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Old 07-13-2011, 09:52 PM   #1
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Headlight Adjuster Clips Broken

Okay guys, this seems to be a common problem on the E46 but I have searched and searched and not found a great way to fix this other than buying new headlights.

My headlight adjuster clips on both of my headlights are broken. (The 2 little plastic pieces that the adjuster screw screws into to move the headlights up/down left/right.) I was not too worried about this as the roads here in my city are paved on a regular basis and not bumpy at all. But now that I am getting ready to retrofit a projector and install Angel Eyes from umnitza I can see this being a white elephant on the car.

I have come across the following information, but none actually pertain to the E46.

This BMW headlight repair kit part #63 12 6 904 664, but it does not seem to have the correct parts to fix the issue.

This interesting DIY for an E39: http://www.blueheronkayaks.com/bmw/adjusters.pdf

Theses clips for the E39 (Which I have heard from other people will work for this application on the E46): http://www.odometergears.com/product...Sept.+00-03/28

And these aluminium replacements for the E39 as well. (Assuming the plastic ones work, these should work as well): http://www.ca-automotive.co.uk/singl...pZD04OA==.html

Does anyone else have anymore information or ideas as to which method is the best? Or does anyone have old headlights they are willing to part the clips with?
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Old 07-14-2011, 11:34 AM   #2
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No one?

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Old 07-14-2011, 12:41 PM   #3
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Old 07-14-2011, 01:48 PM   #4
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Jb weld might work, but iirc the plastic clips have exploded beyond slapping them back together.

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Old 07-27-2011, 12:29 AM   #6
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I too have similar problem with my headlight adjustment knob. However I broke the actual plastic screw that can be turned to adjust the headlight. All the other components are fine, but the screw snapped in half because I over twisted the adjusting knob... where will I find a replacement for that? thx
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bump..anyone know where to get the adjuster screw?
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Old 03-17-2013, 09:45 PM   #8
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So there's a knob under hood, behind light fixtures? My headlights are aimed too low, makes it WAY too easy to OverDrive my headlights. i like the left /right focus just fine. which knob & where do i find it to raise each light's focus point? thanks!
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