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How do u move headlights down

Discussion in '2nd Gen. Tacomas (2005-2015)' started by Tiresize33, Oct 23, 2011.

  1. Oct 23, 2011 at 6:11 AM
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    I got a 2011 tacoma how do u aim tghe lights down, i put a six lift on it.... Plz if u could show pictures or video
     
  2. Oct 23, 2011 at 6:15 AM
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    There are 2 adjustment screws on the back side of each headlight. The one that's up top and closer to the center of the truck adjusts the headlight left/right. There is another screw at the bottom, closer to the outside of the truck that adjusts the beam up/down. Use a long shank philips head screwdriver to make the adjustment. Pull the truck up to a vertical surface, mark where the beam is so you can tell which way you're going. If you park about 20' away from a wall, measure from the ground to the bulb on the truck then put a mark on the wall from the ground up the same distance. I make the 'hot spot' of the beam a few inches below this mark.
    Here's the technical way to do it:
     

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  3. Dec 21, 2011 at 9:24 PM
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    Holy s$%t i read that whole thing and it was hilarious. where in the world did you find that?
     
  4. Dec 22, 2011 at 5:41 AM
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    Pugga

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    It was posted on here a while back, I stole/borrowed it. It is pretty thorough... :rolleyes:
     
  5. Dec 22, 2011 at 5:46 AM
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    It's directly from the FSM
     
  6. Dec 22, 2011 at 6:05 AM
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    The question is, do you think the Toyota techs actually follow all those steps?
     
  7. Dec 22, 2011 at 6:07 AM
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    To a tee? Hell no.
     
  8. Jan 16, 2013 at 9:35 AM
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    Ok so I decided to make an adj after getting flashed a few times then had a CHP officer tell me with a loadspeaker to turn off my High Beams in the snow. So I only see one screw which is going to need a nutdriver and would have to remove the washer resevoir and the battery to access it? Am I missing something here? Did they change things in the newer trucks? - seems like a PITA to make a simple adj.
     
  9. Jan 16, 2013 at 9:39 AM
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    Open up the PDF I attached above. There are 2 screws, the one closest to the top (the one you see) adjusts the beam side to side. The other screw, further down and toward the outside of the vehicle adjusts the aim verticall (that's that one you want to adjust). You don't need a nut driver, they can be adjusted with a philips head screw driver from the top. No need to remove the battery or the windshield washer reservior, just need a long philips head screw driver.
     
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  10. Jan 16, 2013 at 10:18 AM
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    hmmm...I need to adjust mine a little also...when I looked, I didn't see a Phillips head adjustment point...

    Guess Ill have to look further and report back...hopefully its not something that they changed on the 2012-2013...that would be stupid...
     
  11. Jan 16, 2013 at 10:21 AM
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    I haven't seen the back of the 2012 or 2013 headlights but, assuming the adjustment is the same, there are 2 screws, both with hex heads. You feed the screw driver down perpenticular to the bolt, so the head of the screw driver catches the teeth on the inside edge of the adjustment bolt. So when you turn the screwdriver, the bolt turns with it. Look at page 4 on the PDF I posted, it shows how the screwdriver feeds in. On the 2005 to 2011 headlights, there are channels to guide the screwdriver in place.
     
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    Yeah, I know where you are talking about, just didnt see that when i looked. Ill take a closer look after work today and post a pic to help others...
     
  13. Jan 16, 2013 at 11:15 AM
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    My stealership told me there was not adjument posible on my 2013, not sure if the tech was just useless or they just didn't want to look in to it... I was not impress with being bruch off that quickley.

    anyone know if there any type of adjustment my hight beam are pointed so hight stock, i can't see anything in front for like 100 yards.
     
  14. Jan 16, 2013 at 3:37 PM
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    BINGO! Now that its daylight and understand the part about the teeth I got it. Now after dark I'll make the adjustment! Thank You.
     
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    :thumbsup:
     
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    I just did this adjustment today after replacing a broken headlight. I think these instructions are reversed:

    HINT:
    The headlight aim moves up when turning the
    aiming screw clockwise, and moves down when​
    turning the aiming screw counterclockwise.

    It should be:


    "HINT:
    The headlight aim moves up when turning the
    screwdriver clockwise, and moves down when​
    turning the screwdriver counterclockwise."

     
  17. Mar 29, 2015 at 6:48 PM
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    I believe you have it wrong. If you have the screwdriver in the toothed washer thingy, you will turn the screwdriver CCW to make the toothed washer turn CW or adj.up and if you turn your screwdriver CW it will turn the toothed washer CCW or adj. down. :eek:

    Good luck and good job resurrecting an 2 1/2 year old thread.:rolleyes:
     
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    no... they just let some air out of the front tires and call it good. :rolleyes:
     
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    I have a 2015 and feel retarded that I can't find vertical adjustment
     
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    its possible they have white covers on the adjustment screws. Take em off. and then you can just use your fingers to spin the whole thing.. I recommend gloves... I wore blisters on my fingers. Still don't have mine right though.. My beams cross , Right headlight shines to the right side of the rode, and the left one shines on the right.. weird.. Ive backed em way off trying to get em right, but I'm still not there. And this is hard to tell when pulled up in front of something..
     
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