Headlight Adjustment!

S37S

Registered User
Looking for some advice on adjusting the headlights, getting my car lowered so I'm assuming the headlights will need to be raised slightly.

Spoke to Audi and they want £185 which seems like an extortionate amount or is it that tricky a job?

The car is a FL with standard LED lights if that makes any difference
 

Tom.H

Registered User
Years ago when I had my Polo GTi, VW adjusted the xenons for free after I'd had it lowered - I know that doesn't help.

Believe it needs doing electronically rather than a manual adjustment, guessing at that price they're charging for an hours labour which I wouldn't have thought would be needed.
 

S37S

Registered User
I would expect the people doing the lowering to sort this?

They aren't an Audi specialist or anything so they cannot

Years ago when I had my Polo GTi, VW adjusted the xenons for free after I'd had it lowered - I know that doesn't help.

Believe it needs doing electronically rather than a manual adjustment, guessing at that price they're charging for an hours labour which I wouldn't have thought would be needed.

Exactly what I thought! Couldn't believe it when the service guy came back with that price and said it could be anywhere between an hour, hour 45:wtf:
 

KenL

Registered User
I would hope that any MOT garage could adjust your lights so they are correctly set for a small charge?

Or...

Can you not get the lowering done at a place that will make your lights safe and legal at the same time as part of the deal?
 

M1ke H

Registered User
After an incident with a pheasant which resulted in the purchase of a new o/s headlamp amongst other items, I wasn't really happy with the headlamp height adjustment how the body shop left it. I attacked it with a screwdriver one evening with the car close to a wall, which seemed to have no significant effect, and in any case the self levelling mechanism appeared to eventually return it to the original setting!

I subsequently took it up to my friendly main dealer who, with all credit to them sorted it there and then, and for no charge, but it needed to plugged into VCDS system because the car's computer supposedly knows where the lights are set and will always return them to that setting through the self levelling system. The fact that the body shop had not adjusted them correctly meant the on board electronics would always try and return them to that setting - irrespective of the fact all the adjusters are visible and reachable...

As I understand it, the dealer needed to disable the auto-leveling function then adjust the aim, before re-enabling the auto-leveling function. If adjustment is done without disabling the auto-leveling function then the risk, in some cases, appears to be that the end of adjustment travel is reached and it falls off the end, making subsequent adjustment difficult or impossible.
 

S37S

Registered User
I took mine to the dealer after lowering and asked them to change it to the highest setting as it was to low.

No charge at all.

Think I will give them a call tomorrow and give them a nice earful about the cost.

After an incident with a pheasant which resulted in the purchase of a new o/s headlamp amongst other items, I wasn't really happy with the headlamp height adjustment how the body shop left it. I attacked it with a screwdriver one evening with the car close to a wall, which seemed to have no significant effect, and in any case the self levelling mechanism appeared to eventually return it to the original setting!

I subsequently took it up to my friendly main dealer who, with all credit to them sorted it there and then, and for no charge, but it needed to plugged into VCDS system because the car's computer supposedly knows where the lights are set and will always return them to that setting through the self levelling system. The fact that the body shop had not adjusted them correctly meant the on board electronics would always try and return them to that setting - irrespective of the fact all the adjusters are visible and reachable...

As I understand it, the dealer needed to disable the auto-leveling function then adjust the aim, before re-enabling the auto-leveling function. If adjustment is done without disabling the auto-leveling function then the risk, in some cases, appears to be that the end of adjustment travel is reached and it falls off the end, making subsequent adjustment difficult or impossible.

Thank you for the info. Auto-leveling was my main concern, I'll make sure I stay well away from attempting it myself!
 

MarttiMat

Registered User
As I understand it, the dealer needed to disable the auto-leveling function then adjust the aim, before re-enabling the auto-leveling function. If adjustment is done without disabling the auto-leveling function then the risk, in some cases, appears to be that the end of adjustment travel is reached and it falls off the end, making subsequent adjustment difficult or impossible.

Mike is correct. The motors will need to be locked before any adjustment which is done using Audi software. Also, the service center should have a proper alignment tool so make sure they are at the right height for where the vehicle is sitting. (yes using a wall can work but is not accurate or safe).
 

KenL

Registered User
Why do things need to be complicated?

Imagine taking your car for an MOT, it fails on the headlight settings and it costs more than £100 to adjust (plus a re-test fee) when it should be adjustable within seconds.
 

richinsoton

Registered User
Why do things need to be complicated?

Imagine taking your car for an MOT, it fails on the headlight settings and it costs more than £100 to adjust (plus a re-test fee) when it should be adjustable within seconds.
That is the price of 'progress'!
 
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