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Volvo 850 Ignition Switch Replacement

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1992 - 1997 850, 850 R, 850 T5-R, 850 T5, 850 GLT
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Re: Volvo 850 Ignition Switch Replacement

Post by BEJinFbk » Sun Aug 12, 2012 4:04 pm

To avoid the issue of loose connector pins, sparks,
arcs and trying to figure out which pin goes back where,
leave the cap on the ignition switch connector in place.
It's the only thing that holds all the pins in place.

The pins all fit very tightly, so it's not the easiest connector
to seperate, but it will unplug. You may find it easier if you
remove the contact block from the column first. Your call.

The entire plastic connector body unplugs from the switch.
This is what it should look like unplugged:
870 ign switch connector.jpg
It should all disconnect from the contact block at the back of
ignition switch assembly as one part with all the pins retained.


If your connector looks like this, then the cap has been removed:
870 ign switch connector with NO CAP.jpg
If you unplug it with no cap, the wires and their pins will all fall out
and sadness follows. Especially if you didn't disconnect the battery...
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Re: Volvo 850 Ignition Switch Replacement

Post by rspi » Thu Mar 28, 2013 8:00 pm



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Re: Volvo 850 Ignition Switch Replacement

Post by kanguru007 » Tue Dec 24, 2013 10:17 pm

The upper bolts on my 1994 2L NA 20V wagon are T10 instead of T15 or T25!!!

The ignition switch that is not returning to the correct (lights ON) position can be repaired to as-good-as-new condition and will probably last for another 20 years: open it and use pressure-pliers to repeatedly squeeze the spring-loaded metal pad to make it about 1mm wider (sorry I didn't take a picture)



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Re: Volvo 850 Ignition Switch Replacement

Post by revdc » Mon Jun 09, 2014 1:10 pm

Helpful post but like Croz I found the upper cover screws were t15 and not t25 after fiddling for 15min - after getting coves off pretty easy.

Thanks

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Re: Volvo 850 Ignition Switch Replacement

Post by superfing » Wed Jul 02, 2014 1:44 pm

Thanks for the tips. Btw the upper bolts were torx 15 on mine as well. Have both!


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Re: Volvo 850 Ignition Switch Replacement

Post by bugs11 » Sun Apr 03, 2016 5:46 pm

Completed this procedure about 10 minutes ago. Everything went according to script except on my 96 850 Turbo the steering wheel top cover screws were Phillips head rather than Torx head, the lower cover was held on with T25. I only spent 4-5 minutes trying T15, T10, and T25 before I got a light and looked in the opening. The date stamp on the plastic covers indicate they were made in Feb. 1996.



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Re: Volvo 850 Ignition Switch Replacement

Post by abscate » Mon Apr 04, 2016 6:21 am

You might be on your third ignition switch, Bugs.

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I bet someone lost the Torx and used Philiips as replacements.


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Re: Volvo 850 Ignition Switch Replacement

Post by bugs11 » Sat Apr 16, 2016 8:27 pm

Took a picture of the screws holding my cars steering column covers together at the time I did the install (just posting it now). The Phillips head screws look original to me, but what do I know.

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Re: Volvo 850 Ignition Switch Replacement

Post by emac1507 » Sat Apr 30, 2016 9:42 pm

Croz wrote:I just did this swap on my 95 850, and the longest time i spent was trying to get the darn upper cover off. Someone somewhere along the adventure my car has taken had changed the upper bolts to t15 instead of t25. Once i figured that out, it was a breeze thanks to the pics and instructions here.
I just did my 95 850 Turbo and the and the upper cover bolts were also t15. Maybe it just this model year. But the pictures and instructions sure made it easy and it works great. Thanks.



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