Exterior Light Bulbs May Burn Out Prematurely on Volvo S60

Problem Description and Possible Solution

It is not uncommon for the exterior light bulbs to burn out prematurely. No repair option has been reported other than replacing the failed bulb.

Problem Data
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Average mileage: 103,075 (128–220,000)
9 model years affected: 2001, 2002, 2003, 2004, more2005, 2006, 2007, 2009, 2012
123 people reported this problem
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This seems to just be a Volvo thing....I have had many and all do this. I have started buying the bulb grease you can get at automotive parts stores and buying one of each type of bulb, which I recommend that any Volvo owner do. It is just one of those things and no one can ever explain it.....feh!
Taillights burn out frequently. This is a major inconvenience since my nearest Volvo retailer is 45 miles away and the bulbs can be pricey.
Check the sockets and associated wiring- my left brake light "burned out" less than 24 hours after replacement- cleaning the contacts on all associated sockets and the bulb base leads of the lamp fixed it.Dress up the contact fingers- especially on the socket that holds the bulb- with a light file or crocus cloth and clean with contact cleaner. Don't get the cleaner on any headlamp bulb as it will cause premature failure.
If the electrical contact is poor, the contact between the bulb an fingers will arc,cause carbon buildup and the lamp to fail.
Replaced headlight and bought some part tat mechanics keep telling me is burning out just for the headlight to go out the next day...found out its ghe wiring and was told its common with these cars do now I need to have car completely rewired
The lights are always burning out so quickly that I have to keep spare bulbs for each light in the car. It's very frustrating!
Bulbs burn out. Sylvian is the only manufacture. But if you research its voltage. Sylvian says don't use their american version. Order ones from Germany.