1995 Ford Contour Adjust Headlights

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The Ford Contour, and its sister automobile the Mercury Mystique, were manufactured by the Ford Motor Company from 1995 to 2000. It is a compact 4-door sedan that was popular as an economy family car. If you own a Contour or a Mystique and have never realigned the headlights, then it is past time to do this straightforward job. Over the years the regular wear and tear of driving causes the headlight assembly to jostle around, leaving the headlight beams off center, causing a possible dangerous situation.

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[edit] Adjust Headlights

  • Fill the gas tank half full. Load the trunk with a weight equal to its normal load and have a partner sit in the driver's seat. The car needs to have the same weight in it that it will normally have when driving at night in order to properly align the headlights.
  • Park your Contour two feet in front of a large wall on a flat, level surface and turn on the headlights. Take a six-foot piece of masking tape and mark a straight line on the wall from the center point of the driver's-side headlight beam to the passenger's-side beam.
  • Cut two six-inch pieces of masking tape and mark the vertical center of each headlight on the wall. Then, pull the Contour back to a distance of 25 feet from the wall.
  • Inspect the driver's side beam. The center of the beam should be a couple inches below the horizontal tape line and a couple inches to the right of the smaller vertical mark. This allows the driver optimal viewing while not blinding oncoming traffic. The passenger's side beam should be a couple inches below the horizontal and right on the vertical mark.
  • Pop the hood and locate the vertical and horizontal adjustments screws on the top and side of the headlight assembly. Use a standard screwdriver and adjust the screws until both the horizontal and vertical beams are in optimal position. Repeat this process for the other headlight.
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