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Third Brake Light Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Third Brake Light Replacement

Jared Fenton

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$50

Talent:

**

Tools:

Flathead screwdriver, 10mm wrench, small pick

Applicable Models:

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

Parts Required:

Third brake light assembly

Hot Tip:

Have a helper when lifting the spoiler cover off

Performance Gain:

Improved collision avoidance from behind

Complementary Modification:

Replace main brake light bulbs

Sooner or later, the third brake light assembly will burn out. It's just a fact of life.

The third brake light on the Volvo C30 differs from your typical light bulb replacement, as it consists of light emitting diodes also known as LEDs. When one or more of the LEDs goes bad, you have to replace the entire light bar assembly.

Replacement is super easy and should only take about an hour. In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with changing out the assembly.

Shown here is the third brake light assembly on the Volvo C30.
Figure 1

Shown here is the third brake light assembly on the Volvo C30. Replacement is relatively easy and should take no more than an hour.

Begin by using a flathead screwdriver to carefully pry the top spoiler cover up and off the base plate (green arrow).
Figure 2

Begin by using a flathead screwdriver to carefully pry the top spoiler cover up and off the base plate (green arrow). Don't try to lift the whole thing off the car just yet.

Open the rear hatch and locate the three push clips that secure the rear of the spoiler cover to the car (green arrows).
Figure 3

Open the rear hatch and locate the three push clips that secure the rear of the spoiler cover to the car (green arrows). You'll want to push the center rivet inward to release the clips.

Shown here is a close up of the push clip as it is difficult to get aPicture with these installed on the car.
Figure 4

Shown here is a close up of the push clip as it is difficult to get aPicture with these installed on the car. You'll want to push the center rivet (green arrow) inward and then pull the whole clip out. When re-installing the clip, leave the rivet sitting slightly outward and then push it in. You can now remove the spoiler cover.

Loosen and remove the two 10mm nuts (green arrows) holding the third brake light assembly to the base plate.
Figure 5

Loosen and remove the two 10mm nuts (green arrows) holding the third brake light assembly to the base plate.

Press the tab (green arrow) on the electrical connector and pull it off.
Figure 6

Press the tab (green arrow) on the electrical connector and pull it off. You can now place the new third brake light assembly in place on the base plate. Installation is the reverse of removal.

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