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Old 11-17-2004, 03:21 PM
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How To Adjust Headlight Height

Can anyone tell me how I can adjust the headlight height? On the E46, you could adjust each side with a star-shaped knob on the headlight modules. I did not find such a knob under the hood on the E53.

It seems that my dealer has pointed the left headlight too low during the last service visit when I had a light bulb changed.

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Old 11-17-2004, 03:44 PM
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Can anyone tell me how I can adjust the headlight height? On the E46, you could adjust each side with a star-shaped knob on the headlight modules. I did not find such a knob under the hood on the E53.

It seems that my dealer has pointed the left headlight too low during the last service visit when I had a light bulb changed.

Thanks!
Should be in the manual. On my E39 there are 2 adjustments, one for the high beam and one for the low. Turning them counter-clockwise raises the beam. I have Xenon, you probably do too.
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Old 11-17-2004, 03:52 PM
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Should be in the manual. On my E39 there are 2 adjustments, one for the high beam and one for the low. Turning them counter-clockwise raises the beam. I have Xenon, you probably do too.
I thought so too, but I don't see it. Here is all it says about the headlights:
Xenon lamps*
The operating life of these lamp units is
extremely long and the likelihood of
failure very low, provided that they are
not switched on and off a very great
number of times. If one of these bulbs
should nevertheless fail, it is possible to
continue driving with great caution
using the fog lamps, provided traffic
laws in your area do not prohibit this.

Because of the extremely high
voltages involved, any work on the
xenon lighting system should be carried
out by technically-qualified personnel
only. Failure to comply with this creates
a risk of fatal injury.
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Old 11-17-2004, 03:58 PM
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I had to adjust mine once...there's a screw on the top of the light that can be turned...use a phillips head driver...but it would be best to have the dealer aim it properly when you get a chance.
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Old 11-17-2004, 04:12 PM
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I would be a little surprised to find information about adjusting the headlights in the owner's manual. The dealer should be the one to get that right when they work on the car. At least that's how BMW does it in Germany, and the U.S. manuals I have checked have been derived from the German ones.

Then again, people in Germany check and align their headlights every one or two years. The last time I asked my old dealer in Kentucky, they didn't even have an alignment target: there was no demand for it after the state had abolished the mechanical inspections for non-commercial vehicles.
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I have the same issue on a 2001 740il (E38). The left headlamp focus is only about 10 feet in front of the vehicle. Downright dangerous! Until I can get this resolved I've been driving on high beam.

There does appear to be some type of adjustment knob on top of the headlamp assembly but it doesn't appear to do anything.

BTW: I've taken to a couple different dealers and got the ole 'deer caught in the headlamp' look. (If you know what I mean) I don't find it in the manual either.
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i just replaced my stock xenon bulbs to a high 8000k bulb in my e39. should i adjust the aim? my friend told me when i was driving behind him they were a little off.
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Old 11-17-2008, 08:53 AM
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I tried turning the knobseveral rounds but I couldn't notice any effect... may be after 4 or 5 turns, the aim on the wall went 3mm up !!!!
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i just replaced my stock xenon bulbs to a high 8000k bulb in my e39. should i adjust the aim? my friend told me when i was driving behind him they were a little off.
You may find your headlight adjusters are broken, common problem with the 2001-2003 Hella e39 lights with angel eyes. If you find yours broken PM me, I can get you aluminum repair parts.
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i just replaced my stock xenon bulbs to a high 8000k bulb in my e39. should i adjust the aim? my friend told me when i was driving behind him they were a little off.
hey timbo... can you post a pic of your 8000k's? i'm trying to decide between 8000 or 10000k. i got an e39 as well and i want to see what the car would look like. thanks
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hey timbo... can you post a pic of your 8000k's? i'm trying to decide between 8000 or 10000k. i got an e39 as well and i want to see what the car would look like. thanks
both are crap. they're only for SHOW. The best lumens output is 4000-5000K
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Old 07-17-2011, 10:01 PM
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on my 2005 3.0d there is a rotary knob to the right of the steering column that i can use to set the default light height, and every time i turn the car on it adjusts the lights down and then back up to this preset

looks neat at night as if the car in nodding in agreement, and saying come on let go

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