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Old 06-14-2005, 00:28   #1 (permalink)
Andy Mann
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V 70 daylight running lights

I bought a 4 year old V 70 2 months ago and have had to change already two
of the bulbs in the headlights, one main beam and one dip failed in each
headlight.

When I see other Volvos I regularly see them with a headlight out, is this a
problem on the V 70 and other Volvo models.

How can I switch of the daylight running lights


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Old 06-14-2005, 00:28   #2 (permalink)
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Re: V 70 daylight running lights

In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
Andy Mann <tom@tom_tom.com> wrote:

> I bought a 4 year old V 70 2 months ago and have had to change
> already two of the bulbs in the headlights, one main beam and one dip
> failed in each headlight.
>
> When I see other Volvos I regularly see them with a headlight out, is
> this a problem on the V 70 and other Volvo models.
>
> How can I switch of the daylight running lights


4-years-old suggests that it's the new shape - based on the S80 chassis -
rather than the old shape, based on the 850. If so, I think it requires a
tweek of the on-board computer - which requires dealer action.

If it's the old shape, there's a small screw in the lighting switch which
can be turned to any of 3 positions to control how the lights work. This is
explained in the owner handbook. My 1999 V70 (UK) - with the screw set to
the appropriate position - never has lights on in the daytime unless I
explicitly turn them on.

[I'm sure this will provoke yet another flame war about the merits/de-merits
of daylight running lights - but what the hell!]
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Old 06-14-2005, 00:28   #3 (permalink)
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Re: V 70 daylight running lights

Dealers in the US do NOT like to switch the daylight running lights off
because they could potentially get sued if an accident resulted. It is a
safety feature!?????

G


"Bonnet Lock" <vol@privacy.net> wrote in message
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> In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
> Andy Mann <tom@tom_tom.com> wrote:
>
>> I bought a 4 year old V 70 2 months ago and have had to change
>> already two of the bulbs in the headlights, one main beam and one dip
>> failed in each headlight.
>>
>> When I see other Volvos I regularly see them with a headlight out, is
>> this a problem on the V 70 and other Volvo models.
>>
>> How can I switch of the daylight running lights

>
> 4-years-old suggests that it's the new shape - based on the S80 chassis -
> rather than the old shape, based on the 850. If so, I think it requires a
> tweek of the on-board computer - which requires dealer action.
>
> If it's the old shape, there's a small screw in the lighting switch which
> can be turned to any of 3 positions to control how the lights work. This
> is
> explained in the owner handbook. My 1999 V70 (UK) - with the screw set to
> the appropriate position - never has lights on in the daytime unless I
> explicitly turn them on.
>
> [I'm sure this will provoke yet another flame war about the
> merits/de-merits
> of daylight running lights - but what the hell!]
> --
> Cheers,
> Bonnet Lock
> ______
> Please reply to newsgroup. Reply address is invalid.
>
>



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Old 06-14-2005, 00:28   #4 (permalink)
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Re: V 70 daylight running lights

In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
Gunner <Arty_15@hotmail.com> wrote:

> Dealers in the US do NOT like to switch the daylight running lights
> off because they could potentially get sued if an accident resulted.
> It is a safety feature!?????
>


It's hardly a safety feature if the bulbs burn out from constant use, and
leave you with no lights when it's *dark*!

At least with the earlier V70 you can turn the bl***y things off yourself
without needing to involve a litigation-wary dealer!
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Old 06-14-2005, 00:28   #5 (permalink)
Bill
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Re: V 70 daylight running lights

To go back to the original question, I live in the UK, have a '97 V70 and
experienced the same problem soon after I bought it in 2000. I changed one
headlight bulb, then another would go, and so on. Eventually, I took advice
from the (very experienced) Chief Mechanic at my local Volvo dealership, who
recommended I change all four (2 x dipped and 2 x full beam) bulbs at the
same time, and with Volvo bulbs rather than generics.

I took some convincing, but eventually did as I was told. Whether by fluke
or not, I have not had another bulb go in the last four years, and I run
with daylight running lights on (travelling regularly on the M25 around
London, I'll take any help that's offered in order to be seen......!)

Bill


"Bonnet Lock" <vol@privacy.net> wrote in message
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> In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
> Gunner <Arty_15@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Dealers in the US do NOT like to switch the daylight running lights
>> off because they could potentially get sued if an accident resulted.
>> It is a safety feature!?????
>>

>
> It's hardly a safety feature if the bulbs burn out from constant use, and
> leave you with no lights when it's *dark*!
>
> At least with the earlier V70 you can turn the bl***y things off yourself
> without needing to involve a litigation-wary dealer!
> --
> Cheers,
> Bonnet Lock
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>



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Old 06-14-2005, 00:28   #6 (permalink)
Gunner
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Re: V 70 daylight running lights

I enjoyed you view.

If you put fuel in the tank when it is near empty why not change a bulb that
is burned out. So the bulb is expensive. So is the gas.

The daylight running lights are to make you more visible so those less
safety conscious non-volvo drivers have a better chance of not running into
you. This has nothing to do with you driving ability.

I have been driving my XC70 for 3 years and have spent $0.00 on burned out
bulbs of any kind.

BTW using lights in the day time was started by motorcycle gangs as a means
of increasing there visibility and survival.

Putting this another way to save $20 you would increase your chances of have
an accident?
(Dealer Parts says $15.49 plus tax) The dealer has to download software to
update the computer.
BTW I asked my service IF he would do this and his diplomatic answer was
"NO!!!!!!!!!"

Actually I do not drive with daylight running light on at all, I use my
lights all of the time.

Cheers



"Bonnet Lock" <vol@privacy.net> wrote in message
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> In an earlier contribution to this discussion,
> Gunner <Arty_15@hotmail.com> wrote:
>
>> Dealers in the US do NOT like to switch the daylight running lights
>> off because they could potentially get sued if an accident resulted.
>> It is a safety feature!?????
>>

>
> It's hardly a safety feature if the bulbs burn out from constant use, and
> leave you with no lights when it's *dark*!
>
> At least with the earlier V70 you can turn the bl***y things off yourself
> without needing to involve a litigation-wary dealer!
> --
> Cheers,
> Bonnet Lock
> ______
> Please reply to newsgroup. Reply address is invalid.
>
>



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Old 06-14-2005, 00:28   #7 (permalink)
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Re: V 70 daylight running lights


"Andy Mann" <tom@tom_tom.com> wrote in message
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> I bought a 4 year old V 70 2 months ago and have had to change already two
> of the bulbs in the headlights, one main beam and one dip failed in each
> headlight.
>
> When I see other Volvos I regularly see them with a headlight out, is this

a
> problem on the V 70 and other Volvo models.
>
> How can I switch of the daylight running lights
>

When I bought my (old) volvo the headlights were about the only globes still
working. It popped a couple I replaced fairly soon and I noticed the
headlights changed brightness markedly so checked the alternator output. It
was overcharging and after fixing it no globes have blown (since 6 months
ago at least).


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