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Changing Light Bulbs on the C30
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Changing Light Bulbs on the C30

Jared Fenton

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$5 to $100

Talent:

**

Tools:

10mm socket wrench, Philips and flat head screwdrivers

Applicable Models:

Volvo C30 T5 (2008-13)
Volvo C30 T5 R-Design (2008-13)

Parts Required:

New light bulbs

Hot Tip:

Don't touch the glass of the high and low beam bulbs

Performance Gain:

Better lighting at night

Complementary Modification:

Replace headlight and taillight lenses

Eventually, you'll need to replace the light bulbs on your C30. Replacement of the light bulbs is not an overly complex job, but there are a few unique ways in which the light bulbs are mounted within the car. In this article, I'll go over the steps required to replace nearly all the outside bulbs on your C30. Note that this article does not cover the replacement of the front fog lamps as our project car was not equipped with them.

Both sides of car - Replacing the headlight and turn signal bulbs requires removal of the headlight assembly from the body/chassis of the C30.
Figure 1

Both sides of car - Replacing the headlight and turn signal bulbs requires removal of the headlight assembly from the body/chassis of the C30.

Both sides of car: Open the hood and locate the locking pin (green arrow) holding the headlight assembly in place.
Figure 2

Both sides of car: Open the hood and locate the locking pin (green arrow) holding the headlight assembly in place.

Both sides of car: Pull the locking pin (green arrow) up and out of the car, this will unlock the headlight assembly from the chassis.
Figure 3

Both sides of car: Pull the locking pin (green arrow) up and out of the car, this will unlock the headlight assembly from the chassis.

Both sides of car: Carefully maneuver the headlight assembly out from the front of the car.
Figure 4

Both sides of car: Carefully maneuver the headlight assembly out from the front of the car.

Both sides of car: Turn the headlight assembly over to access the electrical connection.
Figure 5

Both sides of car: Turn the headlight assembly over to access the electrical connection. Press the tab (green arrow) and pull the connector off the headlight assembly.

Both sides of car: Shown here is the bulb holder (green arrow) for the front turn signal bulb.
Figure 6

Both sides of car: Shown here is the bulb holder (green arrow) for the front turn signal bulb. Rotate the holder counter-clockwise to release it from the headlight assembly.

Both sides of car: Now press the old bulb (green arrow) in slightly and turn it to release from the bulb holder.
Figure 7

Both sides of car: Now press the old bulb (green arrow) in slightly and turn it to release from the bulb holder. The new bulb installs in the reverse order.

Both sides of car: Accessing the headlight bulbs involves removing the cover on the rear of the headlight assembly.
Figure 8

Both sides of car: Accessing the headlight bulbs involves removing the cover on the rear of the headlight assembly. Carefully pull both locking clamps (green arrows) outward off the securing clips on the panel. Once free, remove the panel from the backside of the headlight assembly.

Both sides of car: Directly underneath the cover is the low beam light bulb (green arrow).
Figure 9

Both sides of car: Directly underneath the cover is the low beam light bulb (green arrow). Remove this bulb by turning it counter-clockwise to release it from the assembly. It is important to remember not to touch the glass portions with your bare fingers. The oils in your skin can damage the bulbs. Use a paper towel if you need to handle the glass portion of the bulb.

Both sides of car: Pry the two mounting ears (green arrow) on the electrical connector slightly outwards and pull it off the bulb.
Figure 10

Both sides of car: Pry the two mounting ears (green arrow) on the electrical connector slightly outwards and pull it off the bulb. When installing the new bulb, press the electrical connector back on and insert the bulb into the assembly.

Both sides of car: Deep inside the headlight assembly are the parking light bulb (green arrow) and the high beam bulb (yellow arrow).
Figure 11

Both sides of car: Deep inside the headlight assembly are the parking light bulb (green arrow) and the high beam bulb (yellow arrow). The parking light bulb simply pulls out. The high beam bulb must be rotated clockwise to release. Carefully pull each bulb out of the assembly.

Both sides of car: The parking light bulb (green arrow) simply pulls out of the holder.
Figure 12

Both sides of car: The parking light bulb (green arrow) simply pulls out of the holder.

Both sides of car: Pull up on the locking tab (green arrow) and pull the electrical connector off the high beam bulb.
Figure 13

Both sides of car: Pull up on the locking tab (green arrow) and pull the electrical connector off the high beam bulb. Once again, take caution not to touch the glass with your bare fingers.

Both sides of car: With the car's face squared away, we will move to the rear of the car.
Figure 14

Both sides of car: With the car's face squared away, we will move to the rear of the car. The taillight assembly must be removed to access the rear bulbs.

Both sides of car: Open the rear hatch and locate the access panel on the rear pillar.
Figure 15

Both sides of car: Open the rear hatch and locate the access panel on the rear pillar. Use a small flat head screwdriver to carefully pry out the panel using the indentations at the bottom (green arrows).

