the drill using a 10mm socket (or can use 10mm nut driver) behind and below the white adjustment knobscrew. DO NOT attach or use the white adjustment screw to tapthread the new adjusters. see 2nd link pdf2 slide 5. I attached a small cut out of the full article for illustration. Search the best links thread it as tons of info on this. But here is an example of some remove lights from car httpwww.bmwtips.comtipsntrickst...headlight.htm
Quote Originally Posted by UsedBits JimLev The manual adjusters in photo 2 were replaced with upgraded aluminium parts. Photos 3 and 4 are the items of interest. Im wondering if parts 6 7 and 13 on RealOEM can be adjusted to cause the stepper motors to seat where the motors project the beams higher. If so then I can simply use the manual adjustments on the headlight capsules to more properly align
The stepper motors go through their power on self test (POST) routine. The lights (in tandem) move down up then back down again into their default or resting position. That tells me that there is leveling (so called) in the headlight capsules. When changing the brake rotors a friend noticed what he called the headlight adjustment on the right-front suspension. Technically these are not levelers as
Quote Originally Posted by UsedBits Thats the point of this thread. Do you know how If not can you point us to where we can learn how EDIT looks as though there have been some developments while I was composing my post. -) Good luck with your repairs. I have DIS (bmw software) on my computer & OEM Hella HID with the self leveling LWR. I had faults some time ago due to a damaged plug on one of the suspension
Quote Originally Posted by timbotuk Anybody know how to adjust bi-xenon headlights for driving in Europe (from the UK) Local dealer saying that usual foils to adapt headlights are not usable as heat from lights wil weld them on to the headlamp cover... Referred me to manual but no info in there. Curses The heat from the Xenon lights is much less than from halogen headlights so I think that statement is totally wrong (I can place my hand on the Xenon lights of my car when they are on they arent bi-Xenon though). The problem is more to do with the type of beam. The projector beam is different from older headlights that use the headlight lens to shape the beam so it is difficult to know where to place the beam mask on the lens if not impossible. Here is an excerpt from the AA ( httpwww.theaa.commotoring_advice...al_advice.html ) headlights If youre driving to the Continent then you must adjust the headlamp beam pattern to suit driving on the right so that the dipped beam doesnt dazzle oncoming drivers. Never go without adjusting the headlamp pattern as it is a compulsory requirement in most countries. Headlamp beam converter kits are widely available but dont leave headlamp conversion to the last minute as a dealer may need to make the adjustment. Modern high-intensity discharge (HID) or xenon headlights These cant be adapted by applying an external mask. Fortunately many feature an internal shutter that can be moved into place by a screw or lever adjustment at the back of the headlamp unit. But some designs are less convenient and the dealer will need to make the adjustment. Modern halogen-type headlamps Some of these now require external masks of such complex design that motorists struggle to follow the instructions and work out exactly how and where the mask should be applied. Check with the dealer or the cars handbook for advice especially if your car has HID or XENON headlamps. Remember to remove the converters as soon as you return to the UK. There may be an adjustment lever on UK E46s httpwww.unofficialbmw.comphpBBv...22a4123a90eb74
Quote Originally Posted by johnstern While my adjusters were broken and before I replaced them I adjusted my headlights by loosening the mounting bolts and moving the assemblies so the lights pointed in the correct direction etc. Thanks for the suggestion. Actually I tried this just a couple hours before posting. I couldnt get enough play to make the adjustment work. Only about 25% of what I needed.
