CTE Task: Aim Headlights​

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COURSE:

Maintenance and Light Repair II (MLR II)

TASK LENGTH:

30 Minutes

 

Aim Headlights

Task Description

Standards

Students will:

  • Watch the linked videos using guided notes.
  • Complete the worksheet.
  • Record a video of themselves describing the steps and tools involved in adjusting and aiming the headlights.

Safety Note: If possible, students should do this task with a vehicle, but ensure the students do so safely.

Aim headlights. (5.11)

Overall Standard (5): Students will inspect, test, service, and repair vehicle starting and charging systems.

 Content Understandings

Extending Understandings

Upon successful completion of these tasks students will demonstrate the ability to:

  • Explain why headlights need to be aimed.
  • Describe the process used to aim the height of headlights.
  • Describe the process used to aim the headlights side-to-side.
  • Select the tools required.
  • Locate the headlight adjustment mechanism.    

To move students towards deeper understanding, they should be given opportunities to:

  • Explain why it is recommended to adjust the passenger side light to show slightly higher than the driver side.
  • Describe how some headlight bulbs do not work as well due to their light pattern.

Support Strategies

If students are struggling to access this task, additional supports and strategies could be employed as students are engaging with the task.

Key Terms

Sentence Frames

Scaffolded Questions

DOT VOR

A headlight will have a marking of ______________ indicating that it is a visibly aimable headlight.    

What process is required for headlights that cannot be aimed?

 

 

Instructional Resources

 

Videos to watch (see note guide below)

 

OSRAM Americas (2016, October 5) How to Aim Your Headlights (Video) YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OhM88K4ZahQ (1:40 minutes)

 

TheRetorfitSource Inc (2015, August 13) TRS Tips: How to Adjust Headlights for the Perfect Aim! (Video) YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=03fHzDEHVV4 (2:05 minutes)

 

1A Auto (2017, April 7) How to Aim and Align your Headlights Correctly (Video) YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GWvSWBlAwnI (13 minutes)

 

 

Additional Resources

 

Headlight Revolution (2020, March 21) How to Aim and Align Your Headlights (Video) YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OIow5YgdRro (8:30 minutes)

Milanmastracci (2016, August 31) How to Aim & Adjust Your Headlights (Video) YouTube https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iXGkPj_OtLU (6:45 minutes)

Student Resource

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Student Video Guide

How to adjust headlights height

  • Consult manufacturers specifications for details on adjusting the headlights. The process below may not apply to all vehicles.
  • Find the mechanism on the headlight that adjusts the height.
  • Find a wall that the headlights can be shown 25 feet away.
  • Mark the actual height of the headlight by one of two methods:
    • Pull the car up close to the wall and mark the center of top of the headlight beam with tape. Mark it 2 inches below the top of beam.
    • Measure the height of the headlight itself (to the center of the headlight – often marked with a dimple) and mark 2 inches below that height on the wall with tape.
  • Position the vehicle on a level surface 25 feet from the wall.
  • The headlight beams should shine on the wall at the same location as the tape mark.
  • Using the appropriate tool adjust the headlight so that the headlight beam shines on the wall at the same location as the tape mark.
  • Adjust the driver’s side headlight to be 2 inches lower than the passenger side.

How to adjust headlights side-to-side

  • Consult manufacturers specifications for details on adjusting the headlights. The process below may not apply to all vehicles.
  • Find the mechanism on the headlight that adjusts the headlight side-to-side.
  • Find a wall that the headlights can be shown 25 feet away.
  • Measure the actual distance between the headlights using a tape measure.
  • Position the vehicle on a level surface 25 feet from the wall. Be sure the car is square with the wall.
  • The headlight beams should shine on the wall at the same distance as the distance between the two headlights.
  • Using the appropriate tool adjust the headlight so that the distance between the two headlights on the wall is the same as the actual headlights distance.

 

Student Worksheet

Questions for after watching all resources

 

What are possible reasons headlights may need to be adjusted?

 

 

What tools and parts are needed?

 

 

What are the two aspects of aiming headlights?

 

 

What height should a headlight shine at 25 feet from another vehicle?

 

 

How should the headlights be adjusted in terms of side-to-side light?

 

 

What are the steps to aiming the height of the headlight?

 

 

What are the steps to aiming the headlights side to side?