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> Removing The Dash Pad To Replace Speedo Bulbs.
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post Dec 11 2005, 10:15 AM
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The Very first thing you will need to do is disconnect the battery. Make sure you have your radio code. If not get it from the Dealer.

First start on the drivers side by removeing the the little round cap in the end of the dash.It is by the door on the end of the dash. Then remove the screw under the cap and remove the cover. Then you will see another screw that goes into the body by the windsheild. Next remove the speaker cover then the speaker. Push in the center of the clip one click then remove the clip. Next remove all the Vents by carefully prying them from the side of the vent in the middle.Then remove all the screws in the top of the vent holes.And remove the 2 screws in the hole by the speedo cluster. Next move to the passenger side.Remove the speaker cover and speaker on the passenger side.There is also a screw that will need to be removed. Next you will need to remove the glovebox insert.remove all the torxes screws around the insert. Then remove the door arms.There is a little hole in the door to slide a small screwdriver into to help remove the are. Then you need to remove the 4 10mm screw that go across the top of the glove box area.They screw into the Air bag. Remove the plug for the Air bag. Then the entire top part of the dash should come off. Then you can unlatch the speedo assembly and remove it. If it is a turbo you will need to remove a vaccum hose from the back of the speedo cluster if it has a turbo guage.

Then you can replace all the bulbs.
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post Jan 18 2006, 08:49 PM
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If you have super skinny or just skinny hands, you could also work your way up from under the dashboard near the steering.

Remove all the three screws and carefully pry the under-dash cover out. Most of the stuff in there would consist of wires and modules etc, so be careful. Don't force pull anything, either let them drop hanging by the wires (don't worry, they won't normally slip or tear) or just wiggle your way upwards. Keep on moving upwards until you can feel the bulb-butts.

Note however, not all the bulbs are replaceable this way. It may need a few tries before you are able to 'master' your way in the dark like a blind person like that.

Advantage:
No need to detach the dashboard and risk rattling noises. :)

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When re-screwing back, don't over-screw as the plastic cover might break.


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post Feb 12 2006, 12:44 PM
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Two stupid questions, one bulb related - one not.. Firstly, I had posted this before, but how much of a pain in the butt is it to replace the bulb for the climate control? I spoke with a dealership, and they had mentioned about 300 to replace that and the one for my gear indicator. That ain't happening. Could I just remove my stereo and reach up to fix the bulb? The gear indicator seems a lot easier since looking at the pictures to remove the center console (thanks for that). Secondly, does anyone know about the aftermarket wood dash kits? I want to get one, they seem easy enough to install, but I'm not sure which ones would look the best - as far as manufacturers. I wanted the platinum burl wood.
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post Feb 12 2006, 08:57 PM
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Architerp,

Changing the bulbs may be quite straight-forward, but you must be very patient with it. Someone has been kind enough to supply me with photos on this, and once I can find them, i'll put the photos up...

As for the wood dash kits, you will need to check online for it....


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post Feb 19 2006, 11:41 PM
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Yeah, I found out I just have to slide out the climate control and replace the bulb. Just need to get the bulbs and have a Saturday to screw around with it (the patience is implied). What kind of bulbs are they - just those typical skinny little 12 volt ones? I got a diagram from the Volvo dealership, but if you have pictures - that would be wicked awesome. I'll post up the wood dash in another topic on the forum - I'll probably wait until the summer to install it that anyway. Thanks for the help.
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post Feb 24 2006, 05:29 PM
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OK...so I bought the bulbs from my local Volvo dealership. The shift selector seems straightforward enough, think I can handle that easily enough. But - how do I take the cover off of the climate control? I can slide it out of the dash, but I dont know how to actually get inside the housing to take out the malfunctioning bulb and replace it. I'm feel like an **** - I just want light! Ligggghhhttttt!!!!!
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post Feb 28 2006, 06:29 PM
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Sorry I haven't changed any yet. But does it look like it opens?
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post Mar 5 2006, 01:18 PM
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Yeah....got the climate control opened...the back of it opens up with a few small screws. There's 3 bulbs....think there's something wrong with the circuitry, since all of them were out. I might get a replacement, and see if that makes a difference. I'm more mechanical than electrical, so I'd rather not mess around with it (or start dating an electrical engineer). The bulb for the shifter seems a lot easier, but i need a star wrench to get the cigarette lighter screws out. All in all, a learning experience, but I think I'll know how to fix it once I feel like getting around to it. I'll tackle it again when I can find a decent climate control replacement. Thanks a lot for the help. Now for the busted fog light...
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post Mar 11 2006, 09:44 PM
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Hey, where did you find the pics on how to replace the bulb for the gear indicator. Mine just went out a few weeks ago.
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post Mar 11 2006, 10:28 PM
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Sorry I don't have any pics.
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post Mar 12 2006, 05:11 PM
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Now, mention was made in this post regarding snaking one hans up to replace the bulbs in the dash. The buld i need to replace are the abs, trac and maybe more that I don't know about. I did remove the kick panel undet hte dash and am now looking a a black netal grate like thing that has all kinds of SRS warning stickers. Can I safely remove this to attempt the snaking up to the dash trick. Sure don't want to blow the bag on this car although I'm getting a feeling this is probably missing too. Real POS this car. Once I get get the speedo and odo working again it's going to be sold for what I have in it or less.
Thanks for you help. Hopefully this car will be gone from my life shortly.
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post Mar 13 2006, 08:50 PM
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Yes you can remove the Knee Bolster but might not give you enough room.
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post Mar 20 2006, 07:13 PM
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Here's where I found it....the bulb ($10 at the dealership) is behind that white flap under the shifter. If I remember correctly, it flips down. You'll need a star wrench to get some of the screws out.

