Looking for head lamp leveling control

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esjot
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Looking for head lamp leveling control

Post by esjot » Tue Jun 01, 2021 12:17 pm

Hi everybody,

i am looking for the control units which is used for head lamp leveling, only the hydraulic unit located in the console.
If anyone has this part and is willing to send to Germany, please let my know.

Stephan

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Re: Looking for head lamp leveling control

Post by jifflemon » Tue Jun 01, 2021 6:11 pm

Didn’t think it was ever fitted to uk 480’s?

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Re: Looking for head lamp leveling control

Post by dcwalker » Tue Jun 01, 2021 6:53 pm

It wasn't, so hopefully some of our Mainland Europe friends can help...

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Re: Looking for head lamp leveling control

Post by MisterH » Tue Jun 01, 2021 8:03 pm

What does it actually do?
Current Jobs to do (6/6/21):
Fix Central Locking
Fix drivers side speaker
suspension creaking below 40mph
Un-F*ck the car

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Re: Looking for head lamp leveling control

Post by jifflemon » Tue Jun 01, 2021 10:11 pm

MisterH wrote:
Tue Jun 01, 2021 8:03 pm
What does it actually do?
allows the headlamps to compensate for loads in the rears by lowering the aim.

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Re: Looking for head lamp leveling control

Post by brinkie » Wed Jun 02, 2021 8:43 am

It was fitted for German cars only, it is a thick fluid which pushes the lamps into position. As it was clearly an afterthought (or rather an "oh shit" moment because it is a unique requirement for Germany), it wasn't well thought-out and will eventually break.
German forums have a solution, I think it was a Mk3 Ford Fiesta electric headlamp adjuster which fitted. But as was already said, the system is completely unknown outside Germany!

Edit: Found a complete kit online! https://lwr-shop.de/umbaukits/volvo-480-lwr/
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Re: Looking for head lamp leveling control

Post by MisterH » Wed Jun 02, 2021 11:23 am

Ok so its a hydraulic system as opposed to an electric system that we have, did it need to be more complicated? :rofl:
Current Jobs to do (6/6/21):
Fix Central Locking
Fix drivers side speaker
suspension creaking below 40mph
Un-F*ck the car

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Re: Looking for head lamp leveling control

Post by esjot » Fri Jun 11, 2021 3:35 pm

Hi Guys,

just bought the electrical kit, its is tricky enough to make it fit. Unfortunately headlamp leveling is required by German regulations, this is one of the reasons my car has not seen a road for years. You won't get the MOT or TÜV without this shit.

I gave up to fix this this rotten plastic, it won't work.

Thanks for your replies.

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