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Can i adjust my merc headlights c220 2003

How can i adjust my merc headlights c220 2003 model for driving in france

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Some of these vehicles have a lever on the back where the bulb is that adjusts the shroud in front of the bulb ,but as so many cars get permantly shipped abroad that they dont do it now so you have to buy dealer only headlights

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