Lamp replacement - general

Lamp replacement can be carried out for bulbs. When replacing LED and Xenon lamps, please refer to a workshop.

The bulbs are specified. The following list contains locations of bulbs and other light sources that are specialised, such as LED1 lamps, or are unsuitable for changing for some other reason, except at a workshop2:

  • active xenon headlamps - ABL (xenon lamps)
  • daytime running lights/position lamps, front
  • Cornering lights
  • side direction indicators, door mirrors
  • approach lighting, door mirrors
  • Interior lighting apart from Courtesy lighting front
  • Position lamps, rear
  • side marker lamps
  • Brake light.


On cars with Xenon headlamps, the replacement of Xenon lamps must be carried out at a workshop - an authorised Volvo workshop is recommended. Working with Xenon lamps demands extreme caution because the headlamp is equipped with a high voltage unit.


The car's electrical system must be in key position 0 for bulb replacement; see Key positions - functions at different levels.


Never touch the glass part of the bulbs with your fingers. Grease from your fingers is vaporised by the heat, coating the reflector and then causing damage.


If an error message remains after the broken bulb has been replaced then we recommend visiting an authorised Volvo workshop.


Outside lighting such as headlamps and rear lamps may temporarily have condensation on the inside of the lens. This is normal, all exterior lighting is designed to withstand this. Condensation is normally vented out of the lamp housing when the lamp has been switched on for a time.
  1. 1 LED (Light Emitting Diode)
  2. 2 An authorised Volvo workshop is recommended.