Car Mechanics (UK)
I took my 2007 Audi A6 to a Audi specialist for its MOT. They rang to say the headlights needed adjusting, so I gave the go-ahead. On picking up the car, I noticed a gap between both headlights and the wings in the top corner. The mechanic said I had only noticed the gap because I had work done on the car and that they were all like that.
I cannot say I looked closely at the headlights prior to this, but I’m pretty sure I would have noticed the gaps. I can’t find a similar model for comparison, but did find an A3 and A4 with small gaps between the lights and bodywork, although nothing as obvious as mine.
Have you come across this problem before with Audis? Is the garage is correct? If not, I was thinking of taking off the front bumper to try and get a better fit – do you know of any tricks of the trade that might be useful?
The adjustment of the headlamps should not have made any difference to the outer body of the lamp, as the beam adjustment is done internally. Provided the headlamp is firm and the mountings are not broken, there should not be such a significant gap. The gap to the wing side of the headlamp should be 2mm, the gap to the grill side 2.3mm and the gap at the base 1.3mm.
It may be possible to adjust the body of the lamp slightly to line it up with the wing by loosening the fixing brackets and slightly moving the headlamp fixings. The headlamps are secured to the body with three screws. The fixings into which they are fitted are adjustable. The job will require the bumper cover to be removed to enable access to the fixings and, once adjusted, the headlamp alignment will need to be reset.