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How to Adjust the Headlights on a Dodge Neon

by Paul McCormick

Proper headlight aiming is critical to driving safety in the dark. Otherwise, the road will not be sufficiently illuminated. Fortunately, headlight adjustment is a not a complicated process, and it does not require an expensive assortment of tools.

Park the car on level ground about 20 feet from a wall or garage door. Set the parking brake and turn on the headlights so they shine on the surface of the door or wall.

Place a piece of tape on the wall vertically in line with the center of the car. Stick a piece of tape in line with the top of the light pattern from each headlight. Stick another piece of tape vertically in line with the center of the light pattern from each headlight. These strips of tape will provide a reference point for adjustments.

Open the engine hood and look at the back of each headlight housing. There are two adjustment screws located above and to the side of the bulb socket.

Turn the screws while watching the movement of the projected light from the headlights until the desired projection of light is achieved.

Close the engine hood, remove the tape from the door or wall, and start the engine and let it idle for a few minutes to recharge the battery.

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About the Author

Paul McCormick began writing professionally in 2009 and is currently a freelance writer. He has two books published: "Dementia: The Journey of Caring for our Father at Home" and "Dill Pickle Love." The latter book is already being taught in seminars in Colorado. McCormick received his Bachelor of Arts from Grand Canyon College.

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