Headlight Alignment Tips

Do you know for sure that your headlights are aimed properly? If they illuminate only the street right in front of your car, they’re probably too low and if other drivers are flashing their high beams at you, they’re probably too high. Here’s how to find out for yourself on a level ground park your car with the headlights facing a wall or garage door about 25 feet away. Now the highest point where the light shine on the door should be about the same or maybe a little bit lower than the height of the headlights themselves measured from the ground and it is perfectly normal for the driver’s side headlight to be a little bit lower so it doesn’t blind oncoming traffic for owners of older Honda’s Acuras in some luxury models. Check for a bubble level over each headlight. That can help set the vertical height, but if you do that, make sure the car is on a level surface to begin with. To that end, always check the height with the car loaded the way you will be driving it. Most of the time that’s because load in the trunk can change the height. If your headlights are aiming to lower high, your mechanics should be able to realign them relatively quickly using adjustment screws under the hood.

How Useful Is An Online Auto Repair Manual

 

Just like with almost any new gadget or appliance, each brand-new vehicle comes with a manual. It doesn’t provide the basic instructions on how to drive your vehicle-you should have already learned that in driving school. What an automobile owner’s manual provides are explanations on how to use the automobile’s different components and features, such as the windshield wipers, defroster, turn signal lights, etc. And depending on the automobile’s manufacturer, the manual may also contain tips and reminders on basic automobile maintenance (like when to replace your tires), defensive driving (appropriate use seat belt and airbag), and responsible automobile ownership.

However, don’t confuse an automobile owner’s manual with an automobile repair guide. If the first deals with the basic how-to in operating an automobile’s different systems, an automobile repair manual deals with, well, automobile repair. Like an automobile owner’s manual, a repair manual may still contain illustrations, instructions, and tips on how to use and maintain your automobile, but it’s more focused on providing comprehensive instructions in system repairs and automobile parts replacement. And if you think that automobile repair has a very wide coverage that it should be hard to put them all in a single manual, you couldn’t be more correct.

If we’re going to compile all kinds of repairs one can do in an automobile, we’d probably be able to produce literally tens of thousands of pages of automobile repair instructions. That’s why automobile repair manuals-whether in print or soft/online copy-come in different kinds. There is the generic automobile repair guide that covers basic troubleshooting, maintenance, and repair of the most commonly replaced components such as turn signals, windshield wiper inserts, and fuses. And because they’re generic, they can be referred to for repairing different vehicle makes and models.

If there are generic repair manuals, there are also vehicle-specific repair manuals. These basically have the same content as the generic manuals. But because they’re specifically made for certain vehicle makes and models, they could provide instructions on more complicated and vehicle-specific diagnoses and automobile repairs. Thanks to Houston’s Best Mobile Mechanic for the tips and tricks to all this!