Regardless you feel you can’t see good enough at nighttime, regardless whether you feel you’re lighting too low or too high, in all of these circumstances, there’s only one component of your car to blame – your low beams. Although this adjustment may appear easy to do thanks to the thumbwheel on your dashboard, a complete adjustment is much more complicated than this ordinary realignment, and in this article, we will discover how to adjust the low beam lights of your Volkswagen Golf 5? For this, first of all we will discover why you should adjust your lights, and, secondly, how to adjust the low beam lights of your Volkswagen Golf 5.


Why set the low beam lights of your Volkswagen Golf 5?

So let’s begin our article with the benefit of adjusting the low beam lights of your Volkswagen Golf 5. For a lot of people these lights are well enough adjusted, and it seems that they light up enough at night. Sadly this is not automatically the case and checking this setting, either because the low beams of your Volkswagen Golf 5 are not illuminating well, or because you have the feeling that they are too low or too powerful is a wise decision .

Adjusting the low beam of your Volkswagen Golf 5 for safety is a wise decision.

To start, the adjusting of the dipped headlights of an Volkswagen Golf 5 must be done for a basic safety reason. Regardless whether it’s for you, or for the other users you come across during your night journeys. In fact, if you don’t see enough, the risk is to fail to see an obstacle on the route, or to predict a curve badly. On the contrary, if your lights are too powerful, you risk dazzling the drivers in front of you, and thus putting yourself in danger. It is as a consequence fundamental for others as well as for you to have an ideal setting of your parking lights.

Setting the low beam headlights of an Volkswagen Golf 5 for law reasons

Additionally to safety, there is a law that regulates 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 law regulates 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 floor, and that they must be at least 600 mm apart.

How to adjust the low-beam headlamps of a Volkswagen Golf 5?

We will now go forward to the section that interests you the more in this article, how to adjust the low beams of his Volkswagen Golf 5? This setting may appear to be a bit complicated, but if you follow the guidelines you should be able to do it without too much difficulty.

Preparations to set the low beam of a Volkswagen Golf 5

First of all, you will need to set up your car to adjust your low beam lights in good conditions, here are the preparations to do:

  • Place your car on a area in front of a white wall for example, about 4 or 5 meters from the wall.
  • Examine your tire pressure cautiously.
  • Examine that the height adjustment knob for the lights is set to 0
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  • 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 Volkswagen Golf 5

Once your car is set up, 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 task here are the steps to follow:

  • Open your bonnet, identify the screws for horizontal and vertical adjustment of the lights of your Volkswagen Golf 5 (they are in general marked, and those above must adjust the verticality and those on the side controls the horizontality of the adjustment).
  • Use a cloth or some thing 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
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  • With regard to vertical adjustment, 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 accomplished, check that the low beam setting of your Volkswagen Golf 5 is consistent on the road, do not be reluctant to check that it has been driven, in some cases it may move.

If you want to adjust the fog lights on your Volkswagen Golf 5, please examine our article on this subject.

If you need more tutorials on the Volkswagen Golf 5, go to our Volkswagen Golf 5 category.