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         Aligning the headlights
By KiaMech

First of all, the high beams and low beams adjust together. So, adjusting one will throw the other off some.

There is no left/right adjustment of the headlight because they are composite headlamps. If you feel that you need some adjustment, there are the mounting bolts that may allow some play and washers can also help.

Before adjusting, make sure the tires are inflated to whatever you run them at. There shouldn't be any load that you don't normally travel with. Unless you take a lot of trips, don't load the back with suitcases. Also, no driver or passengers in the car. Most importantly, you need to be parked on a flat, level surface.

Pull up to a wall so that the low beam on each side is 118" away from the wall. Directly in front of each bulb, on the wall, make a vertical line with some tape. This could be the biggest challenge, which is to get them exactly right. If I were doing it, I would first stand at the back of the Sorento and "eye" down the sides of it. Pick a spot that is in your line of sight and walk up to it, then do it to the other side. This may piss you off because this is the time where ALL of your door dents and body waves will catch your attention.

After that, you'll need to make the actual vertical lines. The headlight bulbs are 58.5" apart. So, for instance (and this is not an actual measurement) say that the tape you put on your wall is 70" apart from each other. You take 70-58.5=11.5". Then divide 11.5 by 2=5.75". That means that you mark your vertical lines exactly 5.75" inside of your eye-balled marks. Make sense???

Next, you need to mark a horizontal line 35" from the ground on the wall. 35" should be the distance between the ground and the low beam bulb. If yours is different, just move the line accordingly.

OK, hard part is done.

Then you turn on your low beams, and adjust them up or down so that the brightest part of each beam is about 1"-1.5" below the horizontal line.

That's it.

Don't be surprised if the low beam doesn't hit the vertical line. It shouldn't. If you drive on the right side of the road, both headlights should aim just left of the vertical lines so that the road lines jump out at you more.

If you drive on the left side of the road, both headlights should be just to the right of the vertical lines.

If you look closely at the beams at night, they will not be perfectly symmetrical. This kind of sucks, but this is the way they are supposed to be. The Department of Transportation (in the States) has very strict rules about headlight design and aiming. We've had light assemblies that we had to change out because they did not meet DOT specs with regards to aiming, and could not be used in the states until it was corrected.

If you want to aim your fog lights, the procedure is about the same. The fog lights are 52" apart and the bulbs are about 20" from the ground. You would work these numbers just like you did for the headlights. They should aim about 2.5" below the new (20") horizontal line.

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