How to adjust the headlights of my Mercedes Slk

Published by Asacans | September 20, 2019 | mercedes slk | 0 |

There are 2 major problems associated with improperly adjusted lighting of your Mercedes Slk. First of all, they can cause dazzling of other drivers or even not illuminate the roadway correctly because of too low a light intensity. In each case, a bad adjustment could be a danger.

In addition, this problem can quickly occur, for example if you have chosen to replace your headlights. You can awkwardly override the lighting adjustment. For example to put LED bulbs or replace a deteriorated bulb. So it is important to know how to properly adjust the lighting of your Mercedes Slk.
Thus, given that the lighting on a car allows you to see and also to be seen by other drivers, improper adjustment of the lights of your Mercedes Slk could be penalized by a Third Category fine which can cost up to € 68. . For more information about traffic tickets and signals, you can refer to the website below because it will explain everything that is important to know. on traffic light compliance rules
Note that the cost to pay for headlights can fluctuate between € 29 and € 34.
So to avoid this we will teach you in a very simple way how to adjust your headlights yourself.
Important thing to know : this tutorial is not intended for the adjustment of xenon bulbs because they have the specificity of providing a very high electrical voltage and that is why each operation must be carried out by professionals.
Regarding the adjustment of standard bulbs such as filament or halogen bulbs we will help you first. identify headlights that require adjustment.
Then in a second step we will allow you to to know if the headlights are correctly adjusted on your Mercedes Slk in order to validate the technical control and drive safely.
Finally we will direct you to the manipulation to simply adjust the lighting of your lights on your Mercedes Slk.

1- Identify the headlights on my Mercedes Slk which must be adjusted

Your Mercedes Slk is equipped with several front and rear headlights, however, only some of them must be centered to ensure proper operation. Indeed, the low beam and the main beam aim to see the road in the dark therefore a good adjustment is essential.
In contrast, a brake light or a flashing light will not require alignment during their installation because their objectives are to signal an action by the driver.
In this way on this tutorial we will only be interested in the low beam and high beam headlights on your Mercedes Slk. If you notice that a lighthouse is opaque, do not hesitate to consult our article: Opaque headlights on Mercedes Slk, what to do?

2-How do I know if the headlights of my Mercedes Slk are properly adjusted?

Now we will allow you to properly assess the height of the beam of your headlights.
This will give you the opportunity, for example, to know if your Mercedes Slk passes the technical control procedures or not.
So the goal of this manipulation is to draw the marks on a wall. You will need to make Two horizontal marks in order to control the height of the light beam

  • left height
  • height right

At the end of this manipulation, you will therefore have drawn a horizontal line on a wall which will allow you to determine if the light beam of the headlights of your Mercedes Slk is at the right level.
To do this it is essential to put the automobile in the best conditions in order to guarantee a good adjustment.

1- Position your Mercedes Slk to check the setting

  • The first thing to do with this is to park your Mercedes Slk on a flat location (avoid parking on slopes, not smooth, etc.), position the front of the car towards a white or light-colored wall.
  • If possible at ten meters from the wall or because of a lack of space you have the possibility to do the calculation at a distance of 5 meters however it will be less precise
  • Prefer to do the stage at the end of the day when the natural light is lower

2- Prepare your Mercedes Slk before adjustment

  • Tires should be inflated
  • Your automobile must not be ballasted so as not to alter the centering
  • Finally, make sure in the cockpit of your Mercedes Slk that the position of the headlights is at Zero

3- Material necessary to calculate the lighting on my Mercedes Slk

    Equip yourself with the material below for handling
  • One meter to identify the height of the headlights for your Mercedes Slk
  • A rule and or a level
  • A pencil or colored tape
  • A screwdriver
  • 4-Calculate the height of the lighting on my Mercedes Slk

    Evaluate the distance there is between the bulb of the low beam or the high beam with the ground on each side of your Mercedes Slk and transfer it to the wall. Draw a marker or you have the possibility of positioning a scotch tape.
    If the light beam exceeds the mark, this means that your lighting will blind the other conductors.
    If, on the contrary, they turn out to be too low in this case you have limited brightness.

    Adjust the height of the low beam and high beam on my Mercedes Slk

    So once the mark hung on the wall open the hood of your Mercedes Slk to adjust the headlights.
    Find the adjacent screw of the optic and make the adjustment by turning from right to left to adjust the height.
    The objective is for the light beams of your Mercedes Slk to be just below the mark to correctly illuminate the road without dazzling.
    As soon as everything is properly adjusted you can close the hood and do a check overnight.

    If you ever want to go a little further in the maintenance of your Mercedes Slk, we invite you to consult our other articles on the mercedes slk.