Audizine - An Automotive Enthusiast Community

Page 1 of 2 12 LastLast
Results 1 to 40 of 63
  1. #1
    Forum Moderator Four Rings Blake P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 02 2007
    AZ Member #
    16074
    Location
    Fresno, CA

    Any way to aim headlights higher?

    Guest-only advertisement. Register or Log In now!
    Hey guys, I noticed that my headlights could probably use some re-aiming a bit higher for better night visibility. I realize it's probably because my car is so low, but I know on past cars I was able to turn a knob on the headlight assembly to aim them higher. Anybody tried yet?
    2012 Q7 3.0T: graphite, prestige, S Line Plus, adaptive air suspension

  2. #2
    Senior Member Three Rings A4DK's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 13 2009
    AZ Member #
    42465
    Location
    Oakland, CA

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blake P View Post
    Hey guys, I noticed that my headlights could probably use some re-aiming a bit higher for better night visibility. I realize it's probably because my car is so low, but I know on past cars I was able to turn a knob on the headlight assembly to aim them higher. Anybody tried yet?
    I dont see any on the B8. My B6 had it though. What I have noticed is when I turn the car on, the lights adjust themselves upwards and then back down. So maybe its VAGcom controlled now a days?
    I could also imagine this is true as the US and EU lighting standards are different, so having it controlled by electronically would make it easier to change for other markets.
    The only way to get rid of a temptation is to yield to it. - Oscar Wilde


    2011 A6 3.0T - Prestige - S-line - Sport

    Gone but not forgotten.
    2011 S5 6MT - Prestige - Sports diff - Brilliant Red
    2009 A4 2.0TQ - P+ - Sport - Aruba Blue
    2002 A4 1.8T - Executive - Brilliant Black

  3. #3
    Veteran Member Four Rings Nght&Day-B8's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 05 2009
    AZ Member #
    46003
    Location
    Miami, Fl

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    I too noticed when i lowered my car the beam is shorter than it used to be, and i also realized the lights adjusting.. never was sure the purpose of it though

  4. #4
    Senior Member Three Rings
    Join Date
    Jul 10 2009
    AZ Member #
    44804
    Location
    northeast

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    i'll ask the audi technician i'm seeing tomorrow if the auto leveling sensor can be adjusted.

  5. #5
    Forum Moderator Four Rings Blake P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 02 2007
    AZ Member #
    16074
    Location
    Fresno, CA

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    Quote Originally Posted by macuser View Post
    i'll ask the audi technician i'm seeing tomorrow if the auto leveling sensor can be adjusted.
    Thanks, I'd appreciate that!
    2012 Q7 3.0T: graphite, prestige, S Line Plus, adaptive air suspension

  6. #6
    Veteran Member Four Rings A4Ber's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 13 2007
    AZ Member #
    15613
    My Garage
    2010 Audi S4 Phantom Black
    Location
    San Francisco, CA

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    I saw the knob today when i changed my bulbs! I will try to get a pic for you later. It is similar to the one i had on my b7.
    2010 Audi S4 Phantom Black Prestige 6MT
    Current Mods: JHM Short Shifter, A.W.E. exhaust, Stratmosphere Intake, Ecodes with 6000K, Höen Endurance Fogs, Diffuser Painted
    News: Thinking about sellin my HRE p41 et35 and new mods next Friday~

  7. #7
    Forum Moderator Four Rings Blake P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 02 2007
    AZ Member #
    16074
    Location
    Fresno, CA

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    Quote Originally Posted by A4Ber View Post
    I saw the knob today when i changed my bulbs! I will try to get a pic for you later. It is similar to the one i had on my b7.
    Sweet, thanks!
    2012 Q7 3.0T: graphite, prestige, S Line Plus, adaptive air suspension

  8. #8
    Veteran Member Three Rings Jacon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 05 2009
    AZ Member #
    37112
    My Garage
    B8 A4 6MT P+
    Location
    Ft Worth, TX
    Items for Sale

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    Blake, there is a white hex screw on the top of the headlight housing that will adjust the up and down. I did mine about a month ago and the auto-leveling still works great.
    My current rides...
    Audi
    Jetta

  9. #9
    Forum Moderator Four Rings Blake P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 02 2007
    AZ Member #
    16074
    Location
    Fresno, CA

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jacon View Post
    Blake, there is a white hex screw on the top of the headlight housing that will adjust the up and down. I did mine about a month ago and the auto-leveling still works great.
    Thanks so much! Do you happen to remember which way to turn for UP or how many revolutions you made, by chance?
    2012 Q7 3.0T: graphite, prestige, S Line Plus, adaptive air suspension

  10. #10
    Veteran Member Four Rings Nght&Day-B8's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 05 2009
    AZ Member #
    46003
    Location
    Miami, Fl

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    x2, i dont want cross-eyed headlights.. how many turns and to which way if your facing the car head on?

