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post #1 of 18 Old 12-21-2008, 10:25 PM Thread Starter
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Beaming Lights

My 2008 Jeep Patriot lights seem to be frustrating other drivers. I can't seem to find the adjustment mechanism. Do I need to take apart anything like the front grill to lower the beaming lights? Is there a simple way to adjust the height they are shining at?

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post #2 of 18 Old 12-21-2008, 10:48 PM
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not sure but i never had any problems with annoying other drivers while i had my stock halogens but once i got my hids people were starting to get annoyed (high beaming me when they got close and honking) so if you have hids that might be why. try retrofitting your headlights if you do have hids
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post #3 of 18 Old 12-21-2008, 11:06 PM
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My 2008 Jeep Patriot lights seem to be frustrating other drivers. I can't seem to find the adjustment mechanism. Do I need to take apart anything like the front grill to lower the beaming lights? Is there a simple way to adjust the height they are shining at?
Everything is completely stock?

Go find a flat wall, park about 25 feet from it, and see if both beams are still aligned to the same height.

Also, you ARE turning them on at night, right? Maybe you're running just parking lights and fogs or something, and other drivers are flashing you to tell you that you're dumb.
I've had that happen with someone i know before.

Installing HID's in stock housings is bad. Here is why.

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post #4 of 18 Old 12-27-2008, 03:54 PM
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There's a Facebook group out there called, "I own a Jeep Compass, and no my highbeams are not on." I cracked up because I quite often get flashed by other drivers, thinking my highs are on. My own guess - It's the nature of the headlights and how they scatter.

To the O.P. - Sorry, I don't know how to adjust them. I haven't yet tried.

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post #5 of 18 Old 12-30-2008, 05:13 PM
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I have a similar problem at time not very often but I get people think my high beams are on and they flash me and then I flash them back.

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post #6 of 18 Old 12-30-2008, 06:36 PM
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The headlights on the domestic MK's are not adjustable it's just a nice white light. Other drivers may flash you thinking that you have your brights on. I've been flashed a few times and I've flashed others to find out that that is their low beams. As the "modern" era moves from yellow lights to white lights it's bound to happen. I just give them a quick flash back and keep them on low.

Some exports have a headlight leveling motor as required by the country of destination.

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I've noticed that also. Other cars flash their lights at me. I just flick on the high beams and then back down to the low beams to tlet them know I don't have my high beams on.
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i thought FMVC '02 still required manual adjusters on any vehicle not equipped with an automatic leveling system.

and i dont have a copy of it at home with me, i dont think, but i'll look it up when i get a chance.

Installing HID's in stock housings is bad. Here is why.

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There is nothing on headlight alignment in the Service Manual, only replacing the headlight or the bucket.

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That seems very odd to not have the ability to adjust the level of headlights. As said, I haven't tried it yet, but I guess I would have been looking for something that's not even there. lol

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post #11 of 18 Old 01-11-2009, 08:29 AM
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Hey, everyone. 'Nother nube here. The only time I've been flashed is when I've run both lowbeams and fogs - and I'm sittin' 2+ inches above stock. Guess the manufacturer didn't figure anyone would modify either Compass or Patriots so never thought to include adjustable head lamps.

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Here's a thread on adjusting the Patriot headlights

I know the Pat has these adjustments, and the diagram shows a Compass, so I'm sure it'll work for you too!
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oh, I guess we don't share around here. anyway, the thread is for a "jeep patriot"
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Here's a thread on adjusting the Patriot headlights

I know the Pat has these adjustments, and the diagram shows a Compass, so I'm sure it'll work for you too!
Thanks for bringing that to my attention! I figured out the link and it made me look further.