Quote Originally Posted by aioros In addition all those threads show a different set of adjusters then mine. This is what I bought Oh. I get it (finally). You can ignore the confused PM I just sent you There are two totally different situations as covered in this thread - List options available (sorted by cost) for 2001-2003 E39 broken headlight adjusters Quote Specifically this thread should cover
Quote Originally Posted by dvsgene unless youve baked your headlights you have not seen the inside of the the headlights or adjusters. This weekend I was waiting for a painting to be framed and while in the parking lot with the hot California sun baking the headlights I took it apart with just an 8mm socket and the trunk-mounted emergency kit screwdriver. I didnt have the T10 Torx so I had to finish
lights just pop the hood. Quote Originally Posted by awilliams684 I saw realoem.com had a retrofit kit which had the harness and front and rear sensors listed under Lighting-Retrofits so if I got that then added the proper control module which your saying I need and my headlights have the servos in them im all set then Do I need anything reprogrammed like Tyrone was saying httpwww.realoem.combmwshowparts...05&hg63&fg95
to their XKW lights and its just a sensor and a motor at the headlights. They also mentioned that every Xenon headlight bought through Hella has to have the autoleveling with it. Here ya go (from Hellas website) and an easy solution just dont use the motors Sounds like Hella has their own autoleveling system that includes one self-level sensor and an electronic control unit to adjust the lights. bmws
Quote Originally Posted by qtrxist after two weeks waiting for my car (04 530i) from the dealership i finally got her back this afternoon. reason was adaptive headlights stopped working and also eyebrows were out and also the cd player is still spinning even the key is out. i thought this was just a SW issue but yadi yadi yada.. they changed the light control module changed my cd CHANGER and totally
OK I think Ive got the answer from httpwww.bmwtips.com (goto tips and tricks lights and replacing broken headlamp adjusters it has all the information there). From what I can see the headlights are mounted at three points by the two adjusters at the top and by the remote pitch adjustment motor at the bottom. If the bulb units move around at all then one or more of the ball joints must be broken. Basically
I dont think ANY car has electronic aiming. Not even a Rolls Royce or a Maybach. Of course fancier cars have niftier doodads. For example a Lincolns headlamps have levelling bubbles like a carpenters level so you dont need to go scribbling on the far wall. But at the end of the day the adjustment is made by turning a screw. You may be confusing this static level adjustment with other stuff such as tracking headlamps. These have another stepper motor that turn the beam to track the angle of the steering wheel so they light up the curves as you drive into them. Or corner illuminating headlamps that have an extra bulb to illuminate around the corners so you wont hit the curb. Available for muchos bucks even for lowly bmw E46 3 series...
Jack up the car and look at the driver side wishbone in the suspension. There is a level sensor there. Check to see if it damagedinstalled correctly. Its normal for the arm to look bent. Thats how it is. There is also another sensor in the rear of the car. It might be on the opposite side. There sensors dictate the headlight level. If these are ok open up the hood and turn the adjustment screws. You
Quote Originally Posted by programmergeek I just bought a 2003 330i and the headlights only light up about 20 in front of me. This is horrible they need to be brought up about 2 or 3 inches I am driving with my high beams everywhere just to see. How do I bring them up a bit they are the self leveling expensive lights. My other question is these are suppose to be self leveling but if I am driving I
Quote Originally Posted by ianbsmith So the other day I was adjusting my headlights because they seemed a little out of alignment. Low and behold I inserted my allen wrench and hadnt even moved it and SNAP. Free-spinning adjustment screw. headlights pointing down. The usual symptoms of broken headlight adjusters (oddly the self leveling still moves the low beams ). Ive read a bajilion and a half articles
back to your first post - Quote Originally Posted by mujjuman I have the facelift sedan with xenon headlights. When u start my car my headlights dont do the level test like they used to. And they dont level either anymore. When I got my car back I noticed that my headlights were pointing lower than normal so I popped the hood and adjusted them again to my liking. I used the knobs. Any idea what happened
Quote Originally Posted by MicahO back to your first post - Did the problem with the level test happen immediately after you got your car back Or did the problem happen after you fiddled with the headlight level after you noticed your headlights were too low after you got the car back from the motor swap Is the car sitting at the correct front height now It sounds like you may have more weight up front
Quote Originally Posted by bobdmac Basically there are three adjustment screws as I recall and turning either of the lateral adjustments also affects the vertical alignment to some degree. My 99 with factory xenons has 2 manual adjusters and a stepper motor for the self-leveling feature. Perhaps the halogen headlights have 3 adjusters then
Quote Originally Posted by Conehead And what makes you think that nothing heavy will get put in the car Yeah say someone was carrying a trunk-full of corpses the police would pull them over for improper headlight beam alignment and would discover the contents of the trunk. The headlight adjustment motors would avoid a whole lot of hastle like going to prison.