-off when aiming. Covering a headlamp may cause excessive heat build-up which may cause damage to the headlamp.

6. Turn on the low-beam headlamps and place a piece of cardboard or equivalent in front of the headlamp not being aimed. This should allow only the beam of light from the headlamp being aimed to be seen on the flat surface.

Driver Side Shown Driver Side Shown

7. Locate the vertical headlamp aiming screws, which are under the hood near each headlamp assembly. They are covered by rubber caps.

The adjustment screw can be turned with a 6 mm hex driver.

8. Turn the vertical aiming screw until the headlamp beam is aimed to the horizontal tape line. Turn it clockwise or counterclockwise to raise or lower the angle of the beam.

The top edge of the cut-off should be positioned at the bottom edge of the horizontal tape line.

9. Make sure that the light from the

9. Make sure that the light from the headlamp is positioned at the bottom edge of the horizontal tape line. The lamp on the left (A) shows the correct headlamp aim. The lamp on the right (B) shows the incorrect headlamp aim.

10. Repeat Steps 7 through 9 for the opposite headlamp.

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