Adjusting Headlights on a 2009 XLT

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Adjusting Headlights on a 2009 XLT

Postby Stealth87 - October 5th, 2010, 10:21 am

Just had HID 6000k lights installed on my Escape. However I think the light are angled too high and would like to adjust the headlights to aim lower.

Any advice on how to do this?
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Re: Adjusting Headlights on a 2009 XLT

Postby jpark - October 5th, 2010, 11:56 am

There's a recessed adjustment screw on the top of each headlamp assembly. 2008+ headlamps can be adjusted only vertically.
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Re: Adjusting Headlights on a 2009 XLT

Postby Stealth87 - October 5th, 2010, 12:23 pm

jpark wrote:There's a recessed adjustment screw on the top of each headlamp assembly. 2008+ headlamps can be adjusted only vertically.


Thanks! Also saw instructions in the Owners Manual. Will try to adjust them tonight.
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Re: Adjusting Headlights on a 2009 XLT

Postby tang - October 8th, 2010, 12:02 pm

Hey, I should probabiy consider this. For some reason, the spray from the right bulb is a little lower than the left. I'll probably want to straighten that out before I go HID.
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Re: Adjusting Headlights on a 2009 XLT

Postby Stealth87 - October 10th, 2010, 8:09 pm

I am having trouble finding a tool that is small enough to adjust the tiny screw to adjust the headlights vertically. I have tried a 1/4mm socket wrench and that is even too large!

How do they expect anyone to adjust the headlights?

Any help would be great!
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Re: Adjusting Headlights on a 2009 XLT

Postby tang - October 10th, 2010, 8:38 pm

I think you need a 1/8th. I tried a 4mm and a 5mm. 4mm is too small, 5mm is too big. and the smallest socket i have is a 5/32

and using a wrench only ruins the screw
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Re: Adjusting Headlights on a 2009 XLT

Postby tang - October 11th, 2010, 4:56 pm

My service advisor has just informed me.... it's a 4.5mm socket

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Re: Adjusting Headlights on a 2009 XLT

Postby Stealth87 - October 12th, 2010, 9:59 am

Tang wrote:My service advisor has just informed me.... it's a 4.5mm socket

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I wonder why that made it so difficult to adjust the headlights. I guess I will need to find a 4.5 mm socket to adjust them. Right now my HID lights are aimed way too high. Hopefully I can get this tool today.

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Re: Adjusting Headlights on a 2009 XLT

Postby SUVord - October 12th, 2010, 10:10 am

If it is trully 4.5mm socket there is no need to buy a ny new tool.Take your 5mm socket, stuff around its walls some kitchen towel paper and it will work fine since those little bolts are regulators and not fasteners.
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Re: Adjusting Headlights on a 2009 XLT

Postby tang - October 12th, 2010, 4:34 pm

Good point...

...but my dealership says they'll take a look at it for me and fit it for free :)
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