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Tool Talk Discussion Forum

Speaking of headlights

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mkirsch

12-23-2013 07:14:21
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I've got a 2003 Chevy Silverado 1500 that the headlights have always been aimed a little high for my taste. About once a night, I get flashed by an oncoming car. The joke's on them when I flash back with my high beams...

I have never been able to figure out how to aim them. I've asked on various forums and been told mostly, "It's simple you idiot, just do it!" Well yeah, but HOW?

There are no adjusters that I can find in 10 years of looking. Normally there is a screw on top and a screw on the side. You stick a screwdriver in and turn until it aims where you want it. These lights have no such adjusters.

I even had the grill off last fall, and couldn't find anything. The headlights look like they're solidly mounted.

I've asked various garages to check the aim. They all say it's fine.

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dino in iowa

12-24-2013 08:27:31
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 Re: Speaking of headlights in reply to mkirsch, 12-23-2013 07:14:21  
Old Popper i Bet Chops could fix him up



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JD Seller

12-23-2013 20:28:27
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 Re: Speaking of headlights in reply to mkirsch, 12-23-2013 07:14:21  
Bob has it correct in his earlier post. My brother had the same issue. His little plastic gearbox adjusters were shot. He had to replace the whole light assembly.



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SDE

12-23-2013 18:04:03
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 Re: Speaking of headlights in reply to mkirsch, 12-23-2013 07:14:21  
The adjusters are froze up on my car. I will need to use washers under the corresponding mount bolt to move it.
SDE



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Tom Jubilee

12-23-2013 16:50:18
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 Re: Speaking of headlights in reply to mkirsch, 12-23-2013 07:14:21  
Take out some air of the front tires!!!



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Ozlander

12-23-2013 17:30:07
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 Re: Speaking of headlights in reply to Tom Jubilee, 12-23-2013 16:50:18  
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Air up the back tires.



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spacecadet9

12-29-2013 20:18:23
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 Re: Speaking of headlights in reply to Ozlander, 12-23-2013 17:30:07  

Ozlander said: (quoted from post at 20:30:07 12/23/13)
Tom Jubilee said: (quoted from post at 17:50:18 12/23/13) Take out some air of the front tires!!!


Air up the back tires.


How about a 3" lift on the back :D
This post was edited by spacecadet9 at 20:19:04 12/29/13.

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GUIDO

12-23-2013 16:45:06
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 Re: Speaking of headlights in reply to mkirsch, 12-23-2013 07:14:21  
Hello mkirsch,

Here is how you can aim your headlights. On a level ground shine the lights against a flat even surface. The head light to the surface distance is 25 feet. Measure the center of the head light on the vehicle and measure the height on the wall in the center of the beam. You can now adjust the center of the beam 1 in. below the height of the vehicle light height. You can eyeball the left to right adjustment, and be very close...................That's I how its done!

Guido.

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Old Popper

12-23-2013 08:01:43
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 Re: Speaking of headlights in reply to mkirsch, 12-23-2013 07:14:21  
Just to stir the pot a little......You could always trade it for a Ford.



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motorcraftman

12-29-2013 07:53:36
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 Re: Speaking of headlights in reply to Old Popper, 12-23-2013 08:01:43  
Hey!! That's a Great Idea.. LOL Larry



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john *.?-!.* cub owner

12-23-2013 07:32:56
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 Re: Speaking of headlights in reply to mkirsch, 12-23-2013 07:14:21  
I found this on the Chevrolet Forum
there should be 2 torx head screws, on either side of the upper headlight, one almost right below the headlight fixture (forgot the proper name, sorry) and one recessed much deeper into it. one controls up/down, one does sidewise. park in front of your garage door, maybe 25 feet away, and do it.[i:9285b3cc70][/i:9285b3cc70]



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mkirsch

12-23-2013 08:13:50
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 Re: Speaking of headlights in reply to john *.?-!.* cub owner, 12-23-2013 07:32:56  
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I found that too, but I can't find these "torx head screws."

There's one "reverse" torx head screw on top, but it won't turn tighter, and looser doesn't seem to change anything.

To change a bulb, you remove an L-shaped pin and the entire headlight unit comes out. Even with it out I cannot see any sort of aiming adjustments.

I've asked the Chevy dealer to aim the headlights, and they tell me, "They're fine."

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Joe Scribner

12-23-2013 12:24:03
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 Re: Speaking of headlights in reply to mkirsch, 12-23-2013 08:13:50  
If you keep looking you're sure to find the other adjustment screw buried behind the assembly. One is for up and down and the other for side to side. They are the reverse Torx screws. Hope that helps. Joe



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Bob

12-23-2013 08:37:14
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 Re: Speaking of headlights in reply to mkirsch, 12-23-2013 08:13:50  
You found ONE of them. They are connected to little 90 gearboxes that freeze up over time. Likely, you are stuck with the "aim" you have unless you replace the whole lamp assembly, as I don't think the individual parts are serviceable.



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SD John

12-23-2013 07:31:00
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 Re: Speaking of headlights in reply to mkirsch, 12-23-2013 07:14:21  
Check the "chevroletforum.com". There's some discussion on it.



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rustyfarmall

12-23-2013 07:29:41
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 Re: Speaking of headlights in reply to mkirsch, 12-23-2013 07:14:21  
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Have you ever had to change out a bulb? The aim adjustment screws should be in the same place.



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D beatty

12-23-2013 07:24:48
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 Re: Speaking of headlights in reply to mkirsch, 12-23-2013 07:14:21  
If you can't get any answers here you could try a body shop or ask yor Chevy dealer.



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