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New PNP Fixes Broken Reverse Lights

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How can the new PNP help fix your reverse lights?

The reverse lights are the white lights that light up when your Volvo is in reverse. Read on to learn more about how to change the reverse light in your Volvo. These bulbs burn out occasionally and help you see when you are backing up. The reverse lights gets dimmer over time and we suggest changing them in pairs.
Try not to touch the glass part of the new bulb with your finger when changing the reverse light in your Volvo, the oil in your finger will cause the that part of the reverse light bulb to burn hotter out therefore burn out quicker. Using gloves or a piece of paper towel will limit the potential of touching the bulb.

MVS Forum Member McBrain asks:

Hey All,

I have an issue with my reverse lights. They’ll either come on a couple of seconds after the gear has engaged, or not at all. Sometimes (with a bit of jiggling and hitting the gear change) I can get it to come on. Urgent help needed as only 8 days till my MOT expires and it’ll surely fail the retest in this condition. . . .

Many Thanks


MVS Forum Member billofdurham adds:


Is it manual or auto?

You won’t fail the MOT on reverse lights – they are not part of the test.


MVS Forum Member McBrain replied:

Hey Bill,

Thanks for the info re MOT failure, much appreciated! As an aside, would I fail for a cracked Headlight lens?

The car is an Auto. I’ve found a few posts on volvospeed regarding manuals having a faulty switch, but nothing regarding Autos except where the dreaded flashin arrow is involved (which its not in my case). I’ve tried the quick front to rear shifting of the stick to clean the contacts – no luck. I’m just wondering if theres a cheap/quick remedy without touching the pnp switch. . . . .

Any advice would be gratefully recieved,



New PNP Fixes Broken Reverse Lights

1 Comment

Monte Clevenger says:

I have a 2002 V70 XC, my reverse lights don’t work. Fuses are good and installed new relay. I can’t seem to find the reverse switch under the hood.

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