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Old 11-19-2022, 04:34 AM   #1
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Default why are there wires, where do they go?!

so, it seems the previous owner of my 81 242 "tampered" with some of the accessories on the console/lower dash/idk because the console/lower dash/idk had begun to crumble.

basically i am at a loss as to the locations for wires and where they go.
if you know please shed some light on the situation.

rear defrost has a red wire connecting to nothing and an empty connector.

two mysterious unconnected wires.

and this (which I partially assume was for the console/lower dash/idk lighting but idk)

thanks for any info, its all appreciated.
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Old 11-19-2022, 10:00 AM   #2
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My suggestion moving forward would be to get the wiring manual for your year 240, whether hard copy or digital. It makes life easy , as Volvo supplied diagrams indicate not only the wiring, but all the component illustrations for every system, and their specific location. It makes many things easier to figure out.

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Old 11-19-2022, 01:49 PM   #3
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The bottom picture is the light bulb holder that goes in the heater control panel behind your hand. There are two spots for bulbs on that panel and one bulb goes at the top of the center stack cover just above the switches to light them at night.
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