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Pelican Technical Article:

Radio Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$300

Talent:

****

Tools:

Flathead screwdriver, Phillips head screwdriver, wire crimpers, wire strippers

Applicable Models:

Volvo V70 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 2.4T (2001)
Volvo V70 AWD (1998-99)
Volvo V70 GLT (1998-00)
Volvo V70 GLT SE (2000)
Volvo V70 R (1998)
Volvo V70 R AWD (1999-00)
Volvo V70 T5 (1998-01)
Volvo V70 X/C (2001)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD (1998-00)
Volvo V70 X/C AWD SE (2000)

Parts Required:

Radio, wiring harness adapter, antenna adapter, radio control bulbs

Hot Tip:

Record radio code before disconnecting battery or before removing radio

Performance Gain:

Repair faulty radio

Complementary Modification:

Install aftermarket radio

The radio is located in the center of the dashboard. There are a few different radio options that came in Volvo V70 models. Try to identify your options before purchasing replacement parts. For example, my subject vehicle could have: Radio with Stereo and Radio with amplifier and CD changer.

If you have a problem with your radio you can swap it out using the instructions below. If you want to install an aftermarket radio, use these instructions to remove your radio. Then install a wiring harness adapter to the factory connector and install the aftermarket radio. I suggest always using a wiring harness adapter and avoid cutting any wires on the factory harness. This way if you want to reinstall the factory radio, it will plug in and work as it did when new.

Remember that your car may have been serviced before and had parts replaced with different size fasteners used in the replacement. The sizes of the nuts and bolts we give may be different from what you have so be prepared with different size sockets and wrenches.

Protect your eyes, hands and body from fluids, dust and debris while working on your vehicle. If you're working with the electrical system, disconnect the battery before beginning. Always catch fluids in appropriate containers and properly dispose of any fluid waste. Recycle parts, packaging and fluids when possible. Never work on your vehicle if you feel the task is beyond your ability.

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When replacing these components, you have to remove the center dashboard trim. I will start with that procedure, then each component will follow.

The radio is located in the center of the dashboard.
Figure 1

The radio is located in the center of the dashboard. There are a few different radio options that came in Volvo V70 models. Try to identify your options before purchasing replacement parts. For example, my subject vehicle could have: Radio with Stereo and Radio with amplifier and CD changer.

Use a small flathead screwdriver or plastic lever and press the radio pulls in (red arrows).
Figure 2

Use a small flathead screwdriver or plastic lever and press the radio pulls in (red arrows). As you press them in, the handle will pop out.

Use the small handles to pull the radio out of the instrument panel (red arrow).
Figure 3

Use the small handles to pull the radio out of the instrument panel (red arrow). Slide the radio out of the dashboard to access the electrical connectors.

Then pull the antenna connections (red arrows) straight off the radio to disconnect them.
Figure 4

Then pull the antenna connections (red arrows) straight off the radio to disconnect them.

Next, disconnect the electrical connectors.
Figure 5

Next, disconnect the electrical connectors. Press the release tabs and pull them straight out. If you have a CD changer or Amplifier, you will have additional connectors located here (red arrow). Disconnect these as well. You can now replace the radio with a new one or an aftermarket option. Reverse the steps to reinstall. To replace the control bulbs, see the following steps. For radio code entering, see the final step.

Pull the volume knob straight off the radio (red arrow).
Figure 6

Pull the volume knob straight off the radio (red arrow).

Working at the side of the radio, remove the two Phillips head screws (red arrows).
Figure 7

Working at the side of the radio, remove the two Phillips head screws (red arrows). Flip the radio over and remove the same screws on the other side. Pull the radio control face away from the radio body.

Fold the radio control face down.
Figure 8

Fold the radio control face down. Do not attempt to disconnect the ribbon cable. There is a total of five serviceable bulbs (red arrows). If replacing one I suggest replacing them all.

Use a small flathead screwdriver and rotate the bulb holder 45°.
Figure 9

Use a small flathead screwdriver and rotate the bulb holder 45°. Then remove it from the radio. Then remove the blue cover from the bulb. The bottom inset shows the bulb and blue cover separated. It can be difficult to find the bulbs in the aftermarket with the cover. I often have to transfer the old blue covers over to new bulbs. Keep this in mind when searching for parts.

Radio code: If your radio display reads CODE, you have to enter the code supplied with the vehicle on the radio theft card.
Figure 10

Radio code: If your radio display reads CODE, you have to enter the code supplied with the vehicle on the radio theft card. When entering the code, if you enter the wrong code, you have to start from the beginning. Indication of the wrong code would be CODE, rPt or OFF displayed. If EEEE is displayed, the radio code can't be entered again until two hours has passed. During the two hours, the battery must be connected, the ignition must be in position 1 and the radio has to be turned ON. Use the supplied radio code. Enter it using the preset numbers (red arrows). If you have entered the correct code, the display will read on.

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