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Xenon Headlight Adjustment

Gonzokew Jan 2, 2018

  1. Gonzokew

    Gonzokew Active Member

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    Hi guys, happy new year.

    My current dilemma is the s3 has failed its MOT due to headlight level too low. The adjusters have snapped off so can't manually move them.

    The auto level doesn't work (never has to my knowledge), so I'm not sure what to do as the level has always been ok.

    Will it be cheaper to replace the auto level parts or to get on the group buy band wagon for some new lights?

    Any help would be appreciated
     
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  3. Tj 0785

    Tj 0785 Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Bronze Supporter Audi S3

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    Depends, are your level sensors in the arch ways intact? I got both adjusters for the headlights for £40 new and a 2nd hand sensor for the front wheel arch for 30ish even with the group buy headlights you will need to replace the auto adjust motors if they are broken or risk another fail as they don’t come with the lights
     
  4. warren9022

    warren9022 Active Member

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    Mine failed an MOT with the same problem a long time ago, bought a new adjuster and it still didn't solve the problem. Apparently something inside the headlight had snapped off so the adjuster was working correctly but it still couldn't do it's job. Ended up having to replace the complete headlight unit in the end. My first port of call would be to check the level sensors are working properly before buying new adjusters, if they are then move onto the adjusters, if they are ok then you could have the same problem I had.
     
  5. vanilla_ice

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    Do you mean check they are physically connected? Check for errors in VAG-COM/VCDS? Both, or is there some other way?

    Thanks.
     
  6. Tj 0785

    Tj 0785 Well-Known Member VCDS Map User Bronze Supporter Audi S3

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    https://www.audiworld.com/forums/tt...-xenon-headlight-range-using-vag-com-1852176/

    When you do it if you hear a buzzing and lights don’t move either the arm of your motor has snapped or the part of the headlight the adjust goes to is broke which case you would have to strip motor from light do it again and have some one see if the arm moves

    Are you sure they adjusting the right one I had to remove some of the plastic trim to get to the adjuster on mine I was doing the side light not main been
     
  7. Gonzokew

    Gonzokew Active Member

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    Ok so drivers side motor seems to be working ok. The adjustment screws for the lateral movement are ok on both (the one closest to wings) only the passenger side height adjustment cog has snapped along with the thread flush with the plastic.

    As the others turn easy I might try to drill and tap and put a bolt in it or something to try to turn it manually.

    Any other ideas?
     
  8. IanPG

    IanPG Well-Known Member Silver Supporter Team Nogaro Blue Audi S3

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    Which one do I need to fix if the up and down is stuffed?
     

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  9. warren9022

    warren9022 Active Member

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    They your new ones mate?
     
  10. IanPG

    IanPG Well-Known Member Silver Supporter Team Nogaro Blue Audi S3

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    Yes.

    I figured it out with Trups... one of the plastic adjusters are worn. He’s looking into a replacement part *fingers crossed*
     
  11. warren9022

    warren9022 Active Member

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    I’m sure he’ll come through for you mate, like you’ve said in the past.....his customer service is second to none.
     
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  13. IanPG

    IanPG Well-Known Member Silver Supporter Team Nogaro Blue Audi S3

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    Yep. He’s looking through his spare parts bin as we speak lol
     
  14. s3mad_dude

    s3mad_dude Noggies ruuuule!

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    That spare parts bin got me a screw with built in washer that was missing from one of my old headlights! It's like an Aladdin's cave of headlight bits.
     
  15. IanPG

    IanPG Well-Known Member Silver Supporter Team Nogaro Blue Audi S3

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    *fingers crossed* the cave has what i need LOL
     

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