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Old 02-10-2012, 09:55 PM
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Adaptive Light "Lazy Eye" issue

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I have a strange issue with my xenon adaptive lights on my 07 BMW 335 E90.
Starting up the car, the lights auto level (up and down, left and right) and adjust, but then the left one points all the way to the left while the right one is straight. The right one also follows the steering wheel while in A-Mode. The left one is just stuck pointing to the left.

I took the car to the dealer and they claimed the adaptive motor is broken and wanted $1900 to replace the entire light. But how can the motor be broken when I see the light go up&down, left&right when I start up the car.

Is there a way to reset or adjust the lens inside the light unit? This is entirely a lens issue, not any mechanic light adjustment issue. I have attached an image of the vehicle where you can see the left light lens pointing to the left.

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Old 02-11-2012, 12:11 AM
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The Adaptive Light motor is a different motor from the self-leveling motor. I assume your car is out of warranty. Find a good BMW independent mechanic. I'm pretty sure the motor can be repaired or replaced without replacing the entire head light unit, but I'm not 100% certain. www.bimrs.org

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Old 02-11-2012, 05:51 AM
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THere is a manual adjustment but as the headlights are rather delicate I would suspect that the verticle adjustment stem has come away from the internal body. THe only way to fix it is to remove the headlight from the car and to try and clip it back in and maybe you need to glue it too.
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Old 02-11-2012, 09:35 AM
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Old 02-11-2012, 10:44 AM
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That's the 'Marty Feldman' option.
Technically, it's listed by the BMW purchase manual as the Eyegore option. Reminds me that I took my car into the dealership to show them a hump in the sidewall of my tire. All they said was "what hump?"
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Old 06-29-2012, 06:52 AM
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Hi.
I have a strange issue with my xenon adaptive lights on my 07 BMW 335 E90.
Starting up the car, the lights auto level (up and down, left and right) and adjust, but then the left one points all the way to the left while the right one is straight. The right one also follows the steering wheel while in A-Mode. The left one is just stuck pointing to the left.

I took the car to the dealer and they claimed the adaptive motor is broken and wanted $1900 to replace the entire light. But how can the motor be broken when I see the light go up&down, left&right when I start up the car.

Is there a way to reset or adjust the lens inside the light unit? This is entirely a lens issue, not any mechanic light adjustment issue. I have attached an image of the vehicle where you can see the left light lens pointing to the left.

Thank you! This a great resource for BMW knowledge!
Holy Crap! I have the same issue but with the passenger side light. I tried both manual adjustments vertical and horizontal to no avail. Were you able to get this fixed?
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Old 06-29-2012, 10:31 AM
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i just had to fix this on my car. a hard pothole hit can knock the lens off its pivot points. my drivers side lamp was off on the vertical adjustment, passenger side on the horizontal.

i took off the inner wheel well lining and opened the access panel on both sides. on the drivers side i needed to clip the servo back in. on the passenger side, i had to reseat the pivot back into its socket.
it might be easier to take the headlights off the car to fix.

took about an hour, but i didnt remove the headlights.

bmw quoted me 3800+ labor to fix it as they will not repair the headlamp, only replace as a whole.
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Old 06-29-2012, 11:29 AM
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interesting, i dont know what a servo is. Can you point out what number that is on the following diagram?

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...18&hg=63&fg=05
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interesting, i dont know what a servo is. Can you point out what number that is on the following diagram?

http://www.realoem.com/bmw/showparts...18&hg=63&fg=05
Part no. 4.

It's shown in picture 2 in the first post in this thread.
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Old 07-02-2012, 12:09 PM
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So i was able to work on my passenger side xenon this weekend. I am happy to report that i was able to snap the adjuster back into place and as a result the light appears to be working normally. However, while working on my xenon i noticed a white plastic piece that is connected to the top screw (where you adjust the aim) that was not attached to the black frame of the xenon. This piece appears as if it needs to be snapped into place as there is a socket directly in front of it. I tried wrestling with this for about an hour before i gave up. I dont see anyway of doing this successfully without fully removing the headlight. Please see the attached picture below, you will see the white plastic piece i am referring to near the top. If any one has any idea how to snap this piece into place successfully without removing the headlight, please let me know.

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Later that evening i tested the lights and the xenon's appear to be working correctly. When i turn on the car on the lights auto aim. They also shift left to right according to the direction of the steering wheel. I was also able to aim the lights, see pictures below.

