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> 850 Seat Back Cable Repair
titanshane
post Nov 6 2010, 05:26 PM
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Hey, thanks for posting this. I tried this fix today on my 1994 Volovo 850 but had no luck. I heated the metal at the end of the cable with a butane torch (until the plastic bubbled) and tried to push the cable in but it didn't seem to go in any further. I'm not too sure anymore that the cable was ever the problem. It looked like Tech's "after" pics before I even started trying to work with it.

So now I don't know what to try next. My motor is making noise and the cable is vibrating while I press the button in either direction. What else can I try? Is the transmission likely broken? Anyone know what my next step should be or how I can know definitively what the problem is?

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yona333
post Nov 15 2010, 01:43 AM
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QUOTE (Newbie95850 @ Apr 7 2008, 08:34 PM)
Just what I was looking for, but I have a question. My drivers seat back is in a semi-re clined position. I can hear the motor turn, but no action on the seat back, and it can not be moved manually. Is this the repair I need to make?

i have the same question , nice sharing.......... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif)
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post Nov 15 2010, 07:12 AM
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QUOTE (yona333 @ Nov 15 2010, 12:43 AM)
i have the same question , nice sharing.......... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/tongue.gif)


Yes this is the repair you guys need to make.

Titan you might have heated it to much and it did not go in right.
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post Jun 28 2011, 12:22 AM
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A big thank you for instructions. I tried it before a trip and I had a lot of time and could not get there quite well, as I was apparently missing a few steps you have mentioned that I do not know. I'll give this a try soon in hopes of finally getting my passenger seat back to work again.
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post Jul 26 2011, 12:22 PM
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Hi, thanks for the instructions on this problem. My seat back just quit working. I called a few reputable Volvo repair shops and they all quoted between $250 and $380 just for labor. Yikes! I'm going to try your repair, but have one question. Does the seat switch panel just pull off, or is there something that needs to be unscrewed? I don't want to break anything. Thanks a lot for any help you can give.
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post Aug 31 2011, 05:02 PM
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Hello Tech, if you are still around. Your instructions for fixing the seatback were posted over 3 years ago, but I read through all the postings regarding that thread twice and then attempted the repair. I completed it and put everything back into place in less than 90 minutes. The additional time was spent trying to put rings back into the leather rods, so I gave up on that part. I will attempt that at a later date so for now the leather isn't totally tight. The cable did not look damaged or out of place, but I heated both ends up anyway as instructed and pushed them in farther. I was quite amazed when I flicked the switch and the seat moved! Your instructions were superb! THANK YOU! I joined this site just to say that.

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post Oct 24 2011, 06:00 AM
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(not) looking forward to trying this (IMG:style_emoticons/default/smile.gif) Exactly what I need on my new 850. Thanks!
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post Jan 17 2012, 05:03 PM
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These cables are really useful for us.These are really good in working.Thank you very much for this.
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post Jun 23 2016, 02:18 AM
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I loved your tip to repair volvo's back seat belt. It is pretty easy and inexpensive. Your thread is very helpful.

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post Jul 5 2016, 08:41 AM
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Back in the 90's when we had our '94 850 wagon, it came with Coumba wheels and 205/50/16's. This was the correct aspect ratio for true mileage on the odometer, but then people started having a lot of issues with bent rims from bad roads. Volvo changed their official size after this to the 55's and recommended people switch to the larger size. If I recall, there was a time that Volvo offered to pay owners for either repairs or upgrades to the larger tire size due to this issue. I like the look of 50's too but if your roads are bad and you are using alum alloy wheels I'd stay away from the thinner tires.
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