How to Adjust Volvo Headlights

Vehicle:   Volvo
Difficulty: ⚫⚫⚪⚪⚪
DIY Cost: $0
Est. Time: 30 min

It's important to make sure that your headlights are always properly aligned. If for some reason your Volvo headlights are misaligned, you can easily adjust them yourself. All you have to do is follow these simple steps.


  1. First, make sure your Volvo is parked facing a flat wall and is very close to begin. This could be in front of your garage door or a large brick wall.Volvo adjust headlight
  2. Mark the center of your vehicle on the wall. Do this by finding the center of the car, usually where the logo or font license place is located, and place a piece of masking tape on the wall directly in front of the car.
  3. Then you need to mark the center of each headlight. Place a vertical strip of masking tape on the wall directly in front of the center of each headlight. After that, use a measuring tape to measure how high the headlights are from the ground. Then place a piece of horizontal masking tape on the wall that high off of the ground for each headlight.
  4. So when you're done with all of that you should have two crosses of tape on the wall in front of each headlight and one piece of tape vertically marking where the center of the car is. Mark wall
  5. Back up your car about 25 feet away from the wall. Now turn the headlights on so they are shinning at the wall. You'll want to do this either when it's dark outside or in a dark room.aim volvo headlight
  6. Your Volvo has two adjustment screws for each headlight, the horizontal headlight screw is on the inside of the headlight housing and the vertical screw is on top of the housing.  Volvo headlight adjust

Using the horizontal and vertical screws, adjust each headlight so that the beam is 2 to 4 inches to the right of the vertical centerline and 2 to 4 inches below the horizontal centerline. You can adjust the screws using a Phillips head screwdriver.

Also, to make it easier you can adjust one headlight at a time by placing a piece of cardboard or chair in front of one headlight while you work on the other one. Check your Volvo's user manual to get specific headlight adjustment information for your car.

By YOUCANIC Automotive Experts
May 2020