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Headlight wiring

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Headlight wiring

Post by Marty27 » Fri Apr 22, 2016 7:15 pm

Anyone come across this problem?
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Re: Headlight wiring

Post by Ozark Lee » Fri Apr 22, 2016 11:26 pm

The only time I have had any trouble with 850 headlight wiring was when larger, higher wattage, lamps were installed. On the 70 series cars they all burned up and Volvo redesigned the harness to fix that problem and it was usually contained to the portion inside of the headlamp assembly.

In your case you need to buy the repair kit which will come with the connector, a pigtail from the connector, and splices. The repair kit for the 70 series was very cheap but I think that they sold it at basically cost since it repaired a design flaw.

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Re: Headlight wiring

Post by Marty27 » Sat Apr 23, 2016 2:36 am

I removed the harness and sleeved all the wires with heat shrink tubing.

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Re: Headlight wiring

Post by Ozark Lee » Sat Apr 23, 2016 8:37 am

That is actually preferable to splicing.

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'94 850 N/A 5 speed
'96 Platinum Edition Turbo
Previous:
1999 V70XC - Nautic Blue - Totaled while parked.
1999 V70XC - RIP - Wrecked Parts Car.
1998 S70 T5
1996 850 N/A
1989 740 GLT
1986 740 GLT
1972 142 Grand Luxe

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Re: Headlight wiring

Post by Marty27 » Sat Apr 23, 2016 3:41 pm

That's what I was thinking. The wire itself was fine. Not even discolored from heat. They just looked like the insulation fell off.

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