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This is the first time I’m posting and I have read this site everyday since getting my 300c on July 10 which I love and so does the wife and the baby :D . This site has a lot of useful info and thank you for the responses in advance.

Has anyone noticed that the door window switches have lights on them because even with my dash lights at full intensity you cannot see the lights unless you are directly looking down on them. Does anyone else notice this?

Also, with the HID’s I noticed that my left side appears to shine lower then the right. When the lights are shined on a wall it seems that the lights where the beam cuts off at top appears like a step pattern going down, similar to this but it still lights the road. Anyone with HID’s try realigning them or is this normal?
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(couldn't get the step pattern to copy correctly, but basically from the bottom line up to the right)
 

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Yes, lighted window switches have been a feature on the Chrysler LH series which apparently was carried over to this LX model.

Alignment of the HID's (or any headlamp) is limited but you should see your dealer to adjust them to specification rather than eyeball them on a garage wall. Big reason is that the dealer's light machine must have a perfectly level floor; your garage may or may not. I recall that only vertical correction is possible with the HID's rather than the usual horizontal and vertical.

But to get it right, let the dealer do it.
 

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All (virtually) HID are aimed this way and if you look closely non HID also. My X5 has the exact same left step as does every Lexus and MB I have been in at night. This is done as to not blind oncoming traffic and is very obvious with HID because of the sharp demarcation b/t light and dark. The yellow fade of my Sienna has the same step but is much less noticible because it is a yellow fade instead of a sharp blue/white line.
 

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lgret13 said:
This is the first time I’m posting and I have read this site everyday since getting my 300c on July 10 which I love and so does the wife and the baby :D . This site has a lot of useful info and thank you for the responses in advance.

Has anyone noticed that the door window switches have lights on them because even with my dash lights at full intensity you cannot see the lights unless you are directly looking down on them. Does anyone else notice this?

Also, with the HID’s I noticed that my left side appears to shine lower then the right. When the lights are shined on a wall it seems that the lights where the beam cuts off at top appears like a step pattern going down, similar to this but it still lights the road. Anyone with HID’s try realigning them or is this normal?
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(couldn't get the step pattern to copy correctly, but basically from the bottom line up to the right)
I didn't notice that the window switches were lit until about 2 months after I got my C. I also tried teaking my HID's to eliminate the step pattern. I thought the left was lower than the right but appears built in as Kings describes.
 

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My hid's are the same way as well so it looks like this is the norm.
I was coming home to-night and the weather was cold and rainy and I saw a vehicle with hids and the fog light on coming up behind me, It looked quite impressive and when it came up to me, I found it was a C and then I noticed it was a rental. You don't see too many C rentals in my neck of the woods. Those lights sure look good!!!!!
 

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I had HID in my 98 E430 and they were both equal and even. On my 02 E55 I had noticed and also complained to the dealer about the unequal beam. The left is always low, short and inward and the right is high, long and outward. I don't like it and the dealer always says they align them to Tech Specs. Yes I also believe they have changed the specs on HID alignments in order to appease the azzholes that have complained to DOT about being blinded by HID trying to get them outlawed.
 

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Yes I also believe they have changed the specs on HID alignments in order to appease the azzholes that have complained to DOT about being blinded by HID trying to get them outlawedQUOTE]

This is indeed a better solution than having them outlawed which is exactly the direction the panty whipped bellyachers would have us go.
 

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thanks for the responses, i guess i will leave the HID's alone, but for the door window switch lights i'm relectuant to let the dealer touch them, since both sides appear to be none apparent when driving except when you look at them directly above (of course while not driving) this may be like this from the factory, plus i'm not pleased with any of the immediate local dealers. anyway to see if the light is placed to low in the door armrest?
 

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I thought I had a bad light alighnment too!!!! Im still going to have mine checked out on Wed. when they look at my glide on exit problem. Anyone know a GREAT dealer in St. Louis ???? Thats the closest big city to me.
 

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lgret13 said:
thanks for the responses, i guess i will leave the HID's alone, but for the door window switch lights i'm relectuant to let the dealer touch them, since both sides appear to be none apparent when driving except when you look at them directly above (of course while not driving) this may be like this from the factory, plus i'm not pleased with any of the immediate local dealers. anyway to see if the light is placed to low in the door armrest?
I just checked mine, was unaware the window switch has lights since I activate by feel the few times I open the window. They are readily seen sitting in the normal position and are not washed out by the dash lights, looking at them directly they are indeed brighter by approx 50%. Maybe your light is dangling low but the law of unintended consequences dictates that you may trade this problem for a door rattle :eek: once the service monkeys re install your door panel.
 

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I doubt it, but if so, the dash intensity control should do it.
 
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