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On Friday evening I went to get my daughter’s blanket out of the R, and was surprised to find the driver-side lower taillight lens cracked and broken. It was broken on top of the “shoulder” of the lens, like something had been dropped onto the lens rather than having been backed into or having backed into something. In any case, it was broken. It happened sometime within the past week.<p><IMG SRC="http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/kr900/DSCN6586.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>On Saturday morning, I stopped by Barrier Volvo in Bellevue (WA), to order the lens. I was pleasantly surprised to discover they had it in stock. With my Volvo Club discount (good thing I had the card with me), the total for the lens including tax was $139 and change. Not bad, as I had expected to pay over $200.<p>On Saturday evening I was finally able to get started on the replacement of the lens. As you can see by the photos, I started a little too late in the evening. Darkness was falling as I was attempting to re-assemble the car.<p><IMG SRC="http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/kr900/DSCN6595.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>It took more work than I had expected to replace that lower lens assembly. There is a lot of trim inside of the cargo area that must be removed in order to access the nuts that hold the lens in place. I had to remove the following (which are held in place by snap-fasteners plus the noted hardware):<p>-cargo area lamp<br>-cargo area fuse panel cover<br>-cargo area flooring sections<br>-center rear ceiling trim (one torx screw behind the cargo area lamp, then pull straight down)<br>-LH side ceiling trim (one torx screw near the molded-in “hook”, then pull straight down)<br>-LH wheelarch /window trim (one 10mm bolt in the cargo cover receiver, then pull straight out above fuse box and tip forward about bottom edge)<br>-LH D-pillar trim (held in behind all of the above pieces, pull away gingerly from the body of the car)<p>In order to remove the wheelarch/window trim, I needed to fold the rear seat forward, which required removing my daughter’s car seat. Grumble, grumble. <p><IMG SRC="http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/kr900/DSCN6596.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>It was the D-pillar trim that needed to come off to access the nuts (10 mm size) which attach to the captive studs on the inside of the tail lamp. The stud length required the use of deep sockets, which I only recently (and fortunately) acquired for a project on my Saab 900. After I loosened the 3 nuts on the lower tail lamp, I couldn’t free it. It was stuck on the upper tail light lens, which must be removed to get the lower lens out. That required me to remove the D-pillar speaker assembly, which is just clipped in place. The upper lens is secured by two of the stud/nut assemblies like are used for the lower lens. The upper nut ended up falling down into the bottom of the lamp channel; fortunately my wife was able to spot and retrieve it after I was unable to do so.<p><IMG SRC="http://i31.photobucket.com/albums/c395/kr900/DSCN6594.jpg" BORDER="0"><p>When I finally got the lower lens removed, I discovered that it had a gasket on it which seals against the body of the car. The new lens assembly didn’t have a gasket. The gasket was stuck to the old lens with adhesive. I pulled it off (fortunately without damaging it) and my wife installed the gasket on the new lens. <p>As is often the case, “re-assembly is reverse of removal”. I installed the lower lens, then the upper lens, and re-attached the bulbs and connectors and tested functionality. (The bulb mounting with bayonets and the way the electricity is routed to them is really pretty cool in my opinion, and a must for bulb replacement without full interior disassembly). Then I re-installed all of the interior trim in reverse order of removal. <p>It took about 2 hours of labor, or a little more. I didn’t have any instructions about how all of those panels in the rear of the car are held in place, so I had to guess as I was going along. As I’ve taken interior parts off of other cars I’ve owned for various repairs and troubleshooting, I at least had a clue as to how they should be attached. I’d be curious to know the book-time for replacement of that lens at a body shop or dealer; labor would probably cost more than the lens!<p>In any case, I hope this experience can help another V70 owner who needs to replace their lens some day!<br>
 

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<IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"><p>good thing that whatever it was only hit the light. inches from body damage.
 

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Re: V70R Tail light lens replacement (kr900)

You cuold have saved a lot of time and money by sticking some red tape over the hole...
 

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Re: V70R Tail light lens replacement (ecmiller)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ecmiller</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">You cuold have saved a lot of time and money by sticking some red tape over the hole...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>lol, it would have been cheaper too.
 

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Sorta looks like someone did that on purpose.
 

