Please can anyone point me in the direction of some article/Offer advice on
how to adjust the self leveler on an 03 cooper s with xenon headlights. The
lights auto level far too low in front of the car making it near enough
impossible to see anything more than about 30 yards infront of the car on
unlit roads. The auto leveller works fine when driving the lights are just
Thanks in advance...
It needs adjusting! It's dangerously low... think unloaded car with
headlights set at position 4 (try it, mine is worse, ive compared to 2
seperate brand new cars my beam alignment is way too low). The headlight
leveler seems to think the car is fully loaded when its only got me in it!
I refuse to pay the dealer 50 odd quid to correct this when I can find out
how to do this myself then take it to my mates garage and correct the
problem for free.
With regards to the authorities said above friend is a VOSA MOT Tester he
will keep me right at his garage so dont worry! he just doesnt know how to
adjust the cars lights being a citroen mechanic :-(
I,m sure that if your Citroen friend mechanic looked in the vicinity of the
headlight adjuster motors, he will find a sealed adjuster, as part of the
?? being a mechanic and a MOT station, I would assume this is common
or ask your friend to call the dealer, explaining that they are a VOSA, i,m
sure they will help
I'm amazed someone working in a garage doing MOTs doesn't know how to adjust
a headlight - or even where to get the information. I wouldn't like him
testing cars incase he doesn't know what else to look for. Is he an actual
mechanic or just someone trained to change parts on a citroen - similar to a
fast fitting type garage where no real knowledge is required. Most car
headlights are standard XENON ones, although some are HID which are better.
How much do you weigh?
Pay the £50 if you are concerned. Most headlights are rubbish which is why
you have the full beam, they are not designed to be searchlights.
Thanks for the reply, the main full beam is fine, interestingly you can fool
the car into setting them correctly by turning the lights on pointing up a
steep hill with the handbrake on, this has the effect of lifting the car up
on its rear suspension. doesnt work all the time but sometimes works.
I spoke to my mate again he recons as the leveler works fine during normal
driving that one of the sensors on the rear axle or front axle may have been
knocked out of alignment thus causing the car to calibrate the level
incorectly effectively fooling the car into thinking it is squatting down on
the rear axle during the calibration process. He suggested finding the
sensor, probably on the suspension strut somewhere and moving it in the
direction that would suggest that the suspension is extending.
He said a smilar thing about the adjuster being tamper proof, he said
adjustment would prolly be done electroncally by plugging a computer in
Acht well... Looks like a trip to the dealer!