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Old 06-18-2015, 05:38 PM   #1
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Help, broken manuel headlight adjuster

Hi guys , the other day I bought these nice clean pair of OEM xenons and decided to put them on my car. When I installed them on my car I found out that the headlights where angled to the right for some reason , so I tried to adjust them. During adjusting them the adjuster to move them horizontally fell of, it doesn't seem like anything broke or cracked just fell of from me turning it. My question is that can I just push in the adjuster back into place and continue to adjust or is it best to leave it? Didn't want to force it into place and break the whole housing . Thank you for your help in advance!
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Old 06-18-2015, 05:45 PM   #2
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Edit ! It's manual* ! Stupid auto correct !
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Old 06-18-2015, 07:58 PM   #3
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When you look into the adjuster hole there should be an orange gear. My guess is that the gear and shaft have slid forward.

To test this theory remove the lens from the headlight and push the edge of the projector housing backwards. (Push the area directly in front of the adjuster, but make sure to have clean hands because the reflective coating is somewhat fragile and can flake off). You may see the gear and shaft reappear. Just make sure to have the orange gear at the back of the light.

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Old 06-18-2015, 07:58 PM   #4
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Sheesh. You are in Boston. If you want, you can come over to my place and I can help you out. I live in JP.
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Old 06-19-2015, 11:21 AM   #5
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Thank you YBimmer for replying ! Just one quick question , when I take the lens off and push the projector back and hopefully see the orange gear , is that when I force the little adjuster sprocket back into place? Thank you again for this help !
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Old 06-19-2015, 11:32 AM   #6
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Yes, you would insert the adjuster back in after you see the gear slide all the way to the back of the headlight housing. If you remove the corner light and the headlight trim, you may be able to remove the lens without removing the entire light from the car.

On Wednesday, I finally finished mimicking the OEM wiring from my LCM to the Bi-xenon solenoids on a set that I used to replace my halogens. I also installed a piezo to the alarm wiring and an illuminated ZHP knob. I was feeling pretty good, everything was looking stock and then found out that my passenger's side HID wasn't igniting. I tore the headlight apart (getting pretty fast--had it all disassembled in around 5 minutes), swapped igniters and then ballasts all to find that my bulbs was shot. Oh well. New bulbs will be ordered soon.

Again, if you have any questions, or need help, feel free to drop by my place.
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Old 06-20-2015, 01:19 AM   #7
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Thank you so much YBimmer you have been beyond helpful . I will try to do this tomorrow ( weather permitting ) , but thanks so much would be a lot of guessing without you!


Haha love when it's the simple things that always cause the problems in these cars !
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Old 06-20-2015, 08:00 AM   #8
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I'm happy to help. Let me know if you need anything.
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Old 06-20-2015, 12:38 PM   #9
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Hey YBimmer so I got everything apart and I got the sprocket in the back of the headlight and all that but when I insert the adjuster I can not turn it and when I get a screw driver and wedge it I and screw it to turn it falls off , anything like this happen to you or do you know what's going on? Thanks in advanced !
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Old 06-22-2015, 03:36 PM   #10
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Old 06-22-2015, 08:29 PM   #11
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I sent a PM with my number. Feel free to call.

Is it possible that the adjuster is at the extreme of it's adjustment? Try twisting the other direction. Or, the track is binding inside the light housing; make sure that the adjuster is lined up in it's channel on the inside top of the housing.

Let me know if these help.
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:36 AM   #12
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Hey YBimmer I've tried everything it seems like the sprocket in the housing just won't spin do you think it is seized some how? Or I over extended it by twisting it too much?
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Old 06-29-2015, 12:38 AM   #13
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Hmm...

Give me a call. I will resend my number in a PM. It might be best to have you come over some time this week. I have been preoccupied with tests for the last week.
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