240 OD wires need reattaching.

I've searched here and elsewhere but can't find any info - probably user error.
I have an '85 240 with the 4 speed OD - recently the gear knob became loose and then came off in my hand. The OD wires have been disconnected from the switch in the knob and I have no idea how to reconnect them? The OD was working before the wires came off.
Also, when putting the knob back on, what's the recommended way of securing it? Some sort of silicone sealer?



  • The knob has a plastic insert that holds it on with the plastic button on top completing the package. If the insert is broken, you need a new knob or find a way to make a new insert. It sits under the big button and has a detent on it to stop the knob spinning.

    The OD switch wires are soldered on from memory, so if they’re off, time to dig out the soldering iron and solder.

    Current Cars: 1974 144DL & 1989 245GL
    Past Volvo Cars: 1975 244DL, 1974 145GL, 1986 240GL wagon, 1993 440GL, 1987 240GL sedan (M46), 1986 240GL sedan, 1987 240GL sedan, 1992 (MY93) 240 sedan, 2000 V40T4
    Past Non-Volvo Cars: 1988 Toyota AE82 Corolla Seca, 2001 Toyota AE112R Corolla Conquest, 2000 Ford BA Futura, 1997 VT Commodore Executive, 2002 Mazda BJ-III 323 Astina
  • I pulled the knob apart and see where the wires are supposed to go but they are not long enough to connect when the knob is off the stick. Doesn't look like they were soldered on.
    Way too many innuendo's here.
  • I would find the two wires under the carpet and extend them to the control panel (somewhere next to the hazard switch) and solder them to a "button type" switch (sold in Jacar). This saves you heaps on the knob. Hope this helps.
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