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Old 08-03-2013, 07:30 PM
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Adaptive headlight only turns in one direction??

I have an 2008 328i and I noticed my headlights only turn to the right when I turn the steering wheel.. When I return to the center they move left back to center then stop. When I turn to the left they just stay straight.. Is this normal? I'm new to BMW. Also the dealer I bought the car from wasn't a BMW dealer and they said they had to replace the battery. Do you think that would have anything to do with it?
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Old 08-04-2013, 12:55 AM
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I don't think the battery swap would matter, and turning only to the right is not how that should be functioning.
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Old 08-04-2013, 02:48 AM
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IIRC, the caveat with only turning to the right and not to the left is that this is how they will behave when you are parked. Are you testing this in your driveway, or do they only go right when you are driving?
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:07 AM
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Do you have a warning triangle light or any other warning light on?

There could be two issues.

1) the adaptive motor gear on the back side of the headlight is broken.

2) the adaptive control module on the bottom of the headlamp is knocked out. This is usually the case.
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:08 AM
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Re: Adaptive headlight only turns in one direction??

I have been in park every time I have tried it and seen them move. I guess I should try it with the car in drive.
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:10 AM
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Re: Adaptive headlight only turns in one direction??

I have no warning lamps except for this pesky TPMS warning lamp that only seems to come on in the mornings and goes all later in the day. I have checked my pressure several times and they seem to be remaining the same. But that's another issue
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:33 AM
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I have several of these cars in my body shop. I am finishing up a 2008 M3 right now with a left Xenon headlamp adaptive module being replaced. I'll report back with the results of it. I'm not sure that the left adaptive motor turns so much to the left to blind oncoming drivers in a curve.

In a few days I'll let you know.
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:41 AM
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Re: Adaptive headlight only turns in one direction??

It seems as if it is working properly when the car is in motion.
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Old 08-04-2013, 04:45 AM
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Then it probably is. From my experience, the warning triangle light comes on when it is not working.
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Old 08-04-2013, 05:17 AM
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Re: Adaptive headlight only turns in one direction??

Should I start a new thread about my TPMS problem or can you help me with that as well? Don't want to get in any trouble on this forum being a new member and all.
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I don't know so much about that. Are you running nitrogen in your tires? That might help with the fluctuation in tire pressure throughout the day. I think the BMW ISTA scanner might be able to reprogram the tire pressure monitoring to where the light does not come on as soon.
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Should I start a new thread about my TPMS problem or can you help me with that as well? Don't want to get in any trouble on this forum being a new member and all.

Reset TPMS.

In your manual.
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This is normal. The movement to the left is limited compared to the right. This is so you don't blind on coming traffic. In RHD vehicles, the pattern will be opposite and the headlights will turn more to the left, than right.


As someone mentioned, turning to the left while parked does nothing, or very little.
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Btw TPMS sensors in your wheels have batteries and they do die after a few years. Yours could be weak.

Unfortunately, the batteries are not replaceable. You need to buy a new sensor.

Any tire shop will have the special tool to test the TPMS sensors and verify their operation.
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Re: Adaptive headlight only turns in one direction??

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Reset TPMS.

In your manual.
It won't let me reset it when The light is on. It just says inactive. I have reset it numerous times when the light was off.
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Old 08-05-2013, 11:03 AM
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we are fully stocked with all BMW tpms and you can reset it in the i drive
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:29 PM
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Re: Adaptive headlight only turns in one direction??

I don't have I drive
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Old 08-05-2013, 01:38 PM
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we are fully stocked with all BMW tpms and you can reset it in the i drive
The light seems to only be coming on in the morning time. I looked at your site and I really don't know what TPMS sensors to order for me 2008 328i. How do i tell which sensor it is?
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Old 08-05-2013, 02:02 PM
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I had a similar issue. My tires were a little low. I put air in them and 3 tire warnings went off... one tire warning remained on. It would not let me reset while the warning was present.

