Volvo Coupes/Sedans/Wagons 1970-1989 Repair Guide

Outside Mirrors

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REMOVAL & INSTALLATION



See Figure 1

The manual mirrors on all Volvos do not offer replaceable glass. If the mirror is cracked or damaged, the complete mirror head must be replaced.



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Fig. Fig. 1: Exploded view of common manual mirrors used on U.S. and Canadian Volvos

Manual Mirrors
1970-79 MODELS

The outside chromed mirrors on all Volvos may either be removed with its stalk by unbolting it from the door or may be removed from the stalk by unscrewing the pivot bolt behind the glass holder. Use the correct size screwdriver and don't strip the heads of the screws during removal.

1980-89 MODELS
  1. Depending on the type of mirror, remove either the small screw in the back of the adjusting tab (inside the door) or remove the rubber boot over the adjusting lever.
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  3. Remove the adjuster mechanism and its covers. On the cable adjuster type, remove the bolt which holds the adjuster head to the door frame.
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  5. Remove the mounting bolts holding the mirror to the door frame. Support the mirror while doing this or it will fall when released. The adjusting cable must be fed through the door frame when removing.
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  7. When reinstalling, support the mirror during installation of the retaining screws. Make sure that any insulation or padding is put back in its correct location to reduce wind noise. If replacing a cable type mirror, thread the cable into position before securing the mounting bolts.
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  9. Install the adjuster tab or secure the cable retainer.
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  11. Attach any trim pieces and install either the locking screw or the rubber boot.
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GLASS REPLACEMENT



Manual Mirrors

The outside chromed mirrors on all Volvos may either be removed with its stalk by unbolting it from the door or may be removed from the stalk by unscrewing the pivot bolt behind the glass holder. Use the correct size screwdriver and don't strip the screw heads during removal.

Electric Mirrors
1975-85 MODELS

See Figure 2

This repair is best done inside under warm and dry conditions. The performance of the adhesive may be affected in other locations.



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Fig. Fig. 2: Make sure the tape ("A") is centered before installing the mirror glass-puncture and flatten any trapped air bubbles with a pin-1975-85 models

  1. Pry the glass off the backing plate with a small prytool.
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  3. Clean the holder with alcohol; make sure all the old adhesive is removed.
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  5. Install the new piece of tape onto the mirror holder (backing plate). Make sure the tape is centered. If any air bubbles are trapped under the tape, puncture them with a pin.
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  7. Remove the backing paper(s) from the new glass. Align the mirror and press it into place against the tape. Pay attention ... you only get one chance to mount the mirror straight.
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1986-89 MODELS

See Figure 3

  1. With the mirror attached to the car, push in on the bottom of the glass until the cogs (teeth) can be seen through the hole in the bottom of the housing.
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Fig. Fig. 3: When installing a new mirror glass, make sure the guides on the back of the mirror are in place-1986 and later

  1. Use a small thin prytool to reach through the hole and slide the cogs to the right. Lift the mirror glass out.
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  3. Install the new glass, making sure the guides on the back of the mirror are in place.
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  5. Use the screwdriver to slide the cogs to the left and lock the glass in place.
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MOTOR REPLACEMENT



Electric Mirrors
1975-85 MODELS

See Figure 4

  1. Remove the mirror from the door.
    1. For cars prior to 1980, remove the inner trim panel on the door. Disconnect the wiring harness running to the mirror. 1980 and later cars have the connector under the dash next to the fuse box.
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    3. Remove the bolts holding the mirror assembly to the door and support the mirror while threading the wiring through the openings.
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  3. Remove the glass and pry off the plastic plug under the swivel point of the mirror "neck".
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  5. Tag or diagram the wiring on the back of the motor. Unplug the connectors.
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Fig. Fig. 4: Remove the mirror to the door to remove the motor-1975-85 models

  1. Remove the plastic washer and pull out the wires. Remove the rubber cap on the motor and remove the mounting screws for the motor.
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  3. Install the rubber cap on the new motor. Place the new motor in position and insert the wiring through the flange. Tighten the motor screws.
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  5. Install the wiring and replace the plastic covering.
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  7. Replace the plug in the swivel point. Use a light adhesive to hold it in place.
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  9. Mount the mirror to the door, connect the wiring harness and reinstall the door pad.
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1986-89 MODELS

See Figure 5

  1. Remove the glass as discussed previously.
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  3. Remove the motor-to-mirror frame screws.
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Fig. Fig. 5: Exploded view of the rearview mirror motor mounting for 1986 and later vehicles-the dust cover ("A") must be transferred to the new motor

  1. Label or diagram the wiring on the back of the motor and disconnect the wiring. The round dust cover on the back of the motor must be transferred to the new motor.
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  3. Connect the wires to the new motor. Mount the motor and tighten the retaining screws.
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  5. Install the mirror glass.
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