Now-MVS Contributor amblerman crushes it with a beautiful squeaky dash repair DIY with photos and helpful steps, tools and required parts. He completed and documented this repair on his 1999 S70.
Here’s a report on how I repaired my squeaky dash. I acquired a 1999 S70 with 110K on it back in late 2016. This was my first Volvo and although the car was in generally good shape, the dash did rattle a bit. At that point I had no idea where that dash rattle would eventually lead. After two lout CRACK! sounds over the winter and spring, I decided it was time to fix the darn thing.
This report will cover how I repaired my dash. It will not cover disassembly as there are plenty of good guides for that.
For example, Robert’s fantastic videos on youtube (search on “Volvo dash removal”). I used those extensively.
I also used this thread as a general overview.
http://volvospeed.com/vs_forum/topic/68 … l-writeup/
So, here’s the info. I hope it’s useful to someone.
As mentioned I’m not going into details here. However, I do have a couple of tips.
I want to stress two things Robert covered in his videos.
1) Robert mentioned covering your shift knob to prevent damage. I didn’t do this and I wish I had. I really took a divot out of my manual shifter knob. I don’t even know how this happened but I have a chunk missing on the side that faces the dash.
2) Robert also mentioned taking off the clock spring unit on the steering column. I thought about leaving that on but then he warned that if left on , you’d probably hit it and crack the mounts. I believed him and in looking at it, it’s really quite fragile. If you do this job, definitely take this off.
3) To access the two firewall to dash bolts closest to the driver’s side, just take the whole windshield wiper assembly out. It’s held in by two 10mm bolts and then just slides out (assuming you’ve removed the wipers of course.). This wiper assembly comes out easier than any other car I’ve had. the 2 mins it takes to come out is way easier than trying to work around it.