Replace The Blinker, Brake Or Reverse Light Bulb on a Volvo 240
Have a Volvo 240 with a burnt out tail light bulb? Good news - the fix is easy. In fact you don't even need any tools!
This was written for a 1993 Volvo Sedan (244). The procedure should be the same for any 1986 and up sedan. Please let me know in the comments if this procedure is same in the wagon models (245) or in a pre-1986 model.
- All you need are your hands!
Getting to the bulbs
To get to the bulbs you'll need to remove two plastic covers from inside the trunk.
Loosen the hand-screw until the plastic cover is free from the screw that's securing it in place.
The tabs shown above are somewhat weak. Take care when dealing with them not to break them.
Hinge the cover from the bottom to remove it, being careful not to break the plastic tabs.
Once hinged enough you can remove the covering.
Now you can see the bulbs. Each bulb is contained in a plastic housing.
In my case the reverse light was out, so that's the one I'll be replacing. However it should be the same procedure for any of the bulbs shown above.
Removing the bulb
Turn the plastic bulb housing clockwise. From your perspective you'll be turning to the left.
Once rotated you can simply pull it out.
Now twist the bulb to the left (counter-clockwise) and pull straight up to remove it.
Replacing the bulb
The bulb should have a small indentation like the one shown below:
Line the indentation with the small channel in the plastic housing.
Push the new bulb down firmly until it's all the way in.
With the bulb seated rotate it to the right (clockwise)
Now put the bulb back in the car at the position shown below:
Once inserted, rotate clockwise. From your perspective you'll turn it to the left.
Put the covering back on
It's easiest to slide the plastic cover from the top to get it back on using the procedure shown below:
Finally, retighten the hand-screw. Be careful not to over-tighten, you just need to secure the cover. You may break the plastic if you over-tighten (that might be how mine got cracked!)
Congrats! You're now a 240 bulb-changing master!