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findog 12-10-2006 07:38 PM

01+ Broken Headlight Adjuster Fix (E39)
 
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Just want to share my fix for 01 - 03 E39 Headlight adjusters. I found the parts at http://www.odometergears.com and thought I would give it a shot. Parts worked out great, it's nice to have headlights that don't point down.

PDF DIY -
Part 1 - http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/att...9&d=1165817474
Part 2 - http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/att...1&d=1165817580

frhsfootball80 12-10-2006 07:44 PM

hey another E39 owner in DFW, welcome. and those adjusters will probably break again in due time. its just how it works i guess. id try to layer them with something that would support them. maybe JB weld?

chivas 12-10-2006 07:52 PM

email me the PDF:
chivas228 at gmail.com

findog 12-10-2006 07:58 PM

Chivas:
DIY .pdf on its way to you.

chivas 12-10-2006 08:37 PM

thanks!! i got it... trying to cut it up in 2 so it can be attached as 2 files.

kc5 12-10-2006 09:09 PM

Great find. My adjusters aren't broken yet. I look forward to reading more about your fix.

findog 12-10-2006 09:10 PM

Now why didn't I think of that? 2 files? If you have any trouble let me know, I can go back in and edit. I did this in PowerPoint.

findog 12-10-2006 10:14 PM

2 Attachment(s)
Chivas:
I made some changes. Hope this helps others. If anyone needs higher resolution pics, just PM me.

Mike

kaleb 12-10-2006 10:50 PM

Very nice write up! Thank you a bunch! I will reference these when I get my new adjusters. I HATE driving at night right now.

Kwaaahhh 12-11-2006 12:11 AM

Do you have oem ae on your headlight?

findog 12-11-2006 04:51 AM

Yes, original OEM headlights .........

chivas 12-11-2006 12:32 PM

putting this in the FAQ. thanks!!!

gixxer 12-12-2006 12:03 AM

Great DIY write up!!!

Few odd questions:

a) where stated in write up, "thread the new pieces on the existing headlight adjustment white screw", is the cutting of the new threads necessary on the new piece done by the screw with the 10mm nut (that can also be turned by the white adjuster screw but not advised), at the direction shown in following picture?

http://img204.imageshack.us/img204/1917/DSC00335gs.jpg

Or, maybe i got this thing all wrong in how the new adjuster piece is screwed/threaded on to the existing screw.

b) In the following picture, how are the A and B adjustments affect the proper alignment of the headlight?

http://img205.imageshack.us/img205/2..._adjusters.jpg

c) After cutting the new threads on the new pieces, is it recommended to still use the 10mm nut to do final headlight adjustment? Or use the white adjuster screw?

Thanks much!

Kwaaahhh 12-12-2006 12:18 AM

Damnit if only I got balls to open up my headlight! Anyone in the bay want to do mine? :angel:

findog 12-12-2006 04:31 AM

Gixxer:
Question = a) where stated in write up, "thread the new pieces on the existing headlight adjustment white screw", is the cutting of the new threads necessary on the new piece done by the screw with the 10mm nut (that can also be turned by the white adjuster screw but not advised), at the direction shown in following picture?

Answer = correct. I turned the 10mm black nut clockwise(below the white adjuster knob) to thread the new piece on the threaded rod inside the chassis. The new piece did not look like it was threaded, and it required some torque to run all the way up to the end. Do not use the white knob to do this, the teeth cannot take the stress. Once you have run the piece back and forth a few times, the white knob will handle all future adjustments.

Question = b) In the following picture, how are the A and B adjustments affect the proper alignment of the headlight?

Answer = (A) seems to be the main adjustment for height. I think (B) is for the high beam as it did not seem effect the low beam pattern. I never had the high beams on when I set the lows, so I am not sure. I could not find any info in the owners manual on headlight adjustment procedures. Maybe someone else will chime in with additional info.

john530i 12-22-2006 08:51 PM

This may sound stupid but how do you know if this repair is needed. I just received my 01 530 with HID and it seems to be point straigth down, i turned the screw at least 5-8 rotations with no noticable difference on the wall. I am wondering if my is busted also.

TemporarySanity 03-12-2007 06:07 AM

This may be a little off the subject but I have 1 in 3 people flash their high beams at me even though just my low beams are on. I have the auto leveling HIDs and am wondering if thats normal or could they be adjusted too high? Any input would be greatly appreciated, especially by wife.

4dreuropean540i 03-12-2007 01:38 PM

i have another sorta off topic Q...

if you have say a 99 like i do, do you have to follow the same steps to change the adjuster? or is their another way for the older model non-angel eye style headlights?

thanks

CHRIS341 03-17-2007 05:48 PM

Crazy Glue Works Great Also!

Oscswa 03-17-2007 06:41 PM

Good write up. One thing to note is that not all OE AE Headlights will come apart in the oven or with a heat gun, some are sealed with epoxy and will not pry apart.

For example my drivers side comes apart real easy in the oven, but the pass side has will not come apart.

laidback 03-17-2007 07:50 PM

I have replaced my adjusters (both lens)...ordered mine from Odometergears.com ask for Jeff (great guy, easy to deal and very fast shipping) the very next day i got my new adjusters and installed them with ease ( well i baked them and used a blow dryer to keep it warm)...i have another set oe AE i will work on soon:thumbup: imho it's worth it...

Tony Whelan 04-06-2007 03:10 PM

1998 528i E39 headlight adjusters
 
Hey findog,

I reviewed your excellent post on replacement for the 2001-2003 E39 headlight adjusters. Can you give me the details for how to replace the headlight adjusters for my 1998 528i? Your help would be appreciated. I have purchased the kit from my local BMW dealer for the $20 you mentioned in your post. However, talking to the service department, I could see that they weren't very knowledgeable about what this procedure will entail. Thanks very much.

Cordially,
Tony Whelan

My email is RWhelan539@aol.com

findog 04-06-2007 04:56 PM

Tony:
I do not have any experience with pre 01 headlight adjusters. I think there are DIY instructions at http://www.bmwtips.com/

harleyman 11-29-2007 08:42 AM

dude its so easy only 4 bolts hold the whole thing in

Sinh 11-29-2007 11:34 AM

Findog,
Great write up on the headlight seld-leveling adjuster DIY, because I am experiencing the same problem, but I don't have the ball to open up my headlights .....lol....I really don't know what to do....I guess I have to wait and same up some $$$ and buy new headlight.

Sinh


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