Re: V70/S60 console squeaks
On Tue, 16 Aug 2005 13:28:00 GMT, Armchair observer
>Volvo, in its Scandinavian wisdom, seems to have selected interior
>plastics that make a horrible squeaking sound when they rub against
>each other. The center console in my 2002 V70 makes quite a racket
>going over bumps. Here are my questions:
Yes it's a bloody pain IMHO.
>1. How do I get the center console apart?
Do you mean the tunnel console between the seats or the radio/ecc
panel? If its the former then its very easy.
If you release the pen holder at the base of the ecc panel you will
see 4 torx screws. The outer two hold the front of the tunnel console
in place. You also need to release the plastic panel around the gear
stick sheath, but leave the sheath attached to the gear stick.
Next pull up the hand brake surround (just give it a firm tug upwards)
and pull the sheath over and off the hand brake removing it
completely. Then at the rear of the console remove the ashtray/panel
and disconnect the rear cig lighter socket. In the CD storage pocket
under the armrest lift up the little rubber mat and undo the two torx
Finally release the panels on either side at the bottom that go
forward to the foot air vents. Use a coin in the screw slot on each
panel and turn it 90 degrees to release. Then pull the panels
backwards to remove.
Once you've done all that the entire tunnel console can be lifted up
and carefully manouvered around the gear stick to get it out of the
Then it's a case of soundproofing all the points where plastic meets
plastic. For this you can use self-adhesive felt pads or similar.
Some of the plastic panels appear to be almost spot-welded to each
other. This means there are places where you can't get any material
in between. In such cases you should give the gap a squirt of silicon
spray. Very effective for stopping squeaks.
Just recently I replaced my V70 tunnel console with one from an S60,
because I much prefer the look of the S60 console. It's a straight
swap as they share mount points etc. I found the S60 console to be
assembled in a way that was much less conducive to squeaks. When
installed it felt much more solid than the original V70 console.
>2. How should I treat the squeaky parts to silence them?
As I mentioned, if there's room some self-adhesive felt, otherwise