I was having problems with the electric headlight leveller. Basically the right side was 'slipping' i.e. sometimes it doesn't move. The right side ended up at a slightly different level to the left.
So I took out the electric leveller thingy then put it back again. Now I ended up with the right headlight aimed too high and glaring oncoming traffic
I then tried to 'adjust' it but with no avail. Then I took out the left side electric leveller thingy to have a look at it, put it back and ended up with both sides aimed too high
So, is there a trick to putting back these things? I've tried for quite some time, trying different angles but they still end up aimed too high. The headlight aiming is correct with the electric levellers out, when I put them in they push the reflectors and make them point higher.
I presume the electric levellers are operating correctly. At position 0 (the highest one), there is a hole visible on the spindle, this disappears 'inside' when you move it to position 3.
I hope someone can help, I've taken the electric levellers out for now to avoid annoying other people. Cheers.
Sounds like you haven't got the ball joint on the end of the motor spindle/rod seated correctly into the socket on the rear of the headlamp assembly.
Had this prob on mine when I got it - only one side went up and down. some had took the lamp out and not put in back in correctly, but adjusted the beam anyway.
The ball joint is a bloody tight fit and needs a good whack with the heel of the hand on the headlamp lens to pop it back in (hold the motor in place with the other hand- set the switch so that the rod is at the longest length (0 i think).
The spindle/motor controls the headlight reflector though so I dunno whether thumping the lens would help. Maybe they work differently on yours, is it a Mk3?
Thanks for the advice, I'll give it a go now anyway (in the dark).
Another thing I'd need to do after that is to get the headlights aligned again, I was messing with the vertical alignment screws initially thinking it would fix it. Know any garages that would do this cheaply?
Managed to get it in at last. Thumping the headlight on a Mk4 is useless, it's the reflector that moves. I got it in by pulling on the main beam bulb (which then pulls the reflector downwards) and pushing the motor back in. Took a bit of tugging but finally managed it. Took a drive and I think they're pointed too low now That probably saved me £35.25 which is what my local Vauxhall garage charges per half hour.
2 quid a side sounds cheap. Nearest garage to me is Regal, I wonder if they do it
Probably leave it for now, with daylight savings time I don't need to drive home in the dark any more