How do you check the aim of the headlights?

How do you check the aim of the headlights?
Experienced mechanics share their insights in answering this question :
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:

Find a section of wall or a screen 8 feet long.
Park about 25 feet away from it and make sure the vehicle is level with the wall or screen.
Measure from the ground to the center of the headlights.
Draw a line on the wall or screen at the same height.
Turn on your low beams.
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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Another method is to pull the vehicle within 5 feet of the wall and then use masking tape to mark the vertical and horizontal centers of the light beams on the wall. Move the vehicle back 25 feet. With the aid of the tape line, the light beams should be roughly the same height vertically and horizontally.
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Before you head to Europe, you will need to adjust your car`s headlamp beam pattern for driving on the right-hand side of the road, so that the dipped beam doesn`t dazzle oncoming drivers. This is a compulsory requirement in most countries.

A headlamp will now fail if its horizontal cut-off is: above the upper limit of 0.5% below the lower limit of 2.75%
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Correct headlight alignment is extremely important for vehicle safety. Properly aligned headlights not only light up the road, they help illuminate road signs and any animals that might jump out onto the road. Driving with misaligned lights is dangerous, and they should be adjusted as soon as possible.
Most automatic headlights are set by the manufacturer, although some allow drivers to change the light sensitivity to how dark it must be before they`ll come on.
For single filament bulbs, the diodes (LED chips) should always be in a side to side orientation, meaning, you should have one set of LED`s facing at 3 o`clock and the other set facing at 9 o`clock.
Clockwise usually raises the lights, while counterclockwise turns should lower them. Use a screwdriver and some good old-fashioned trial and error to change the height of the light.
Clockwise usually raises the lights, while counterclockwise turns should lower them. Use a screwdriver and some good old-fashioned trial and error to change the height of the light.

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

Find a section of wall or a screen 8 feet long.
Park about 25 feet away from it and make sure the vehicle is level with the wall or screen.
Measure from the ground to the center of the headlights.
Draw a line on the wall or screen at the same height.
Turn on your low beams.
The edge of the brightest spots of light should be on the line you drew. If not, your headlights need to be adjusted professionally.

How do I check the aim of the headlights?
ANSWER : While your headlights shouldn’t need to be adjusted for a very long time, it’s possible that carrying heavy loads or even minor impacts could affect their aim. This has obvious implications for driving at night or during other times when ambient light is low (an incorrectly aimed headlight doesn’t illuminate the road properly, and might actually be blinding other drivers). Here’s how to check the aim:

Find a wall, screen or other flat surface.
Park your car about 25 feet from it.
Turn on your headlights.
On the wall, mark a line that measures 8 feet long. It should be the same height as the headlights on your car are from the ground.
Make sure your headlights are on Low Beam.
Check the brightest areas of light on the wall. They should fall on the line that you drew.

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If your headlights don’t fall on the line you drew on the wall, they need to be adjusted professionally.

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