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Error on dashboard keeps telling me bulb positioning failure, What is this and how do I fix it?

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    The dash tells me bulb failure position light. How do I position it?

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Popular problem with Volvos - most likely one of the parking or marker lamps is not making good contact or is corroded or shorting. Check them all. You can try just slamming the trunk closed, sometimes this alleviates the problem for a while. Otherwise, the bulbs have to be pulled and reseated, and sometimes a dielectric grease (get it at Autozone) will help.

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You have a bulb burnt out.... it could even be your license plate light

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This is a very common problem with Volvo.

You could alo get this problem eventhough no bulb is burned. If it's the case, test each bulb contact in their socket playing with them. Make sure you put some electric grease on contact replacing the bulbs.

Check if there were a recall for your specific vehicule and if it has been done on yours. I know that during the years, some recalls were adressing this type of problem.

Regarding whistling noise during warm up try to remove oil filling cap during engine is running. if the noise stops it's probably the PCV that is blocked and need to be replaced. If it doesn't fix it, let us know and we will go more in depth.
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