Thanks for that. My MOT expires in November so I guess I'll go get it tested at a Mini dealer a month before to keep the expiry date and see what comes of it so I have time to deal with it, I think I am 1 year too late for MOT protect with my car as it would be covered by that. I got the headlights manually adjusted at Halfords so the beam is 100% legal (they showed me the MOT machine that they measure it with and it was within parameters).Might be an issue if the beam does have correct alignment
4. Lamps, reflectors and electrical equipment - MOT inspection manual: cars and passenger vehicles - Guidance - GOV.UKInspection processes and rules for car, private bus and light commercial vehicle (class 3, 4, 5 and 7 vehicle) MOT tests.www.gov.uk
🤔...I opened and closed the car a couple of times to see if the lights were doing their initial nod, and they were. When I started the car a half hour or so later the warning had disappeared. Not sure if that's a good thing or not.I've just had this warning pop up this morning. Booked in at the dealers next week...I'll let you all know how it goes.
I have the same error, but the internal level wheel doesn’t move the head lights either.Ok, I helped a guy out on Facebook with this.
His car FAILED the MOT
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To start with we were talking about LED headlights, and auto leveling. But after much back and forth, it was confirmed he had halogen headlights and no auto leveling.
We also discovered that his car, which is in the UK, had been previously repair after an accident. Whoever did it put in a USA spec headlight.
Either it was because the USA headlight had no motor controller in it, or they were FUBAR, either way, 1 new headlight later and he passed his MOT.
In the UK, all F series headlights have a motor, whether they're self leveling or not.
They should always nod when you start the car.
If you don't have the level sensors on the front and rear axles (only on LED headlights)
And if the wiring under the scuttle hasn't corroded.
It's probably the motor unit inside the headlight itself.
When it first happened the down/up nod was intermittent, and only one headlight might do the nod. I would just stop/restart Until the headlights were in the right position.Do the headlights "nod" when you turn the car on?
If 1 does, then it's likely the motor in the one that doesn't - new headlight required. It could be the individual wiring, you would need to run tests to check that.
If they both "nod" on startup, but the adjuster does noting then it's likely the adjuster itself (less likely) or the wiring (more likely).
More than that I can't say. It really needs to be looked at by a professional.
Do you guys know if the diagnostic tools garages have will identify the exact fault, that is pin point what created the warning I am seeing? basically another level of detail I get to see on the display!Can you find someone nearby just to test their headlight?
Although it does sound like a wiring issue.
Hi. Thanks for the advice. I think I have this problem.The headlamp aim error can also be an early symptom of a common F56 issue of water/screenwash damage to the wiring harness under the scuttle panel. Water can drop from the scuttle panel under the windscreen wiper pivot onto the wiring harness and perish the insulation around the wires just in front of the front bulkhead. There are a couple of threads on this forum already where owners have had to have the entire wiring harness replaced by BMW.
The wiring harness on the RHS of the car is just below the bonnet hinge assembly, in the gap at the end of the scuttle panel that can be easily removed for inspection.
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Hi Paul!Hi everyone, just joined to find out about failures of the headlamp vertical aim failure.
November 2014 F56 Mini Cooper S.
My problem started with noticing the hedlamps lighting up the back of a truck, then a lot of new friends! flasing me.
On investigation the I found the rear suspension arm connection bracket to the levelling unit had failed.
The bolt / self tapping screw had corroded and broke leaving the thread in suspension arm.. This meant the arm of the control unit was hanging down.
So no warning on the IP of a failure.
Temp c/m of tie wrap holding the bracket to the arm. Headlight aim is now OK.
Just need to get the old thread out of the suspension arm and fit a nut and bolt.
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I’m having this issue too and I’m at a Loss! Do you want know if it’s an MOT failure? I have mine due in a month and I’m panicking!
I have my MOT coming up as well! I have the halogen lights so let's see what happens. I got the lights re-aligned manually, so they won't fail the MOT, but let's see if they say something about the self levelling.Hi
The headlamps out of alignment is an MOT failure.
My temporary fix means alignment is now OK.
Not sure if they will allow the tie wraps - very difficult to get into the 'n' shape suspension arm to remove the broken thread.
MOT is due in one month so I will find out.
Hey!!I passed the MOT! I actually failed first time, but that was because the brakes up front were FUBAR so changed discs + pads and now I am fine so got it passed.
So yeah if you have halogen just make sure the headlights are manually aimed correctly to pass the MOT and you should be fine.
Got it MOT'ed at a Mini main dealer.
Might seem an odd question.. how did you get your headlights aligned? Was this at a garage? Or?