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Recently, I have purchased a replacement armrest (the one that sits in the center console) for my 2003 V70 (Volvo Part Number: 39895385).<p>There's only one problem. How does one actually put this thing in place?<p>Googling this site and elsewhere sent me around in circles. Has anyone else done this on a 2001-04 V70?
 

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Re: Replacing Center Console Armrest (Dr. Claw)

I acquired the VADIS instructions for this job (thanks to whoever pointed me in that direction on this site):<br><IMG SRC="http://i32.tinypic.com/2vdh6v9.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://i31.tinypic.com/2hdyziw.jpg" BORDER="0"> <br>I was able to get to the point where you're supposed to press the catch together, but even with the one pair of "round-nose" pliers I could find around, the blasted thing just won't pull out. Is there a special "Volvo-only" tool that I need to use here for this job? This is the most frustrating piece of the operation. Even WD-40-ing the catch didn't help. Is it caught on something, or do I need to remove the whole center console to get to this point?<p>
 

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I can't help much as I've never taken that particular piece apart, but the console is very easy to remove if you need to, and that whole rear bucket with the armrest on it comes out of the console fairly easily as well. I do remember that I needed a flashlight and magnetic torx driver to get a couple screws out though.
 

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Thanks.... in the future I might as well do that. I got the stupid catches out with my round-nose pliers, but the part under them is even more difficult to get out. Even someone from the place that usually services my Volvo had trouble with it. I swear that final part must require some sort of special tool. Using regular pliers will break the plastic, and round-nose pliers can't grip that part well enough to remove it.<p>This must not be a commonly done replacement.
 

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Finally, it is done.<p>In pulling out the plastic part of the shafts, both were broken at one side in the zeal of trying to remove them from the assembly.<br> <br>I ordered the replacement part (Volvo sells them thankfully, it is part number 9204328 if you don't have the cupholder, and you'll need two). I also got two extra side caps (part 3409851 if it's 2003 and back, 30643190 if it's 2004 and up) just in case.<p>I eventually pulled the broken ones out with a pair of 8" long nose pliers, after finding out that there are two pressable parts at the top of the shaft, one in the front you can reach, and the other that can't be reached without some help. Then they pull right out (sorta). Even a Volvo Master Technician remarked that it was a "pain in the (neck)" to pull these blasted things out.<p>Finally with those blasted shaft pieces out, the armrest separated from the lower half, and I was free to realign them, put the new shafts in (watch the design of how they should fit in, squeeze them in back end first), then carefully put the caps back on (I ended up breaking the ones I took out originally trying to place them back on, but once they are aligned properly they snap in).<p>Now the armrest is back together again, and I can rest easy...<p>Next time, I'm just gonna leave this to the professionals, but even they have a hard time with this.
 

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Re: (Dr. Claw) armrest repair

Thanks for the tips and pictures, and part nos. My armrest broke off at the lower hinge assy, separating from the inner console box. The hole looked so nasty, I thought I need a new console, then I realized I just needed the inner box and lower hinge assy. Dealer wanted $100 to do for labor, but was kind enough to tell me the console had to come out. My biggest worry was breaking the armrest and top part of the hinge trying to get the little side covers off.
 
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