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Constant replacement of headlight bulbs in '03 Volvo V70 wagon

I have a V70 wagon that goes though headlight low beam bulbs all too frequently. I seem to be replacing them every 3 to 9 months - regardless of the type of brand I use (PIAA, Bosch, Sylvania).

I get the feeling the real problem is something else in the system. Any thoughts on what it is?

I have heard similar complaints from someone who owns an S60 Volvo.


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I'd replace the light connectors. IPD USA sells them. Or it maybe a case of you touching the bulbs with your fingers. the oil on your hands will shorten the life of the bulbs considerably by the lens getting too hot and cracking.

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Check the spade terminals at the rear of the bulbs as they heat up and break down.

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Inside the glass lens of my 02 xc v70 the bulb fits inside a suspended metal tube that I didn't even know was there until I looked at it from the side one day and realized I had jammed the bulb on the side of this tube causing a shortened life. I had to stick my finger inside the hole the bulb goes in an straighten the tube before putting another one in...

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Possibly a worn headlight relay also check housing for cracks/leaks

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