Volkswagen Golf/Jetta 2 manual

Headlight beam alignment check (Every 10 000 miles (15 000 km) or 12 months)
Routine maintenance and servicing / Headlight beam alignment check (Every 10 000 miles (15 000 km) or 12 months)


Single unit
Caution: It is recommended that headlamp beam alignment is checked by a VW garage using modern beam setting equipment. However, in an emergency, the following procedure will provide an acceptable light pattern.

1 With its tyres correctly inflated, position the vehicle on a level surface, approximately 10 metres in front of a flat wall.

2 Draw a horizontal line on the wall or door at headlamp centre height. Draw a vertical line corresponding to the centre line of the vehicle.

Now measure off a point either side of this, on the horizontal line, corresponding with the headlamp centres.

3 Switch on the main beam and check that the areas of maximum illumination coincide with the headlamp centre marks on the wall. If not, turn the upper cross-head adjustment screw to adjust the beam laterally and/or the lower screw to adjust the beam vertically (see illustration).

27.3 Turn adjustment screws (arrowed) to adjust headlamp beam alignment
27.3 Turn adjustment screws (arrowed) to adjust headlamp beam alignment

Twin unit
4 On models with twin headlamps, the inner lamps are adjusted laterally with the lower adjustment screw and vertically with the upper screw.


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