So I pumped up the suspect tire until it was over pressure The light went off. I reset it. Drove home. The next morning when the tires were cold, I let out air until they were perfect. Then reset again. Problem solved.

If I were you, I would over inflate the tires about 5 psi when you get home (or very close to home) one evening. The next morning (cold tires) let out the air until they are correct. Then reset and should be good.

If the system won't reset after you over inflate then I agree with previous poster... tire sensor batteries are weak or bad sensor.
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It gets cold overnight, and the pressure in your tires drops. It gets warmer later in the day, and the pressure rises. If you're close to the setpoint at the end of the day, you'll often get a warning light in the morning.

Fill the tires first thing in the morning when the wheels and rubber are both cold, before you drive more than a mile or two. Reset the sensors then. See if it reoccurs.

However, it is very odd that it won't let you reset when the light is on. That does sound like one or more sensors is on the way out. No real option other than to replace them when they go bad. Let's all thank the government for saving us $1.67 in gas, while costing us $200 in sensors + $100 mounting every few years.
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Re: Adaptive headlight only turns in one direction??

The setpoint in the car are strange to me 32 psi in the front tires and 39 in the rear. I have checked them several times at night the closest gas station with air pump is six to seven miles away
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Old 08-05-2013, 05:54 PM
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It gets cold overnight, and the pressure in your tires drops. It gets warmer later in the day, and the pressure rises. If you're close to the setpoint at the end of the day, you'll often get a warning light in the morning.

Fill the tires first thing in the morning when the wheels and rubber are both cold, before you drive more than a mile or two. Reset the sensors then. See if it reoccurs.

However, it is very odd that it won't let you reset when the light is on. That does sound like one or more sensors is on the way out. No real option other than to replace them when they go bad. Let's all thank the government for saving us $1.67 in gas, while costing us $200 in sensors + $100 mounting every few years.
Thanks for explaining. Pretty much what I was getting at in my last post. I find it easier to let out some air reset, and go in the morning. Not really into messing with air pumps early before work...

Did you read my post? My car was only a year old at the time and it would not reset while the light was on. Only way it reset was after I went over it's setpoint, light went off, then all was fine after lowering pressure and resetting (in the morning). There was nothing wrong with my sensors. Might not be the case for the OP but worth a shot for sure.

I suspect there is a safety feature where it won't reset if the tire pressure if it's way off from setpoint (ie. flat tire). What's to prevent someone for just resetting the system rather than messing with actually checking tire pressure I suspect my system thought I was grossly off in pressure. It's all conjecture on my part but seems logical at least. I would love to know for sure. Perhaps the system just went screwy. Who knows.
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The setpoint in the car are strange to me 32 psi in the front tires and 39 in the rear. I have checked them several times at night the closest gas station with air pump is six to seven miles away
Not at night, check in the morning when the ambient temp is low and the car hasn't been driven in a few hours. Just over fill at night (and reset) on your way home. Drive 6 or 7 miles and leave it until morning In the morning, check and reset. Should help.... if you don't have other problems.
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I suspect there is a safety feature where it won't reset if the tire pressure if it's way off from setpoint (ie. flat tire). What's to prevent someone for just resetting the system rather than messing with actually checking tire pressure I suspect my system thought I was grossly off in pressure. It's all conjecture on my part but seems logical at least. I would love to know for sure. Perhaps the system just went screwy. Who knows.
Seems like a decent assumption. Good point that the system won't let you "set" a very low pressure to avoid having to deal with the lights again.

To the OP: Yeah, if you're on the correct setpoint in the evening, it would take a lot to get you below the trigger in the AM, unless it gets unusually cold at night where you are. 32/39 does seem kind of odd though. Mine is 32/36. What size tires are you running?
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Re: Adaptive headlight only turns in one direction??

I Drive the **** out of my car and sometimes go above 100 miles an hour on the interstate. So I keep my tires at the pressure that is recommended for driving and conditions above 100 miles per hour just in case.
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