MVS Forums Contributor Jason R shows us how to get a tough job done quickly — Volvo 850 DIY: Front Flexible Brake Line Replacement. He even created a DIY Brake Lines PDF of his work.
This DIY guide shows how I replaced the front flexible brake lines on a 1997 Volvo 855 GLT at 166k miles. I benefited greatly from the write up by Vjaneczko who included very helpful information on how to repair stuck and stripped flare fittings – check out his Flaring Volvo Brake Lines.
If you’ve read about owners using the growing list of smartphone apps with adaptors connected to Volvos’ ports, this MVS Forums topic might interest you. Some recent questions:
- What app are you using to do so?
- Where did you get the app and what did it cost?
- What hardware is associated/required?
- What type of phone are you using?
- What data does it capture/display?
As much as it pains me to feed into the “Black Friday” consumer frenzy that has sprung up in the last few decades in North America, I want MVS readers to save money when they can. So, while grimacing, I wrote as much as I know about immediate Volvo parts discounts active in the next few days.
This conversation is about Moog tie rods, but the situation lends itself to every part. MVS Forums Contributor and various-Volvo-electronic-parts-servicer Matty warns us DIY’ers to beware the parts swap scam:
This is what people do… A lot.
Buy a set of cheap tie rod ends at Autozone and buy a set of moogs at advance auto. Install the moogs, put the cheap tie rod ends in the Moog box and return them. Chain store clerks usually have no idea what is supposed to be in there, they just see parts.
MVS Forums Contributor extraordinaire cn90 shows us a novel and remarkable way to fix this small hose — without dropping the fuel tank:
“I have a fuel leak, which leaks from the top of the gas tank. I think it is from the Vent Hose. If you do it this way (drilling a small 3/8-inch hole), there is no need to drop the gas tank!”
MVS Forums Contributor mikealder compiled a list of 850, V70, S70, XC-70 and C70 wheels — all Volvos in the P80 family – meaning 1993-2000 FWD and AWD Volvos. He helpfully included wheel size, offset, tire size and Volvo color code. Nice.
“Note the wheels are sorted by size then alphabetically so if you want to find 17-inch alloys skip past the first few sections with the smaller diameter wheels.”
Not to be sensational, but MVS Forums member osman posted a photo and story of his son’s harrowing moments yesterday when his 1995 850 caught on fire.
How to buy a used Volvo XC90:
I’ve been looking at used XC90 for a little over a year. I’ve read some ratings and reviews and find them – mixed. Also when looking at a dozen or so by owner ads, they mention “new transmissions”. I’ve run my 2 Volvos (96 850 and old wagon) up to almost 200k miles and never had to replace transmissions or any thing major. Is there a problem with this model or particular years I should stay away from? I will only be using to tow a pop up once a year or so.
In addition to the information in the MVS Volvo Forums post (link below), I suggest browsing the Volvo Buyer’s Guide. It contains dozens of helpful do’s and don’ts for all used Volvos.
A very sad Volvo owner in a difficult situation:
I am ashamed to admit this but I drove my wonderful 1999 Volvo S80-V6-Turbo thru a flooded road. The water wasn’t that high but I got nervous and stepped on the gas and sucked water into the intake. It made it thru water, then stalled, I tried to start and wont turn over. Towed it home and a friend tore engine down and there was water in 4 of 6 plugs and large amount of water in oil pan. We left it apart and cover everything with towels to try and dry it out. My friend hasn’t made it back over and I am stuck. Someone told me to put Marvel Mystery Oil in where the plugs go and try to turn motor over by hand? I don’t want to make matter worse but I can not afford to go the dealer. If anyone has any advice please help me, and I also put in a new starter.