  11. #11
    Veteran Member Three Rings Jacon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 05 2009
    AZ Member #
    37112
    My Garage
    B8 A4 6MT P+
    Location
    Ft Worth, TX
    Items for Sale

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    I made three revolutions for each light and that got me from my current height, to roughly a stock level. The beam terminates about 200ft in front of my car (rough estimate) after adjusting the lights. Unfortunately I cannot remember which way I turned the screw (IE clockwise or counter-clockwise) but if you line the car up against a garage roughly 30ft away, you should clearly observe whether the light is going up or down based on which way you turn the screw.
    My current rides...
    Audi
    Jetta

  12. #12
    Forum Moderator Four Rings Blake P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 02 2007
    AZ Member #
    16074
    Location
    Fresno, CA

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jacon View Post
    I made three revolutions for each light and that got me from my current height, to roughly a stock level. The beam terminates about 200ft in front of my car (rough estimate) after adjusting the lights
    Do you remember if you turned clockwise or counter clockwise?
    2012 Q7 3.0T: graphite, prestige, S Line Plus, adaptive air suspension

  13. #13
    Senior Member Three Rings
    Join Date
    Jul 10 2009
    AZ Member #
    44804
    Location
    northeast

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    Thanks Jacon. My headlight beam pattern is alittle high. The audi tech told me to just bring it in for service and their computer would fix it. I will try to adjust my lights your way first.

    Did you turn the screw clock wise or counter clockwise? Thanks again

  14. #14
    Veteran Member Three Rings Sin_city_Rings's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 09 2009
    AZ Member #
    42279
    Location
    Washington, DC

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    Good looking out, as i noticed mine are a lower height as well, which direction to turn would be helpful!
    2008 Deep Sea Blue S5 6MT
    PAST: '12 A4, '08 A5, '09 Sline A4, '07 Sline A4

  15. #15
    Forum Moderator Four Rings Blake P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 02 2007
    AZ Member #
    16074
    Location
    Fresno, CA

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    Quote Originally Posted by macuser View Post
    Thanks Jacon. My headlight beam pattern is alittle high. The audi tech told me to just bring it in for service and their computer would fix it. I will try to adjust my lights your way first.

    Did you turn the screw clock wise or counter clockwise? Thanks again
    Just lower your car and that should take care of the problem!
    2012 Q7 3.0T: graphite, prestige, S Line Plus, adaptive air suspension

  16. #16
    Veteran Member Four Rings Ryan_T's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 11 2009
    AZ Member #
    42370
    My Garage
    09 A4 2.0T
    Location
    T.O - Canada

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    Hm, interesting. I wonder if I'll need to raise mine too after I lower my car. Too bad the system doesn't auto level to horizon....or does it? Considering it self-tests up-and-down as well as side-to-side on boot-up.
    Ryan - flickr

  17. #17
    Veteran Member Three Rings Jacon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 05 2009
    AZ Member #
    37112
    My Garage
    B8 A4 6MT P+
    Location
    Ft Worth, TX
    Items for Sale

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    *UPDATE* - It will be a white 6mm hex screw on top of the ballast. Clockwise will raise the beam and counter-clockwise will lower the beam

    Quote Originally Posted by Ryan_T View Post
    Hm, interesting. I wonder if I'll need to raise mine too after I lower my car. Too bad the system doesn't auto level to horizon....or does it? Considering it self-tests up-and-down as well as side-to-side on boot-up.
    The system will auto level to horizon but only so far from what I can gather. You'll need to have the car on level ground when you adjust the beam. Once the 'control' beam is set, the auto-leveling will handle any future cases in which the car's height might change. I should also note that you should adjust these beams with around 1/2 tank of gas and no extra weight in the trunk.
    Last edited by Jacon; 09-10-2009 at 06:18 PM.
    My current rides...
    Audi
    Jetta

  18. #18
    Veteran Member Four Rings
    Join Date
    Aug 27 2008
    AZ Member #
    32440
    Location
    League City, TX

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    I came across a "range" setting in Vag-Com when poking around -- didn't try to adjust it however -- wonder if that would do the same thing without having to twist screws...

    The mechanical method would be easier, just wondering if it's do-able electronically as well...