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Re: V70R Tail light lens replacement (kr900)

How do you remove the D pillar trim? I have the hardest time doing it? Mine is attached quite firmly that I'm afraid I'm going to break the trim? Do you have a trick to it?
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>flybynight</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Sorta looks like someone did that on purpose.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I thought the same thing- tire iron, jack handle, hammer, etc.
 

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Re: V70R Tail light lens replacement (mike_c70)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>mike_c70</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">How do you remove the D pillar trim? I have the hardest time doing it? Mine is attached quite firmly that I'm afraid I'm going to break the trim? Do you have a trick to it?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>I removed it very gingerly, but firmly. Remember, you have to get all of the surrounding trim off first. Then just pull it "away" from the metal of the car, so pull down a little at the top, and straight out (toward the opposite side of the car) from the vertical part of the trim. <p>The plastic felt very brittle and I was certain I'd crack or break at least one piece, but it proved to be durable and to have enough flexibility to put up with being removed.
 

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Re: V70R Tail light lens replacement (ecmiller)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ecmiller</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">You cuold have saved a lot of time and money by sticking some red tape over the hole...</TD></TR></TABLE><p>If you weren't my identical twin brother I'd assume you're an idiot. Or else have been reading too many 855 repair suggestions on the 850 forum...<br>
 

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<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>flybynight</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Sorta looks like someone did that on purpose.</TD></TR></TABLE><p>My father-in-law suggested that as well. I hope it isn't the case, but even if it is, I'm thankful it didn't involve body or paint damage.
 

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Re: V70R Tail light lens replacement (kr900)

KR900,<p>Thanks for turning a miserable 2Hrs. into a simple 30 minutes. I know how much fun it is to discover all those screws and clips. Your detailed walk through was great and although I had to do the right side, I was able to translate your left sider directions. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Thanks again,<br>John
 

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Re: V70R Tail light lens replacement (Myxc70)

Wow, you're welcome. Glad you found my post!
 

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2005 XC70 Lower Taillight Lens Replacement

Wanted to offer sincere thanks for taking the time in photographing and carefully documenting instructions on how to replace the lower taillight lens assembly on the Volvo Xc70. Just backed my 2005 XC70 into a stone wall (poorly lit area!) and broke the drivers rear lower lens. Ordered a replacement that arrived today, and your instructions and photos allowed me to replace the lens and put the complex mess back together in less than an hour's time! All works well, and the savings of time & $$ in tackling this myself (with your guidance) is considerable.

Thanks so much.


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I have been chasing brake lights that will not work. The high brake light works but it is a different circuit. New bulbs (LOTS of skin lost swapping those!) fuses, shunts, relays, etc. Power to fuses good etc. The only thing left is to remove the tail light assemblies. Thank you for the clear and concise instructions, especially the time taken. I know how to schedule now. Thanks so much and if anyone has any suggestions, please offer them. (Short of burning the car, which has crossed my mind) I have run through my entire vocabulary of expletives and I hate repeating myself!
 

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Good luck guys, these tails are a serious PITA to remove. One of mine has a slight crack and over a summer of rain it'll fishtank. I think I'm going to drill a tiny drain hole, rather than go through the remove-and-replace motions.
 

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Thanks in advance kr900. I'll be tackling this over the weekend. I started today and quickly realized that the trim had to come off and that it just kept going and going. Your post (especially with the fastener locations) is much appreciated!
 

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I'm thankful to SS friends who help. Someone shared this and a Robert video and I will be doing this weekend.



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HOLY CRAP! You don't have to remove all that stuff. I just did this by pulling the speakers/grilles, all 4 cargo area side covers, and just popping the front corner of the d-pillar away from the body. It is a little tricky to get to some of the nuts.
 

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HOLY CRAP! You don't have to remove all that stuff. I just did this by pulling the speakers/grilles, all 4 cargo area side covers, and just popping the front corner of the d-pillar away from the body. It is a little tricky to get to some of the nuts.
My thoughts as well! LOL This is a really old thread(just look at how things are quoted; old version of the forum), so they may not have the best method/fast way to do things.
 

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Well, I had little to go on other than this. It worked out, and I hope I never have to do it ever again! Knock on wood...
My thoughts as well! LOL This is a really old thread(just look at how things are quoted; old version of the forum), so they may not have the best method/fast way to do things.



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