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Hi, my alfa 146 n/s headlights reflector is floppy. It adjusts ok with the motor and manually but you can wiggle it about. Is this repairable or does it need a new unit.

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Re: 146 Headlight problem

It's a common problem. There are on three ball-ended fittings which hold the reflector in place, one on the load compensating adjuster (electric or manual) & two on the adusters used to align the beam statically. The latter are made of a brittle plastic which means they are very easily broken.

If you've got lots of patience, you can repair them. See:


You may be lucky & find one at a breakers, but they do tend to suffer from the same problem. Another problem you'll find is that the adjusting screws can seize in the housing, so that when you turn the adjuster the plastic gear just turns on the shaft. This can be cured by freeing the screw with penetrating oil (don't waste your time with WD40!) & fitting some sort of collar on the shaft.

If you have to buy new, try Alfashop:


It's cheaper to buy a unit with a manual load compensator - manual & electric are interchangeable. If you've got a facelift car, a unit off a pre-facelift car will fit; the other way round, there's a small problem with the pin which locates the grille. For more detail see:

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Re: 146 Headlight problem

Thanks very much for the reply, not sure which way i will go.

Nevertheless thanks.
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