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post #1 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-29-2013, 01:16 AM Thread Starter
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Where are the Patriots headlight adjusting screws

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Does anyone have a picture of where the 2011 Patriots headlight adjusting screws are.
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post #2 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-29-2013, 01:22 AM
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don't have a pic,but they are on top of the lamp and you have access through the front black console.
you must use an allen type screwdriver.

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post #3 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-29-2013, 02:19 AM Thread Starter
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Hi,
I am not sure if you mean the front grill or some part of the plastic covering the headlights?

Here are pics of my headlight.
https://skydrive.live.com/#cid=C363A...B363ED8368!133
https://skydrive.live.com/?cid=c363a...B363ED8368!134

There is an oval plastic cover over the headlight assembly that is one piece and goes the full width of the car to the other headlight; there is a slot at the front in the centre of each headlight, but I can't see any adjusting screws, do I have to remove the plastic cover to get to the adjusting screws?
Or, do you mean the front grill?

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Its 1 in the morning here otherwise I'd run out and confirm but...

I have read on this forum that the adjusting screw is grey plastic and is on the top of the lamp assembly which is under that black plastic shroud that runs from side to side...the one you refer to as "oval plastic cover".
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post #6 of 7 (permalink) Old 01-31-2013, 02:37 AM Thread Starter
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Ok, so I found the grey screw, which is accessible without removing the plastic shroud, but it would only adjust the driver's headlight up.
I then removed the plastic shroud and undid two of the three nuts holding the light in place, I had to add 1/4" of shim to both screws to tilt the light to 2 inches below the centre of the headlight bulb at 25 feet; but the driver's side (left) headlight is about 12 inches off centre to the left (shining into oncoming traffic) and there is not enough screw length to add enough shim to align the headlight?
The car is still under warranty, so I will take it to the dealership.
I was just wondering how does the front plastic grill come off? I loosened 7 screws at the top, plus two bolts, but could not see how the bottom of the grill is held in place?

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You have to remove the entire front end to get the grill out...the fender liners come off, the front bumper cover and the valance come off along with the grill.

Its doable with patience and there are threads on here with pictures.
My search skills don't work with more than 4 beer in me so I'll just advise you to use the search bar above...they are here...

And I have not had to aim my Patriot lamps but based on previous vehicles a two inch drop is way too much. You will be lighting the ground immediately in front of you, not down the roadway.
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