Agreed. We have all been there on this one.
Pull the relay out and clean the contacts. These are the contacts INSIDE
the relay not the external tabs but they may need cleaning as well. I have
used the following on different occasions (different cars) depending on what
I had ato hand (a) very fine wet and dry paper, (b) non lube switch cleaner
from Tandy and (c) heaven help me but it worked really well - carefully
sprayed on some brake fluid cleaner.
I read on http://www.brickboard.com/
once that someone else reconed that the
spring that puts tension on the relay coil looses its tension over time and
this person bent the anchor tab slightly to increase the tension.
Always been dirty contacts for me though.
Next, what's the betting your elect windows stop working. Main suspect will
be contacts inside the switches. A 15 minute to remove the offending
switch, open it up (be careful cos there is a metal rocker, two small
springs and two ball bearings inside the switch). You will prob notice the
contacts are burned, clean in aforsaid manner, reassemble and bobs yer
"James Sweet" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
>> I purchased my first Volvo this week and am in love! She is an '89 240
>> DL wagon and in spectacular condition. One of the few quirks is that
>> the overdrive light is on indicating that overdrive is turned off. I
>> know that this is common and has been discussed ad infinitum on this
>> group but was looking for some clarification. Pressing the button on
>> the shifter makes no difference and the light will not go out but how
>> do I determine if this is a problem with the button or the relay behind
>> the glove box?
> The problem is the relay, plain and simple. Google for instructions on
> fixing it, I know I've answered this exact question dozens of times in the
> last year alone so some of those posts should be around.