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As most Taurus owners are aware of, our headligts come very low from the factory. I've read on here and my Hayne's manual showing how to adjust the headlights on a Gen III, but I can't find the two screws or the leveller on the Gen IV headlight housings. Did Ford cheap out and make them non-adjustable? These things are very low. Do I need to pull out the housing first?

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I saw where to do this before, but now I can't remember where I'll try to find it again...

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hmmm...there should be two or three octagon shaped screws for you to turn

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You could do a google search perhaps if your car isn't like this. i didn't find anything either in the search...


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Yes and no, on the ford cheaping out thing. They are adjustable, but they dont have handy levelers. You've gotta use the old tape squares on a wall method + some trial and error. Just set them as best you can, drive it around, and see if you like it. I did this about 3 times before I was happy with the setting.

That being said, there is only one adjustment to be made on g4 lights. Up or down. This can be done via the silver adjustment screw/shaft that sticks out from the back of the headlight. If it is loose enough, you can usually turn it by hand (with a decent amount of force). If its tight, find a VERY small wrench (maybe 3-4mm?), and you can turn them with that. If no tiny wrench can be found, you can pull out the headlight, set it as level as you can, and turn the screw with pliers or a small socket. Re-install, of course, to see if you like where the new level is.

EDIT: Yeah, nothing like a g3 adjustment.
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whoa...didn't think it was that different....some ford tech on another forum said it was the same octagon thing for the gen4...

thats gotta be a pain


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Thank you! Silly Hayne's manual. Now it's time to find some Xtravisions and get a harness. I miss my Contour's headlight setup. The high beams were insane.

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i just use mini plyers on mine. works fine


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Will a 1/4" ratchet and 4mm socket fit in that area? I know the hex bits use a 4mm socket (at least on the G2).


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I couldn't get my smallest ratchet in there...I'm sure smaller 1/4" drive ones exist though. I just used a little adjustable wrench.

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