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Old 03-11-2013, 01:27 PM   #1
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e46 m3 xenon self-leveling issue

I just got my 2004 E46 M3 back from the shop after a fender bender that necessitated replacing the left headlight. Everything looks in order, except that my xenon headlights are not self-leveling and are set too high--high enough that I'm getting high-beam flashes from opposing traffic--and I certainly don't want to drive around blinding people! The level sensor in the front right suspension looks intact, so I don't think that's the issue.

Possibly relevant facts: the car is lowered slightly on Bilstein coilovers, but this is not new while the headlight issue is. Also, I have angel eyes installed. I already had angel eyes and did not have an issue, although I have a separate issue with the repaired/replaced angel eyes (set to be on only with the headlights rather than as daytime driving lights).

Any insights or advice would be most appreciated. Thanks.
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:32 PM   #2
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There's also another sensor in the rear.


You can still manually adjust the headlights, just rotate the wheels above each headlight but do it about 30 feet away from a wall on a leveled surface.
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Old 03-11-2013, 02:38 PM   #3
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I figured there must be a sensor in the rear but couldn't find it... do you know where it's mounted?

Thanks for the helpful response.
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Old 03-17-2013, 08:42 AM   #4
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It's mounted on the right rear suspension just right of the differential.
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Old 07-06-2013, 10:58 PM   #5
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e46 m3 xenon self-leveling issue

I just noticed tonight that my lights are extremely low, barely shining farther than my fogs. they self adjust but are still low. wondering if this is a manual adjustment issue, bulb issue (they seem dim as well, even highs), or a leveling issue. not really sure. any help would be great!


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Old 07-07-2013, 03:44 AM   #6
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Could be a manual adjust issue, could be a sensor making the car think it needs to point them that low.
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Could be a manual adjust issue, could be a sensor making the car think it needs to point them that low.
any way of troubleshooting the sensors to know if they're bad??


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Old 07-07-2013, 05:01 PM   #8
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e46 m3 xenon self-leveling issue

well i just pulled off my passenger front wheel and the sensor arm is broken. looks like that's my culprit. guess I'll be placing yet another ECS order haha. feels like I'm paying the electric bill over there..


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Old 09-07-2013, 05:15 PM   #9
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well i just pulled off my passenger front wheel and the sensor arm is broken. looks like that's my culprit. guess I'll be placing yet another ECS order haha. feels like I'm paying the electric bill over there..


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