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Forgive my ignorance. This is my first vehicle with Xenon lights. I received a "headlight malfunction" message on the info display around dusk last night.
Indeed, one of the bi-xenon's was out. In my mind I was ready to order two new bulbs for $100 but when I got back in the drivers seat, I accidentally brushed the flash to pass stalk. To my surprise the headlight that was out, turned on(?). When I put the stalk in highbeam it also lit and stayed on.

My understanding of the bi-xenon system is that the highbeams are actually always on. In non-highbeam mode, there's a shutter behind the lens that cuts part of the beam. When the high-beams are activated, an actuator opens the shutter and lets all output through the lens.

Am I wrong? What do you think the problem may be? Something funky with the ballast? I'll add that I noticed condensation built up inside the headlight housing.
I guess I have a crack or bad seal, and that invariable means unless I can find the penetration point and seal it, I'll be on the hook for a new headlight -- and of course it's an adaptive which means $$$$ :mad:
 

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did you ever figure out the 15 degrees off thing? it may be related.
Well, I had planned to take it to a Volvo specialist today but as Murphy's Law loves kicking you when you're down, the Owner told me they need VIDA to truly diagnose this problem and that or my ABLs no longer returning to center and staying locked to the left, but Volvo is taking ALL of the VIDA system down today at 4pm EDT and they're closed on the weekends. So, they earliest they could see me is on Tuesday.
 

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Ignore this thread. The message read bulb failure low beam. The maintenance required message was regarding my ABL failure
After further review, the passenger side high beam is dead too. Appears the reflection off an angled white wall hit at just the right location to make it seem like both lights were on.

I’m guessing the condensation killed it because it can’t be coincidence.
 
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