Volvo Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1970-1989 Repair Guide

Signal and Marker Lights

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



Front Turn Signal and Marker Lights

See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4 and 5

The turn signals and side marker lights are generally reached by removing the lens. Front lenses through 1984-85 are retained by two screws; remove the screws and the lens. Don't lose the rubber gasket under the lens as it serves to keep water out of the lamp. With the lens off, the bulb can be removed with a half-turn counterclockwise. Wear gloves or wrap the bulb in a rag when removing as old bulbs frequently shatter when turned. Install the new bulb and turn the lights on to check bulb function. Install the gasket and the lens, but don't overtighten the mounting screws-you can crack the lens.



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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of the front lighting assembly



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Fig. Fig. 2: Exploded view of front sidemarker and turn signal assemblies-prior to 1986



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Fig. Fig. 3: Remove the Phillips screws retaining the turn signal lens



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Fig. Fig. 4: Once detached, set the lens aside in a safe place along with the hardware



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Fig. Fig. 5: Turn the bulb counterclockwise and remove

In the mid-1980s, the government required sealed lighting units to prevent moisture intrusion. If no mounting screws are visible on the front of the lens, the bulb is reached from under the hood. After identifying the proper lamp, simply grasp the base of the socket, turn it counterclockwise and remove the bulb and socket from the housing. Using gloves or a rag, remove the bulb from the socket either with a turn to the left or, for smaller lamps, by pulling the the bulb straight out. After installing the new bulb, turn the lights on to check the bulb function before replacing the socket in the housing. After the socket is in the housing, lock it in place with a half-turn clockwise.

Rear Turn Signal, Brake, Parking and Marker Lights

See Figures 6, 7, 8, 9 and 10

With the exception of station wagons through 1980, all rear light bulbs are reached from the inside of the trunk. Until 1981 the station wagons required the removal of the lens from the outside. With the lens off, the bulb is removed with a 1 / 4 twist counterclockwise.



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Fig. Fig. 6: Remove the interior cover panel to access the multi-lamp taillight unit



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Fig. Fig. 7: Twist the bulb holder about 1/4 turn counterclockwise to release it from its mounting

Since Volvo uses a multi-lamp arrangement at the rear, it is prudent to identify which light is inoperative before being confronted with an array of six or eight lamp holders inside the trunk. Remove the interior cover panel either by unscrewing the knob (if so equipped) or by popping the panel off with a small screwdriver.



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Fig. Fig. 8: Replace the bulb with the exact same type of bulb, then install

To reach the left side rear lamps on station wagons built after 1980, it is necessary to remove the spare tire and its cover.



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Fig. Fig. 9: Exploded view of the tail lamp assembly-240 shown, most others are similar



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Fig. Fig. 10: Tail lamp assembly mounting-1980 and later station wagons

After the cover is removed:

  1. Locate the bulb holder for the appropriate bulb and turn it about 1 / 4 turn counterclockwise.
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  3. Remove the bulb holder and replace the bulb. Make sure that the new bulb is an exact match for the old one and is properly seated in the holder.
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  5. Reinstall the bulb and holder. Note that one of the guide tabs on the bulb holder is wider than the other two; it can only be installed in one position.
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  7. Check the function of the bulb by turning on the appropriate lights.
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  9. Replace the cover(s) and, on wagons, replace the spare tire and cover.
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