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Tail Light Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Tail Light Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hours1 hrs

Tab:

$200

Talent:

**

Tools:

Flathead screwdriver, 8mm socket

Applicable Models:

Volvo V70 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 2.4T (2001)
Volvo V70 AWD (1998-99)
Volvo V70 GLT (1998-00)
Volvo V70 GLT SE (2000)
Volvo V70 R (1998)
Volvo V70 R AWD (1999-00)
Volvo V70 T5 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 X/C (2001)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD (1998-00)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD SE (2000)

Parts Required:

Taillight assembly, taillight bulbs, taillight bulb socket

Hot Tip:

Tape body so you do not scratch it

Performance Gain:

Replace faulty taillight lens and replace faulty taillight bulb

Complementary Modification:

Replace taillight seal

In this tech article, I will show you how to replace the taillights on your Volvo V70 wagon. The taillights on Volvo V70 models are comprised of two separate plastic lenses. The upper lens house the turn signal and stop lamps. The lower lens house the taillights, reverse light and rear fog lamps.

V70 exterior bulbs are monitored by the rear bulb failure warning sensor. The warning sensor receives inputs from the switch through fuses, then sends the signal to the bulbs, monitoring the current. When current is incorrect the warning bulb in the instrument cluster is lit.

When dealing with bulb failures or bulb out messages, always inspect the electrical connector and taillight bulb holder. The connectors can wear over time causing heat and melting. Once the electrical connector on the harness side or the taillight socket has melted, you will have a poor connection and rear bulb faults or failures. If you find the connector is melted, you can repair it by installing a new plug pigtail and / or replacing the bulb socket assembly.

Keep in mind that when your car was serviced before, parts may have been replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have, so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

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The taillights on Volvo V70 models are comprised of two separate plastic lenses.
Figure 1

The taillights on Volvo V70 models are comprised of two separate plastic lenses. The upper lens house the turn signal (yellow arrow) and stop lamps (red arrow). The lower lens house the taillights (blue arrows), reverse light (green arrow) and rear fog (only left side) lamps.

Lift and open the center storage door covering the spare tire.
Figure 2

Lift and open the center storage door covering the spare tire. Then remove the center side panel by pulling it straight up (red arrow).



Working in the corner of the luggage compartment, open the carpeted door to access the taillight bulb sockets.
Figure 3

Working in the corner of the luggage compartment, open the carpeted door to access the taillight bulb sockets. Rotate the knob (red arrow) 90° and tilt the door out and remove it.

Remove the electrical connector by pulling it straight out of the bulb holder (green arrow).
Figure 4

Remove the electrical connector by pulling it straight out of the bulb holder (green arrow). Then squeeze the tabs (red arrows) toward the center of the bulb holder and pull the bulb holder out of the taillight. To replace a bulb, rotate the bulb (inset) 45° counter clockwise and remove it.

Working in the corner of the luggage compartment, use a flathead screwdriver to lever open the speaker cover (red arrows).
Figure 5

Working in the corner of the luggage compartment, use a flathead screwdriver to lever open the speaker cover (red arrows).

Open the speaker cover and remove it.
Figure 6

Open the speaker cover and remove it. This exposes the pillar speaker (green arrow). Working at the bottom of the speaker, pull the plastic retainers out (inset). Then pull the speaker away from the pillar and unhook at top. Disconnect the electrical connector and remove it from the pillar.

Working at the bulb holder, remove the electrical connector by pulling it straight out of the bulb holder (red arrow).
Figure 7

Working at the bulb holder, remove the electrical connector by pulling it straight out of the bulb holder (red arrow).

Then squeeze the tabs (red arrow) toward the center of the bulb holder and pull the bulb holder out of the taillight.
Figure 8

Then squeeze the tabs (red arrow) toward the center of the bulb holder and pull the bulb holder out of the taillight.

To replace a bulb, rotate the bulb (inset) 45° counter clockwise and remove it.
Figure 9

To replace a bulb, rotate the bulb (inset) 45° counter clockwise and remove it.

To replace the lenses, start by removing the upper lens.
Figure 10

To replace the lenses, start by removing the upper lens. Remove the two 8mm nuts (red arrows). These are hard to see. The inset photos shows the nuts close up.

Then pull the taillight out of the body and remove it.
Figure 11

Then pull the taillight out of the body and remove it.

Next, remove the lower lens.
Figure 12

Next, remove the lower lens. Remove the two 8mm nuts. First remove the top one, which requires a universal socket or a wobble extension (red arrow).

Next, remove the lower 8mm nut, which requires a universal socket or a wobble extension (red arrow).
Figure 13

Next, remove the lower 8mm nut, which requires a universal socket or a wobble extension (red arrow).

Then pull the taillight out of the body and remove it.
Figure 14

Then pull the taillight out of the body and remove it.

When installing a new taillight lens, check that the taillight seals (red arrows) are in good condition.
Figure 15

When installing a new taillight lens, check that the taillight seals (red arrows) are in good condition. If this seal leaks, water can leak into the trunk or taillight lens.

When installing a new taillight lens, transfer over the painted trim piece from the lower taillight lens.
Figure 16

When installing a new taillight lens, transfer over the painted trim piece from the lower taillight lens. Lever it off using a flathead screwdriver (red arrow). Then snap it onto the new lens.

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