Adjusting Elantra headlight beam dip

Discussion in 'Hyundai Elantra / Lantra' started by piggy73, Dec 3, 2004.

  1. piggy73

    piggy73 Guest

    I have a Dutch model Elantra (2001) which is LHD.

    I am registering it in the UK & need to permanently adjust the headlight
    beam to dip to the left.
    (stickers, beam deflectors and other non-permanent changes are not

    Will it be possible to modify my current set of headlights (currently
    dipping to the right) or do I need to buy a new unit/part.

    Our local Hyundai dealer mechanic seemed very keen to replace the whole
    unit - but I don't know if this is really necessary.

    Thanks in advance for any info's

    piggy73, Dec 3, 2004
  2. piggy73

    hyundaitech Guest

    There should be adjuster screws on the lamps to point them where desired.
    hyundaitech, Dec 3, 2004
  3. piggy73

    Jim Vatunz Guest

    but the shape of the low beam will still have the cutout on the wrong
    side. I can't see any other way out except new headlights, but i'm not
    familiar with this problem. i can't see it making any sense to do as
    the car would still be LHD. Easiest solution would be for Britain to
    bite the bullet and start to really become a part of europe by
    changing the side of the road they drive on.

    For a very plain website try
    Jim Vatunz, Dec 3, 2004
  4. I don't think you have any choice. There is no way to alter the bulbs.
    However, I don't think you need to replace the entire headlight, just
    the bulbs.
    Easiest for whom? I'm sure that there are a lot of Britons who wouldn't
    agree with you. ;-)
    Brian Nystrom, Dec 4, 2004
  5. piggy73

    hyundaitech Guest

    I didn't fully understand the issue from the original post. I don't think
    the issue is the bulbs so much as the shape of the reflector. I think
    he'll wind up having to change the headlamps.
    hyundaitech, Dec 4, 2004
  6. piggy73

    Jim Vatunz Guest

    I think they may be able to reuse the old bulbs but the cutout built
    into the reflector is the problem.
    None will agree with me ;) but our large and rather empty country has
    too many road accidents from tourists who are used to driving on the
    right hand side of the road. We should certainly consider changing for
    the sake of world uniformity but Britain should certainly change.
    However there's about as much chance as them changing from measuring
    people's weight in stone. zero.

    For a very plain website try
    Jim Vatunz, Dec 5, 2004
  7. I thought the cutoff was achieved by a shield in the bulb, but perhaps
    I'm mistaken.
    Brian Nystrom, Dec 6, 2004
  8. piggy73

    piggy73 Guest

    Thanks everyone - I really appreciate the suggestions.

    It's a pain having to convert the car (so much for Europe !!!!) but when we
    bought it we were supposed to staying in Holland for a few more years.

    The mechanic at our local UK Hyundai dealership just seemed too keen to sell
    & fit new headlights & for quite a price too !

    I even have to have the speedo displaying in miles as well (but it's ok for
    my 'mileage' to remain in KM) - again the Hyundai mechanic seemed very keen
    to replace the whole unit !

    A mechanic friend (who unfortunately lives at the other end of the country)
    seemed to think with the car being quite new that it may be just a case of
    flicking a switch.

    I suppose I'll have to dismantle the headlight unit & have a nosey.


    piggy73, Dec 6, 2004
  9. piggy73

    Geoff Guest

    Why would they change? They were there first. Even the Romans had to drive
    chariots on the left when they invaded.

    Incidentally, the UK IS changing over to metric system for weights and
    measures and has been doing so slowly since 1965. It has been legally in
    place since 1985. Here in Oz, we did the same thing years ago, and no
    schoolkid would now know what you meant by weight in stones. But we drive on
    the left of course. See


    Easiest solution would be for Britain to
    Geoff, Dec 7, 2004
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