Regardless whether you feel you can’t see as well at night, regardless you feel you’re lighting too low or too high, in all of these situations, there’s only one component of your car to blame – your low beams. Although this adjustment may seem easy thanks to the thumbwheel on your dashboard, a complete adjustment is much more complex than this ordinary modification, and in this article content, we will find out how to adjust the low beam lights of your Kia Sportage? For this, first of all we will find out why you should adjust your lights, and, secondly, how to adjust the low beam lights of your Kia Sportage.
Why adjust the low beam lights of your Kia Sportage?
So let’s begin our article content with the point of adjusting the low beam lights of your Kia Sportage. For the majority of us these lights are good enough adjusted, and it looks like that they light up enough at night. Unfortunately this is not constantly the case and checking out this setting, either because the low beams of your Kia Sportage are not illuminating well, or because you have the sense that they are too low or too powerful is a wise decision .
Adjusting the low beam of your Kia Sportage for security is a wise decision.
To start, the adjusting of the dipped headlights of an Kia Sportage must be done for a elementary security cause. Regardless whether it’s for you, or for the other drivers you encounter during your night journeys. In fact, if you don’t see enough, the risk is to miss an obstacle on the road, or to predict a curve badly. On the other hand, if your lights are too powerful, you risk dazzling the drivers in front of you, and thus putting yourself in danger. It is therefore crucial for others as well as for you to have an ideal setting of your parking lights.
Setting the low beam headlights of an Kia Sportage for legal motives
Moreover to security, there is a law that supervises the power, the adjustment of low beams of cars, here is what it specifies: have between 2 and 4 headlights that illuminate at least 30 meters. Another regulation supervises their use, the European one (directive 76/756/EEC), which stipulates that the height of the beam must be between 500 mm and 1200 mm from the ground, and that they must be at least 600 mm apart.
How to adjust the low-beam headlamps of a Kia Sportage?
We will now move on to the section that interests you the more in this article content, how to adjust the low beams of his Kia Sportage? This setting may seem to be a bit complex, but if you follow the guidelines you should be able to do it without too much issue.
Preparations to set the low beam of a Kia Sportage
First of all, you will need to prepare your car to adjust your low beam lights in good conditions, here are the preparations to apply:
- Place your car on a surface in front of a white wall for example, about 4 or 5 meters from the wall.
- Check your tire pressure rigorously.
- Check that the height adjustment knob for the lights is set to 0
- Try doing that with half a full tank.
- Remove all needless weight from the car, only one person should be in the driver’s seat.
The setting of the low beam headlights of his Kia Sportage
Once your car is in place, you will turn on your dipped beam and make a cross-shaped mark (one horizontal and one vertical section) in the middle of the beam that will be projected on the wall. Make sure with a level that both parts of the cross are straight. Then back your car up to a distance of between 7 and 10 metres. For the rest of the procedure here are the basic steps to follow:
- Open your bonnet, identify the screws for horizontal and vertical adjustment of the lights of your Kia Sportage (they are commonly marked, and those above must adjust the verticality and those on the side handles the horizontality of the adjustment).
- Use a cloth or anything else to hide the light on which you are not making the adjustment.
- Using the screws to make the horizontal adjustment, you should have the most strong part of the beam which should be a little to the right of the vertical line marked on the wall
- With regard to vertical manipulation, you will have to use the screw to try to position the upper end of the beam at the level of the horizontal marking on the wall, or slightly below.
- Once complete, check that the low beam setting of your Kia Sportage is consistent on the road, do not hesitate to check that it has been driven, on occasion it may move.
If you want to adjust the fog lights on your Kia Sportage, please read our article content on this subject.
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