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> Dash Light Replacement
Davec
post Jan 2 2011, 03:53 PM
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Several of the radio lights (volume, presets, etc) have burned out on my 2004 xc 90. Can these be easily replaced, or is this one of those "pull the whole dash console out" situations?
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Philip76
post Jan 4 2011, 12:07 AM
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Coincidentally, I am in the process of fixing the same problem in my 2003 XC90. The bulbs are in little bayonet fittings that screw into the circuit boards on the back of the audio unit. There are at least eight of them for the entire unit, possibly 10. The fittings have an 8 mm diameter at the base and, with a bulb installed, are 12 mm high. The bulbs are 3 mm diameter.

The bulbs can be bought in their fittings from Volvo dealers in Australia (and presumably in other countries), but the price I was quoted was fanciful - $20 per bulb.

Obviously I'm not paying that, so I've just ordered 10 bulbs from an online retailer. They're incandescent but have blue glass. The originals are clear with a blue rubber cap on them, so I'm hoping the resultant light colour will be equivalent. If it's not, I'm also hoping that 10 bulbs will be enough to replace all the bulbs in my audio unit. I think it will. I have three that are blown, and have lost one of those because I took so long between removing them and finding replacements.

If the bulbs I've bought are the wrong size or voltage then I'll have to find other bulbs (available from various electronics retailers) and put them into the new fittings. I have measured the voltage at the circuit board (with the engine off) and it was 8.4 V, so either a 9 or 12 V bulb should work.

You have to take out the audio unit and take the back off it to see the bulbs. Let me know if you need instructions doing this.
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post Jan 5 2011, 10:34 AM
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I have the same light bulb problem with my 04 xc90. How do you access the bulbs?
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post Jan 9 2011, 08:41 PM
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You need the gear selector in neutral to make this work. In Park it is too close to the dashboard.

1. Lift the rear of the panel surrounding the gear selector, then slide that panel rearwards (I think) and it should come off. You can then lift it backwards a bit to gain access to the screws at the base of the climate control/audio panel.

2. There are three pairs of screws at the base of that panel. Only one pair needs to come out but I've forgotten which pair. I'll check later. Once you remove those two screws you can pull the entire panel out at the bottom and slide it down to disengage its top from the dashboard. Careful not to drop it.

3. On the rear of the audio/climate control panel there are four screws - two on each side at roughly the top and bottom. Remove those and you can remove the rear cover on the entire panel. Careful not to break or pinch any of the cables. The orange cables are fibre optic and need to be treated gently.

4. Once you've removed that rear panel you'll see the rear of the circuit boards on which the buttons are mounted. The little plastic circular things with screw heads in them are the lights. Use a small flat blade screwdriver to turn them anti-clockwise about a quarter turn. Then they can be pulled out.

You'll need a Torx bit of the right size (all screws are the same size) to do this work.
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