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Old 12-16-2004, 07:24 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I noticed my left head light was pointing down and vibrating as I drove. When I took it appart, I found the adjustment/reflector supports were broken, and the whole reflector was free to move in all directions. A new unit is over $250. Anyone know how to repair the supports?
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Old 12-18-2004, 12:28 PM   #2 (permalink)
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Oh, boy, this is loads of fun. I had to do it when I bought my car. You can buy just the adjusters from your BMW dealer; both sets for me were around $50. The thing is, they're brittle plastic and I think the design sucks, but anyway...putting them in is a real bitch. Obviously you have to take the headlights out and remove the covers (which are held on by tabs). However, there's really no way to describe with words how to replace the adjusters. You kind of have to see how they go in and use your best judgement on how to get at them. I guess I should have taken pictures, but I didn't. The biggest problem is that the vertical adjuster is really hard to get to. I did some neat tricks with screwdrivers and needle-nose pliers.

In general: it's doable, just be careful. Don't break your new adjusters. Have patience while you work. I wish I could be more specific, but I didn't know what I was doing when I started and just kind of felt it out as I went. Good luck!
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Old 12-20-2004, 10:16 AM   #3 (permalink)
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The adjusters dont cost 50 bucks each provided you get them from arizona autohaus, bmpd, or bavarian autosport.
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I meant it was $50 for both total, so each was $25.
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