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My driver side headlight seems to be incorrect with the cutoff shield inside the projector bulb. I removed ...
My driver side headlight seems to be incorrect with the cutoff shield inside the projector bulb. I removed the headlight and opened from behind and seen that the cutoff shield which provides the sharp defined line is on the bottom. Which the projector shows opposite so the I don't have the line match the other headlight when facing a garage door. It pretty much looks like the car is winking when you see the light on the garage instead of having that nice sharp defined line and you can see it more with the HID's. I'm trying to see if there is any way to correct it and if so how I can do so without having to buy another headlight that is correct.
Without pictures of what you are talking about we can't really help. But the cutoff shield is supposed to be on the bottom (road side) of the projector for the low beams (top HID or halogen projectors) and it should be sky side for the lower high beam projectors. This is due to the way the lens inverts the output.
Due to GM not using crystal clear lenses in the cars with projectors you do get a soft output line.
Yeah so on the driver side headlamp the cutoff line shows on the bottom and then the rest of the light above the line. On the passenger side headlamp the cutoff line is on the top and the rest of the light is below the line. This is when facing looking at the light on a garage. So one side is correct and the other is not. That's why I was wondering if there was a way to turn the shield so that the cutoff line is correct side up and matches the other headlamp.
Wow yeah that is sounding upside down or mis wired.
Is the light output coming from both of the top projectors? (Thinking that it's possible that you have one high beam active and one low beam active).
I haven't been inside the SRX assembly in a while but yeah I think it should just be a couple of screws in there and you can remove the projector completely and do a 180 rotation on it and screw it back in if it isn't a wiring issue.
So with the 05 srx headlight assembly, I open the back of the headlight to reach the projector bulb however there's not enough space for me to turn it after I remove the 4 screws. That was my idea at first but then no matter what I tried I could not turn it 180 because the space that is given after opening the back of the headlight is too tight. It is really frustrating.
Yeah I'll get a photo when I get a chance. Can you answer this, are the low beams supposed to be the top bulbs of the headlights? Because both sides for the low beam lights are the top bulbs and the bottom bulbs are the high beams. I was looking online and seeing some pictures of other peoples srx's and see that this may be normal but I just wanted to make sure. Either way even if it was the bottom bulbs, I wouldn't have enough space to turn it if they were also incorrect.
Well, I just received a passenger-side light with an upside-down cut-off shield. Probably a rebuilt unit. Installed by the local Cadillac dealer as part of a little fender-bender repair. Really makes viewing the line on the side of the road difficult, and turning right is just flying blind. So, it's back at the dealer, but they kept it a couple days and say it's fine, just needs adjustment (sign). So, here we go. I still have the original (correct) light, and it's cutoff shield is indeed opposite the new one. I fiddled with it a bit to see if it's possible to flip the shield around 180 degrees, but it certainly wouldn't be easy. There are a couple of snap-in plastic ball sockets that apparently have to be popped apart to get the mechanism out and turned around, and I bet they would break pretty easily.
I guess the re-furbishers of these lights are not paying attention, and some are getting re-assembled backwards. Pretty big deal when you gotta remove the bumper to switch them out.
I wonder how many are out there, and the owners just don't realize their lights are not really performing like they should.