FRONT LAMP AIMING

VEHICLE PREPARATION FOR LAMP ALIGNMENT
1. Check for and correct any burnt out bulbs.
2. If the vehicle is equipped with headlamp leveling, be certain that the headlamp leveling switch is in the 0 position.
3. Repair or replace any ineffective, worn or damaged body or suspension components that could hinder proper lamp alignment.
4. Verify proper tire inflation pressures.
5. Remove any accumulations of mud, snow or ice from the vehicle underbody and clean the front lamp lenses.
6. Verify that there is no load in the vehicle (cargo or passengers), except for the driver.
7. The fuel tank should be FULL. Add 2.94 kilograms (6.5 pounds) of weight over the fuel tank for each estimated gallon of missing fuel.
8. Verify correct vehicle suspension height.

LAMP ALIGNMENT SCREEN PREPARATION



The procedure that follows will prepare a suitable front lamp alignment screen.


1. Tape a line on a level floor 7.62 meters (25 feet) away from and parallel to the flat wall that will be used as the lamp alignment screen. The level floor will be used as the horizontal zero reference.
2. An adjacent wall or floor member that is perpendicular to the alignment screen can be used as the vertical zero reference. If there is no adjacent wall or floor member that is perpendicular to the screen, tape a second line on the floor perpendicular to both the alignment screen and the first line, and outboard of either side of where the vehicle will be positioned. This will be used as the vertical zero reference.
3. Position the vehicle so that the side of the vehicle is parallel to the vertical zero reference, and so that the front of the lamp lenses are in the vertical plane of the parallel line taped on the floor 7.62 meters (25 feet) away from the screen.
4. Rock the vehicle side-to-side three times to allow the suspension to stabilize.
5. Jounce the front suspension three times by pushing downward on the front bumper and releasing.
6. Measure the distance between the optical center of one of the lamps being aimed (head or fog) and the floor (horizontal zero reference). Transfer this measurement to the alignment screen with a piece of tape placed horizontally to the floor. This line will be used as the lamp horizontal reference.
7. Measure the distance between the vertical zero reference and the optical center of the nearest lamp being aimed (head or fog). Transfer this measurement to the alignment screen with a piece of tape placed vertically across the appropriate (head or fog) lamp horizontal reference. This is the centerline reference for the first lamp.
8. Measure the distance on center between the first and the second lamp being aimed. Transfer this measurement to the alignment screen with a second piece of tape placed vertically across the appropriate (head or fog) lamp horizontal reference. This is the centerline reference for the second lamp.

HEADLAMP ALIGNMENT
NOTE: Due to the linear nature of the headlamp cutoff, a properly aimed low beam headlamp will project the top edge of the high intensity pattern on the alignment screen from the horizontal line to 50 millimeters (2 inches) below the horizontal line for domestic market vehicles, or to 125 millimeters (5 inches) below the horizontal line for export market vehicles. No horizontal (right/left) adjustment is required for this headlamp beam pattern in domestic market vehicles. Export market vehicles have a second horizontal (right/left) adjustment screw provided on the outboard side of the headlamp unit rear housing. The high beam pattern will be correct when the low beams are properly aimed.

1. Turn the headlamps ON and select the LOW beams for vehicles in all markets except Japan. Vehicles for the Japanese market should have the headlamp HIGH beams selected.
2. Use a screwdriver to rotate the headlamp vertical adjustment screw (2) on each headlamp unit (3) to adjust the beam height as required.
3. For export markets only, use a screwdriver to rotate the headlamp horizontal adjustment screw (1) on each headlamp to adjust the beam right or left as required.



FOG LAMP ALIGNMENT
NOTE: A properly aimed front fog lamp will project a pattern on the alignment screen 100 millimeters (4 inches) below the fog lamp centerline and straight ahead of the lamp.

1. Turn the fog lamps ON.
2. Insert a screwdriver through the clearance notch (1) at the top of the front fog lamp (2) seat of the front fascia (3) to rotate the vertical adjustment screw on each lamp to adjust the beam height as required.


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Ah there we go. I thought it was screwy to not be able to adjust the lights.

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