1984 Volvo 240 DL radio and antenna

Discussion in 'Volvo 240' started by Roy Kasten, Aug 24, 2003.

  1. Roy Kasten

    Roy Kasten Guest

    I recently purchased a nice 1984 240 sedan. The radio and power
    antenna need replacing or fixing, and so I'm looking for some advice.

    The motor on the antenna seems to function fine (I can hear it going
    up and down as it should) but the antenna itself is broken off. Is my
    only option to replace the entire power unit, or can the antenna pole
    itself be replaced? Would either of these replacement jobs be
    difficult? I'm fairly handy, but not a mechanic or an electrician.

    The cassette player on the radio is stuck in reverse play mode (the
    little directional arrow points to the left). When I insert a
    cassette, the fast foward and reverse seem to work, but the cassette
    won't play at all. I press the direction button on the unit, and I
    hear a sound that suggests it's trying to change direction or engage,
    but it still stays stuck in the same reverse play mode. The radio
    itself works OK, but there's not much reception (seeing as the antenna
    pole is snapped off).

    I'd like to keep the original radio and cassette player, but if folks
    here think I should not bother with trying to fix it, I won't. Either
    way I need to have music in my car!

    I'd be curious to know what more knowledgable Volvo owners would do.
    Thanks in advance.

    Roy Kasten, Aug 24, 2003
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    Mike F Guest

    The antenna mast can be replaced separately. Put the antenna in the up
    position, remove the nut on top of the fender and pull the mast out.
    The new mast comes with a plastic rack with teeth, compare what your old
    one came out with. If part of this is stuck inside the antenna motor
    you'll have to dismantle the motor to get it out. If not, you can just
    feed the plastic rack into the hole, and have a helper turn the radio
    off. As the antenna goes down, the mechanism will grab the rack and
    pull the new mast in. Just reassemble, turn the radio on and off and
    the mast will reposition itself.

    In my climate, the sleeve of the mast gets stuck inside the top of the
    antenna with corrosion, making removal almost impossible. I've done
    some where I've had to completely dismantle the antenna and drill out
    the remnants of the sleeve!

    The original Volvo radios aren't very good, and honestly aren't worth
    the trouble of fixing.
    Mike F, Aug 25, 2003
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  3. Roy Kasten

    Roy Kasten Guest

    The antenna mast can be replaced separately. Put the antenna in the up
    Thanks for the advice! I'll give that a shot.

    Roy Kasten, Aug 26, 2003
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    Don Hodgdon Guest

    When I bought my 740 the cassette player didn't work. I pulled the radio and
    found that a small piece of plastic, broken off of a cassette, had jammed
    the mechanism. After removing the piece, the cassette has worked perfectly
    ever since.


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    Don Hodgdon, Aug 27, 2003
  5. Roy Kasten

    Roy Kasten Guest

    Turns out repeated cleaning has helped the cassette deck unstick
    itself. Now it's playing cassettes, but playing them slow.

    Ah, well, I'll look for a new cassette deck this week.

    thanks for all the input!

    Roy Kasten, Aug 28, 2003
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