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How to Adjust the Headlights on a Frontier

by Daniel Valladares

If your vehicle's headlights are not aligned properly, you might have a difficult time seeing the road at night. Maladjusted headlights can be just as bad as malfunctioning headlights. Like most vehicles, the Nissan Frontier comes out of the factory with its headlights already adjusted. But if you are in an accident, the headlights might need to be adjusted again.

Step 1

Park the Frontier in front of a blank wall (like a garage door) and turn off the engine. Leave the keys in the ignition. Turn on the headlights.

Step 2

Open the hood of the Frontier and locate the headlight assembly. On the back of the assembly is a silver bolt with a washer. This is the headlight adjuster.

Use the wrench and rotate the bolts to adjust the headlights. Be sure to look at the headlight beams on the wall when adjusting the headlights. You should be able to get an idea of how the beams will act on the road. Adjust to the desired positions. Close the hood when finished.


  • It is easier to adjust the headlights at night.


  • The engine and lights can reach high temperatures. Be careful not to burn yourself when adjusting the headlights.

Items you will need

  • Blank wall
  • Open end wrench

About the Author

Daniel Valladares began his career as a medical writer in 2008. He has written patient education brochures for several pharmaceutical companies and has worked as an auto mechanic at Kim's Speedy Auto Service since 2007. Valladares holds a Bachelor of Arts in English from Rice University and is currently studying to become a personal trainer.

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