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335i Adaptive Headlights Height Adjustment

Discussion in 'E90/E91/E92/E93 (2006-2011)' started by rellerthorpe, Aug 6, 2008.

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    Can anyone help with the specifications and process for adjusting the height of the adaptive headlights? Since new, the car has annoyed truckers and oncoming traffic thinking my brights are on. The lights seem much higher than the 530i I had earlier with the same system.

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    I think your car has auto-leveling feature; I don't know IF you can adjust the height or not.

    rellerthorpe guest

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    Right you are, there is self-leveling. The service center indicated an adjustment screw behind each unit but did not reveal the specific process or limits. I know the germans would have a specific metric for this.
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    Since headlight aim is a specific inspection related issue in many states, you should be able to find out how to adjust them. I don't have any experience with the new ones, but older ones the headlight aim is adjusted automatically with a little device that gets a ride height from the right front control arm. Maybe you can adjust the length of the pushrod.
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    If they're anything like mine (E90) they have a hex screw on the back. Just get an allen wrench to adjust them. I can't tell you the specs but if you say they are too high lower them and take a test drive.

    Just find a level area with a vertical surface for the lights to shine on. Park about 20 feet away and slap a piece of tape up there to mark your starting point (1 piece per light). Adjust by trial and error. If you screw up too bad you can always go back to original setting. (that's why I would mark that spot 1st)

    EDIT - look here for more info on aiming - http://www.danielsternlighting.com/tech/aim/aim.html

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