Lamps

Headlamps - adjusting headlamp pattern

Updated 7/23/2018

The headlamp pattern must be adjusted to avoid dazzling oncoming motorists and can be set for right or left-hand traffic.

Headlamp pattern, left-hand traffic.

Headlamp pattern, left-hand traffic.

Headlamp pattern, right-hand traffic.

Headlamp pattern, right-hand traffic.

Active Xenon headlamps*

Headlamp control for adjusting headlamp pattern.

Headlamp control for adjusting headlamp pattern.

Normal position – the headlamp pattern is correct for the country in which the car was delivered.
Adapted position – designed for opposite headlamp pattern.

Warning

The headlamps must be handled with extreme caution due to the Xenon lamp being supplied by a high-voltage unit.

The country in which the car is delivered determines whether normal position is designed for right or left-hand traffic.

Example 1

If a car that is delivered in Sweden shall be driven in the UK then the headlamps must be set to the adjusted position, see preceding illustration.

Example 2

A car that is delivered in the UK is designed for left-hand traffic and is driven there with the headlamps in normal position, see preceding illustration.

Halogen headlamps

The headlamp pattern for halogen headlamps is readjusted by masking the headlamp lens. The headlamp pattern may not be as good.

Masking the headlamps

Copy the A and B templates for left-hand drive cars or the C and D templates for right-hand drive cars, see the later section "Templates for halogen headlamps":

  • A = LHD Right (left-hand drive, right lens)
  • B = LHD Left (left-hand drive, left lens)
  • C = RHD Right (right-hand drive, right lens)
  • D = RHD Left (right-hand drive, left lens)

Transfer the template to a self-adhesive waterproof material and cut it out.

Start from the design line on the headlamp lenses; see the dotted line in the following figure. Position the self-adhesive templates at the right distance from each design line using the illustration and the dimensions in the following list:

  • A = LHD Right - approx. 86 mm
  • B = LHD Left - approx. 40 mm
  • C = RHD Right - 0 mm
  • D = RHD Left - approx. 96 mm
Upper row: left-hand drive cars, templates A and B. Lower row: right-hand drive cars, templates C and D.

Upper row: left-hand drive cars, templates A and B. Lower row: right-hand drive cars, templates C and D.

Templates for halogen headlamps


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