  19. #19
    Veteran Member Four Rings Nght&Day-B8's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 05 2009
    AZ Member #
    46003
    Location
    Miami, Fl

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    i think ima play safe and do two full turns instead of three if the auto adjust will do its work after..

  20. #20
    Forum Moderator Four Rings Blake P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 02 2007
    AZ Member #
    16074
    Location
    Fresno, CA

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    Thanks so much for the information, Jacon!
    2012 Q7 3.0T: graphite, prestige, S Line Plus, adaptive air suspension

  21. #21
    Senior Member Three Rings
    Join Date
    Jul 10 2009
    AZ Member #
    44804
    Location
    northeast

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blake P View Post
    Just lower your car and that should take care of the problem!
    =) soon enough. i havent done any research on the subject yet. i'm a complete noob to this whole modding thing.

  22. #22
    Forum Moderator Four Rings Blake P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 02 2007
    AZ Member #
    16074
    Location
    Fresno, CA

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    Quote Originally Posted by macuser View Post
    =) soon enough. i havent done any research on the subject yet. i'm a complete noob to this whole modding thing.
    Feel free to ask any questions you might have!
    2012 Q7 3.0T: graphite, prestige, S Line Plus, adaptive air suspension

  23. #23
    Veteran Member Three Rings Sin_city_Rings's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 09 2009
    AZ Member #
    42279
    Location
    Washington, DC

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    Lets just start off by saying im one of the types that if 1 or 2 is enough 3 or 4 is better....

    So last night i did 4 full turns and WOW what a difference! No oncoming flashes as of yet.
    2008 Deep Sea Blue S5 6MT
    PAST: '12 A4, '08 A5, '09 Sline A4, '07 Sline A4

  24. #24
    Forum Moderator Four Rings Blake P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 02 2007
    AZ Member #
    16074
    Location
    Fresno, CA

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    Quote Originally Posted by Sin_city_Rings View Post
    Lets just start off by saying im one of the types that if 1 or 2 is enough 3 or 4 is better....

    So last night i did 4 full turns and WOW what a difference! No oncoming flashes as of yet.
    Sweet, I'll try 3 and see how that works!
    2012 Q7 3.0T: graphite, prestige, S Line Plus, adaptive air suspension

  25. #25
    Established Member Two Rings radioactive's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 23 2009
    AZ Member #
    46783
    Location
    Chicago, IL USA

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    Where exactly is that white screw..? I see two of them in my car.One is on the top of the whole headlight dome but in a angle and other one in right in the front.

  26. #26
    Forum Moderator Four Rings Blake P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 02 2007
    AZ Member #
    16074
    Location
    Fresno, CA

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    I just finished adjusting mine. We'll see if it makes a difference when the sun goes down!
    2012 Q7 3.0T: graphite, prestige, S Line Plus, adaptive air suspension

  27. #27
    Veteran Member Four Rings Nght&Day-B8's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 05 2009
    AZ Member #
    46003
    Location
    Miami, Fl

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    I did two awhile back, and i think one more full turn would of done the job best. So three turns is pretty spot on

  28. #28
    Forum Moderator Four Rings Blake P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 02 2007
    AZ Member #
    16074
    Location
    Fresno, CA

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    I'm afraid 3 rotations were too much. I was lighting up signs on freeway overpasses! Good news is that nobody high-beamed me. I'm going to dial them back 1 full rotation and see if that's better.
    2012 Q7 3.0T: graphite, prestige, S Line Plus, adaptive air suspension

  29. #29
    Veteran Member Four Rings Nght&Day-B8's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 05 2009
    AZ Member #
    46003
    Location
    Miami, Fl

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    oh man, then maybe 3 is too much.. try half a turn back? i know two turns wasnt too much of a difference.

  30. #30
    Veteran Member Three Rings Jacon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 05 2009
    AZ Member #
    37112
    My Garage
    B8 A4 6MT P+
    Location
    Ft Worth, TX
    Items for Sale

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    Quote Originally Posted by Blake P View Post
    I'm afraid 3 rotations were too much. I was lighting up signs on freeway overpasses! Good news is that nobody high-beamed me. I'm going to dial them back 1 full rotation and see if that's better.
    I'm a tad lower than you are, so this would make sense
    My current rides...
    Audi
    Jetta

  31. #31
    Forum Moderator Four Rings Blake P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 02 2007
    AZ Member #
    16074
    Location
    Fresno, CA

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    I dialed them back 1 full turn today and tested tonight on the freeway... now they're the perfect height!
    2012 Q7 3.0T: graphite, prestige, S Line Plus, adaptive air suspension

  32. #32
    Veteran Member Four Rings Nght&Day-B8's Avatar
    Join Date
    Aug 05 2009
    AZ Member #
    46003
    Location
    Miami, Fl

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    Ive noticed my driver headlight is a tad lower than the passanger one, even though i did two full even turns. Is this normal or should i nudge it up a bit more? My guess is its like that because its a left hand driver vehicle?

