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Old 10-07-2010, 10:48 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Before you click reply and say "look at the manual" I think it's fair to say that the manual for this car isn't that great. When it comes to showing you how to adjust the headlights it's utter garbage. So let me tell you what I think I know so far.

On each side there are 2 gear-like screws that I can adjust using a Phillips head screw driver, for the most part I'll get to that in a second.

The screw that is hardest to get to, that being the one that you need a long screw driver to get to, is the one to aim the headlights vertically. The screw that is out in the open and is easy to get to is the horizontal one that you aren't supposed to do yourself (odd placement, huh?)

Well when trying to aim the headlights I was able to get my passenger side low beams at around the correct level. However the high beams are now all out of whack and when I drove it last night I could see the beam focused on the top of the phone lines, not good.

Then the driver side I can't get to at all as the gear seems to be way to close and I can't get it to turn.


So my questions are....

What does each screw do (was I correct in what I thought)?

Is there are separate way to aim the high beams?

If the high beams and low beams are adjusted by the same screw, how can I fix my problem with the high beams pointing at the sky?


I also called my dealer to see about having them adjust them, they want $60 and I have a little hunch that's a crazy amount of money for them to adjust my headlights. I would imagine they have proprietary tools that make the job incredibly easy considering Hyundai made it a pain in the neck to adjust yourself.

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Let me guess, you recently replaced a bulb(s) and now the lights is out of whack......


Remove the lamp from the car,,,,,, 3 bolts.......

Place lamp on table, remove the cap,,,,,,, and VERIFY the bulb is installed correctly to lamp housing.
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Old 10-07-2010, 09:38 PM   #3 (permalink)
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That fixed my problem.

I think I need to dye my hair blonde.
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Old 12-23-2010, 06:16 AM   #4 (permalink)
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QUOTE (sbr711 @ Oct 7 2010, 11:04 AM)
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Let me guess, you recently replaced a bulb(s) and now the lights is out of whack......


Remove the lamp from the car,,,,,, 3 bolts.......

Place lamp on table, remove the cap,,,,,,, and VERIFY the bulb is installed correctly to lamp housing.
Great advice! Where is the vertical adjustment screw located? My wife's low beams are shining down on the ground and at night it's almost like driving in the dark.
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Old 12-30-2010, 08:51 PM   #5 (permalink)
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Let me guess, you recently replaced a bulb(s) and now the lights is out of whack......


Remove the lamp from the car,,,,,, 3 bolts.......

Place lamp on table, remove the cap,,,,,,, and VERIFY the bulb is installed correctly to lamp housing.
I'm having a similar issue in my 2002 Sonata. I just replaced the H7U left low beam bulb with an H7 bulb, and now the beam is low. The tab on the bulb matches the notch in the top of the housing, and the clip is in place. The flange around the base of the bulb is tight around the base of the housing. Even though the high beam on the left is a bit higher than the one on the right, the low beam is lower. What have I done wrong? I have taken the entire headlight housing out to look at it, as above, to verify how it looks.

BTW - is the pic of the lamp with the orange base the high beam housing? I haven't taken that apart to look at it.
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The pics above depict the proper install of the H7 bulb to the lamp housing, H7 only fits 1 way properly... why people fidlle and cuss with the module still bolted to car is beyond me.. 3 bolt in most cases and pull lamp from car, place on table, and look/see exactly what is happening as you do it.

I get cars all the time that come in with the "headlight aim is off",,, and the bulbs is installed wrong.
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The pics above depict the proper install of the H7 bulb to the lamp housing, H7 only fits 1 way properly... why people fidlle and cuss with the module still bolted to car is beyond me.. 3 bolt in most cases and pull lamp from car, place on table, and look/see exactly what is happening as you do it.

I get cars all the time that come in with the "headlight aim is off",,, and the bulbs is installed wrong.
Like I said, I took the whole module out to look at it. I verified I have it in correctly (and it looks just like the right side), but the aim is still off from what it was. Like you said, it only fits in one way - that flat and tab go on the top in my housing (it's OEM, not aftermarket). I don't understand what is different this time.
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Like I said, I took the whole module out to look at it. I verified I have it in correctly (and it looks just like the right side), but the aim is still off from what it was. Like you said, it only fits in one way - that flat and tab go on the top in my housing (it's OEM, not aftermarket). I don't understand what is different this time.

Minor variation of filament placement by bulb maker might be the issue, as small amount of bulb shift will make light reflect off some other way..

I replaced a H7 bulb in wifes Sedona, and the hot spot is higher on 1 side than other, see it when i pull up to garage door... I too lazy to adjust it, work on peoples cars all day, kinda pain to have to deal with your own stuff.

I put a fog bulb in a car today, bent the posts that bulb mounted too putting it into the housing (881 lugs sometimes pain to get back into housing)... the beam shifted, so I just rolled the adjuster a bit to make up for it.

Just pull up square to a wall, and use screwdriver to bring the hot spots where you want them to even them out.
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Minor variation of filament placement by bulb maker might be the issue, as small amount of bulb shift will make light reflect off some other way..

I replaced a H7 bulb in wifes Sedona, and the hot spot is higher on 1 side than other, see it when i pull up to garage door... I too lazy to adjust it, work on peoples cars all day, kinda pain to have to deal with your own stuff.

I put a fog bulb in a car today, bent the posts that bulb mounted too putting it into the housing (881 lugs sometimes pain to get back into housing)... the beam shifted, so I just rolled the adjuster a bit to make up for it.

Just pull up square to a wall, and use screwdriver to bring the hot spots where you want them to even them out.

So I just took both assemblies out to compare. I can't see any difference on the one I just did vs. the right side.

Anyway, the annoying thing is that I can't get the lows on both sides to match the highs on both sides. If I adjust the left low up, the left high is way too high. Since the left high is already a bit high, if I adjust it down, the left low is way too low. Sigh...

ETA - I guess I jostled it around too much taking it in and out multiple times, because now the high bulb on that side is out. I figured they'd be not so fragile...
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