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jamesb84   
Mon Mar 22 2010, 10:08am
Member No: #12322
Joined: Feb 01 2010
Location: Nottingham
Hi all...can anyone help. Last night I got a message saying that the directional headlights are faulty. Is this a common problem, is it easy to fix??

Cheers,
James
BigJohnD   
Mon Mar 22 2010, 10:15am

Member No: #82
Joined: Jan 22 2007
Location: Hoylake
Have you had a look to see what the problem might be?
jamesb84   
Mon Mar 22 2010, 10:16am
Member No: #12322
Joined: Feb 01 2010
Location: Nottingham
I wouldn't know where to look. The lights are working fine but just don't turn any more. Is there an easy way to access the turning mechanism?
Rich_Eason   
Mon Mar 22 2010, 01:15pm

Member No: #90
Joined: Jan 29 2007
Location: Bristol
jamesb84 wrote ...

I wouldn't know where to look. The lights are working fine but just don't turn any more. Is there an easy way to access the turning mechanism?


Don't go messing as the units are £600 plus fitting a side.

I would strongly suggest that you have a faulty levelling sensor and is quite a common fault. Ways to identify are...

a. Message indicating "Directional Headlamps Faulty"
b. Headlamp on icon flashes
c. Headlights point straight downwards

There have been a couple of reports of the azimuth motors in the headlamps themselves playing up, however I would bet its the sensor issue.

Half hours work in a dealer.
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jamesb84   
Tue Apr 06 2010, 04:55am
Member No: #12322
Joined: Feb 01 2010
Location: Nottingham
Tried to book into my local dealer...they wanted to hook it up to the diagnostic system and charge me £85 for the pleasure and then charge the work needed on top of that...

Can anybody recommend a Citroen dealer / specialist in the Grimsby area??
trl233   
Wed Jan 12 2011, 06:57am
I have the error message "Directional Headlamps Faulty" and so they're not turning left or right, but I dont have the problem of them facing to the ground (just straight ahead) So would that be the sensor behind the bumper to look at? and not the one at the rear axle (I assume thats to do with the levelling movement (up/down)
PPP7   
Wed Jan 12 2011, 03:19pm
Member No: #135
Joined: Feb 25 2007
Location: South Midlands
Most likely the sensor on the rear axle. They might not point at the ground now, but they will do eventually if you don't get the sensor replaced as that happened to mine.

The new rear sensor is a revised part, which probably means they have improved it's life.

@jamesb84...did you look in the dealer review section, as that's what it's for?
The dealers Lexia/Proxia software will confirm which sensor is faulty.
wozza   
Wed Jan 12 2011, 03:31pm

Member No: #2
Joined: Aug 12 2006
Location: Manchester
£85 for diagnostic is mental. They charged me about that including the cost of the sensor replacement. Didn't even charge me to hook it up to see which sensor was needing replaced or for the visual inspection they did to make sure it wasnt just a corroded connection which is common.

Got to say though my dealer BCC Bury seem to be brilliant.
trl233   
Fri Jan 14 2011, 09:06am
Thanks Hamilton, I've de-activated them in the menu for now, so just using as normal headlights.
Just got quote from my local Citroen specialist
(Helix, Chelmsford, Essex, ex-main dealer, recommended)
All plus VAT
£25 just for diagnostic check (not bad comparing with above)
or
£73 Rear axle sensor
£71 Labour
assuming thats the problem and no other issues.
First, I want to check sensor myself and see if its not just corrosion or bad connection.
Daveperce   
Sun Jan 16 2011, 06:21am
Member No: #17087
Joined: Jan 01 2011
Location: Kent
I'm a newbie having just taken delivery of a 2.0HDi Exclusive with the xenon headights and have a question related to this. Although I don't have the error message or warning light, I think my dip beam lights are way too low. Parked on the level about 20' from a wall I thought as rule-of-thumb the point of light focus should be exactly the same height on the wall as the headlamps are on the car.

In my case they are about 15" lower which translates to illuminating about 3 yards ahead on the road! The car came with a new mot but I can't believe that it would comply with the directional beam regs as the car is! When I switch the lights on they are momentarily in the high position before setting to their current low level.

Is this an indication that I have a faulty sensor on the rear axle? Thanks for any replies....
PPP7   
Sun Jan 16 2011, 12:28pm
Member No: #135
Joined: Feb 25 2007
Location: South Midlands
Daveperce wrote ...

Is this an indication that I have a faulty sensor on the rear axle? Thanks for any replies....


Probably just need adjusting if you haven't seen the directional headlamps error message.

Very simple to adjust if you have the right size tool. If you open the bonnet, you can see the adjuster on the top of the headlights.
Rich_Eason   
Sun Jan 16 2011, 01:48pm

Member No: #90
Joined: Jan 29 2007
Location: Bristol
Daveperce wrote ...

When I switch the lights on they are momentarily in the high position before setting to their current low level.

Is this an indication that I have a faulty sensor on the rear axle? Thanks for any replies....


Not sure...depends on the angle of inclination of your driveway.

Sounds daft but if you can get someone to get in the car (with you in it) whilst they are on with you in the car you should see them flick up and down as they adjust to the new load.

The errors are indicated in two ways - a message on the dash and/or flashing green "Headlamps On" logo on the steering wheel.
Daveperce   
Mon Jan 17 2011, 08:11am
Member No: #17087
Joined: Jan 01 2011
Location: Kent
Thanks Hamilton, just a few quick turns on the adjuster screws seem to have fixed it, cheeers
portstaff   
Mon Sep 26 2011, 10:31am
hi i have the same messages on the panel and my lights are pointing straight at the floor.
does anybody know where these sensors are located so i can check the connections.
thanks in advance.
dlom   
Mon Sep 26 2011, 12:24pm
The rear sensor is attached to the rear axle approx in the middle behind the fuel tank, you have to take off the large plastic 'shield' to get access to it (only a couple of screws), only takes 10 minutes to change, one multiplug and a screw holding it in place, I changed mine myself, no calibration needed (in my case my be different with others) and have just passed an MOT.
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