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    Default Low Beam on headlights is driving me crazy

    My eyes must be getting bad for I'm hating the low beam angle on the headlights for my 2003 xc70.

    They are so dim and only are showing a short distace in front of my car. Maybe 2 painted lines infront of the car. Last January a car ran a red light and hit the front end of my car, the car was fixed it drives and looks great except for the headlights seem to be out of adjustment.

    Is there away to adjust these up a little?

    Thanks
    Morrie

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    It seems that your headlights are indeed aimed too low. They can and should be adjusted. I suspect that your accident had something to do with your current problem.
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    Does anyone know how to adjust the headlights?

    Morrie

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    Here to go, DIY justing headlights.

    http://www.volvoxc.com/resources/how...adjustment.php

    If aiming the headlight is still consider dim, suggest using a higher watt bulb or H.I.D lighting system.
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    Thanks fror the instructions.

    Morrie

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    Morrie,

    Do you have the xenon's? If so you may need a software adjustment, though the hardware adjustment may work. Do a search of the site (and maybe Swedespeed too) for headlight aim issues. I seem to remember that some folks experience the auto leveling on the xenons pointing full down after headlight replacement.
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    Just an additional question regarding the "aiming" of the headlights. I have a 2002 XC and my headlights are aimed too high. I have found and tried the adjustment 'knob", but my problem is that only one side is working (actually adjusting the projection). The drivers side adjustment works as intended, but the passenger side doesn't move up/down, side/side. It appears as though the adjustment knob isn't engaging anything and just spins. Any suggestions on what to look at/for next. I know that the headlights are a complete unit and VERY expensive to replace - but is there anyway to look/check the internals OR possibly get the entire unit to aim lower?

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    Red XC, Thanks for posting the photos of the headlight adjusting knobs. You mentioned that one was for X-axis and the other for Y-axis. Well, when I turn the bigger knob (for Y-axis), the other knob on top turns a well. They seem to be connected. SAdly, I can turn it a full 360 and notice almost no change. Any ideas?

    Cheers,

    Joshua
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    Morrie, bear in mind that the headlight adjustments are also controlled by Vadis settings. Your manual adjustment will probably do the trick (it did for me with the Xenons). Assuming it fixes the situation, avoid major Vadis refreshes as they again reset the beams lower! My beams were way too low for highway driving yet Volvo claimed they were in spec. The manual adjustment fixed my problem and has been fine for several years. I've had to reset them 3 times over the past 5 years due to Vadis refreshes, so I avoid that now.

    John
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    There is something strange with the procedure mentioned in the link by RedXC. The picture of the assembly
    looks like one from the previous XC generation to me!
    The headlamps in my MY2004 and, according to Vadis also for MY2003 have a different way of adjustment,
    X and Y are each adjusted by a knob on the other side of the headlamp assembly, not by knobs located at
    the same side. I have attached a pdf from Vadis, although it doesn't show the actual knobs, the arrows
    clearly indicate their location. I also took two pictures, couldn't get both knobs in view on one.
    The procedure(s) don't explain how high or low to aim the beams, but good ones can easily be found on the
    web (I have them down 1cm per meter as measured from the height of the bulb to the ground)
    Willy
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails Headlamp 1.JPG   Headlamp 2.JPG  
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    Last edited by Willy; 10-03-2009 at 01:30 AM.
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