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Headlight adjuster saga and thanks to a member

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Hi All,

 

Just thought I'd add a quick post regarding my experience in getting the headlight adjusters fixed on my 2001 (ie: facelifted "angel / corona") lights. For the first time in 12 years owning my E39 it failed its MOT on the driver side headlight adjuster. Coincidentally, the only other time this car failed an MOT was in 2009, also on headlight adjuster (passenger side).

 

I researched the various options and DIY videos/threads online before narrowing down to three options: new headlight / used headlight / DIY repair. New was ~£350, used ones too risky to source from open market, so I bought a couple adjusters and set about dismantling it. Well... I failed! I suspect that I only had one adjuster broken, which made the task more difficult as there was very little wiggle room within the unit. Turns out I had a 2003 headlight, these are the ones that cannot be "baked" to melt the seal holding the headlight glass in place. Every genuine Hella unit has a date stamp showing production month & year (anything 2002 and beyond usually comes with the stronger glue). So, back to the drawing board...

 

Thankfully a forum member (e34m525i) came to the rescue! I agreed a price with Darren to do the job and swiftly removed and sent him the parcel. Don't underestimate the size of the box you will need for this!

 

All was well then, correct? Wrong!! After a couple of days it became clear that DPD had lost my parcel with it showing as still being at pickup point. In the meantime the MOT retest deadline was looming as it was due on the Friday and we were now on Wednesday. Again Darren helped and we agreed on him selling me a refurbished unit with new adjusters and glass cover.

 

Have to say he did an amazing job. The unit looks just like new and I had it with me by Friday 9am, super quick. Managed to get it all done and assembled back on the car just in time for the MOT retest, hurray!

 

So, if someone needs some help with their headlights, I can wholly recommend Darren's services!

 

 

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No probs mate and thanks for the kind comments, and it was decent luck the dpd one turned up today a week late, so at least it wasn’t a total loss!
 

if anyone else fancies adjusters doing and or lenses or even lighting projector upgrades/cotton rings etc just pm for info 

 

or if anyone fancies having a go them selves happy to help and advise etc.

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8 minutes ago, e34m525i said:

No probs mate and thanks for the kind comments, and it was decent luck the dpd one turned up today a week late, so at least it wasn’t a total loss!
 

if anyone else fancies adjusters doing and or lenses or even lighting projector upgrades/cotton rings etc just pm for info 

 

or if anyone fancies having a go them selves happy to help and advise etc.

This is one of things I truly like about car forums. There's always members who can repair things for others, and there's always members who can advise others (or both usually) . That's what keeps car people connected and oldish beemers alive:) best of luck with your headlight restoration!

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Yes, the forum community and spirit is exactly why I felt compelled to write about my experience. I really helped me when I needed it most. There is also a bit of a leap of faith which you're more likely to take within the community than you would otherwise.

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On 21/07/2021 at 22:19, e34m525i said:

No probs mate and thanks for the kind comments, and it was decent luck the dpd one turned up today a week late, so at least it wasn’t a total loss!
 

if anyone else fancies adjusters doing and or lenses or even lighting projector upgrades/cotton rings etc just pm for info 

 

or if anyone fancies having a go them selves happy to help and advise etc.

Hi Darren, I have pm'd you. Please come back to me when you can. thanks!

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Morning lads. 
my headlight adjusters don’t work and I was going to start a thread this morning to ask for help but here is this!

Ive no idea if it’s the headlight units or whatever sends the signal to them. Any advise will be gratefully received. 
Thanks CG

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29 minutes ago, CountryGents said:

Morning lads. 
my headlight adjusters don’t work and I was going to start a thread this morning to ask for help but here is this!

Ive no idea if it’s the headlight units or whatever sends the signal to them. Any advise will be gratefully received. 
Thanks CG

 

Hold one of the bulb connections and wiggle, if the internals all jiggle about a lot freely, you need to do the adjusters, if everything feels solid and firm then its something else.

 

If the level sensor goes, (xenons) front or back the car will point the headlights down.

Here are 2 videos that I made when I did mine:

Before:
 


After, you can see how solid it all is...

 


Hope this helps

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