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Volvo Radio Light Bulb Replacement 816

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Check out our “how to” replace a volvo radio light bulb

Okay, so apparently Volvo dealerships don’t carry these bulbs (which, by the way are the same as the ones in most of the dash switches) and if you’re a little “retentive” like me, a dash light that doesn’t work is really annoying. I just happened to buy an extra bulb when I picked up a replacement one for a clock light on a 2002 Honda Accord at the Honda dealership the other day. When one of my Volvo’s radio lights went out yesterday, it made me wonder.. You may have read on some sites that you can purchase a replacement at Radio Shack, but supposedly it has to be modified and doesn’t match the other bulbs in brightness.

This bulb fits perfectly and is exactly the same brightness as the original Volvo radio bulbs! Just remember to remove the blue rubber gel on the original bulb and install it over the new bulb. Relax and don’t be intimidated! This is actually very easy even for a novice and should only take about 20 minutes total! Purchase a replacement light bulb for a ’98 ’02 model Honda Accord clock from any Honda dealership for approximately $3.50 ea. (See product number in photo of package below.) Other models/years/makes may also offer this type of bulb for sale, but this one works perfectly and I checked with two Honda dealers here and they both had them in stock (no ordering!).


To remove radio:

  • Small tool to press in tabs on side of the front of radio (such as a key, paperclip, small flat-head screwdriver)

To open radio & replace light bulb:

  • Phillips-head screwdriver (small)
  • Flat-head screwdriver (small)
  • Small towel or cloth on work surface to prevent scratching the faceplate


NOTE: The radio anti-theft code is required any time power is disconnected. Take a moment to ensure you have your radio code, or contact a Volvo dealership or “Volvo connected” independent mechanic to obtain your code. The radio will not operate again without this code! Take note of which area of the radio is not lit before you remove the radio so you can locate the bulb that needs replacing, if you don’t want to replace all five bulbs. For example, mine was the upper left around the Power, FM1 and FM2 buttons). These are very tiny bulbs and it is almost impossible to see if a bulb is blown when it’s removed.

Volvo Radio Light Bulb Replacement 816

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