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Just bought a 2007 Cayman S. I hit a pothole and punctured

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Just bought a 2007 Cayman S. I hit a pothole and punctured the side of the drivers front tire. I had 4 new Michelins installed but I have an indicator saying headlight level is off with an arrow pointing to the left. It wasn't a hard bump. Do I need to take this to the dealer? Thanks in advance for the advice.
JA: Have you ever repaired a tire before?
Customer: Not to my knowledge. I just purchased the car and this happened a few days later. It has new tires all the way around now.
JA: Are you fixing your Cayman yourself? What have you tried so far?
Customer: I've not tried anything. I looked up leveling the headlight and was referred to a specialist. I thought maybe there was a reset I could try. The warning only came on after the blowout.
JA: Anything else you want the mechanic to know before I connect you?
Customer: No I think that is all.
Submitted: 1 month ago.
Category: Porsche
Expert:  Jay S replied 1 month ago.

Hi, My name is***** will be helping you with your headlight question today.

Expert:  Jay S replied 1 month ago.

The head light assembly alignment of the inside bulb most likely got damaged when you hit the bump. You will need to have the head light system scanned for faults and try to have them reset first. If they cannot be adjusted then you may have to replace the head light mechanism. See your local dealer or specialist shop for repairs.

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Expert:  Jake replied 1 month ago.

Hey there, new expert here my name is Jake.

These headlamps have an auto leveling system which consists of a leveling motor and a small arm that connects to the suspension.

If when you punctured your drivers front tire the vehicle was TOWED, then it's very possible the arm that connects to the auto leveling system was damaged or broken, this is unfortunately too common.

Lastly if the side puncture was cause from a hard impact like a very large pothole or something, its possible the arm was damaged at that time, but to be honest towing companies and shops themselves are more common to damage them on accident.

Expert:  Jake replied 1 month ago.

Just checking to see how you made out. Hope you have a Merry Christmas.