http://www.volvo-forums.com/t6034-removing...e-with-pics.htm
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I recently replaced all the bulbs in the center console. I think there is one for the backseat ashtray, the front ash tray, the lighter, some of the switches and the gear indicator. The whole job took about 30 minutes. I haven't started on the instrument panel bulbs yet.
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QUOTE(Tech @ Dec 11 2005, 11:15 AM)
Then you need to remove the 4 10mm screw that go across the top of the glove box area.They screw into the Air bag. Remove the plug for the Air bag. Then the entire top part of the dash should come off. [right][snapback]20390[/snapback][/right]


Just an added note hear, as I just did this whole process yesterday on my 1995 850 Volvo to replace some bulbs and fix my odometer.

After removing the 4 air bag bolts and disconnecting the plug to the air bag, there is also a plastic cable clamp holding theairbag end of the wire that holds the wire to part of the dash framework (the framework does not come out with the dash cover). A small pair pliers can release this clamp easily as it just snaps into a hole in the framework.

I havent seen this mentioned in any instructions and it isnt included in Chilton's guides. Maybe this clip doesnt exist in some Volvo, but it does in mine. Because of the short length of the cable at this point, it can make removing the dash cover seem like the air bag assembly is just snagging on something or not lifted up enough to get out. Yanking on it can cause damage to the connection directly on the airbag if this small clip is not undone, as it will yank directly at the connecting point of what appears to be the electric "primer" for setting off the airbag. So, just double check that you do or do not have such a clip holding the wire. you can feel the wire from the airbag to the plug (its only about 10 inches long) and see if there is a clip there.
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post May 21 2008, 08:21 AM
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I have successfully replaced instrument cluster bulbs twice ...removing the dash top. What I don't see mentioned in this post is to NOT reconnect the battery/start engine until the passenger airbag is reconnected. I drove my 850 with the dash top out (ie pax airbag not connected). It was not a surprise that the SRS light stayed on. Unfortunately, once the SRS fault code is set, the SRS will stay on after the airbag is reconnected. The normal OBDII scanners cannot clear the SRS fault code...they can't even see the SRS fault. Very few independent repair shops can clear SRS fault code.
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post May 21 2008, 07:57 PM
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So, ina way LUCKY to those without a passenger airbag, eh?
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QUOTE(architerp @ Feb 24 2006, 04:29 PM)
OK...so I bought the bulbs from my local Volvo dealership.  The shift selector seems straightforward enough, think I can handle that easily enough.  But - how do I take the cover off of the climate control?  I can slide it out of the dash, but I dont know how to actually get inside the housing to take out the malfunctioning bulb and replace it.  I'm feel like an **** - I just want light!  Ligggghhhttttt!!!!!
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ANY IDEA WHAT PART NUMBER THAT IS FOR THE SHIFT SELECTOR LIGHT?
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post Jun 29 2008, 04:10 AM
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TacklaNHL,

Run a search on the forum. I've posted the bulb part numbers and photos on how they look like there.
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OK.. i dont know if this is late, you do have to take the box apart, this can be done on the coffee table while watching barney with the kids..... but im at the point wher im rutinely tapping the dash to light up some of the dash lights, i want to put the el-glow gauges in if i have to do allthat dash crap, or i would have time to try the snake hands thing... :huh:
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