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01 slk headlight leak and adjustment

my right side headlight has moisture inside every time I wash the car of it rains. the rubber around it looks intact... any idea where the leak could be coming from? how do i check? also mine are self leveling lights and they point too low ... at 70 miles an hour i feel that it's plain dangerous to drive. the high beams really light up the road.. but i can't keep them on and irritate everyone... any input on how to adjust them ?

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If the car has factory Xeons (sounds like it does based on the self-leveling feature) there will be two knobs on the back of each housing. One knob adjusts the verticle aim, while the other adjusts the horizontal. Make sure you do your adjusting with the car and lights on, so they will be in the driving position.
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If the car has factory Xeons (sounds like it does based on the self-leveling feature) there will be two knobs on the back of each housing. One knob adjusts the verticle aim, while the other adjusts the horizontal. Make sure you do your adjusting with the car and lights on, so they will be in the driving position.
i'll give that a shot , thank you!
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Same problem here about the leak. On both lights.
Each headlight has two seals. I am pretty sure the one just behind the glass is dry and does not seal properly anymore.

Anyway here is an old thread on the subject. For MB it is normal design to have condensation in the headlights.

https://www.slkworld.com/slk-r170-gen...headlight.html
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mine only does it on the passenger side , which leads me to believe it's not normal...
when the weather gets a little nicer , i'll take it apart and maybe try to seal it . if I can find where it's leaking in from.
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almost a year old thread

But I just noticed the exact same problem this weekend after running it through a car wash. So thanks for the post and the link. I'll have to add this to the list of to do's.


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