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      Headlight Bulb Blowing

      I've got OEM jewel headlamps that I've retrofitted with upgraded sockets I spliced in after the original sockets burned themselves up (not literally). Tonight, after three+ years, one side of the PIAA Xtreme White H11 bulbs I've been running blew out. No problem, I thought, as I pulled out the backup bulb I saved when I replaced both bulbs after only one side went out, keeping the old but working bulb as a spare. Well, the spare immediately blew as well. There is a dark spot on the glass on both blown bulbs. So now I'm afraid there's a surge happening, and any additional bulb will suffer the same fate. I was going to just buy the cheapest H11 bulb I could find and hope for the best, but I fear the worst. How would one troubleshoot this?
      1998 V70 T5m @200k miles; 18t, turboback, Quaife LSD, Koni FSD/Eibach, IPD sways, DO88 I/C, SNAAB intake, ARD Blue, greens, etc., 50% E85
      1995 850 Turbo Sold at @168k miles.
      2004 V70R 6mt SOLD in 2008

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      That sounds like cold start current rush failure.

      Maybe give leds a try?

      We've been having very good results with these:

      https://www.amazon.com/NINEO-Headlig...%2C185&sr=8-28

      Clean pattern, no glare and fits under the dust cap. Cheap too.
      2003 V70 T5 - Mystic/Graphite - M56LK - 201k - K24/Greens/Do88 IC/SMF & P2R Clutch/DW300C/H&R/Bilstein TC/Delrin/316mm & 308mm Brakes - SteveO Tuned
      1999 V70 T5 - Pewter/R Graphite & Alcantara - AW42 - 292k - Daily/Work Wagon
      1999 V70 T5 - Nautic/R Graphite & Alcantara - M56H - 174k - Rescued
      1999 V70 T5 - Emerald/Graphite - M56H - 119k - Garage Queen
      2000 V70 T5 - Mystic/Graphite - AW42 - 240k - Moms Unicorn
      2000 S70 GLT SE- Mystic/Graphite - AW42 - 215k - Sisters

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      Quote Originally Posted by ScottishBrick View Post
      That sounds like cold start current rush failure.

      Maybe give leds a try?

      We've been having very good results with these:

      https://www.amazon.com/NINEO-Headlig...%2C185&sr=8-28

      Clean pattern, no glare and fits under the dust cap. Cheap too.
      Thanks. I'm absolutely open to trying those, but I thought some conversion was required. Are the LEDs more robust against this failure cause? And are those bulbs the same (or smaller) size than incandescents? Seems like the incandescents barely fit.
      1998 V70 T5m @200k miles; 18t, turboback, Quaife LSD, Koni FSD/Eibach, IPD sways, DO88 I/C, SNAAB intake, ARD Blue, greens, etc., 50% E85
      1995 850 Turbo Sold at @168k miles.
      2004 V70R 6mt SOLD in 2008

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      Quote Originally Posted by washdup View Post
      Thanks. I'm absolutely open to trying those, but I thought some conversion was required. Are the LEDs more robust against this failure cause? And are those bulbs the same (or smaller) size than incandescents? Seems like the incandescents barely fit.
      Much more robust. They fit fine. No mods required they are truly plug and play for the low beams
      2003 V70 T5 - Mystic/Graphite - M56LK - 201k - K24/Greens/Do88 IC/SMF & P2R Clutch/DW300C/H&R/Bilstein TC/Delrin/316mm & 308mm Brakes - SteveO Tuned
      1999 V70 T5 - Pewter/R Graphite & Alcantara - AW42 - 292k - Daily/Work Wagon
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      For the stock lights, is there a plug and play LED advantage for the H7?
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      1998 OSD V70 T5M | M56H | Signal Red(601)/Tan(3960) | IPD susp | ARD Custom Tune | Delrin subframe bushings | Propus

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      Quote Originally Posted by 98v70t5man View Post
      For the stock lights, is there a plug and play LED advantage for the H7?


      YUP.

      That’s p80 E code low with H7s.



