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1996 Volvo 850 GLT - 2 step central locking (keyless?) entry

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1996 Volvo 850 GLT - 2 step central locking (keyless?) entry

Post by jmcguire » Sun Oct 06, 2019 8:16 am

I only received one key and no FOBs for my 850 when purchased. I purchased blanks from eBay and after many calls I finally found a local locksmith to cut them. All doors lock and unlock properly with the key. Looking under the dash, there is a 2 step central locking relay but when I pulled the glove box there is no receiver to be found. Local pick a part yard finally got a 97 850 in their inventory which I’ve pulled a lot of parts off of already. This car had a key and FOB and the same relays under the dash. I purchased the FOB and left the key for someone who may need the ignition or locks. Anyway, I pulled the glove box and also no receiver could be found. I dismantled the dash to see if I could find it somewhere else and found nothing. If I wanted the FOB from that car to work with mine, what would I have to pull and where exactly do I find it? Any help would be great. I’m heading back on Tuesday to pull the shiny new exhaust off the car that someone must have just put on before the car was junked.


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Re: 1996 Volvo 850 GLT - 2 step central locking (keyless?) entry

Post by gmh » Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:17 am

The late 96 and all 97 850s don't have the box behind the glovebox, it is under the dash somewhere.
They all use the same remote which looks like this:
remote.jpg
It is programmed to the car as follows:

Programming a transmitter
If you purchase additional transmitters (max. 4), they must be programmed to function with your alarm/remote keyless entry system. To do this:
Make sure all doors, hood and trunk/tailgate are closed.
Turn the ignition on and off 5 times within 10 seconds. On the fifth try, leave the ignition on.
Press either button on the transmitter.
NOTE: The first transmitter must be programmed within 15 seconds, the others within 10 second intervals. When the alarm system accepts the codes from each transmitter, the LED on the dash will glow steadily for several seconds.
Switch the ignition off and test the transmitter(s).

Batteries
The remote transmitter is powered by 2 three-volt batteries, type CR 1220. If three short signals are audible from the transmitter each time you lock/unlock the car, this indicates that the batteries are weak.
Replacement : Remove the battery cover on the back of the transmitter with a coin. Replace the batteries. Reinstall the cover, making sure it is secured tightly to help protect the transmitter.
http://new.volvocars.com/ownersdocs/199 ... 01.htm#3:4
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Re: 1996 Volvo 850 GLT - 2 step central locking (keyless?) entry

Post by crlande » Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:20 am

I think mine is behind right side kick panel, passenger side.
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Re: 1996 Volvo 850 GLT - 2 step central locking (keyless?) entry

Post by jmcguire » Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:57 am

gmh wrote:
Sun Oct 06, 2019 9:17 am
The late 96 and all 97 850s don't have the box behind the glovebox, it is under the dash somewhere.
They all use the same remote which looks like this:
remote.jpg
It is programmed to the car as follows:

Programming a transmitter
If you purchase additional transmitters (max. 4), they must be programmed to function with your alarm/remote keyless entry system. To do this:
Make sure all doors, hood and trunk/tailgate are closed.
Turn the ignition on and off 5 times within 10 seconds. On the fifth try, leave the ignition on.
Press either button on the transmitter.
NOTE: The first transmitter must be programmed within 15 seconds, the others within 10 second intervals. When the alarm system accepts the codes from each transmitter, the LED on the dash will glow steadily for several seconds.
Switch the ignition off and test the transmitter(s).

Batteries
The remote transmitter is powered by 2 three-volt batteries, type CR 1220. If three short signals are audible from the transmitter each time you lock/unlock the car, this indicates that the batteries are weak.
Replacement : Remove the battery cover on the back of the transmitter with a coin. Replace the batteries. Reinstall the cover, making sure it is secured tightly to help protect the transmitter.
http://new.volvocars.com/ownersdocs/199 ... 01.htm#3:4
Thanks for the reply! So... I should just be able to put new batteries in this remote and program it to work with my car? If that doesn’t work, does anybody know exactly where the receiver is so I can pull it from the donor and swap it with mine? Also, neither car has the LED in center of dash and the remote is different than the one you show in the photo.

