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    I was wanting to know about the adjustable headlights on the series 1 Mi16. Mine have never worked and were like that when I bought the car. The dial in the cabin is hard to move from the 0 or 1 setting and when I dial up other settings (just to test it) it 'springs' back to the original setting again.

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    Can someone tell me how this system works and is a easy job to get it working again.

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    yeah, im interested to know the answer to this one as well.

    my dial works, but its bloody hard to turn and i dont notice a difference in the headlights. maybe mine is broken too...
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    Mine also does the same thing. I recently posted the same question in another thread (that was non-related) and the answer I got was that the cable might be siezed or something.

    I haven't looked into it further cause there are more important issues with the car that I have to pay attention to anyway.

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    I have the opposite problem on my 505. The knob turns easily, but still does nothing. If I can work out how the system works I'll have to put it down on my to do list.

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    405 system works well in my SRDT lights move as the wheel is turned. Ill check the wreck in the back yard to see how it works tomorrow. 505 same same knob turns nothing happens.
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    Hi

    The series one 405s adjustable headlights use a mechanical cable linkage connected to the height adjustment knob to operate.
    These always seize up & give trouble.

    The series two 405s use a much better system with a small electric motor built into the headlamp assy to adjust the height when the thumb wheel switch is operated in the cabin.
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    I wonder if there is a way to get the Series 1 headlights fitted with an electric stepper motor or something and the appropriate switch in the dash.

    I coud whip up something like that if there is a big enough interest.


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    Brings to mind an old joke.

    Q. Why does pips lick the tip of his soldering iron?

    A. Because he can...


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    haha,

    Funnily enough, I used that same line (the proverbial one) in an assignment I did for TAFE and got an extra mark on it for being funny.

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    Quote Originally Posted by pips
    I wonder if there is a way to get the Series 1 headlights fitted with an electric stepper motor or something and the appropriate switch in the dash.

    I coud whip up something like that if there is a big enough interest.


    *pips licks the tip of his soldering iron for test purposes only. hmmm, that should get the solder flowing. Kids don't try this at home.
    Pip,

    Something like that would be rather handy Mine is shot, with no real chance of getting parts. Any chance of it being able to be retrofitted into a 505?

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    Default Peugeot Headlight Adjusters

    This has amused me for a long time.

    Peugeot first used this system of headlight adjusting on the early 604s. They persisted with it throughout the 604, 505, 205 and 405 models until the release of the series 2 405s, whereby they changed to the electric ones, much more effective.

    The system wasn't actually cables, it used hydraulics. Unfortunately, Peugeot selected good old H20, water, as the hydraulic fluid (on hot days, the headlights would dip ). The rubber O-rings that sealed the system usually lasted about 3 weeks from the factory. I have heard stories of people buying these cars new and the adjusters not working. They had them fixed under warranty twice, and each time they lasted about 3 weeks to a month.

    Yet they kept the same componentry for 17 years. Got me beat!
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    haha, that's classic. One of the best examples of French enginuity.

    Seriously though. I have been thinking about this electric setup. I wonder if its easier to just fit the system from a S2 rather then play around with potentiometers, stepper motors, etc?


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