Although Honda recommends that the 2001 Honda Accord be taken to a dealership for headlight adjustment, you may find yourself in a situation where a dealership is not a viable option, such as a long road trip or when in an accident. In those situations, you can adjust the headlights of your vehicle using only a screwdriver and some tape.
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Things you need
- Blank wall
- Tape measure
- Phillips screwdriver
Park the Accord in front of a blank solid surface like a wall or garage door. Turn on the vehicle's headlights and use a piece of tape to mark the centre of each headlight beam on the wall. This will be the reference point for the headlights.
Move the Accord 25 feet away from the wall. Pop open the bonnet and insert the Phillips screwdriver into one of the vertical adjusters under the hood. The vertical adjuster is a round cylinder situated behind each headlight, close to the radiator support. Inside each vertical adjuster is an adjustment screw used to raise or lower the headlights.
Turn on the headlights. The centre of the headlight beams needs to be 2 inches above the spot marked on the wall. Turn the screw clockwise to lower the beams and counterclockwise to raise them. Once the centre of the beam is in the correct position, close the bonnet.
Tips and warnings
- Adjust the headlights at night or in a dark garage so that the beams are visible.
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