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How do I adjust headlamps for driving abroad?

Having checked the AA website for motoring requirements inFrance, I noticed that they said that cars with Bi-Xenon/HID headlamps could not use the black masking headlamp adjusters or the "beam benders" and said that models would either have a switch to adjust headlamps accessible to the owner, or possibly only at a dealer. My local dealer was a bit vague on the 'phone (we are not impresses with their service but that's another story) and suggested I just buy the normal deflectors - does anyone here know what the correct answer is? (The car is at the garage at the mo and the handbook is in the car so I can't look it up there).

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I was under the impression that the newer Espace with Xenons was the only Renault in the range that had switches on the back of the headlamps to alter the beam.?

IF not you can use normal deflectors but it is cheaper in the long run( esp if you go abroad regularly) to buy headlight protectors and stick the beam deflectors on them.This also saves a lot of time at the ferry ports as the protectors just clip on and off. Also you don't have to try and remove sticky gunge from headlights afterwards and risk damaging the surface.

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I enquired with Renault about this for our Espace when we went abroad last year.

Apparently there isn't a switch at the back of the Xenons inlike my 13yr old Calibra which has! You have to buy a set of adhesive headlanp deflectors from Renault (or get them from Halfords). Note, the ones from Halfords don't show the positioning for the new Espace in the instructions sheet but the company concerned told me it was as per the older style Renault - ie. projection lights.

We didn't get this info in time as I didn't find out till I went to put them on (on the Eurotunnel train). When I rang them they did get back though. In the end I didn't actually get round to fitting them as the deflection didn't seem anywhere near as noticable as my Calibra lights are (for example) which positively throw the light into the hedge (in the UK) or the eyes of oncoming traffic (if abroad). When you illuminate against a wall you'll see the light pattern.

've since been told if you have a crash without deflectors fitted it can impact the outcome/insurance - so its worth fitting.
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