How to adjust headlights height?

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  1. mediahound

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    I understand this can be done with a phillips screwdriver inserted to the sprockets almost like a gear.

    My question is, does turning the driver clockwise move the light up or down?
     
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    I find it easier to use an 8mm socket and wrench.

    Clockwise to lower beam, CCW to raise the beam if turning the hex head with a wrench.

    It's opposite if using the screwdriver method, I believe.

    SCH-I535
     
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    If you use a screwdriver though, wouldn't the direction to turn the driver be opposite? This is why it seems a bit confusing.
     
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    Yes, I realized that and edited my post above. ;)

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    Thanks I will have to keep this handy as a reference.
     
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    The screwdriver should be a #2 Phillips head rather than a #1 (too small) or a #3 (too large). Since it was not clear to me where exactly to insert the screwdriver, I will post pics of the screwdriver inserted into the little hole next to the toothed-edged washer on the left hand and right hand headlight adjustment mechanisms on my Prius.
    I measured my headlight height at 27 inches and aimed the light cut-off line for 25 inches high at 25 feet in front of the car. My left headlight was too high, which had caused some drivers to flash lights at me so I adjusted the left light down and the right light up slightly.
    For direction, I just turned the screwdriver one way and looked at the light's cut-off line to see which way it was moving, and if that was the wrong direction I simply rotated the screwdriver the opposite way.
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    8 mm rachet socket much easier.
     
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    This is what I ended up using.
     
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    How do you adjust side to side? My low beams are pointed outward to the side of the road (i call them moose spotlights) and not shining on road at all. Road is pitch black but both sides of the road are clear as day
     
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    You can't. Sounds like your bulbs are not seated properly.
     
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    +1. If the bulbs are not seated properly, they could also melt or damage the headlight housing. If that has happened, you might need to replace your headlight housings. :(
     
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    That happened to me when I changed the bulbs. I didn't get the passenger side low beam bulb seated right and it melted the housing on my next nighttime drive. The bulb is now secured in the socket but I have an annoying long shadow arm on that side
    I could go through the trouble of removing the housing to see if I can fix it but I assume I'll just find that black plastic has melted into the reflective headlight interior. Suggestions? How much is a gen 3 headlight housing $$$
     
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    They're about $250. You can find aftermarket ones but at a lower quality.

    I see you're in the Bay Area too. I had Luscious Garage in SF install mine. It only took the tech. about 30 minutes and I think they charged me around $40.
     
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    Wow that's a bummer when a slight mistake like that turns into a big cash drain. Since my bulb still snaps in I may just live w the shadow arm that it casts onto the road since it doesn't interfere with illumination of the road in regards to safety. Thanks for the quick reply
     
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    please ! show me where is the screw to adjust headlight beam on my 2013 Plug in ?
     
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    Photos in post #6.
     
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    Blurry. Any better photo please ?
     
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    Does anyone have a photo or drawing showing from a wider view exactly where on the headlight assembly the adjustment screws are?
     
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