adjusting headlights for a 2001 beetle

Asked by Jul 07, 2008 at 07:53 PM about the 2001 Volkswagen Beetle GLS 2.0

Question type: Maintenance & Repair

Can someone PLEASE tell me how to adjust the headlights on a 2001 beetle?  just tell me where the screws are to open the stinkin thing

9 Answers

no adjustment requried

4 out of 4 people think this is helpful.
85

why do you want to adjust the headlights??...

5 out of 5 people think this is helpful.
20

the new beetle doesnt have screws like other cars. the whole headlight assemble is a cylinder that has a locking ring on each side. look down over the headlight and look for the ring with a small hook shaped ever. pull the lever back to release the headlight. careful not to break it off. you may need a to pry a little to get the headlight assemble. but it will all come out as one piece. its easy to find the filaments then. make sure you aligh the tabes to put back and then slide the ring back the other way. done.

2 out of 2 people think this is helpful.
590

The headlights on the 2001 Beetle are adjustable and the procedure is very easy. Open the hood and look straight down at one of the headlight canisters. you will find 2 plastic hex-head screws integrated into each headlight canister. One adjusts the light beam up/down, the other left/right. There is no need to remove the headlight canister from the fender as a previous blogger said. Next, find a flat surface and park the car about 1 foot away from a wall or similar structure with the car facing it. Make 3 vertical lines on the wall (make the lines about 12 inches long). One directly in front of the VW emblem on your hood, and one in front of each headlight. Next, carefully move the car straight back 25 feet from the wall. measure the vertical distance from the ground to the center of one of your headlights, then draw a line horizontally across the wall in front of you (chalk works good). Make the line straight across, but 2" lower to the ground than the headlight measurement you just took. You should have a horizontal line across the wall intersecting the 3 vertical lines (center, left headlight, right headlight). Turn the headlights on and find the plastic hex-head screw that controls vertical up/down of the beam. The top of the beam should touch the bottom of the horizontal line on the wall. When you've got that, the next part is a bit tricky. Look carefully at the headlight beams on the wall, you will notice that the light beam is somewhat flat on the top (we call this "cut-off".. Cars sold on the European market have a razor sharp cut-off, as required by law... USA beam pattern is somewhat fuzzy, but there is still a noticeable cut-off on most USA VWs). For the light beams on the wall, the cut-off is horizontal and flat, but goes up at about a 25 degree angle at the far right of each beam. The part of each beam where it transitions from flat to the 25 degree angle forms a angle in the light pattern on the wall. adjust the screw that controls the left/right movement of the beam so that the point of the angle in the light beam on the wall falls directly over the vertical lines you drew earlier in front of each headlight. Do this on both sides & your're done! -Hope this helps.. -VW mechanic

55 out of 55 people think this is helpful.
100

Dmaster808! Does this app;y to a 2006 VW Beetle as well?

10 out of 10 people think this is helpful.
590

Yes it does..:)

4 out of 4 people think this is helpful.
30

does this also apply to a 1999 VW beetle ?

3 out of 3 people think this is helpful.
100

what is the hex tool size?

10 out of 10 people think this is helpful.
10

How to change front Courtesy light bulb on 2006 vw beetle 2006

1 out of 1 people think this is helpful.

Your Answer

Add photo

Related Questions

  • how do I adjust the headlights on a 2008 vw beetle? 1 answer

    2008 Volkswagen Beetle

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • My 2001 vw beetle 1 answer

    Could you tell me if the clutch pedal is very low to the floor and struggling to go into gear is it the clutch slave cylinder or master cylinder thanks mark it's a 2 ltr petrol vw beetle

    2001 Volkswagen Beetle

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • New engine for 1974 super beetle 13 answers

    Hi it's Andy again sorry for being so much trouble I don't know anything about cars. My last question about a newer motor for a 1974 super beetle I forgot to mention it is a semi- automatic , dose t...

    1974 Volkswagen Beetle

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • 2000 VW Beetle ening swap 1 answer

    I have a 2001 Beetle with a 2.0 that was wrecked, I want to put the 2.0 in a 2000 Beetle body that had a 1.8 in it. The wiring harness is different at engine. What will i have to do to use the 2.0 in ...

    2001 Volkswagen Beetle

    -

    Maintenance & Repair

  • I-am-looking-for-fuse-diagram-for-2001-Volkswagen-Beetle- 1 answer

    I-am-looking-for-fuse-diagram-...

    2001 Volkswagen Beetle GL

    -

    General

Beetle

Looking for a Used Beetle in your area?

CarGurus has 9,450 nationwide Beetle listings starting at $1,500.

ZIP:

Search Volkswagen Beetle Questions

Volkswagen Beetle Experts

#1 tenspeed
tenspeed
Reputation 1,630
#2 Chris Billings
Chris Billings
Reputation 1,480
#3 Tom Demyan
Tom Demyan
Reputation 1,220
View All

Related Models For Sale

Used MINI Cooper
196 Great Deals out of 10,838 listings starting at $995
Used Volkswagen Jetta
442 Great Deals out of 40,100 listings starting at $950
Used Jeep Wrangler
280 Great Deals out of 18,051 listings starting at $2,950
Used Honda Civic
667 Great Deals out of 89,882 listings starting at $1,299
Used Ford Mustang
454 Great Deals out of 45,522 listings starting at $1,999
Used Toyota Corolla
763 Great Deals out of 73,024 listings starting at $1,962
Used Volkswagen Golf
52 Great Deals out of 2,692 listings starting at $2,200
Used Chevrolet Camaro
205 Great Deals out of 30,790 listings starting at $1,217
Used Volkswagen Passat
278 Great Deals out of 24,123 listings starting at $999
Used Honda Accord
822 Great Deals out of 85,700 listings starting at $988
Used BMW 3 Series
1,023 Great Deals out of 31,752 listings starting at $1,000
Used Ford Focus
560 Great Deals out of 56,729 listings starting at $1,095

Used Cars For Sale

2017 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
3,662 listings starting at $16,135
2016 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
14 Great Deals out of 482 listings starting at $11,999
2015 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
35 Great Deals out of 944 listings starting at $9,990
2014 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
23 Great Deals out of 715 listings starting at $7,995
2013 Volkswagen Beetle For Sale
26 Great Deals out of 731 listings starting at $7,000

Content submitted by Users is not endorsed by CarGurus, does not express the opinions of CarGurus, and should not be considered reviewed, screened, or approved by CarGurus. Please refer to CarGurus Terms of Use.