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How do I replace a headlight on a 2003 xc70?

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How do I replace a headlight on a 2003 xc70?

Postby getforth » 14 Apr 2006, 12:58

I've read that this is simple, but have yet to find some simple clear advice on how to do this.
Any suggestions, or should this be best to leave to Volvo service?
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Postby MadeInJapan » 14 Apr 2006, 12:59

Bulb or actual headlight assembly?
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Bulb

Postby getforth » 14 Apr 2006, 13:03

Just the low beam bulb is out.
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Postby MadeInJapan » 14 Apr 2006, 14:16

First of all, most any Autoparts store is going to have the replacement bulb. Check on the back of your owner's manual for the correct one, but it should be a 60 W, HB-3 bulb. I bought one for our '04 V70 at Auto Zone.

There is a round screw on lid at the back of the headlight. Make sure you get the right one unscrewed and off. The passenger side seems very very cramped and difficult to get off. I replaced the driver's side a few months ago. Once the cover is off, just reach down and disconnect the connector to the bulb. Tape it out of the way, as it will swing back into place and get in your way. Now, there is a metal spring clasp you have to unclasp and then reclasp. I'll let you read the rest directly from the manual (either section or page 120 of your manual)


CAUTION:

Do not touch the glass on halogen bulbs with your fingers. Grease, oil or any other impurities can be carbonized onto the bulb and cause damage to the reflector.
Be sure to use bulbs of the correct type and voltage.
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Removing a defective bulb
To remove a defective low beam bulb:

Switch off all lights and turn the ignition switch to position 0.
Open the hood.
Remove the plastic cover over the bulb (1) by turning it counterclockwise.
Remove the connector (2).
Loosen the retaining spring (3) by first moving it to the right and then moving it down, out of the way.
Pull out the defective bulb. Note the position of the guide lug on the base of the bulb (4).

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Installing a new bulb
To install a new low beam bulb (H7):

Insert the new bulb, without touching the glass, with the guide lug upward (1). The bulb will only seat properly in this position.
Move the retaining spring up and push it slightly to the left until it seats properly (2).
Press the connector into place on the bulb (3).
Reinstall the plastic cover and turn it clockwise until it is correctly in place (4). "TOP" must be upward.

Hope this helps.

BTW, if you don't have an owner's manual for your car, it can be found here: http://apps.volvocars.us/ownersdocs/200 ... c70_00.htm
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Thank you!

Postby getforth » 14 Apr 2006, 15:23

Many thanks for the info.
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Position Bulb

Postby rafmef » 11 May 2006, 18:20

My advisory panel indicates a posiion bulb failure. I have looked around the vehicle and am completely baffeled, I do not see anything out.

Which bulds is it refering to? the one on the front quarter panel sides?
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Postby MadeInJapan » 12 May 2006, 03:42

The Swedes came up with an interesting name for that bulb... is so others on the highway will know where you are in front of them when you apply your breaks (your position)....at least this is what I'm told. So....it's one of the rear break lights. I also replaced one of these on the '04 V70 wagon recently. Sure enough my panel read-out said "position bulb failure." Have some one look for you while you apply your breaks. It's hard to find with one person because without the break pedal being applied you won't see that it's out by yourself.
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Postby rafmef » 12 May 2006, 04:14

That would explain it.

Will check in the AM

Thanks for the help.
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