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      11-02-2005, 03:40 AM   #1
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Question How to adjust headlight angle?

Does anyone know?

I looked around the headlight housing but I don't see any screws that I can adjust.

I'm finding that the E90's xenon headlight angle is set just a little bit too low for me, unlike my previous E46's xenons which were just right. At regular highway speeds, I find that I'm almost outrunning the beam of illumination, but the high beam would be too blinding for the oncoming traffic.

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      11-02-2005, 03:56 AM   #2
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I'm not aware that you can adjust the level. They adjust automatically - I often see the level moving when I first turn on the lights
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Yep, I know of the auto-levelling feature. I often see it working when the road gradient changes suddenly.

But on level ground, I still find it shining a wee bit lower than my previous E46.

Hmmm, E90fleet would know!
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visor, thats EXACTLY how I felt also.

I think its aimed a bit too low. At least for my taste that is. While I understand that higher aim would blind on-coming traffic, i think bmw over-done it. I think the visibility could be a lot better if you aim it just a little higher.
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I think the visibility could be a lot better if you aim it just a little higher.
I've noticed this also. The lights could aim a little higher, still without blinding the oncoming traffic.
However, I don't believe that the lights can be adjusted at all.

OT, A4's Bi-xenons do aim a little higher and light up the road a bit farther. The E90 has better high-beams though, because it uses also the inner H7 bulbs to light up the road.
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i thought the leveling is done electronically.
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Xenon lights can be adjust manual as well.Automatic adjustment just leveling light on the road. Have litle screw on every light on the top,with original BMW screwdriver,clock wise-down,anticlock wise-up.
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      11-02-2005, 01:39 PM   #8
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I have the regular xenons, and I noticed at the carwash when they turned on that they move forwards/backwards. Anyone know why? It's like they're focussing or something.
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where is e90fleet with the answer?!
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I adjusted mine last week.... pop the hood and you'll see the (+) screw that you can adjust..... look around the back of the head light and it's right on top and position at a slight angle, you can't miss it!!!!
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As said there is a screw by the back of the headlight

Be carefull, xenons can really hurt oncomming traffic if set to high
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      11-02-2005, 02:31 PM   #12
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Mine was set at the perfect hight, I guess you can also bring the car back to dealer for them to adjust it.
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      11-02-2005, 08:04 PM   #13
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Can someone take a photo of this screw.... I not quite sure which one everyone is talking about... I have thought that these things were way too low...
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also... do you have to have a bmw screwdriver??
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Since the light angle can be control automatically by the onboard computer, I guess it might be adjusted by software.
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ok... i found the adjustor and adjusted the light.... how many turns did everyone do? I did 5 turns up... seems to really light everything up now... but I don't want to blind people to much...
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^ what did you use to adjust it? plain minus/plus screw driver?
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I wonder if they are upgraded units from the ones in the E46...seems to me like I can see them articulate left and right alot more than in the E46. Also, I've already gotten alot of irate drivers in the oncoming lanes flash their brights at me, which almost never happened with the E46. Any thoughts?
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Thanx GTS 330 and E90fleet!
I thought that might be the correct screw, but I didn't want to break anything...

I want to aim it just a little bit higher.
I'll be mindful of oncoming traffic that I won't aim too high.
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Awesome, thanks!

A picture is truly worth a thousand words!

In this case, two thousand!
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