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Climate Control Panel and Bulb Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Climate Control Panel and Bulb Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

1 hours1 hrs

Tab:

$300

Talent:

****

Tools:

Phillips screwdriver, plastic trim panel tool, T25 Torx

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:

Climate control panel, climate control panel bulbs

Hot Tip:

Disconnect battery before removing panel, be sure to record radio code

Performance Gain:

Repair faulty climate control panel or bulbs

Complementary Modification:

Replace cabin microfilter

Most electrical components on Volvo V70 models require programming using an advanced Volvo scan tool when replacing. With that said, don't feel you can't replace these items yourself. You also have the option of swapping out used items, which will at times work with programming. I don't have experience with this method, due to my access to a Volvo scan tool, but it is something to consider. I have been told programming of used items isn't always required, so this may be an option, but I cannot vouch for it working 100% of the time. If you have experience with used part installation, please share your experience, as it will help the Pelican Parts community.

The climate control panel is located in the center dashboard. This is the control for your heating and ventilation system. Volvo V70 models came equipped with manual and automatic climate control systems. The control panel on both versions is the main electrical module for controlling the interior climate. Manual and automatic models work in conjunction with the engine control module to run the A/C compressor.

The most common portion of the climate control panel to fail is the blower motor control. It may seem as if the blower resistor is faulty, but replacing it doesn't remedy the issue. This may be a faulty blower control. You will want to check the signal to the blower resistor at this point and confirm the signal is faulty. Other functions of this control can also fail over time, however not as common. For testing the signal to the resistor, see our tech article on blower motor testing.

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.

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

The climate control panel is located in the center dashboard (red arrow).
Figure 1

The climate control panel is located in the center dashboard (red arrow). This is the control for your heating and ventilation system. Volvo V70 models came equipped with manual and automatic climate control systems. The automatic version is pictured here.

Start by removing the glove box inner housing.
Figure 2

Start by removing the glove box inner housing. See our tech article on glove box removing. Once the glove box housing is removed, reach behind the climate control panel (red arrow) and push it out from behind (green arrow). You can also lever it out from the front using a plastic prying tool, however I find the tool fit is too tight to do it this way. Often times the panel or trim can be damaged.

Pull the climate control panel away from the instrument panel enough to access the electrical connectors.
Figure 3

Pull the climate control panel away from the instrument panel enough to access the electrical connectors. Then press the release tabs (red arrow) and pull the connectors straight out. To install the new panel, reverse the removal steps. To replace the climate control panel bulbs, see the following steps.

Place the climate control panel on a blanket or soft surface to protect it from scratches.
Figure 4

Place the climate control panel on a blanket or soft surface to protect it from scratches. Then remove the four Philips head screws (green arrows).

Then using a small flathead screwdriver, release the two retaining tabs (green arrows).
Figure 5

Then using a small flathead screwdriver, release the two retaining tabs (green arrows). Lever the cover away from the control panel to release it.

When releasing the clips, roll the panel down to separate it (green arrow).
Figure 6

When releasing the clips, roll the panel down to separate it (green arrow).

Then using a small flathead screwdriver, release the final retaining tab (green arrow).
Figure 7

Then using a small flathead screwdriver, release the final retaining tab (green arrow). Lever the cover away from the control panel to release it. Then open the cover. Do not remove it as a ribbon cable connects it to the controls.

Fold the climate control panel face down.
Figure 8

Fold the climate control panel face down. Do not attempt to disconnect the ribbon cable. There is a total of four serviceable bulbs (green arrows). If replacing one I suggest replacing them all. Use a small flathead screwdriver and rotate the bulb holder 45°. Then remove it from the radio. If you can't find the bulbs with the blue covers, remove the blue cover from the bulb. 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. At times the covers tend to bond to the bulb. In that case you have no choice but to find the correct style bulb. Reverse the steps to install new bulbs.

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Comments and Suggestions:
Rez Man Comments: Hi there, I have a 05 Volvo S40 i. I have brushed steel looking trims on the inside, i.e. on each of the doors where traditional handles would be. Also, the center dash trim over which the stereo is. I was hoping to replace all these parts. Not sure I've properly communicated the right names but hopefully you understand. Can provide pictures. Also, do you ship to Canada. Thanks!
September 6, 2015
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