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#1 Steve_B

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Posted 11 December 2010 - 09:07 PM

I've got a Mondeo Mk 4 Titanium X Sport with xenon headlights. they used to be great but after taking it in for some work the dealer adjusted the lights way down so that the dip beam is cut off about two car lengths ahead, driving on country roads in the dark is positively dangerous.

So my question is how do I adjust the lights? It's really frustrating because in the 'good old days' adjusting the lights would have been a two minute job, quick tweak of a screw and job done. I cant even find any manual adjuster on the Mondeo. There are a couple of large nylon allen socket screws but turning these appears to have no effect on anything.

Please don't tell me to take it back to the dealer....

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 08:50 AM

You were in the right place. The white allen key bolts are the ones. The one on the outer edge of the light adjusts left to right, the inner one does up and down. I had my lights pointing at a wall about 50 yards away and could see them moving slowly as I was adjusting them.

Both my Mondeo and my wife's 307cc had lights adjusted way too low for my liking when we had them. My friend's Citroen C4 is the same too.

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Posted 12 December 2010 - 09:31 AM

Is there a trend to set these low now, because they seem to be dazzling drivers I wonder, which still gives good illuminated area in front of the car but reduces the dip beam range of course?

In the case of your Bi Xenon Steve_B has it substantially reduce the long range too though your ordinary main beams will come on too then?
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Posted 12 December 2010 - 05:28 PM

Is there a trend to set these low now, because they seem to be dazzling drivers I wonder, which still gives good illuminated area in front of the car but reduces the dip beam range of course?

In the case of your Bi Xenon Steve_B has it substantially reduce the long range too though your ordinary main beams will come on too then?


Are these lights not required to be 'Self Leveling' - and if the lights are now adjustable what exactly is the point of this 'Self leveling'?
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Posted 13 December 2010 - 06:50 AM

Thanks for the replies guys. It looks like I had the correct adjusters but just didn't turn them enough. I had the car only two or three meters from the wall so might not have been able to see small movement. Just to confirm; full beam is ok, it's just the dip that is cut off too low.

Regarding self levelling.. yes I believe they are self level but you can still manually adjust the 'centre point' about which they automatically self level. All self levelling lights can be manually adjusted in this way.

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Posted 29 August 2012 - 06:42 PM

Old topic, but is there a diagram anywhere or a measurement so I can adjust my retrofitted xenon lights to a "centre point".

Does this seem about right ?


http://www.lancerreg...553&postcount=2


I know how to adjust them using the 2 manual adjusters but I want to adjust them so they sit correctly at a centre point until I can get this damn servo levellers to work

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Posted 07 April 2014 - 04:58 PM

Just the information that i was looking for.

 

I will also need to do this, got nice bright bulbs in my headlights but the throw is only about 1 car in front which i dont like, when im driving at night i am watching more than 1 cat length in front so need it a good bit further especially on unlit roads.

 

Great forum this 

 

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