Both sides of car: With the panel removed, the upper 10mm mounting nut for the taillight assembly is visible (green arrow).
Figure 16

Both sides of car: With the panel removed, the upper 10mm mounting nut for the taillight assembly is visible (green arrow). Remove the nut, taking care not to drop it inside.

Both sides of car: Remove the lower carpeted access panel below (green arrow).
Figure 17

Both sides of car: Remove the lower carpeted access panel below (green arrow). You can simply pull these out by hand.

Both sides of car: Remove the three 10mm nuts (green arrows) holding the bottom of the taillight assembly to the car.
Figure 18

Both sides of car: Remove the three 10mm nuts (green arrows) holding the bottom of the taillight assembly to the car. Keep in mind that two of the nuts are not visible in this photo. You'll have to feel for them inside the access hole. Carefully pull the taillight assembly off the car.

Both sides of car: Turn the taillight assembly around and remove the brake light holder (green arrow) from the assembly (yellow arrow) by rotating it counter-clockwise.
Figure 19

Both sides of car: Turn the taillight assembly around and remove the brake light holder (green arrow) from the assembly (yellow arrow) by rotating it counter-clockwise. Once removed, carefully remove the bulb from the holder by pressing it down slightly, then turning it.

20:Both sides of car: Press the tabs on each electrical connector (green arrows) and pull them out of the circuit boards on the rear of the taillight assembly.
Figure 20

20:Both sides of car: Press the tabs on each electrical connector (green arrows) and pull them out of the circuit boards on the rear of the taillight assembly.

Both sides of car: Set the taillight assembly down and remove the rear fog/parking light board (yellow arrow) and the turn signal/reverse/parking light board (green arrow) from the light assembly.
Figure 21

Both sides of car: Set the taillight assembly down and remove the rear fog/parking light board (yellow arrow) and the turn signal/reverse/parking light board (green arrow) from the light assembly.

Both sides of car: The rear fog/parking light board is removed by pressing the tab shown here and pulling it off.
Figure 22

Both sides of car: The rear fog/parking light board is removed by pressing the tab shown here and pulling it off.

Both sides of car: The turn signal/reverse/parking light board is removed by pressing the two locking tabs (green arrows) inward and pulling the board out.
Figure 23

Both sides of car: The turn signal/reverse/parking light board is removed by pressing the two locking tabs (green arrows) inward and pulling the board out.

Both sides of car: Shown here are the various bulbs that fit in the circuit boards.
Figure 24

Both sides of car: Shown here are the various bulbs that fit in the circuit boards. The upper board houses the turn signal bulb (green arrow), back up light bulb (yellow arrow) and the parking light bulb. The lower circuit board houses the parking light (red arrow) and the rear fog light (purple arrow).

Both sides of car: The license plate lights are changed by loosening and removing the two Philips head screws (green arrows) holding the lens in place.
Figure 25

Both sides of car: The license plate lights are changed by loosening and removing the two Philips head screws (green arrows) holding the lens in place.

Both sides of car: Simply pop the light bulb (green arrow) out of the bulb holder and pop the new one into the receptacle.
Figure 26

Both sides of car: Simply pop the light bulb (green arrow) out of the bulb holder and pop the new one into the receptacle.

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Comments and Suggestions:
David Comments: Nick, two other people have asked how to remove the license plate bulb holders, and im going to be the third. Is it possible, without pulling the rear bumper?
July 26, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Unfortunately not. See the attached illustrations. The blue arrows point to the wiring harness clips, the red to the bulb holder fasteners. They are replaced together, the bumper has to be removed. - Nick at Pelican Parts
creckl Comments: @Nick - any headway on the article about license plate lamp bodies? trying to replace mine but realllllllyyy don't want to have to take off the bumper
January 23, 2016
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I will ask if they can add that info. Thanks for the push. ;) - Nick at Pelican Parts  
cee Comments: Any diagrams how to remove fog lights?
November 9, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: We don't currently have that tech article. If we get a chance to perform the procedure, we will be sure to document it.

I would grab a repair manual. It will have the procedure, special tools and torque specs.

Give our parts specialists a call at 1-888-280-7799. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 
Breezy Comments: Just what I needed. Thanks!
July 31, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: Thanks for the feedback. Glad we could help.
- Nick at Pelican Parts
 
al Comments: Hi. 2008 C30. I need to replace one of the license plate lamp bodies as pictured in fig 26. How do I remove the old one? If I use a flat head can I just pop it out? Do you sell replacement? I believe part # 31213991. Thanks!
February 6, 2015
  Followup from the Pelican Staff: I recall having to remove the trunk lid carpet panel, then the sockets come out from the inside of the trunk lid.

I will try to have this info added to the article asap. - Nick at Pelican Parts
 

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