E30 series BMW 3

since 1983-1994 of release

Repair and car operation

+ 1. Maintenance instruction
+ 2. Maintenance
+ 3. Engine
+ 4. Cooling system
+ 5. Heating and ventilation
+ 6. Fuel system
+ 7. Exhaust system
+ 8. Transmissions
+ 9. Coupling
+ 10. Brake system
+ 11. Running gear
+ 12. Body
- 13. Electric equipment
   13.1.2. Search of malfunctions
   13.1.3. Safety locks
   13.1.4. Relay
   13.1.5. Breaker of indexes of turn / alarm system
   13.1.6. Switches on a steering column
   13.1.7. Ignition lock
   13.1.8. Receiver
   13.1.9. Aerial
   13.1.10. Guard of devices
   13.1.11. SI payment (maintenance index)
   13.1.12. Headlights – replacement of lamps
   13.1.13. Adjustment of headlights
   13.1.14. Headlight case
   13.1.15. Replacement of lamps
   13.1.16. Screen wiper electric motor
   13.1.17. Heater of back glass
   13.1.18. Safety cushions
   13.1.19. System cruise control
   13.1.20. The central locking system
   13.1.21. Electric stelokpodjemnik
   + 13.2. Electroschemes
+ 14. Good advice


13.1.13. Adjustment of headlights



It is necessary to check adjustment of headlights each 12 months, at replacement of a headlight or after repair of a forward part of a body. It should be noted that described procedure allows to adjust approximately only headlights, exact adjustment is carried out in car-care center.

1. On the headlight case with not folding optical element 2 screws for headlight adjustment in the vertical and horizontal planes (are specified by shooters) are provided. On a part of cars for access to screws it is required to remove a forward lattice.
2. The simplest way of adjustment consists in bunch installation on a marking on the screen at distance of 7,5 m from the car.
3. Designate a tape vertical axes of a bunch of symmetrically axis of the car. For more exact marking approach on a wall on distance around 10-20 see.
4. Designate the bunch centers, having carried out a horizontal.
5. Establish the car in 7,5 m from the screen.
6. Adjustment is carried out at normal loading of the car and a thin tank. Forward wheels should be perpendicular to a wall, the car should be on a horizontal platform.
7. Include a passing beam of headlights. Spots from bunches should be lower than a horizontal on 5–6 cm and be on 5–6 cm on the left from verticals. If necessary adjust a headlight, rotating screws. Include a driving beam of headlights. Spots of bunches should be strictly on a vertical and directly under a horizontal.


Precisely to expose bunches of a driving and passing beam in such a way it can appear impossible. In this case try to adjust more precisely a passing beam with which it is necessary to go more often and on which traffic safety more depends.

8. As soon as possible adjust headlights in car-care center.