S 70 Dash Squeeks - Toronto Area Volvo Mechanic

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by jjmjij, Oct 13, 2005.

  1. jjmjij

    jjmjij Guest

    The dash in my 1998 S70 squeeks to the point of driving me crazy. One
    guy has looked at it and says the mounting bolt on the passenger side
    has pulled out. He has tried to secure the dash with nylon tie wraps
    from inside the glovebox.

    When I psuh the center of the dash it seats up against the windshield
    (or cowling or whatever) and the noise stops. When I release it, I can
    see it sag and the squeeking resumes.

    First, any guidance (other than pull the dash and reset it)?

    Second, does anyone in the Toronto (Etobicoke) area know of a decent
    independent machanic who specializes in Volvos?

    Thanks,


    Ian
     
    jjmjij, Oct 13, 2005
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    Randy G. Guest

    If you KNOW where the squeak is and it is generally accessible, you
    could try getting a little talcum powder in there.



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    Randy G., Oct 13, 2005
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  3. This is a puzzle.

    I have heard of ppl having this drama and when it happened in our S70 it
    just required putting a re-sized rubber spacer inbetween the glove box.

    I can understand why it is putting you on edge, an annoying sound!

    Cheers
    H
     
    Hamish Alker-Jones, Oct 14, 2005
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    User Guest

    You have to remove the cowling in front of the windshield under the hood
    to access the mounting screws for the dash. Torx T40 I believe. They can
    work loose over time if they were under torqued at the factory. If the
    winshield has been replaced, it's possible to get the glass too close to
    or pinch the rubber gasket on the dash pad and the dash will squeak.

    Bob
     
    User, Oct 14, 2005
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  5. Urg, what a pain!

    Cheers

    H
     
    Hamish Alker-Jones, Oct 14, 2005
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    M Guest

    I was told by my indie Volvo mechanic that 1998 wasn't such a good year
    for our dashboards. Later, they lined the dash with felt tape to reduce
    squaking. Acutally, to me you're lucky if you're only just squeaking. I
    hear squeaking on the left side, but on the right side it's a loud
    cracking sound when I go over bumps and cracks in the road. I imagine that
    the mounting bolt has either come out or is broken.

    While grasping the screw hole on the far right side as leverage, I can
    lift up the dash a little bit. I'm getting scared that this will get worse
    if I don't fix it. If the left side broke too, I'm gonna be in trouble.

    Can this really be addressed by just taking off the cowling? I was told
    that I had to remove the dash to get to the bolts. My mechanic also
    suggested to take care of the evaporator or some other AC part that can
    only be accessed with a dash removal. He told me to take care of the
    creaking/cracking/squeaking later on when the AC became an issue.

    Does the Haynes manual have good instructions on removing the cowling? Is
    it just removing some screws?

    Thanks,
    Mike
     
    M, Oct 14, 2005
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    Ian Guest

    My mech said my right side mounting bolt was sheared off and use nylon
    tie-wraps from the glove box to tighten things up. It helped but the rest
    of thne dash still squeeks.

    Ian
     
    Ian, Oct 15, 2005
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