How to Adjust a Headlight on Dodge Cars

by Contributing Writer; Updated June 12, 2017

Although all Dodge car trucks leave the factory with the headlights adjusted properly, people may find at some point that they have to adjust their headlights for any number of reasons. An accident may leave the headlights misaligned, and raising your truck's suspension may require the headlights to be pointed downward. Adjusting the headlights on a Dodge car is a simple process that only requires a Torx screwdriver. A Torx screwdriver, also known as a star screwdriver, has a six-point head shaped like a star.

Under The Hood:

 How to Adjust a Headlight on a Dodge Truck

Park your Dodge truck directly in front of a garage door or other flat wall.

Place a horizontal and vertical strip of tape in a cross-mark on the wall directly in front of each headlight that is to be adjusted.

Place a strip of tape 25 feet in front of the wall on the ground. Reverse your Dodge truck until the front headlights line up directly with that strip of tape on the ground. Turn your headlights on and prop open the hood.

Turn the torx pin on the top of the headlight to aim the vertical dimension and the torx pin on the inner side of the headlight to aim the lateral dimension. Adjust the pins until each beam hits the wall 2 inches below and inward of the corresponding taped cross-mark.

Items you will need

  • Torx bit wrench set

  • Tape

  • Tape measure

 How to Adjust the Headlights in a Dodge Ram

Park your car 10 to 15 feet behind a parked car. If you plan to make adjustments outside, wait until it gets dark. Prepare your Dodge Ram so it matches your normal driving conditions including cargo weight and tire pressure.

Find the vertical and horizontal adjustments screws near the headlight. On older models, you need to remove the bezel to see the screws. Be careful not to confuse the mounting screws with the adjustments screws. Dodge typically places the adjustments screws in the center on top and beside the headlight. Dodge may locate the adjustment screws internally on newer models.

Use a Torx head tool to remove to adjust the screws controlling the trajectory for your headlight. The screw on the side of the headlight controls the horizontal adjustment.

Adjust your headlights so they hit the center of the bumper on the parked car in front of your Dodge Ram. Adjust each headlight individually and test the alignment for the trajectory on both the low and high settings.

Items you will need

  • Parked car

  • Torx head tool

 How to Adjust the Headlights on a Dodge Neon

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.

Items you will need

  • Masking tape

  • Phillips head screwdriver

 How to Adjust the Headlights On a 2007 Dodge RAM 1500

Measure the distance from the ground to the center of the headlights and mark this position on a blank wall. Park your truck 25 feet away from the blank wall and turn on the headlights.

Open the hood of the truck and locate the rubber flaps on each headlight assembly. Lift the flap to reveal the adjustment screw. Rotating the screw clockwise raises the headlights. Rotating the screw counterclockwise lowers the headlights.

Adjust the screw until the center of the beams is approximately 2 inches above the spot marked on the wall.

Turn off the headlights and close the hood.

Items you will need

  • Torx screwdriver

 How to Adjust the Headlights on a Ram 3500

Park your Ram 3500 directly in front of a flat vertical surface such as a garage door or wall.

Measure the height from the ground to the center of the headlights and place a strip of tape at this height on the wall in front of each headlight.

Place a vertical strip of tape on the wall directly in front of the vertical center of each headlight. This action creates tape targets on the wall for aiming the headlight beams.

Measure 25 feet away from the wall and place a strip of tape on the ground marking that point. Back up the Ram 3500 so the headlights line up above the tape on the ground. Turn on the headlights and prop open the hood.

Find the two adjustment screws on each headlight assembly. They are both near the back of the top of the assembly. Aim the beams so that they hit 2 inches to the right and below the lower portion of their corresponding wall target, ensuring the headlight beams hit the road and not other drivers.

Items you will need

  • Torx wrench

  • Tape

  • Tape measure

 How to Adjust the Headlights in a Dodge Durango

Find a level surface near a wall and pull your Dodge Durango in so it almost touches the wall. With the SUV in park (and the emergency brake dispensed), leave your headlights on and get out. Mark the center of each headlight on the wall with masking tape or a writing utensil.

Back your Dodge Durango away from the wall until you reach a distance of 20 to 25 feet from the wall. Park and leave your headlights on.

Locate the vertical adjustment screws which should be under each headlight. You may need to remove the bezel to see the screws. Dodge only uses a vertical adjustment on the Dodge Durango, so don't waste time looking for the horizontal adjustment.

Use a Torx tool head or an Allen wrench to adjust the vertical adjustment screw. Keep an eye on the mark on the wall. The high intensity zone for each headlight should hit 3 inches below the center of your line. Any higher and you will blind oncoming drivers.

Items you will need

  • Masking tape or writing utensil

  • Phillips screwdriver, Torx tool head or Allen wrench

 How to Adjust the Headlights in a Dodge Caravan

Find a level surface with a wall close by and park your Dodge Caravan 25 feet away from the wall. For optimal results, check that the air pressure in the tires matches the level you typically drive at. You also want to remove any additional cargo from the car.

Locate the vertical and horizontal adjustments screws near the headlight. You may need to remove the bezel to see the screws. Make sure you don't confuse the mounting screws for the adjustment screws. Dodge may locate the adjustment screws internally on newer models.

Measure from the center of the headlights to the floor and transfer the mark to the wall. You may want to use a piece of masking tape to mark the location. You can also make measurements for the center point of the car to use as a reference.

Keep an eye on the wall as you adjust the screws with a Phillips screwdriver. You want the low beam lights to be within a 2-inch variance of the mark. The high beams should be on the exact center of the mark. You need to adjust each headlight independantly.

Items you will need

  • Tape measure

  • Masking tape or writing utensil

  • Phillips screwdriver

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