V70 Headlight Glass Replacement

It’s a relatively easy process to fix the glass, and it takes only about 30 minutes to do. These pictures are from a 99 V70 XC, but the process should not be too different for other cars in the same series.


Step 1: Get the replacement glass. If you’re lucky enough to the glass from a junk yard like Pull-A-Part, this is probably going to be the cheapest route. My wife ordered our glass from IPD. We ordered both the driver side and passenger side lenses since each car was broken on a different side. It’s not as cheap, but it saved us the time of calling around.  It’s also shiny clean when it arrives. Don’t forget to get a new rubber seal. The kit from IPD includes a new seal and clips.

Step 2: Pop the hood and unplug the wire leads to the headlight assembly.

Step 3: Remove the three 10mm screws from the back of the headlight assembly. There are two near the grill, and one under the hood latch.

Step 4: Gently pull out the headlight assembly a little bit. The turn signal has two tabs that slide into the side of the headight assembly so it will also come out. Be gentle as these tabs might break, and you could wiind up replacing a turn signal assembly. Once the light assembly has been pulled out enough to see the tabs, gently twist the turn signal just a few degrees and slide out the tabs. At this point, you should be able to slide out the whole assembly.

Step 5: Use a small screw driver to pry the black presssure clips from around the edge. There is also one silver brace on the bottom that can be removed with a T15 torx driver.

Step 6: Remove the broken glass and rubber seal from the assembly.

Step 7: Test fit the new seal and cut to length.  Put the new seal in the track.  Be sure to put the two ends at the bottom.

Step 8: Overlay the new lens and snap the clips into place.  Alternate from side to side as you put them on. Screw the small silver brace back onto the bottom.

Step 9: Partially slide the headlight back into place. Slide the turn signal into the slots, and then slide both units into place.

Step 10: Screw in the three 10mm screws, and snap the wire leads back into place.

That’s all there is to it. Of course, you should probably clean up your tools and test the lights, but that only takes a few seconds.

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