Question about 2001 Volvo S60
2004 S60 2.5T AWD, owned for about 14 months, 66k miles, CPO car. We've had at least 6, and probably more like 8 - 10 bulbs replaced in the short time we've owned the car, including one of the bi-xenon headlamps (approx. $125!). Seems like every 6 weeks or so we get the warning on the dash about a position bulb failure. Occasionally, the warning disappears on its own. But we usually have to take car to the dealer for bulb replacement. I've asked service mgr why so many bulb failures, and he tries to assure me that it's just the age of the car, and we're going through a cycle of replacing all bulbs, one by one. Once we have all new bulbs, the problem should disappear. I'm not buying it, and think it might have something to do with the voltage regulator or wiring harness, or some other problem with the car's electrical system. What do you think? Are there any technical bulletins on the subject?
The bulbs last forever on my 240s, but they don't last on my '94 850 and '98 XC70. The dash bulbs are hard to fix and the radio bulbs are soldered in. One solution is to always keep the dash lights dimmed about 30% from full brightness, and don't leave the headlights on during daylight. I keep them on but need to replace at least one headlight bulb each year. You could also check the battery voltage with a simple voltmeter just to be sure the voltage regulator is within spec. If the charging voltage is too high, the battery life might also be shortened.
Posted on Jan 09, 2009
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