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1985 Volvo 240 Speedometer cable retaining screw broke

I pulled the instrument panel out and the plastic speedo cable retaining screw split and broke into pieces. So now I have a speedo cable with no way to attach it to the instrument cluster. I assume that I will need a new cable and retaining screw, since it appears that the replacement screw will have to go on the cable downstream in order to work. Just checking to see if anyone knows of a shortcut. I can't find all of the pieces of the screw or I would try to JB weld it back together over the speedo cable.

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  • Anonymous Mar 01, 2009

    I have a 1985 Wagon that has the exact same problem. I am not sure JB weld would work; plus you hav e to work for the most part, blind behind the instrument cluster.

    I will trry using a hose clamp, and will report back in a few days.



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I'd be hitting the wrecking yard, most will give you those parts if you remove them.

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See Figures 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 and 6


Fig. Fig. 1: To remove the instrument cluster, first remove the trim panel by removing the lower fascia panel


Fig. Fig. 2: With the lower fascia moved aside, remove the lower trim panel attaching screws ...


Fig. Fig. 3: ... as well as the upper attaching screws


Fig. Fig. 4: Then pull the entire instrument trim panel from the dash board


Fig. Fig. 5: Exploded view of the instrument cluster


Fig. Fig. 6: Rear view of the instrument cluster wire routing and connections

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