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2007 S60R Headlight Issue

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2007 S60R Headlight Issue

Post by uepete » Thu Jan 02, 2020 6:43 pm

I am looking for some help on my headlights. I can't seem to find the same issue in all the forums and therefore wonder what I am doing wrong or if I have more than 1 issue. I have a 2007 S60 R with 138k miles.

I believe I have both saggy light syndrome but but also high beams are not working.

My right low-beam (xenon) headlight burned out in early December. Within days of this and before I replaced the bulb, I started to get the alarm on my dash indicating "Headlight Failure Service Required". I assumed this was just related to the burnt out bulb. I replaced both bulbs successfully and low beams/DRLs work perfectly fine. While checking the lights after my work and realized that only the left side would adjust up when I hit the high beam light, but no high beams actually illuminate. I am guessing that the Failure Alarm is probably the self-leveling ballast on the right. Here is where I am confused...while driving at night, I realized that both headlights still point down at the ground, even though the adjustment screws are at their max position for pointing higher up/further out. It's actually quite difficult to drive at night in rural areas because of how poorly the lights are aimed. And since my high beams do not light up, it is even more of a hazard.

Here's a summary of what is happening and what I checked:
1. My headlight switch is in the vertical/12 O'clock position (not 9). So I know it is in the correct position.
2. Only low-beams/DRL work. High beam lights to not turn on, even though the high beam indicator on my dash lights up.
3. Right ballast appears to be bad since low beam/DRL it does not rise when I flip on bright. Left bi-level/low beam rises and lowers with high beam switch.
4. I checked all fuses. All are good. I have not found any "relays" specific to the headlights to check or replace.
5. I put voltage tester on high beam headlight plugs, no power to the high beams when brights are turned on.
6. I have not yet replaced the ballast on the right side.

I have not checked or inspected the self-leveling module on my rear suspension (I am not sure where this is yet). Am I blind or dumb that I cannot find a relay for the lights? Is there a central control module that could be bad and be plaguing this issue?
I attached a photo of my lights because it seems there is some confusion on European vs American versions and which lights do what. I'm in US. Also, I have only owned this car since May 2019 so I do not have a lot of history on what this car has been through since 2007.
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Re: 2007 S60R Headlight Issue

Post by - Pete - » Sun Jan 05, 2020 12:41 am

What you have listed in your picture as the “high beam” is actually your DRL. Many turned them off as they were pretty much useless, other than for parking lights.

Your highs are the same beam/bulb as your lows, the reflector housing just tips up/down for high/low.

Pretty sure there’s a module that controls the self leveling. Check your rods on your 2 self leveling sensors situated amongst your rear suspension.

Edit: I spray fluid film on all the moving parts for my self leveling headlights (in the rear of the car) every other time I have the car in the air. Just a good practice to get into to prevent flake rusting & seizure.
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Re: 2007 S60R Headlight Issue

Post by Rattnalle » Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:35 am

When the self leveling sensor doesn't give a correct signal the car will set the headlights in the lowest possible setting. So I'm betting that's your issue.

There's only one sensor and it's a small box connected to the rear suspension link arm underneath the car. It's quite easy to spot iirc.

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Re: 2007 S60R Headlight Issue

Post by - Pete - » Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:29 am

Mine has them on both sides, my understanding was that was standard.
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