Sunroof system replacement
MVS Volvo Forum Member atikovi was having trouble with the sunroof not working properly and decided to go to a junk yard and retrieve an entire unit- frame, motor, cables, etc. He then documented (with pictures) how to take it out and then install it into his S70 with success! Although this is for an S70 it should be about the same for any first generation S70, V70, XC70 model and 850. Thanks atikovi !
Entire sunroof system replacement:
Volvo 850 How to remove/replace sunroof
Momsvolvo2 » I have similar problems with my 97 850 GLT sunroof. Slider (sled) in passenger side track broke just in front of the drain channel attachment point. That caused the window to jam open when in the rear position, it would slide forward a couple inches, then reverse and go back. I got it closed by “jogging” the switch.
So I got a track off a 93 850 at the yard, only to discover that on closer inspection it seems to be different form the 97 in some design details, so I’ll need to go back.
wheelsup » Well I swapped the sunroof and the trim panel inside. Went pretty easy. Found out the reason mine pulls slowly backward is because it needs a little grease on the rails it seems. I’ll try adding some and see if that helps. The donor car sunroof had zero rust and looks good. Glad I was able to swap it over, using Lee’s writeup made it painless.
sven » My sunroof got jammed open once in the wintertime. That drain channel broke off and got jammed between the sunroof and the guides. There was no way to close the sunroof. So I was faced with either DIY or go to the dealer. I chose to DIY and basically had to drop and remove the headliner…my 850 is a sedan and I was able to drop it and remove it through the front pass side door. Then I had to unbolt the entire sunroof assembly from the bottom of the roof and replace one of the guides. Junkyard sold me a entire sunroof assembly for $150 which was cheaper than buying just that one guide from Volvo.Volvo 850 How to remove/replace sunroof
Bonus! More on the Volvo S70
Introduced in Europe in late 1996 for the 1997 model year and later in the U.S. for the 1998 model year, the Volvo S70 was an updated version of the Volvo 850 saloon. The S70’s body style was overall more rounded compared to its predecessor. Changes included a redesigned front end with new lights, fully colour-coded bumpers and side trim, and clear indicator lenses for the rear lights, as well as a redesigned interior. According to Volvo, a total of 1800 changes were made
Standard equipment was improved with remote central locking, heated & electrically adjustable mirrors, 4 airbags, power brakes with ABS and power windows being standard on every car. Trim levels varied for each market as did the equipment levels of the most basic trims. In the United States, the badging denoted the engine variant and to some extent the equipment level, whereas in Europe engine and options could be chosen individually. On all markets more powerful versions usually received better or upgraded standard equipment. The T5 and R were the series high-performance models.
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