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Third Brake and License Plate Light Bulb Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Third Brake and License Plate Light Bulb Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hour1 hr

Tab:

$100

Talent:

**

Tools:

Flathead screwdriver, T10, T25 Torx drivers

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:

Bulbs, LED strip, trim panel clips

Hot Tip:

Tape body to protect from scratches

Performance Gain:

Working lights

Complementary Modification:

Replace bulbs in pairs

The rear lights on your Volvo V70 are comprised of the taillights, high mount stop light (third brake light) and the license plate lights. All of these lights are serviced separately, bulb or lens. It is important to keep these lights functioning to avoid traffic violations and possible crashes due to improperly lit vehicle.

In this tech article I will show you how to replace the third brake light and license plate lights on your Volvo V70. The license plate lights are tungsten bulbs, while the third brake lights are LED bulbs. The third brake lights require the entire assembly to be replaced, when needed.

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 bulb 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.

Do not touch bulbs with your bare hands. The oil from your skin can damage the glass, causing it to overheat and fail prematurely.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts 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.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

License Plate Bulbs and Lens: There are two separate license plate bulb lenses (red arrows).
Figure 1

License Plate Bulbs and Lens: There are two separate license plate bulb lenses (red arrows). If you are having trouble with water intrusion or corrosion on one, replace both as a set with new gaskets.

License Plate Bulbs and Lens: Using a T10 Torx driver, remove the lens screws (red arrows).
Figure 2

License Plate Bulbs and Lens: Using a T10 Torx driver, remove the lens screws (red arrows).

License Plate Bulbs and Lens: Remove the lens by gently levering it out of the tail gate.
Figure 3

License Plate Bulbs and Lens: Remove the lens by gently levering it out of the tail gate.

License Plate Bulbs and Lens: To remove the bulb, pull it out of the metal contacts in the lens.
Figure 4

License Plate Bulbs and Lens: To remove the bulb, pull it out of the metal contacts in the lens. Inspect the lens or bulb (red arrow) for corrosion. Inspect the seal on the socket. If the seal is worn, dry rotted or shows signs of water entering the light, replace the lens and seal with new ones. Reassemble the license plate light in the reverse order.

Third Brake Light: Remove the tail gate interior side trim panels.
Figure 5

Third Brake Light: Remove the tail gate interior side trim panels. Working at the left side, remove the two T25 Torx screws for the recessed handle (red arrows). Then remove the handle from the tail gate (inset).

Third Brake Light: Then pull the trim panel down to detach the clips (red arrows).
Figure 6

Third Brake Light: Then pull the trim panel down to detach the clips (red arrows). Just release the section near the window for now.

Third Brake Light: Then pull the trim panel away from the tail gate to release the trim clips from the tail gate (red arrow).
Figure 7

Third Brake Light: Then pull the trim panel away from the tail gate to release the trim clips from the tail gate (red arrow). You will have to pull the panel down toward the bottom of the tail gate to detach the clips.

Third Brake Light: Next, pull the trim piece (red arrow) away from the edges of the tail gate.
Figure 8

Third Brake Light: Next, pull the trim piece (red arrow) away from the edges of the tail gate. The left side is shown. The right side is the same.

Third Brake Light: Pull the trim piece away from the tail gate detaching the retaining clips (red arrows).
Figure 9

Third Brake Light: Pull the trim piece away from the tail gate detaching the retaining clips (red arrows).

Third Brake Light: Remove the electrical connector from the third brake light.
Figure 10

Third Brake Light: Remove the electrical connector from the third brake light. Press the release tab (red arrow) and pull it straight out.

Third Brake Light: Remove the two T25 Torx fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 11

Third Brake Light: Remove the two T25 Torx fasteners (red arrows).

Third Brake Light: Remove the washer hose from the plastic mounts on the third brake light (red arrows).
Figure 12

Third Brake Light: Remove the washer hose from the plastic mounts on the third brake light (red arrows). Support the lens while doing this. Then remove the third brake light lens from the tail gate. Reverse the removal steps to install the new third brake light.




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