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Seems as if my headlights are pointing way low. The beam projection is only a few feet in front of the car. I have not manually changed anything; I am wondering if there is something wrong with the height compensator, and if so, what to look for to check it out before running it over to the dealer. Thx.
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Re: Headlight aiming problem?

Jerry - are you sure that it's not just the way it's always been? My xenons were a colossal disappointment until I raised then via the manual adjustments for the bucket itself. I thought the same thing - I had the sensation that I could barely see ten feet in front of the car.
 

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BKH said:
Jerry - are you sure that it's not just the way it's always been? My xenons were a colossal disappointment until I raised then via the manual adjustments for the bucket itself. I thought the same thing - I had the sensation that I could barely see ten feet in front of the car.
No, when I first got the car, the lights were fabulous. When I added 6k bulbs, it seemed to degrade. I put the stock bulbs back in over the weekend and lo and behold, the stock lights are now lousy too (apologies to the 6k bulbs which I thought were the culprit). I still get the little movement up after a couple of seconds after turn on, so it seems like the adjuster is working. I may try the manual adjustment first. Thx for the response.
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Jerry,

:haha: :haha: :haha: I have a suggestion--new glasses:haha: :haha: :haha:

Seriously, the '03 M3 recently had what seems to be a similar problem. Now don't laugh too mcuh when I try to describe this 'cause I'm not at home and don't have my trusty manuals, but the sensor that gives the car feedback for the headlight leveling had come unattached. I think runs to the shock tower or some other related bit (?)--I'll have to check. Anyway onece reattached, the problem was solved. Don't know if our M5's have a similar device to help level the lights or where it's located. Good luck

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Twice when I got the car back from service, the lights were way low. I know where they were from the factory, and I have twice had to adjust them 10 turns up after getting back from the dealer. This is not a small adjustment. The dealer says both times that they didn't even look at the lights, so I assume there is something going wrong in the adjusters when it is attached to the computer or something. I also think the dealers need to follow approved aiming techniques and be able to properly adjust the lights when needed during the warranty period. I don't think BMW wants the responsibility of improperly aimed headlights on all new BMWs causing an accident. This is a safety issue. There is currently no alternative that I know of. My dealer has absolutely no procedures or equipment to correct the problem of improperly aimed headlights.
 

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Anita said:
Jerry,

:haha: :haha: :haha: I have a suggestion--new glasses:haha: :haha: :haha:

Seriously, the '03 M3 recently had what seems to be a similar problem. Now don't laugh too mcuh when I try to describe this 'cause I'm not at home and don't have my trusty manuals, but the sensor that gives the car feedback for the headlight leveling had come unattached. I think runs to the shock tower or some other related bit (?)--I'll have to check. Anyway onece reattached, the problem was solved. Don't know if our M5's have a similar device to help level the lights or where it's located. Good luck

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It is on the passenger side attached to the sway bar end link. There is a little metal clip that snaps on the end of the sway bar and is attached to a plastic arm/link that pivots on the head light self leveler do hicky thing :1:

Check and see if they are all attached.... :cheers:

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drallen said:
It is on the passenger side attached to the sway bar end link. There is a little metal clip that snaps on the end of the sway bar and is attached to a plastic arm/link that pivots on the head light self leveler do hicky thing :1:

Check and see if they are all attached.... :cheers:

Mark
Mark and Anita
That is exactly the type of info I was looking for. You "guys" are great!!
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Where are the adjusters?

Does anybody have a picture of what the adjustment screws look like? Mine are too low and I'd like to raise them a little.

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Does anybody have a picture of what the adjustment screws look like? Mine are too low and I'd like to raise them a little.

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No pics on me but you'll see them on the top of the light housing. The inside ones are for height and the outside for lateral aim.
 

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