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Steering Column Switch Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Steering Column Switch Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

2 hours2 hrs

Tab:

$750

Talent:

*****

Tools:

Flathead screwdriver, trim panel tool, T20 Torx driver

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:

Turn signal switch, wiper switch

Hot Tip:

Always disconnect battery before working on your electrical system

Performance Gain:

Repair faulty switches

Complementary Modification:

Steering column trim panels also covered in this tech article

At the steering column are controls for options on your Volvo V70. You can operate the turn signals, wipers and cruise control via the steering wheel switches. The switches are all mounted to the steering column and covered by trim panels.

The steering column switch assembly includes the cluster of switches mounted at the top of the steering column underneath the steering wheel. The clock spring is also located behind the steering wheel. The switches are responsible for operating wipers and washers, turn signals, headlight dimmers and cruise control. The clock spring is a spring-wound ribbon of wire used to connect electrical circuits through the steering wheel -- for example, horn, driver airbag and multi-function switches on the steering wheel.

When the clock spring fails, it usually leaves a fault code for the driver airbag. If you suspect your clock spring is responsible for a fault code, especially an airbag fault code, have it professionally diagnosed. See our tech article on clock spring replacing.

In this tech article, I will go over how to replace the steering column switches on Volvo V70 base models.

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.

Our vehicle may vary slightly from yours as models do change and evolve, as they grow older. If something seems different, let us know and share your info to help other users. Do you have questions or want to add to the article? Leave a comment below. When leaving a comment, please leave your vehicle information.

Release the steering wheel position adjuster. Then move the steering wheel all the way forward and as low as it will go. You do not have to remove the steering wheel or driver airbag to replace the steering column switches. It does make removing the trim easier. If you want to remove your steering wheel, see our tech article on steering wheel removing.

Remove the lower steering column trim T25 Torx screws (green arrows).
Figure 1

Remove the lower steering column trim T25 Torx screws (green arrows).

Then pull the upper trim panel straight up (green arrow) to remove it.
Figure 2

Then pull the upper trim panel straight up (green arrow) to remove it. You will have to pull up to unclip it, then raise it at an angle and remove the side closest to the instruments last.

Detach the flexible trim from the upper cover.
Figure 3

Detach the flexible trim from the upper cover. Detach the clips (green arrow) by pulling up (inset).

Pull the lower cover out and over the lock cylinder.
Figure 4

Pull the lower cover out and over the lock cylinder.

Then remove the lower cover down at an angle.
Figure 5

Then remove the lower cover down at an angle. If you're replacing only the electronic switch, the remaining steering column items can remain installed. If you're replacing the lock cylinder, remove the clock spring (green arrow) and the steering column switches (red arrows). See our tech article on the related items if needed.

Turn signal switch: Using a long T25 Torx bit, remove the two turn signal switch screws (red arrows).
Figure 6

Turn signal switch: Using a long T25 Torx bit, remove the two turn signal switch screws (red arrows).

Turn signal switch: Then, pull the switch down to access the electrical connectors.
Figure 7

Turn signal switch: Then, pull the switch down to access the electrical connectors. Disconnect the electrical connector attached to the switch by pulling it straight out (red arrow). Disconnect the final electrical connector pressing the release tab (green arrows) and pulling it straight out. Remove the switch from the steering column.

Turn signal switch: Install the new switch in the reverse order of removal.
Figure 8

Turn signal switch: Install the new switch in the reverse order of removal. Be sure when installing that the switch alignment tabs are aligned with the bores on the steering column (red arrows). When tightening the screws, hold the switch all the way into the steering column. Do not apply too much pressure, but this ensures the switch is properly engaged.

Turn signal switch: If you have some function (for example turn signals work) but your cruise control may not be working, check the wires that run up the stalk, located under the rubber grommet (red arrow).
Figure 9

Turn signal switch: If you have some function (for example turn signals work) but your cruise control may not be working, check the wires that run up the stalk, located under the rubber grommet (red arrow). These can't be repaired as they will break again, you will need a new switch.

Wiper switch: Using a long T25 Torx bit, remove the two turn signal switch screws (red arrows).
Figure 10

Wiper switch: Using a long T25 Torx bit, remove the two turn signal switch screws (red arrows).

Wiper switch: Then, pull the switch down to access the electrical connectors.
Figure 11

Wiper switch: Then, pull the switch down to access the electrical connectors. Disconnect the electrical connector attached to switch by pulling it straight out (red arrow). Disconnect the final electrical connector pressing the release tab (green arrows) and pulling it straight out. Remove the switch from the steering column.

Wiper switch: Install the new switch in the reverse order of removal.
Figure 12

Wiper switch: Install the new switch in the reverse order of removal. Be sure when installing that the switch alignment tabs (red arrow) are aligned with the bores on the steering column (green arrow). When tightening the screws, hold the switch all the way into the steering column. Do not apply too much pressure, but this ensures the switch is properly engaged.

Wiper switch: If you have some function (for example front wiper works) but your rear wiper may not be working, check the wires that run up the stalk, located under the rubber grommet (green arrow).
Figure 13

Wiper switch: If you have some function (for example front wiper works) but your rear wiper may not be working, check the wires that run up the stalk, located under the rubber grommet (green arrow). These can't be repaired as they will break again, you will need a new switch.

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