Adjustment of a beam of head headlights. BMW the 5th E28/E34 series (from 1981 to 1993 of release)
Repair of BMW E28 and series E34 from 1981 to 1993
1. Cars of the BMW brand of 5-series
2. Engine
3. Cooling system
4. Power supply system
5. Ignition system
6. Control systems of the engine and decrease in toxicity of the fulfilled gases
7. System of production of the fulfilled gases
8. Coupling
9. Manual box of gear shifting (RKPP) and automatic transmission (AT)
10. Transmission line
11. Steering and suspension bracket
12. Brake system
13. Body
14. Control body sizes
15. Heater and air conditioner
16. System of onboard electric equipment
16.1. General information
16.2. The general information on search of malfunctions in electric chains
16.3. Removal and installation of the storage battery
16.4. Check of a condition and replacement of wires of the battery
16.5. General information on safety locks
16.6. General information on the relay
16.7. General information about charge and precautionary measure system at work with it
16.8. Check of system of a charge
16.9. Removal and generator installation
16.10. Replacement of a regulator of tension
16.11. Check and replacement of brushes of the generator
16.12. General information about system of start of the engine and a precautionary measure
16.13. Starter check on the car
16.14. Removal and starter installation
16.15. Removal and installation of the traction relay
16.16. Check and replacement of breakers of indexes of turn and alarm system
16.17. Removal and installation of switches on a steering column
16.18. Removal and installation of the lock of ignition
16.19. Removal and radio receiver installation
16.20. Removal and aerial installation
16.21. Removal and installation of components of an instrument guard
16.22. General information on the panel of alarm lamps of a reminder on term of service (SI)
16.23. Replacement of lamps in head headlights
16.24. Adjustment of a beam of head headlights
16.25. Removal and installation of the case of a head headlight
16.26. Replacement of lamps
16.27. Removal and installation of the motor of a screen wiper of windscreen / glass of a door of a back
16.28. Check of work and repair of a heater of back glass
16.29. General information on auxiliary system of safety (SRS)
16.30. Description and check of work of a control system by speed (темпостата)
16.31. Description and check of work of system of the central blocking of doors
16.32. Description and check of work of system of electric window regulators
16.33. Diagnostics of malfunctions of a suspension bracket of back wheels
17. Routine maintenance of the car
18. Size table and adjusting data
19. Schematic electric circuits
20. Governing bodies and operation receptions
21. System of onboard diagnostics - a principle of functioning and codes of malfunctions


16.24. Adjustment of a beam of head headlights

Head headlights should be correctly adjusted. Incorrectly adjusted headlights can blind the driver of the meeting half-way car and to serve as the reason of serious failure, or considerably to reduce your ability to see the road. It is necessary to check correctness of adjustment of head headlights each 12 months and each time at replacement of headlights or repair of a forward part of a body. It is necessary to emphasize that below-mentioned procedure is only the intermediate step providing temporary adjustment of headlights those that moment when they can be adjusted in specially equipped workshop.

Head headlights have on two adjusting screws, one of them operates vertical adjustment, and one - horizontal adjustment. Front grille removal can be necessary for receiving access to these screws (see. Head Body).

There are some methods of adjustment of head headlights. Simplest of them needs an empty wall (or a garage door) in ten meters in front of the car and an equal floor.


  1. Attach a sticky tape vertically on a wall on the line respective to the average line of the car, and being average for both headlights.

Probably, it will need to be made if at first to establish the car in several centimeters from a wall, and then, after drawing of all labels to put it back on the necessary distance.

  1. Attach other sticky tape horizontally on a wall on the line respective to the average line of all headlights.
  2. Put the car in 10 meters from the marked wall (the first line of the car should be parallel to a wall). Adjustment should be made at nominally loaded car, the fuel tank should be half filled.
  3. Begin adjustment with a beam of a passing beam. Place a zone of the greatest intensity so that it on five centimeters was lower than the horizontal line and on five centimeters to the right from the vertical line. Adjustment is made by rotation of the top adjusting screw clockwise for a raising of a beam and counter-clockwise - for its lowering. The lateral adjusting screw for beam moving to the left or to the right is in the same way used.
  4. Having included a beam of a driving beam, place a zone of the greatest intensity precisely to the vertical line and is slightly lower than the horizontal.

Sometimes happens it is impossible to adjust precisely both beams, near and far light. If the compromise is necessary, remember that the passing beam is used much more often and it is much more important for safety of the driver.

  1. At the first possibility adjust head headlights in dealer office or at service station.

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