Riding around town with a faulty stop lamp is always a bad idea. If you're looking to learn how to check the stop lamp on your Volvo, you're in the right place. We're all about accident prevention here at Gunther Volvo Cars Delray Beach, which is why we'd recommend scheduling a stop lamp service or learning about the tail lamp assembly. If you decide to go the DIY route, you'll find that the replacement procedure is rather simple. Follow our tips below!

What Does the Check Stop Lamp Mean?

When this warning light populates, it generally means that you have either one or two taillights out, as well as a brake light. As it is imperative that you signal when you are coming to a stop, you should get this repaired ASAP.

How to Reset & Check the Stop Lamp

To properly check a stop lamp sensor, you'll need a few items:

  • Socket wrench
  • Gloves
  • New bulb

The process itself is pretty simple. As soon as the check stop lamp warning appears on the dashboard, you can follow these steps to replace and reset the stop lamp:

  1. Step One: Make sure the car is off. Lift the tailgate and find the corner panel. It's generally behind the taillight assembly.

  3. Step Two: Remove the corner panel cover and grab your socket wrench. You're going to loosen the four bolts inside the panel.

  5. Step Three: Now, remove the taillight assembly from your Volvo vehicle by detaching the wires from each other and twisting the top socket. Next, you'll want to remove the current bulb and replace it with a new one.

  7. Step Four: Here comes the fun part. Reposition the socket back into the assembly by twisting it clockwise. Once it is secure, reconnect the wires to the rear of the assembly before placing it back in the car. Then you'll screw the four bolts back onto the panel and close the cover.

Reasons Why Your XC90 Check Stop Lamp Sensor Triggered 

The intermittent "check stop lamp" sensor is triggered for your safety. The bulb can sometimes burn out, causing the stop lamp to remain off when you engage your brakes. While the particular designs of the stop lamp can vary depending on the Volvo model (such as the XC90 to the S60), you'll still generally be able to access yours with our guidance. These lights are especially vital to vehicle safety, as your stop lamp illuminates when you're braking the vehicle. If someone cannot see that you are coming to a stop, you run the risk of an unwanted collision.

There are many symptoms associated with a faulty stop lamp sensor, including brake lights that continuously illuminate. When the stop lamp shorts internally, the lights will stay on even if you are not pressing the brake pedal.

Another symptom that might call for a Volvo stop light replacement is a complete sensor malfunction. If the stop lamp is not illuminating when you press the pedal or is only activating at certain times, you will need to either follow the steps above or contact our Volvo service center in Delray Beach, FL.

We have plenty of options that will ensure your peace of mind on the road. If you keep up with your dashboard light warnings and routine maintenance requests, you'll find that you rarely have to check your Volvo stop lamp. Whether it's a stop lamp light indicator or a Volvo service light that populates, our professionals have the tools needed to take care of business.


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