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Old 02-05-2002, 09:11 PM
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European headlight leveling system

This is my first time to use this forum or any electronic forum.

I have a 1990 300E 3.0 Mercedes that I have owned since 1992. I have babied this car and it has become like a member of the family. I recently upgraded the lighting to O.E.M. (Bosch) European style headlamps. I need a source for parts to complete the conversion. I would like to keep the headlight wiper/washer system and need to know where to obtain wiper motors (old ones do not fit), wiper arms and the wiper motor cover below the headlamp assembly.

I would also like to properly activate the headlight leveling system. From what little information I can obtain it appears to be a vacuum actuated system that is controled by some type of a regulator adjacent to or attached to the headlight switch. I found information at referring to a "low-g acceleration switch". Is this coupled to the headlight leveling system in some way?

Any information that you could spare would be greatly appreciated.
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Old 02-05-2002, 10:25 PM
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The light leveling system is actually a rotary knob that adjust vacuum pressure that aligns the lights. You have to buy the knob and the accompanying light plate that drops in instead of your original light switch. Check the classified section, as some people were selling the switches. As far as wipers are concerned, if you don't want to actually run the wipers, you can move the left blade to the right, and vise versa. Then you just have to shim back the blade assembly with a few washers, and it should fit nicely. I will probably be doing that this weekend. But I doubt the wipers will still work...
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Old 02-11-2002, 07:12 PM
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headlight leveling system


Thank you for taking the time to help me with my questions.

I found the headlight vacuum switch at It was $70.00 including the backing plate. I located two european style headlight wiper arms at They were 12 bsp. about $17.00 per arm plus shipping. I have not located the headlight wiper motor covers yet but I am still looking. I think I am going to enjoy this site.


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Old 02-12-2002, 04:20 AM
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Try this link, it shows someone retrofitting a 560SEC, I would imagine that a fair bit of the process is the same on your E.

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