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Re: RHD Headlights Adjustment UK Car

A lot depends on your car, but if you have a car with HID's these are actually controlled electronically and you change the direction in the car settings. I know this was the case with my 2007 Audi A5.
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Dear Fatmanfilms and any other that can help..
You mention below that flat Headlamps are totally legal. is there some information or rules that can prove this is so? I am out of principal getting rather frustrated. I recently moved to CH and prior to coming called the testing station and was told Flat was ok. Now I am here and completely helpless they are saying it is not ok and it is going to cost several thousand CHF to change the lights. I am trying to find out if they miss informed me the first time or simply being difficult and wanting to "just cause trouble".

Would be very grateful if anyone can confirm?
FYI - My car's headlamps have been adjusted to be Flat (and are FLAT), this was a manual adjustment at the back of the lamps by technicians.
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Re: RHD Headlights Adjustment UK Car

UPDATE- For those unsuspecting folk here is the update. My car failed initially and I was told because the lights would dazzle on-coming traffic. I sent a message back (Local Garage was managing this for me) that either they are lying or did not test it as the lights are in fact flat...Message back " A mistake was made but they are still illegal and you need new Headlamps" CHF 7,000 including fitting.
I simply asked them to provide the legal documents that prove Flat is illegal........ the next day they re-tested it and it passed.....never got the evidence of why it was illegal allegedly....
My experience tells me that it depends on what mood they are in and whether you stand your ground. I would have been happy to change them if they had simply provided the evidence...Good luck to all
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I simply asked them to provide the legal documents that prove Flat is illegal........ the next day they re-tested it and it passed.....never got the evidence of why it was illegal allegedly....
I think you got very lucky - I know I went through a similar process when I brought a UK-spec Volvo over here, with beam deflectors on the lens, and was with the guy doing the test, so he explained that not only did there have to be no beam going up the wrong way, i.e. \\, but that it was actually required for the test that they did go up the correct way //. They put a target directly in front of the light and measured the angle of the upward slop against the markings on the chart.

So while I don't think you've got any problems with your car being 'illegal' per se, it's still possible that it may fail a future MFK if they rigourously test the lights again.
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Re: RHD Headlights Adjustment UK Car

There is a history of importing US cars into Switzerland- All US spec cars are with FLAT headlamps. Given the SWISS are so focused on the "rules" it seems very strange that this is often down to the individual and not a set of clearly defined rules......They did test the lights and apparently referred it to the big Boss, and then it passed. I live in Zug Canton, one of the strictest apparently for the test. If anyone should ever get hold of the specific reference to law around this it would be great to see it.
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All US spec cars are with FLAT headlamps.
Don't know where you get this idea from, but I'm pretty sure that the many rental cars I've had in the US and Canada have generally had sloping headlights just like we do here.
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Dear Fatmanfilms and any other that can help..
You mention below that flat Headlamps are totally legal. is there some information or rules that can prove this is so? I am out of principal getting rather frustrated. I recently moved to CH and prior to coming called the testing station and was told Flat was ok. Now I am here and completely helpless they are saying it is not ok and it is going to cost several thousand CHF to change the lights. I am trying to find out if they miss informed me the first time or simply being difficult and wanting to "just cause trouble".

Would be very grateful if anyone can confirm?
You're in the same canton as me. They can be picky. I imported x2 UK Jaguars.

One Xenon one not. The non xenon was a easy fix order a metal plate and swop it out 10 minutes pattern was changed.

The Xenon ones I bought completely new units to be on the safe side, cost >1600chf.

They also are quite picky about the fog light beam. Seems to be set higher in the UK so that normally needs adjusting to satisfy Swiss test centre.

What is the model/age of the car, which MFK centre? Cham I assume?

Have you tried ebay.de, ricardo and all the usual suspects for a second hand set?
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Don't know where you get this idea from, but I'm pretty sure that the many rental cars I've had in the US and Canada have generally had sloping headlights just like we do here.


Different throw pattern although the EU pattern is gaining ground in the US
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Re: RHD Headlights Adjustment UK Car

Hi everyone,

I have an UK VW Golf MK 6 2011.

As standard my RHD car headlights go up to the left at the horizontal point.

Is there any way to adjust it to the CH Spec. using the computer menu on the car? Would it be enough to pass the TUV.

Many thanks,
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Hi everyone,

I have an UK VW Golf MK 6 2011.

As standard my RHD car headlights go up to the left at the horizontal point.

Is there any way to adjust it to the CH Spec. using the computer menu on the car? Would it be enough to pass the TUV.

Many thanks,
Read your handbook and/or try it. If it changes to a flat pattern in theory it should pass the headlamp aim test but they might not like it if they deem it non-standard for Switzerland (or Germany if you're taking it to the TUV) i.e. you should have lights like everyone else.
Otherwise you have to take the lights apart and DIY modify or put LHD cut-off shields in or put LHD HID conversion in or replace the units entirely.
I DIY modified mine and the MFK checked the lamps very very quickly indeed.
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Re: RHD Headlights Adjustment UK Car

Thanks for your reply. I'll try it...

The handbook section dealing with Multi Function Display options describes a Light and Vision sub-menu which includes a Travel Mode selectable option to adjust the headlights for overseas driving.
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