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Old 06-05-2013, 12:27 PM
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I think this happened to me recently. i just noticed that my passenger side lamp is pointing down drastically. It appears as though it has come off of its mount or something. My car is still under warranty, so I believe this is covered.

Was just seeing how many people have had this issue. this seems to be the only thread matching exactly what has happened to my car. I hit a large pothole a while back and it bulged my rear tire. I suspect this may have happened at the same time but I just hadn't noticed.

This is covered by warranty, is it not?

Attached is a picture of said headlight. (note image is rotated. Lamp is pointing down, not to the right.)

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Old 06-05-2013, 12:32 PM
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The left light in the first picture looks very silly, once you see it, you can't unsee it.

Mine's a little odd as well, but points down, which I guess is a little less inconvenient then far left. Too much downwards that is...not the normal amount of down.
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Old 06-05-2013, 12:33 PM
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Hi.
I have a strange issue with my xenon adaptive lights on my 07 BMW 335 E90.
Starting up the car, the lights auto level (up and down, left and right) and adjust, but then the left one points all the way to the left while the right one is straight. The right one also follows the steering wheel while in A-Mode. The left one is just stuck pointing to the left.

I took the car to the dealer and they claimed the adaptive motor is broken and wanted $1900 to replace the entire light. But how can the motor be broken when I see the light go up&down, left&right when I start up the car.

Is there a way to reset or adjust the lens inside the light unit? This is entirely a lens issue, not any mechanic light adjustment issue. I have attached an image of the vehicle where you can see the left light lens pointing to the left.

Thank you! This a great resource for BMW knowledge!
same thing happened to a buddy of mine, its an expensive fix
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Old 06-06-2013, 09:22 AM
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Is a dislodged headlamp covered by warranty?
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Old 06-06-2013, 10:40 AM
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Is a dislodged headlamp covered by warranty?
depends on how the dealer sees it... only way to find out is to bring it in.
in my case they felt that potholes were road hazards. much like how the regular warranty doesnt cover pothole damage to tires, they declined to cover the headlights.
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I just went through this with the dealer. I have Platinum extended warranty. The headlight motor was not covered.

But you can bet I'm going to open up that panel and see if I can reconnect the linkage.

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Just joined the forum to share my success story with you all (or anyone googling "BMW lazy eye") that this CAN be fixed... or at least I was able to fix it.

This is the second time I've hit a pothole and one of my headlights has gone limp - points straight down. The first was fixed under warranty. The second was out of warranty, so I either needed to pony up $1800 for BMW to install a new headlight accessory or try to fix it on my own.

Step 1: Remove bumper. Follow for a pretty easy step-by-step guide. If you have headlight washers, make sure you follow the guide in step 2, which also shows how to remove those, before removing your bumper. Also, make sure you pinch and remove the plugs for fog lights, if those apply.

Step 2: Remove affected headlight.

Step 3: Open up the rear cover of the headlight, just behind the adaptive light.

Step 4: Look for a white ball-and-socket joint, which should be resting beside a black ring, but not plugged into it. Grab the back of the adaptive light accessory and pop that joint back into place. You should now be able to move the adaptive light around in a controlled manner now, where it was just bobbling around there before.

Step 5: Plug your headlight accessory back into place and turn on the headlight. If it is no longer pointing straight down, you've done the trick!

Step 6: Put everything back together, park car in front of a wall and turn on headlights. You need to adjust the lights so they are even.

Best of luck to all!
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i just had to fix this on my car. a hard pothole hit can knock the lens off its pivot points. my drivers side lamp was off on the vertical adjustment, passenger side on the horizontal.

i took off the inner wheel well lining and opened the access panel on both sides. on the drivers side i needed to clip the servo back in. on the passenger side, i had to reseat the pivot back into its socket.
it might be easier to take the headlights off the car to fix.

took about an hour, but i didnt remove the headlights.

bmw quoted me 3800+ labor to fix it as they will not repair the headlamp, only replace as a whole.

Document with a DIY, please!

So. Stock suspension w/pothole explosion capability?

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Hi there,

Do you know if you're able to remove and replace the headlight vertical aim control? i have the same "lazy-eye" issue and the dealership wants to replace the entire headlight assembly unit because the motor doesn't work. I found the motor (part 63117046049) for around $100 and I'd prefer to simply try to install it myself then pay 2K for the whole unit.

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