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I have a 2009 Volvo 780. On the left side of the steering column, there is a protected switch that has an illustration of a 'turtle' on it. It appears to be a factory switch, but no one seems to know what it does. I bought the truck from Gregg Shields. He doesn't know what it is, and I sent a note to Jack Mayer, who wasn't familiar with it either.

 

Not knowing what it does, I hesitate to mess around with it too much. The operator's manual doesn't seem to mention it either. I'm beginning to think that it must be an aftermarket item.

 

Does anyone have any ideas as to what this switch might do? Thanks!

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We leased a couple of 550 ton cranes that had turtle switches .......when the switch was positioned in turtle-mode the crane carrier was limited to 4 mph.....this was used to slowely crawl the crane to rustic locations where slow crawling was needed.

 

Drive on......(How slow is your turtle)

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Any chance you can post a picture of it?
As Dolly mentioned above many types of equipment use a turtle/rabbit switch

to indicate slow speed (turtle) faster speed (rabbit/hare).

If it is a Volvo switch you might find a sticker indicating it's purpose on the wire bundle connected to that switch.

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Is it a factory switch? In what position in that area.

If no one has moved them around the manual shows the switches to the left of the steering column are these. Of course I'm betting your switch is in one of those "optional" spots, but I looked at all the switches in the manual, even the "optional" ones and didn't find a turtle.

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I have a 2009 Volvo 780. On the left side of the steering column, there is a protected switch that has an illustration of a 'turtle' on it. It appears to be a factory switch, but no one seems to know what it does. I bought the truck from Gregg Shields. He doesn't know what it is, and I sent a note to Jack Mayer, who wasn't familiar with it either.

 

Not knowing what it does, I hesitate to mess around with it too much. The operator's manual doesn't seem to mention it either. I'm beginning to think that it must be an aftermarket item.

 

Does anyone have any ideas as to what this switch might do? Thanks!

I think that is the rear cab hookup lights......if I remember I'll take a picture of mine tomorrow.

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So it is the rear overhead dome light.... :)

Jack & Danielle Mayer #60376 Lifetime Member
Living on the road since 2000

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2016 DRV Houston 44' 5er (we still have it)
2022 New Horizons 43' 5er
2016 Itasca 27N 28' motorhome 
2019 Volvo 860, D13 455/1850, 236" wb, I-Shift, battery-based APU
No truck at the moment - we use one of our demo units
2016 smart Passion, piggyback on the truck
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My 2004 has the exact same switch in the exact same location.

 

From the diagram above it is 35 - Back of Cab light.

 

It does appear that your switch (or the sticker on it) is upside down or maybe mine is but I believe the sticker is suppose to depict the truck cab with a light shinning down.

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It does appear that your switch (or the sticker on it) is upside down or maybe mine is but I believe the sticker is suppose to depict the truck cab with a light shinning down.

 

Thanks

Always thought they were "upside down"!

Easy fix!

 

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Looks better in the "new" configuration!

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Rick,

That picture on your "back of cab light" sure looks nice...

Mine is a bit "mature" and might have been made on a Friday!

It is called "classic", not "mature"...come on, get it right :)

MY PEOPLE SKILLS ARE JUST FINE.
~It's my tolerance to idiots that needs work.~

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singled mid position / Bed by Larry Herrin
2018 customed Mobile Suites 40KSSB3 

2014 smart Fortwo

 

 
 
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