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Headlights won't come on when I turn on the switch

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The car has 240,000miles, when car is running, I turn on the headlight switch, no lights come on. Turn signals work, 4-way flashers work, high beam flash on when turnsignal lever is pulled and the interior lights on when door is open. Haynes manual calls out a headlight relay under dash location, but I can't find anything there. Swapped the silver relay near the battery with a relay known to be good, nothing happened. Is there another relays that is located somewhere else and whe I jiggle the headlight switch and cycle it off and on, nothing happeneds.


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  • d Gring May 11, 2010

    No headlights at all or the brights come on when you hold the lever back?

    My '87 245 did the same and I traced it to the low/high beam switch in the arm lever in the steering column.
    I fixed mine by replacing the whole arm lever.



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I am working on my 85 DL right now and got a few surprises when I went behind the dash - someone had been there before and moved a few things. I've owned the car for 21 years so it happened quite a while ago. I pulled my instrument cluster out along with the headlight switch. I suggest that you pull the headlight switch, ( a screwdriver removes the cover, after you've pulled the switch knob off with a good, steady tug on it.) Check for a loose connection. I found that Volvo and Haynes can't agree on the location of the relays so get a part number from the dealer for the headlight relay and then get started looking under the dash, especially under the middle A/C vents for the one you seek. I also found one hidden on the driver's side at the bottom of the center pedestal. It's black if that helps any.

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