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Harden Your V70 Window Switch

Need To Harden Your V70 Window Switch?

I got an email from a MVS reader a few days ago:

Hi Matt,
I recently modified my 1998 V70 so that the drivers side window switch would last a long time. My switch had failed due to an arcing contact. I repaired to contact and then added an extra circuit to reduce the switch current from 16 amps to .001 amps.

I though you may like to include a link on your web site.

Cheers Richard

Thanks for letting the Volvo community know about this, Richard. How very industrious of you!

The repair is of course on a V70, but the concept will transfer to other models.

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Harden Your V70 Window Switch

Bonus! More on the Volvo V70

Late in 1996, Volvo introduced a new estate car to the market, the V70.

The Volvo V70 was developed from the concept of the successful 850 Estate which had then been on the market since February 1993.

The exterior of the new V70 showed softer styling than its predecessor, but still carried a strong Volvo identity including the typical almost vertical rear end. Inside the car, the dashboard was new, as was most of the interior. As regards safety, a number of important improvements were also made.

An interesting and successful addition to the V70 models was the all-wheel drive XC 70 models.

The Volvo V70 was produced until 2000, when it was replaced by the second-generation V70.

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Don Vanwey says:

I have a problem with the passenger side door power lock and the power window. First the lock started working intermittently then stopped alltogether now the power window doesn’t work. Any suggestions?


All I can say is Wow! And this is good preventative engineering. I take it you’re on the other side of the pond as it appears you’re driver’s side is on the right side. Anyway, I’m thinking that this might be a fairly easy mod (at least the insertion part into the door) but I still suck pretty bad at reading those electrical diagrams. Post back if you’re interested in making up a few of these and selling them on the site here. I’ll be the first buyer.

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