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      12-11-2013, 08:38 PM   #1
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Headlights Pointing Down Help

2001 530i non xenon with projector lenses. I have adjusted the lights and they seem to move but they only seem to shine about 25 feet in front of the car. Any common issues with the lights? If I go in the back you can move the whole bulb assembly all over the place. I haven't pulled the headlights out yet to figure it out, just wondering if anyone else has had this issue. thanks!

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Common problem. It two issues. First if you open the hood and grab the rear of the headlight assembly it shouldn't wiggle around. If it does than the plastic adjustments are broken. If it does not than look under the car. On the passenger side suspension is a small 3 inch long rod that controls the height adjustment of the headlights. Your lights move up and down based on suspension movement. Mine broke where the rod attaches to the suspension. I used a zip tie because I couldn't weld it back on. There is also a trick if the headlight wiggles as well. Let me know which one it is.
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Common problem. It two issues. First if you open the hood and grab the rear of the headlight assembly it shouldn't wiggle around. If it does than the plastic adjustments are broken. If it does not than look under the car. On the passenger side suspension is a small 3 inch long rod that controls the height adjustment of the headlights. Your lights move up and down based on suspension movement. Mine broke where the rod attaches to the suspension. I used a zip tie because I couldn't weld it back on. There is also a trick if the headlight wiggles as well. Let me know which one it is.
The headlight assembly moves around like all over the place. No rod on the control arm, thats only for the xenon cars i believe.
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Headlights Pointing Down Help

VERY common problem...below is the best write up I've found that involves no cutting of the headlight assembly and no "baking" of the light to soften up the headlight seal. In fact, some headlights, like mine, won't soften up no matter how much heat is applied because a different type of sealant was used.

Anyway, I can vouch that this procedure works; I've done it (with a few tweaks of my own, like snapping the new adjusters together before reinstalling). If you are handy, you will figure it out.

http://forums.bimmerforums.com/forum...nt-(no-cutting)

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I did this a few weeks ago. Replaced the adjusters in both lights, the old ones were broken in about 20 pieces. I haven't been able to test how they working seeing the transmission lost reverse.
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