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E39 (1997 - 2003)
The BMW 5-Series (E39 chassis) was introduced in the United States as a 1997 model year car and lasted until the 2004 when the E60 chassis was released. The United States saw several variations including the 525i, 528i, 530i and 540i. -- View the E39 Wiki

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Old 05-19-2009, 02:28 PM
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Are the xenon headlights height adjustable??

It seems like my headlights only shine approx 15 feet down the road. Is there a way to adjust the beam to make it a bit higher? Thanks.
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Old 05-19-2009, 02:51 PM
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Yes, you can adjust. Is the drivers side a lot lower? That bugged me.

You need to turn the yellow allen nut shown in the upder middle area of pic below. Good luck.

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Old 05-19-2009, 03:10 PM
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Thanks. Edgy.
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Old 05-19-2009, 03:27 PM
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Can auto-leveling xenon headlights be manually adjusted? I heard it cannot be adjusted manually. I'm having the same problem, the auto-leveling operation doesn't work any more and both headlight are pointing downwards. Someone said the adjuster could be broken or bad leveling sensors.
Let's see.
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Old 05-19-2009, 03:54 PM
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Guys, you have broken headlight adjusters among most who have hellas. Sorry, it sucks. You may be able to bake your lenses off and put in a quick fix, but thats only one option. Use the search option on the site as broken headlight adjusters are quite common. You can always do hid fogs

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Old 05-20-2009, 06:33 PM
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Adjusting the height is one thing, broken adjusters are another entirely.

There are threads on that subject, there are after market fixes, search here and on bimmerforums.
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Old 05-21-2009, 12:12 PM
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Kudos for this thread for posting an excellent picture that enabled me to locate the yellowish adjuster knobs on the ends of the adjusters inside the headlight assembly.

I've taken the liberty to circle the two adjuster knobs and to give credit where credit is due, thanks ... I re-used your picture in this thread asking for the locations.

Bear in mind, confusingly, people here talk about 'you can't see the adjusters' which are actually INSIDE the headlight assembly; these knobs you can see aren't the adjusters themselves ... they're just the thing you twist to adjust the adjusters. Make sense?

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Old 05-21-2009, 06:11 PM
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Hey bluebee, how do you make your quotes and notations on the pictures. I would like to learn how. Thanks.
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Happy to help! Good luck on the adjustment.
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Old 05-22-2009, 11:03 AM
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The HID lamps are auto-adjusted, depending on the load in the car. There is a deflection sensor above the right side of the rear axle, connected to the suspension arm via a link. This link may be broken

Befor you futz with the adjustment, check this link.
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Old 05-22-2009, 01:59 PM
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Anyone know if this crack will cause a headlight alignment problem?

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Good luck on the adjustment.
Thanks Edgy. When I get time this long weekend, I'll do the adjustment and let folks know the results ... now that I've got most of the locations and procedures figured out from you guys.

One problem is (see picture), my headlight assembly seems to have broken attachment tabs. I will need to dig into realoem if they cause a problem to see which parts they are (hopefully not expensive).

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how do you make your notations on the pictures.
Paint.NET freeware on Windows XP does most of the editing. I just point the mouse.
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