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Essex Big Al

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Headlight adjusters ?
« on: 27 November 2017, 09:10:28 »

Headlight Adjusters
Never knowingly had a problem with these on any of my omegas ,
so to those in the know, this may seem a stupid question . . but are these adjusters to do with the automatic level movement on Xenon headlights or just the usual set up for general beam direction / height as per MOT spec etc.   Been getting the occasional "flash" at night  from oncoming vehicles while headlights are on . Both HID sensors seem to be ok  . .  to test these is it just the case of disconnecting the link rod then manually moving the sensor to see if HIDS move up & down ?   :-\  TIA   Al   ;)
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Re: Headlight adjusters ?
« Reply #1 on: 27 November 2017, 10:19:26 »

  Headlamps have adjusters inside to get the beam correct. The self levelling bit is done with the axle sensors that move the motor that is on the back of the headlamp unit.
I am having the same with my daily driver Zaf. Driving around on dip[ beam and others seem to think I am on high beam. Not yet fitted the Nightbreaker lamps yet

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Re: Headlight adjusters ?
« Reply #2 on: 27 November 2017, 10:58:18 »

Its the manual adjusters that break Al. They are made from stupidly brittle plastic. Really need to remove the unit to investigate.
Often a gentle shake produces a tell tale rattle of broken bits of plastic loose inside.
My current broken one hasn't done that though, but the fact that turning the adjuster screw had no effect made me look further.
Shining a torch on through the back revealed the adjust has snapped.
The level system is inspected by two methods. When you switch the lights on with the car facing a wall or similar you should see the beams move as the system starts up.
Also, if you look under the car at the sensors, if the arm has become disconnected (usuall through wear) it will be pretty obvious.
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Re: Headlight adjusters ?
« Reply #3 on: 27 November 2017, 11:58:51 »

Keith /Albs . . . thanks for replies . . .  so    .  .only MOT'd  1st October  . . & IF the headlights were too high on the manual adjustment  would it not have failed or at least been an advisory? 

I will try the  start up test close to a wall & see what happens .  I know both sensors & rods are ok . There is no warning showing ( which is what usually happens when a rod pops off) 

Im guessing that the brittle adjusters just snap when trying to adjust  . . so best left alone if no real issue.

The "flashing" from on coming vehicles has only been on 2 or 3 occasions , so maybe it is just the brightness of the xenons . . .not sure . but will look into it .

Will look now to see if there is a guide to actually adjusting the headlights. Need to find out where the screws are to adjust & what  screw does what   :-\ :-\
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Re: Headlight adjusters ?
« Reply #4 on: 27 November 2017, 12:05:21 »

 It's easy to tell if the adjuster has broken. Remove the black rubber cap from the back of the lamp & see  if the whole lens inside flaps about in the breeze when you touch it.  :y
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Re: Headlight adjusters ?
« Reply #5 on: 27 November 2017, 17:48:28 »

It's easy to tell if the adjuster has broken. Remove the black rubber cap from the back of the lamp & see  if the whole lens inside flaps about in the breeze when you touch it.  :y
^^^ this ^^^

Very, very obvious if adjusters broken.  On a 13yr old Omega, they will be.
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« Reply #6 on: 28 November 2017, 10:29:34 »

It's easy to tell if the adjuster has broken. Remove the black rubber cap from the back of the lamp & see  if the whole lens inside flaps about in the breeze when you touch it.  :y
^^^ this ^^^

Very, very obvious if adjusters broken. On a 13yr old Omega, they will be.

Unless of course they have been previously upgraded . . .  ::) ::)

This car seems to have  been really well looked after by previous owner/s . . . so will get out there when I can & investigate

(I'm still recoving from some "very delicate" surgery carried out last Friday  :'( :'( :'( )
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« Reply #7 on: 28 November 2017, 11:22:36 »

I wish you well with your transitioning Al. Your very brave.  :y



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« Reply #8 on: 28 November 2017, 16:04:57 »

I wish you well with your transitioning Al. Your very brave.  :y



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 :o :o Whatever you are thinking of Albs . .  & in your case  . .thats scary   :o :o :o .   . .  it ain't that  . . . 

just a follow on from the kidney stone op last year . . .but  still  "delicate"  painful . . nethertheless  :'( :'(

Can probably do Karaoke in semitone or two higher at the moment  ;D ;D ;D
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« Reply #9 on: 28 November 2017, 17:59:12 »

I was thinking of the transition from Shadows tribute band to Bee Gees tribute band.  :y ;D
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« Reply #10 on: 28 November 2017, 19:20:39 »