      Same brand led.

      https://www.amazon.com/NINEO-H7-Head...6237253&sr=8-4

      If you still have stock DOT lenses do your night vision a favor and get e codes. Budget upgrade and the low pattern becomes crisper, 20% more light down-road and the highs become a spot-flood combination.
      2003 V70 T5 - Mystic/Graphite - M56LK - 201k - K24/Greens/Do88 IC/SMF & P2R Clutch/DW300C/H&R/Bilstein TC/Delrin/316mm & 308mm Brakes - SteveO Tuned
      1999 V70 T5 - Pewter/R Graphite & Alcantara - AW42 - 292k - Daily/Work Wagon
      1999 V70 T5 - Nautic/R Graphite & Alcantara - M56H - 174k - Rescued
      1999 V70 T5 - Emerald/Graphite - M56H - 119k - Garage Queen
      2000 V70 T5 - Mystic/Graphite - AW42 - 240k - Moms Unicorn
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      Sorry for the hijack, Mitch, but Will, is it one of these? Sorry unclear what an e-code means. Checked FCP and Viva.

      http://www.skandix.de/en/spare-parts...headlight/635/
      -Paul
      1998 OSD V70 T5M | M56H | Signal Red(601)/Tan(3960) | IPD susp | ARD Custom Tune | Delrin subframe bushings | Propus

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      Finally got around to trying the LEDs. Unfortunately, one of the two bulbs was found to be defective (only a very dim output), but the other bulb worked and fit properly. I was initially stumped by the whirring noise, until I discovered these bulbs have an integrated mini-fan! Apparently these things get very hot. In fact, during testing, the lit (good) bulb briefly touched a bit of engine bay plastic and immediately sent up some smoke. Made me wonder what might occur if the fan were to fail. However, the light output really is remarkable, both in brightness and color. I will be sending the defective set back to Amazon, but I'm now sufficiently intrigued by what appears to be a significant improvement in function with these bulbs that I will request a replacement set and give them another try.
      1998 V70 T5m @200k miles; 18t, turboback, Quaife LSD, Koni FSD/Eibach, IPD sways, DO88 I/C, SNAAB intake, ARD Blue, greens, etc., 50% E85
      1995 850 Turbo Sold at @168k miles.
      2004 V70R 6mt SOLD in 2008

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      Okay, I got two good LEDs from the manufacturer and installed them. Everything Will says about these bulbs is true. The light output is just ridiculous. Very impressive. However, as is so often the case with these old cars, modifications and upgrades can reveal lurking problems. In this case, the increased light output from the LEDs really emphasized that the passenger side lamp was aimed high. I took it to a wall and found the aim on the p/s lamp is about 8-10" higher at 25 feet, versus right at the wall. The finger adjustment is broken (the gear is gone) and the 10mm bolt adjustment turns and turns but does not change the aim in either direction. I'd love to keep these bulbs, but I fear they are going to blind other drivers. How can I adjust the aim?
      1998 V70 T5m @200k miles; 18t, turboback, Quaife LSD, Koni FSD/Eibach, IPD sways, DO88 I/C, SNAAB intake, ARD Blue, greens, etc., 50% E85
      1995 850 Turbo Sold at @168k miles.
      2004 V70R 6mt SOLD in 2008

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      Quote Originally Posted by washdup View Post
      Okay, I got two good LEDs from the manufacturer and installed them. Everything Will says about these bulbs is true. The light output is just ridiculous. Very impressive. However, as is so often the case with these old cars, modifications and upgrades can reveal lurking problems. In this case, the increased light output from the LEDs really emphasized that the passenger side lamp was aimed high. I took it to a wall and found the aim on the p/s lamp is about 8-10" higher at 25 feet, versus right at the wall. The finger adjustment is broken (the gear is gone) and the 10mm bolt adjustment turns and turns but does not change the aim in either direction. I'd love to keep these bulbs, but I fear they are going to blind other drivers. How can I adjust the aim?
      Replace the adjuster. I might have spares or can easily get. It’s also possible it popped out? I’d pull the light off the car and take a look internally with the caps off.