  33. #33
    Veteran Member Three Rings Jacon's Avatar
    Join Date
    Jan 05 2009
    AZ Member #
    37112
    My Garage
    B8 A4 6MT P+
    Location
    Ft Worth, TX
    Items for Sale

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    Quote Originally Posted by Nght&Day-B8 View Post
    Ive noticed my driver headlight is a tad lower than the passanger one, even though i did two full even turns. Is this normal or should i nudge it up a bit more? My guess is its like that because its a left hand driver vehicle?
    yes...dont touch them. Generally the driver's side is lower to keep the beam away from on-coming traffic. Your eyes are not deceiving you....they are set like that from the factory.
    My current rides...
    Audi
    Jetta

  34. #34
    Forum Moderator Four Rings Blake P's Avatar
    Join Date
    Mar 02 2007
    AZ Member #
    16074
    Location
    Fresno, CA

    Re: Any way to aim headlights higher?

    Damn, I got hi-beamed twice last night so maybe they're still aimed a little too high. I might try lowering them a half turn to see how much difference it makes. If visibility is reduced, they're going back up!
    2012 Q7 3.0T: graphite, prestige, S Line Plus, adaptive air suspension

  35. #35
    Veteran Member Four Rings NPuter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 27 2009
    AZ Member #
    49877
    My Garage
    '15 MBZ E400 Cab/'13 Subaru Outback 3.6R
    Location
    Miami, FL | Boone, NC

    Would someone mind taking a picture of this hex screw? As many of you may know, I swapped my halogens for xenons a couple weeks ago and my lights need some adjusting...
    I remember seeing two white hex screws on the top of each housing. I can't check again now because I am out of town for a week.

    I made sure to mark my headlight levels on my garage before I changed my lights. The new drivers side light lined up PERFECTLY with the old halogen, but the passenger side is a bit low...

  36. #36
    Active Member Two Rings XCC Motorsports's Avatar
    Join Date
    May 12 2009
    AZ Member #
    42388
    My Garage
    2005 Audi S4
    Location
    AZ

    Anyone have pictures? I need to see which hex screws that need to be adjusted.
    |B6 Audi S4|*Milltek Non Resonated Exhaust - Evotech ECU - H&R Coilovers - Matte Black Upper & Lower grille - 10% 3M Window Tint*

  37. #37
    Veteran Member Four Rings DavidB8's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 06 2009
    AZ Member #
    50351
    Location
    Oakville, ON, Canada

    Just look there is only one white one per headlight. Right on top.
    Reaching Me:Please don't ask me questions on the forum or send me private messages as it may be a while before I respond.
    If you need something email me directly at David@audienthusiasts.com I don't frequent this forum very often.
    www.audienthusiasts.com

  38. #38
    Veteran Member Four Rings coolwater's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 06 2009
    AZ Member #
    50333
    My Garage
    2017 RDX Black on Black AWD
    Location
    NYC / DC/MD/VA

    Do you guys mean these White Screws on top?
    -cW


  39. #39
    Veteran Member Four Rings DavidB8's Avatar
    Join Date
    Nov 06 2009
    AZ Member #
    50351
    Location
    Oakville, ON, Canada

    Yep but.. You've got 2? Hmm must be because I have adaptive. The one we share is the one on the right. Guessing it's the height adjustment since we both have it.
    Reaching Me:Please don't ask me questions on the forum or send me private messages as it may be a while before I respond.
    If you need something email me directly at David@audienthusiasts.com I don't frequent this forum very often.
    www.audienthusiasts.com

  40. #40
    Veteran Member Four Rings NPuter's Avatar
    Join Date
    Oct 27 2009
    AZ Member #
    49877
    My Garage
    '15 MBZ E400 Cab/'13 Subaru Outback 3.6R
    Location
    Miami, FL | Boone, NC

    lol - I knew I saw two white hex screws on top of each headlight...

Bookmarks

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts
  •  


    © 2001-2017 Audizine, Audizine.com, and Driverzines.com
    Audizine is an independently owned and operated automotive enthusiast community and news website.
    Audi and the Audi logo(s) are copyright/trademark Audi AG. Audizine is not endorsed by or affiliated with Audi AG.