Justin on how to improve Volvo headlights:
- Better bulbs – I use Silverstars and am quite happy with them, but others will say they’re useless gimmicky crap. Whatever; I can see the difference and they light up the road in front of me pretty well. There are other good alternatives as well. I would recommend NOT going to a higher wattage bulb.
- E-code lenses – source these from non US-markets
- New reflectors – ($) yours are probably dull and pitted by now
- HID conversion kit – reflectors, lenses, bulbs, and ballasts. Probably the best improvement, but expensive.
OK – I am poverty stricken and have ordered a set of bulbs. Both headlights were totally out of adjustment and the right hand one won’t adjust at all .When I took the cover off behind the lampholder inside the engine bay I felt the reflector moving like it is hinged on the top but whatever locks the bottom in place has left go and it swings like a trapeze. Both reflectors are in good condition and look nice and shiny and silver. With the lights set up properly (only had the car a couple of months) and the new bulbs it should work out OK.
While we’re on the subject, please forgive me for repeatedly asking basic questions but how do I remove the glass headlight lens to see what’s happened to the reflector that moves? I can see the spring clips around the top, but not what else holds it in place at the bottom or side against the rubber seal? I don’t want to break anything. Does the park light assembly have to come off too, and how does that fix in place?