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Upper Dashboard Panel Replacement
 
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Pelican Technical Article:

Upper Dashboard Panel Replacement

Nick Czerula

Time:

8 hours8 hrs

Tab:

$500

Talent:

****

Tools:

T25 Torx, plastic prying tool, hook tool

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:

Upper dashboard cover

Hot Tip:

Have a helper handy when you are ready to pull the upper dashboard cover off

Performance Gain:

Replace cracked upper dashboard cover and gain access to dashboard components

Complementary Modification:

Replace instrument cluster bulbs

The concept of the dashboard goes back to the 40's and 50's. We often think of it as a place for the instrument cluster, electrical body controls, radio and an enclosure for the climate controls and vents. The concept of the dashboard was to give a softer cushion for the driver in the event of an accident. Softer cushioned surfaces are prone to cracking with extensive exposure to sunlight making the dashboard unsightly after a few years. Of course this need was reduced with the advent of airbag systems. It is also an ideal place to hide electronic control units and wiring. Volvo, as have most manufacturers, has incorporated the dashboard frame as a significant safety feature in the event of side impacts. The dashboard is no longer a framework of metal or plastic. Large strong tubes offer strength and resilience in the event of a side impact. As a result of this change in design the dashboard is more a series of covers over a plastic supporting frame to keep noise vibration and squeaks to a minimum.

Sometimes you may need to gain access to components underneath the dashboard panels. You may also simply want to replace the unsightly, sun damaged cover. In this tech article we will go over the steps to remove your upper dashboard panel.

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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In this tech article we will go over the steps to remove your upper dashboard panel (red arrow).
Figure 1

In this tech article we will go over the steps to remove your upper dashboard panel (red arrow). Start by disconnecting the negative battery terminal. See our tech article on battery replacing.

Working at the top of the instrument cluster, remove two T25 Torx screws (red arrows).
Figure 2

Working at the top of the instrument cluster, remove two T25 Torx screws (red arrows).

Working at the left corner of the dashboard, remove the air duct (red arrow).
Figure 3

Working at the left corner of the dashboard, remove the air duct (red arrow). Lever it out using a plastic prying tool to remove it. Repeat this step for the right side of the dashboard.

With the air duct removed, remove the T25 Torx screw (red arrow).
Figure 4

With the air duct removed, remove the T25 Torx screw (red arrow). Repeat this step for the right side of the dashboard.

Working at the left corner of the dashboard, remove the air vent (red arrow).
Figure 5

Working at the left corner of the dashboard, remove the air vent (red arrow). Slide a hook tool between the vent and the dashboard (red arrow) and pull it straight out. Repeat this step for the right side of the dashboard.

With the vent removed, remove the T25 Torx screw (red arrow).
Figure 6

With the vent removed, remove the T25 Torx screw (red arrow). Repeat this step for the right side of the dashboard.

Working at the right corner of the dashboard, lever out the speaker grille and remove it (red arrow).
Figure 7

Working at the right corner of the dashboard, lever out the speaker grille and remove it (red arrow). Repeat this step for the left side of the dashboard.

With the speaker grille removed, remove the T25 Torx screw (red arrow).
Figure 8

With the speaker grille removed, remove the T25 Torx screw (red arrow). Repeat this step for the left side of the dashboard.

Working at the center of the dashboard, remove the air vents.
Figure 9

Working at the center of the dashboard, remove the air vents. Slide a hook tool between the vent and the dashboard and pull the vents straight out.

With the vents removed, remove the two T25 Torx screws (red arrows).
Figure 10

With the vents removed, remove the two T25 Torx screws (red arrows).

Remove the glove box housing.
Figure 11

Remove the glove box housing. See our tech article on glove box removing. Then remove the three T25 Torx screws (red arrows). The screw closest to the right side is just out of view in this photo. The rightmost arrow points to the approximate area of the third Torx screw.

Working through the glove box opening, remove the three 10mm airbag fasteners (red arrows).
Figure 12

Working through the glove box opening, remove the three 10mm airbag fasteners (red arrows).

Slide the upper panel forward (red arrow) about four inches until you can see the airbag electrical connector through the speaker hole (green arrow).
Figure 13

Slide the upper panel forward (red arrow) about four inches until you can see the airbag electrical connector through the speaker hole (green arrow).

Working through the speaker hole, squeeze the airbag electrical connector tabs (red arrow) and pull the connector straight off to disconnect it.
Figure 14

Working through the speaker hole, squeeze the airbag electrical connector tabs (red arrow) and pull the connector straight off to disconnect it.

Slide the dashboard panel (red arrow) off the dashboard toward the rear of the vehicle.
Figure 15

Slide the dashboard panel (red arrow) off the dashboard toward the rear of the vehicle. You can now repair or replace the panel. Or you can simply access components covered by the panel, such as the passenger airbag or instrument cluster. Reverse these steps to reassemble the cover. See the following step for airbag replacing.

To replace the passenger airbag, flip the cover over and place it on a blanket.
Figure 16

To replace the passenger airbag, flip the cover over and place it on a blanket. Then remove the 10mm airbag fasteners (red arrows). Replace the airbag and install it using new fasteners.

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