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      2003 V70 T5 - Mystic/Graphite - M56LK - 201k - K24/Greens/Do88 IC/SMF & P2R Clutch/DW300C/H&R/Bilstein TC/Delrin/316mm & 308mm Brakes - SteveO Tuned
      1999 V70 T5 - Pewter/R Graphite & Alcantara - AW42 - 292k - Daily/Work Wagon
      1999 V70 T5 - Nautic/R Graphite & Alcantara - M56H - 174k - Rescued
      1999 V70 T5 - Emerald/Graphite - M56H - 119k - Garage Queen
      2000 V70 T5 - Mystic/Graphite - AW42 - 240k - Moms Unicorn
      2000 S70 GLT SE- Mystic/Graphite - AW42 - 215k - Sisters

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      Thanks. Been driving around with it pointing high. Fortunately it's the right side and points outward and I don't drive often at night. What does the adjuster look like? Is it sold separately? Same on regular x70s if I need to pull one from a yard?
      1998 V70 T5m @200k miles; 18t, turboback, Quaife LSD, Koni FSD/Eibach, IPD sways, DO88 I/C, SNAAB intake, ARD Blue, greens, etc., 50% E85
      1995 850 Turbo Sold at @168k miles.
      2004 V70R 6mt SOLD in 2008

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      Any 98-00/04 p80 chassis adjuster/leveler will work.


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      2003 V70 T5 - Mystic/Graphite - M56LK - 201k - K24/Greens/Do88 IC/SMF & P2R Clutch/DW300C/H&R/Bilstein TC/Delrin/316mm & 308mm Brakes - SteveO Tuned
      1999 V70 T5 - Pewter/R Graphite & Alcantara - AW42 - 292k - Daily/Work Wagon
      1999 V70 T5 - Nautic/R Graphite & Alcantara - M56H - 174k - Rescued
      1999 V70 T5 - Emerald/Graphite - M56H - 119k - Garage Queen
      2000 V70 T5 - Mystic/Graphite - AW42 - 240k - Moms Unicorn
      2000 S70 GLT SE- Mystic/Graphite - AW42 - 215k - Sisters

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      On mine I put a wrench on the bolt and it turns without changing the adjustment, so a gear appears to be stripped somewhere. I'm not sure which component of the lamp assembly that is. Is that a separate part number sold separately? I've pulled the assembly before, but I've never examined the leveling components. Do you have to pull the whole lamp to get to it/swap it?
      1998 V70 T5m @200k miles; 18t, turboback, Quaife LSD, Koni FSD/Eibach, IPD sways, DO88 I/C, SNAAB intake, ARD Blue, greens, etc., 50% E85
      1995 850 Turbo Sold at @168k miles.
      2004 V70R 6mt SOLD in 2008

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      Pull the light, take the covers off. The adjustment mechanism is visible and easily removed. Usually twist counter clockwise then lift the outside part upwards so the ball seat comes free from its socket. Its possible that socket is loose or disconnected too
      2003 V70 T5 - Mystic/Graphite - M56LK - 201k - K24/Greens/Do88 IC/SMF & P2R Clutch/DW300C/H&R/Bilstein TC/Delrin/316mm & 308mm Brakes - SteveO Tuned
      1999 V70 T5 - Pewter/R Graphite & Alcantara - AW42 - 292k - Daily/Work Wagon
      1999 V70 T5 - Nautic/R Graphite & Alcantara - M56H - 174k - Rescued
      1999 V70 T5 - Emerald/Graphite - M56H - 119k - Garage Queen
      2000 V70 T5 - Mystic/Graphite - AW42 - 240k - Moms Unicorn
      2000 S70 GLT SE- Mystic/Graphite - AW42 - 215k - Sisters

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      Thanks so much, Will.
      1998 V70 T5m @200k miles; 18t, turboback, Quaife LSD, Koni FSD/Eibach, IPD sways, DO88 I/C, SNAAB intake, ARD Blue, greens, etc., 50% E85
      1995 850 Turbo Sold at @168k miles.
      2004 V70R 6mt SOLD in 2008

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