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Volvo XC60 License Plate Light Bulbs Replacement Guide
How to change a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate of a 1st generation 2010 to 2017 Volvo XC60 SUV.

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2017 Volvo XC60 License Plate
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Left License Plate Light
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Loosen Counterclockwise

This automotive maintenance tutorial was specifically written to assist owners of the first generation (2010, 2011, 2012, 2013, 2014, 2015, 2016 and 2017) Volvo XC60 SUV in changing a burnt out license plate light bulb in the tailgate.

Owners of other Volvo vehicles such as the XC90, XC70, S90, S80, S60, S40, C30, C70, V90, V70, V60 and V40 may also find these DIY instructions to be helpful.

The compatible replacement festoon style light bulb is part number 6418 or GE 7546.

You can also use a brighter compatible LED unit.

The tools needed to access and replace the light bulbs include a Torx T20 star bit screwdriver and possibly also a small flathead screwdriver.

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Remove 2nd Screw
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Two Screws Removed
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Gently Pry Out Housing
The two license plate light housings are each held in place to the tailgate by two screws.

Loosen the screws by turning them counterclockwise with the Torx T-20 screwdriver.

Set the two screws aside in a safe place.

If the light housing doesn't just fall out of the tailgate, you might need to gently pry it out with a small flathead screwdriver.

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Light Housing Removed
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Electrical Contacts - Tailgate
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Old Light Bulb In Socket
Turn over the light housing to access the bulb socket.
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Pull Out Old Light Bulb
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Install New Light Bulb
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Line Up Light Housing



 

Gently pull the old light bulb out of the socket.

Insert a new number 6418 bulb in to the socket.

The OEM bulb in this 2017 Volvo XC60 was a GE 7546.

Line up the bulb housing with the opening in the underside of the tailgate.

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Push In Light Housing
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Replace Two Screws
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Tighten Clockwise
Push the light housing back in to place.

Re-insert the two screws and tighten them in the clockwise direction with the Torx T20 screwdriver until they are snug.

Try to avoid over tightening the screws to prevent from cracking the plastic light housing.

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Light Housing Replaced
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Test New Light Bulb
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License Plate Lights On
To test the new license plate light bulbs, turn on the headlights or press the "Unlock" button to activate the exterior lights.

For more, check out all of my 2010-2017 Volvo XC60 DIY Repair & Maintenance Guides.
 

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