Whether you feel you can’t see as well at night, or you feel you’re lighting too low, or too high, in all these cases, there’s only one part of your vehicle responsible – your headlights, as well called high beams. Although this adjustment might seem easy thanks to the thumbwheel on your dashboard, a whole adjustment is much more complex than this basic manipulation, and in this article, we are going to find out how to adjust the headlights of your Fiat 500X? To achieve this, first we will find out why you need to adjust your high beams, and secondly how to adjust the headlights of your Fiat 500X.


Why adjust the headlights of your Fiat 500X?

So let’s start our content page with the interest of adjusting the headlights of your Fiat 500X. For most people, our headlights are adjusted good enough, and they appear to light up enough after dark. However this is not constantly the case and checking this setting, either because the headlights on your Fiat 500X are not bright enough, or because you have the sensation that they are too weak is a great idea .

Adjusting the high beams of your Fiat 500X for safety

First of all, the headlight adjustment of a Fiat 500X must be carried out for a basic security reason. Whether it’s for you, or for the other users you come across during your night trips. In actual fact, if you don’t see enough, the risk is to miss out an obstacle while traveling, or to anticipate a curve badly. On the other hand, if your headlights are too strong, even if you are supposed to switch to low beam lights when you pass a car, the time required to make this switch will most of the time expose the driver in front of you to the headlight beam of your Fiat 500X . It is therefore necessary for others as well as for you to have an optimal adjustment of your headlights.

Adjusting the headlights of a Fiat 500X for legal reasons

In addition to security, there is a law that supervises the power, the adjustment of motor vehicle headlights (articles R313-2 of the Highway Code), here is what it suggests: have between 2 and 4 headlights that illuminate at least 100 meters. Another legislation supervises their use, the European one (directive 76/756/EEC), which stipulates that there is no maximum height for the adjustment of the headlights, but that the maximum width of the beam must be very same to that of the dipped headlights and that the maximum luminosity must be 225, 000 cd.

How to adjust the headlights of a Fiat 500X?

We will now proceed to the part that interests you the most in this article, how to adjust the headlights of his Fiat 500X? This adjustment might seem a bit complex, but by following the instructions you should have the ability to accomplish it without too much problem.

Preparations to adjust the headlights of a Fiat 500X

First of all, you’ll need to prepare your vehicle to adjust your high beams in good conditions, here are the preparations to set up:

  • Place your vehicle on a surface in front of a white wall for example, about 4 or 5 meters from the wall.
  • Check your tire pressure carefully.
  • Check that the height adjustment knob for the lights is set to 0
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  • Try doing that with half a full tank.
  • Take out all unnecessary weight from the car, only one person should be in the driver’s seat.

The headlight adjustment of his Fiat 500X

Once your car is in position, 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. Check with a level that both parts of the cross are horizontal. Then back your vehicle up to a distance of between 7 and 10 metres. For the rest of the process here are the steps to stick to:

  • Open your hood, identify the screws for horizontal and vertical adjustment of the headlights of your Fiat 500X (they are in general marked, and those on top must modify the verticality and the one on the side handles the horizontality of the adjustment).
  • Use a cloth or different things to hide the projector on which you are not making the correction.
  • Using the screws to make the horizontal correction, you should have the most intense part of the beam which should be a little to the right of the vertical line noted on the wall
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  • With regard to vertical correction, 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 down below.
  • Once finished, check that the headlights setting of your Fiat 500X is coherent, do not hesitate to check it after you have driven it, occasionally it may move.

If you want to adjust the fog lights on your Fiat 500X, please read our content page on this subject.

If you wish more guides on the Fiat 500X, go to our Fiat 500X category.