Volvo Repair Database: Everything

This is the BIG list of repairs for every Volvo made in the last 30 years... Currently over 1500 Volvo problems, fixes, experiences and repairs.

April 27, 2016

RWD Volvos Have PNP Switch Flashing Arrows Too

MVS member Bob had the common flashing arrow light on the dash of his 1995 960. While looking at the wiring harness connector (8 sockets) that plugged into the PNP switch connector (8 pins), I noticed one wire looked “funny” – and for good reason. It was no longer connected to the crimped on socket […]

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RWD Volvos Have PNP Switch Flashing Arrows Too
April 21, 2016

The Birth, Life & Death of an XC90 T6

Ok, that title was a little dramatic, but that’s the idea. MVS member XVTer bought a 2004 XC90 T6 a few years ago for his wife. In between the buying date and selling date he posted some of the best tune-up, Stage 0 and restoration info for XC90s I’ve ever seen. This is his XC90 T6 story. […]

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The Birth, Life & Death of an XC90 T6
April 20, 2016

Bought a 1999 S70 GLT with almost 300k Miles

1999 S70 GLT… Where to start? New MVS member shertzog bought a 1999 S70 GLT with almost 300k miles, and he’s been fixing it up: new spark plugs, new coolant tank, new headlight bulbs. Repaired: j-hose. Painted: headlight reflectors. 290,600 miles, white/tan (leather in front seats pretty beat up). new plugs (. – $5/pr Amazon – […]

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Bought a 1999 S70 GLT with almost 300k Miles
April 19, 2016

Peeling Pillar Trim Fix – Double Sided Tape!

MVS Moderator MadeInJapan shows us how to fix peeling pillar trim with double sided tape. It’s a simple yet brilliant solution. Like the famous DIY for interior door trim, it’s another in a long line of inexpensive fixes to make our Volvos look like new again. I have been racking my brain on how to […]

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Peeling Pillar Trim Fix – Double Sided Tape!
April 16, 2016

Engine Rebuild Tutorial PDF – 1996 Volvo 850

Hydro-lock Causes Engine Failure, Which Causes Engine Rebuild The project lasted into the third week. Were I to do this again, I could do it in a week without difficulty. Maybe 3 days. MVS Forums Contributor and advanced shadetree-level mechanic  JimBee puts together a 288MB, 30-page downloadable PDF monster filled to the top with how to […]

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Engine Rebuild Tutorial PDF – 1996 Volvo 850
April 5, 2016

accessories.volvocars.com Is Amazing

Here’s a fantastic trove of Volvo information that takes the form of PDF (downloadable) files, a Winter Wheel Configurator, and many other things… including diagrams on how to install the thousands of Volvo accessories listed in these documents. It’s shockingly good. Astoundingly, it covers everything from the 1982 Volvo 700-series to every 2016 model Volvo sells. Take […]

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accessories.volvocars.com Is Amazing
April 1, 2016

Lost Your Volvo DVD Remote? Here’s a $7 Replacement

No Need To Spend $100+ on a DVD Remote Replacement If you have a Rear Seat Entertainment (RSE) system, you probably have kids. If you have kids, the DVD remote has gone missing. From The Volvo DVD RSE System page: The system functions can be operated using the wireless remote control. All you need to do […]

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Lost Your Volvo DVD Remote? Here’s a $7 Replacement
March 30, 2016

AWD to FWD Conversion on a 2005 XC70

AWD Broke – Can He Convert it to Front Drive Only? MVS Forums Contributor renns asks about AWD to FWD Conversion on a 2005 XC70, much like 1997-2000 Volvo owners do all the time, like here, and here, and here. OK, I picked up the XC70, 90,000 miles, in very nice shape overall. I had […]

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AWD to FWD Conversion on a 2005 XC70
March 30, 2016

Volvo Crossbars – Will They Work with No Channel Strips?

Roof Rails Require Rubber Replacement MVS member SonicAdventure has a problem. He found some nice Volvo crossbars, but will they work without the channel strips that help hold them to the roof? SonicAdventure: Hello, I got lucky and found a set of OEM Volvo cross bars at the junk yard. However, the 3/4″ wide rubber […]

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Volvo Crossbars – Will They Work with No Channel Strips?
March 22, 2016

How To Troubleshoot Volvos

This is how to troubleshoot Volvo problems. This is a gold standard, a troubleshooting level we should all aspire to. Read through the forum thread and see how MVS Volvo Forums Moderator Steve absolutely nails it. This is his account of the 48 hours after he’s left stranded in a parking lot… how he limps his 1999 V70 manual home, and how he gets to the root of the problem a day later.

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How To Troubleshoot Volvos
March 19, 2016

Replace Radiator DIY w Photos

Need to replace your Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70 or XC70 radiator? Here’s a replace radiator DIY, with photos and step-by-step instructions in a downloadable PDF. These pre-2001 FWD and AWD Volvos — P80 family — share common components, and procedures are often similar or identical. Nine out of ten P80 radiators fail at the plastic […]

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Replace Radiator DIY w Photos
March 18, 2016

Remove/Install Third Row Seat – Volvo 850 Wagon

– Remove the plastic trim “cap” near the middle (#2) seat belt attachment, where the second row seat latches in. The cap has a long thick tab behind it and is a minor PITA to remove. Lift out slightly on the rear trim edge, then rotate the cap toward the engine and slide it forward slightly as you turn, and the cap will pop out. This gives you access to the mounting bolt for the second seat belt anchor, at the wheel well.

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Remove/Install Third Row Seat – Volvo 850 Wagon
March 14, 2016

Window Regulator Fix S80

MVS member Al D has a broken window… it won’t roll up or down. In this Volvo Forum post he documents his S80’s window regulator fix, including his methodology on making his window roll up and down smoothly again: SUBJECT VEHICLE: 2005 Volvo S80 (AND OTHERS) – Regarding replacing the window regulator and/or the blue […]

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Window Regulator Fix S80
March 13, 2016

Serpentine Belt Tool DIY

Found a post from someone else on how to make a serpentine belt tool. For a 1.99$ get a pipe cap, grind it with a metal grinder ( duh 😀 ) and then drill a hole through the thread area and use a metal bar to give it some force, I used a big drill bit i had around my garage. It worked just fine. Thanks to the person who came up with this idea, just thought I would spread it and save you 30 dollars as someone else did to me.

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Serpentine Belt Tool DIY
March 11, 2016

Adjusting the Wastegate

Curious if your Volvo’s wastegate is properly configured? MVS Volvo Forums Contributor sleddriver documents adjusting the wastegate. He finds it off, and corrects it. Often owners “give them a few turns” to keep the turbo spinning in more situations, which reduces turbo lag when you floor it. This normally doesn’t cause damage because these Volvos are […]

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Adjusting the Wastegate