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Reverse Light Switch Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Reverse Light Switch Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$33

Talent:

***

Tools:

22mm box end wrench, small flathead screwdriver

Applicable Models:

Volvo C30 (2007-13)

Parts Required:

Reverse light switch

Hot Tip:

Move the gear selector over enough to access the switch

Performance Gain:

Reverse lights work again

Complementary Modification:

Change transmission fluid

The reverse light switch is used to illuminate the lights on the rear of the car when reverse gear is selected. Over time, the switch can fail, rendering the lights useless. Replacing the switch is relatively straight forward, although it does require a few components to be removed for access. You'll need to remove the airbox, the MAF sensor and tube, the battery and battery box, the vacuum hose connections and also the support plate above the transmission mount. See the following articles for more information:

Airbox Removal

MAF Sensor Replacement

Battery Replacement

Battery Box Removal

Engine and Transmission Mount Replacement

The reverse light switch is located under the gearshift mechanism.
Figure 1

The reverse light switch is located under the gearshift mechanism. You'll need to remove the two-gearshift cables (green arrows) from the transmission to access the switch.

Removing the front cable is easy.
Figure 2

Removing the front cable is easy. Simply use a small flathead screwdriver to pry it off the ball pivot (green arrow). The rear cable is a little trickier. You'll need to pull the small wire-retaining clip forward (purple arrow) and lift the cable off.

This picture shows both cables disconnected.
Figure 3

This picture shows both cables disconnected. You can see the wire- retaining clip clearer in this photo. Now lift the cables out of the retaining bracket and set them aside.

You'll want to physically move the gearshift linkage (green arrow) over to access the switch below.
Figure 4

You'll want to physically move the gearshift linkage (green arrow) over to access the switch below. Press the tab on the electrical connector (purple arrow) and pull it off the reverse light switch.

Shown here is the reverse light switch (green arrow) with the electrical connector removed.
Figure 5

Shown here is the reverse light switch (green arrow) with the electrical connector removed.

You should have just enough room to loosen the switch with a 22mm box end wrench as shown here (green arrow).
Figure 6

You should have just enough room to loosen the switch with a 22mm box end wrench as shown here (green arrow).

Note the end of the switch (green arrow).
Figure 7

Note the end of the switch (green arrow). The ball end is pressed inward when the reverse gear is selected, causing the reverse lights to illuminate.

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