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Old 26 September 2017, 03:13 PM   #1
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Default Blobeye headlight help needed (North Hampshire)

Back at the start of March, I had an unfortunate run in with a pheasant, which smashed my passenger side headlight.

I bought some replacements, which had no levelling motor, and as it turns out, the adjusters don't work, so I have my passenger side pointing to the ground, and the driver's side up into oncoming traffic. I have not been using them since then (luckily I drive in daytime only).

I still have my old headlight units, with the motors attached. A friend helped me fit the new headlights, but we weren't sure about removing the levelling motor from the old units to transfer it over, and didn't want to force it, so have left them there

My questions are:
- Are the adjusters in any way linked to the levelling motor?
- Could transferring the motors over fix the adjusters?
- How do you remove the motors safely?
- Is anyone near Basingstoke who can help? (Mechanically ignorant, here)

I've looked on ebay but can't find any suitable replacement blobeye units, and I don't fancy paying the 400 per side for Subaru to supply and fit replacements.
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Old 26 September 2017, 04:36 PM   #2
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https://www.buycarparts.co.uk/subaru...adlight-insert

Found these.

Not sure why left and right are completely different prices..
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Old 26 September 2017, 04:50 PM   #3
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Aah, good spot. Says it's for the electric levelling, but doesn't say if it has the motor included. OR am I blind a blind thicko again?
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Old 27 September 2017, 10:59 AM   #4
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You can exchange motors. I've done it on some classic ones. DO have the right type of, and a decent screwdriver. I removed the screws holding the motors and replaced them with stainless ones off ebay, since all had the heads rusted to hell...hence the need for the good screwdriver.
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Old 27 September 2017, 01:56 PM   #5
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Yeah. I'm just a bit wary of replacing them. My friend and I tried to remove them from my old headlight unit but couldn't work out how to do it safely or without breaking anything.
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Old 27 September 2017, 02:00 PM   #6
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Ordered one of those headlights, though. We'll see what arrives
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https://www.buycarparts.co.uk/subaru...adlight-insert

Found these.

Not sure why left and right are completely different prices..
It's not unusual for items on opposing sides of vehicles to have differing prices, normally the near side being the more expensive, as it's more common they are damaged due to branches, curbs etc.
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Got the headlight delivered. Taiwanese aftermarket. Doesn't come with a headlight motor, though. I'm struggling to find a guide/video on removing the old motor and fitting it to the new headlight. Does anyone know where to find one?

Also, how am I supposed to adjust the aim while the units are in situ? The adjusters are blocked by a reservoir and some other piping. There's a gap in the top to look like a special geared tool can get in to do it, but I've no idea what that tool is
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Old 03 October 2017, 07:47 PM   #10
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Blob headlight without motor



With motor



looks as if its attached by just the three screws
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Old 04 October 2017, 07:49 PM   #11
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Aah. Yeah I didn't notice the bolt head for adjusting (on the red arrow). I don't have anything to use on the other one. The unit needs the motor to adjust the blue arrow. There's nothing there. I'm guessing the motor will fit in there and then be adjusted from that.

So back to me looking for a motor removal/fitting guide

Edit: Sorry for sounding like a complete dumbarse......but I am. I don't do mechanical stuff at all. I just drive the car

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Aah. Yeah I didn't notice the bolt head for adjusting (on the red arrow). I don't have anything to use on the other one. The unit needs the motor to adjust the blue arrow. There's nothing there. I'm guessing the motor will fit in there and then be adjusted from that.

So back to me looking for a motor removal/fitting guide

Edit: Sorry for sounding like a complete dumbarse......but I am. I don't do mechanical stuff at all. I just drive the car
Sounds as if you should be looking for someone to do it for you
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Got it in one, Don.
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Old 11 October 2017, 10:55 PM   #14
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So the adjusters do work on the new headlights, they're just VERY slow. Still looking for a guide on how to remove/refit the headlight motors from my old units into the new ones. I can't find anything anywhere, though
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Should be straightforward.

Remove from old unit.
Remove cover from fitting point in new unit. Check that the parts inside match up.
Fit to new unit.

It would be a good idea to ensure it's in the middle of it's travel before removing.
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