BMW 3 Series E30

since 1983-1994 release

Repair and operation of the car

+ 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. Antenna
   13.1.10. Guard of devices
   13.1.11. Payment SI (index of maintenance)
   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. Electrical circuitries
+ 14. Useful tips


13.1.13. Adjustment of headlights



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

1. On the headlight case with a non-demountable optical element 2 screws for adjustment of a headlight are provided in the vertical and horizontal planes (are specified by shooters). For access to screws it is required to shoot a forward lattice with parts of cars.
2. The simplest way of adjustment consists in installation of a bunch on a marking on the screen at distance of 7,5 m from the car.
3. Designate a tape vertical axes of a bunch symmetrically a car axis. For more exact marking drive up to a wall on distance about 10-20 cm.
4. Designate the centers of a bunch, having carried out a horizontal.
5. Install 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 have to be perpendicular to a wall, the car has to be on the horizontal platform.
7. Turn on passing beam of headlights. Spots from bunches have to be 5-6 cm lower than a horizontal and be on 5–6 cm on the left from verticals. If necessary adjust a headlight, rotating screws. Turn on driving beam of headlights. Spots of bunches have to be strictly on a vertical and directly under a horizontal.


To precisely expose bunches of driving and passing beam in such a way it can be impossible. In this case try to adjust more precisely 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 service.