Remote looks like this and center of dash is like this in both cars.
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Re: 1996 Volvo 850 GLT - 2 step central locking (keyless?) entry

Post by gmh » Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:42 am

AFAIK that remote is for 1998 and later cars only. Check the fitment tab in this IPD listing:

https://www.ipdusa.com/products/4818/11 ... 46-9166200
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Re: 1996 Volvo 850 GLT - 2 step central locking (keyless?) entry

Post by jmcguire » Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:43 am

gmh wrote:
Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:42 am
AFAIK that remote is for 1998 and later cars only. Check the fitment tab in this IPD listing:

https://www.ipdusa.com/products/4818/11 ... 46-9166200
Interesting... wonder why it was with the key for the 97 850 then? Really think it worked with this car somehow. Maybe they Frankenstein’d one out of a ‘98+ to work with the ‘97? I’ll check under the passenger side kick panel and take a better look under the steering wheel to see if I can find anything. Can’t seem to find anyone who knows exactly where the receiver is located if it isn’t behind the glove box...


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Re: 1996 Volvo 850 GLT - 2 step central locking (keyless?) entry

Post by gmh » Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:20 am

jmcguire wrote:
Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:43 am
Can’t seem to find anyone who knows exactly where the receiver is located if it isn’t behind the glove box...
Check the last post in this old thread:
viewtopic.php?f=1&t=61032&p=312919&hili ... ss#p312919


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1989 760 Turbo Wagon (1999-2011)
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Re: 1996 Volvo 850 GLT - 2 step central locking (keyless?) entry

Post by jmcguire » Fri Oct 11, 2019 8:00 am

gmh wrote:
Sun Oct 06, 2019 10:42 am
AFAIK that remote is for 1998 and later cars only. Check the fitment tab in this IPD listing:

https://www.ipdusa.com/products/4818/11 ... 46-9166200
Ok... so I purchased the remote. Found one for less than $30. Went through the programming routine and nothing. I do not have the LED in the center of the dash per my previous post. Mfg date on my 850 is 1/1996 so maybe it is the other remote I need. Going to purchase one and give it a try. If it doesn’t work then scratching keyless entry off my wish list and moving on to something else.


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Re: 1996 Volvo 850 GLT - 2 step central locking (keyless?) entry

Post by jmcguire » Sun Oct 27, 2019 2:00 pm

Didn’t give up on this and got the keyless entry to work on the ‘96 850 GLT.

Found some helpful info here and used a couple of his photos for this post:
https://volvo850wagon.wordpress.com/201 ... ry-part-1/

I did not have the black box receiver behind the glovebox. Removed the screws under the driver’s side dash and removed the lower dash panel. Looking up under the dash I only had the brown 210 module.
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Found a gray 210/211 module 9166607 on eBay for $25.
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Removed the 210 and replaced with the 210/211. Was slightly tricky because of the bundle of wires in the way but was doable if you work the module behind the wires first then line it up and push it in place. The 210/211 module uses the same space as the 210 and an additional space to the right of it.
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Found the FOB 9442982 also on eBay for just under $30.
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Did the programming routine again by locking all doors then turning the key from I to II five times leaving it on II the fifth time. Press the lock button then turn the key back and removed it. At first it didn’t work because I found out the remote I had purchased needed new batteries. Replaced batteries and did the routine again. This time when pressing the lock button I heard the door locks click. Turned key off and removed and pressed lock and unlock buttons and everything works. No horn beep but parking lights do flash. If you hold down the lock button for three seconds the parking lights continuously flash until the unlock button is pressed or for a certain amount of time when they will turn off by themselves. Again, no horn beep alarm with this setup but that’s ok. Just happy I don’t need to use the key anymore to lock and unlock the doors.

Hope this helps someone else.
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Re: 1996 Volvo 850 GLT - 2 step central locking (keyless?) entry

Post by Richard_TD » Sun Oct 27, 2019 3:26 pm

I'm glad you managed to work it out. I've just managed to get mine working too. I keep unlocking and locking it as I walk past, just because I can.

Both my previous 850 (purchased in February 2014) and the current one (June 2018) came without working remotes. There was a non-functioning one with the previous car but the consensus on forums seemed to be that you had to buy a matching set of receiver and remote.

It wasn't until a few weeks ago that I found a remote in a 960 in the breakers and decided to grab it. It worked perfectly, it turned out that I'd been looking for the wrong kind all that time.

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It's slightly different from the US version, lock and unlock is on the same button and the panic button isn't marked. I think all the later UK 850s came with an alarm and remote locking, we had a bit of a car theft epidemic in the early 1990s.

Once I'd found out the kind of remote I needed I was able to buy another pair from eBay, so now I have remotes to go with both keys and a spare.
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