I was thinking of the transition from Shadows tribute band to Bee Gees tribute band.  :y ;D
That would be a Tradegy.
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« Reply #11 on: 28 November 2017, 19:30:27 »

Or a tragedy even.  :D

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« Reply #12 on: 28 November 2017, 19:33:06 »

Or a tragedy even.  :D
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I'm just the stupid kid from the local comprehensive. I leave spelling to you clever chaps  :-[
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« Reply #13 on: 28 November 2017, 23:33:32 »

I'm the stupid kid who didn't bother turning up the local comprehensive.  ;D
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« Reply #14 on: 29 November 2017, 07:51:23 »

Wots a comprehensive then? ;D

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« Reply #15 on: 29 November 2017, 16:41:50 »

Wots a comprehensive then? ;D

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Academys, nowadays ;D
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« Reply #16 on: 29 November 2017, 18:25:50 »

Academies even.  :P ;D ;D
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« Reply #17 on: 29 November 2017, 18:35:07 »

Academies even.  :P ;D ;D
I told you yesterday that I leave spelling to you clever clogs on here
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« Reply #18 on: 29 November 2017, 18:59:53 »

Having met me, you can only be taking the p1ss.  ::) ;D
I didn't go to school if I could avoid it, left before I was legally allowed to, without a single qualification to my name.
A rebel without a clue.  :-[
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« Reply #19 on: 29 November 2017, 22:01:56 »

That doesn't make you a bad bloke, Albs.....

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« Reply #20 on: 29 November 2017, 22:04:34 »

There are those who would disagree with that Ron.  :-X ;D
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« Reply #21 on: 01 December 2017, 10:19:30 »

There are those who would disagree with that Ron.  :-X ;D
I think Bigron was trying to say that bunking off doesn't make you a bad bloke.  He never said you aren't a bad bloke for a host of other reasons. :P ;D
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« Reply #22 on: 01 December 2017, 10:43:41 »

Don't you try to get me into trouble, TB!
I spent the best part of the 20 years before my retirement dealing with largely school-damaged teenagers (boys, mainly) who were "challenging", shall we say.
Basically, they were not bad lads, just under-motivated and immature. Given the right incentive - and yes, it was f***ing hard work - they respond and gain useful and relevant qualifications.
THAT is what I meant - Albs obviously hadn't had the right teachers.

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« Reply #23 on: 01 December 2017, 15:06:45 »

There are those who would disagree with that Ron.  :-X ;D
I think Bigron was trying to say that bunking off doesn't make you a bad bloke.  He never said you aren't a bad bloke for a host of other reasons. :P ;D
Bunking off didnt make me bad. It just made me stupid.  ;D
All those people who have said Im a bad bloke for all those other reasons, just didnt understand me.  :P

Ron your mostly right. Most of the teachers were d1ckheads who I had no respect for. There were a couple of good ones who really did try, but I was determined that they werent going to make progress with me.
I really was a rebel without a clue.  :(
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« Reply #24 on: 01 December 2017, 15:49:33 »

I was probably bright enough to be uni fodder back in the 1980s (before New Labour devalued the Degree to near worthless), but my secondary school was unsuited to me, being quite an unacademic thicko, better suited to reality (the sciences) rather than the dream world (Arts and Literature) that school specialised in.

I think I would have been academically more successful in another school, but I'm not complaining how I turned out. Granted, I can't spell for shit. I struggle to read. And there is so much stuff I don't understand, and even more sadly, have no desire to understand. But I'm content :y
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« Reply #25 on: 01 December 2017, 17:19:45 »

Different strokes for different folks, TB. If we were all the same, how boring!
However, it does mean that it behoves teachers to adapt to whomever they are deaaling with and not try to make one size fit all.
For instance, if you were in my class, Albs, I would relate my lessons to whatever your current interest was and to where you saw (or didn't see) your future needs.

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« Reply #26 on: 01 December 2017, 18:05:15 »

One music teacher tried that Ron. He sussed that I was utterly obsessed with music so pulled me to one side for a chat about it.
I told him he was misinformed and that I actually hated music.
Then the next week he walked into his classroom to find me playing his guitar probably better than he could ever hope to - I know that sounds big headed ,but it was true.
He shook his head, looked bewildered and walked out again.  ;D
See - rebel without a clue.  ::)
Truth be told, there were some very serious problems going on at home which made me an angry teenager who hated the world in general and authority figures in particular.
Of course, you don't realise when your 14, that this is all going to affect the rest of your life. My Dad tried telling me, but he was the last person I was going to listen to at that time.
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« Reply #27 on: 01 December 2017, 18:10:23 »

Understood better than you know, Albs, but I won't expand on that here.

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