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Unread 04-12-2009, 07:05 PM   #1
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Default Headlights need aligning after swap

I bought some new headlight assemblies for my 1999 Toyota Camry after I took a good look one day and realized they were too foggy for my liking. I found a new pair on ebay cost $50 shipped, so I bought them, and the lenses are now nice and clear.

Only problem now is, the headlights are nowhere near aligned correctly. I know where the two alignment screws are, and I know Its possible to self-align them, but I really need a guide for how to do so. Any tips, tricks, or good info on how to do this correctly?

Here are pictures of the before/after of the headlights.
http://orion.kaddar.net/Car%20Pics/

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Unread 04-12-2009, 07:26 PM   #2
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Best way is to pull up to the back of your garage after dark and leave the lights on, so you can see where they're aiming.
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Take a measurement from the ground to the center of the headlights. Square the car up to a wall and backup until you are about 15' back. Turn your lights on and the center of each beam on the wall should be about 4" lower than your headlight height.

Now stand behind your car and look through the rear window, and see if the center of the light beams are centered in relation to the car's center.

That should be close enough to drive, adn you can make small adjustments after you take it out at night.
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Yeah, what he said. lol
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