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.

February 13, 2016

Big Brakes on Small Wheels

MVS Volvo Forums member Nevada1906 not only installs a 302mm big brake kit on his 850, he shaves the calipers down so they’ll fit in his 16-inch Columba OE wheels. He documents the whole upgrade. Then he follows up years later on how it’s working. Here’s the story: After asking around on this site, I […]

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Big Brakes on Small Wheels
February 13, 2016

Engine oil cooler line replacement DIY

MVS Forums Contributor Jason (jreed) blasts out a beautiful, detailed, downloadable DIY on replacing oil cooler lines on a Volvo 850. This DIY is likely applicable  for any Volvo P80 model. “The lower cooler line (lower = the one that goes to the lower inlet on the radiator) had developed a very slow leak at the […]

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Engine oil cooler line replacement DIY
February 10, 2016

1993 940 Turbo Wagon For Sale, 33k Miles, $6850, Denver

http://denver.craigslist.org/cto/5439326925.html condition: like new cylinders: 4 cylinders drive: rwd fuel: gas odometer: 32850 title status: clean transmission: automatic 93 Volvo 940 turbo Wagon, only 33,000 miles, 2 owner, local car with all records at local dealership, Gold with Tan Leather,Sunroof, Heated seats, great tires, Just serviced. Cloth and weathertech mats, amazing Condition $6,850.00. The usual […]

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1993 940 Turbo Wagon For Sale, 33k Miles, $6850, Denver
February 5, 2016

Axle Death Click Click Click

Are you hearing a click sound from your front wheels? That’s the CV joints dying. They exist on front-wheel drive and AWD vehicles so that you can turn your front wheels. It’s a way — “articulation” — to get power from the engine to the wheels. You can either replace the axles (“half-shafts”), or if it’s not too late, you can re-grease and re-boot your existing axles.

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Axle Death Click Click Click
February 5, 2016

AWD Versions of the 850 & V70

Ever wonder about the AWD peculiarities of the Volvo 1990s 850/S70/V70/XC70 cars? Which P80 models were built with all-wheel drive? MVS Volvo forums member Jazzop asks “Lately I’ve been curious about the AWD versions of the 855 & V70, but I haven’t found much in the way of FAQs/wikis explaining the model differences. Perhaps someone […]

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AWD Versions of the 850 & V70
February 4, 2016

Throttle Body vs. New MAP Sensor

This thread documents that the P0106 code is often resolved by throttle body cleaning, not MAP sensor replacement. Saves users about 250 USD. Specific to the NA 2003 and 2004 Volvo P2 models. jkatz: Two years ago I bought a 2003 V70 FWD (no turbo) and I was getting an intermittent CEL that would come […]

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Throttle Body vs. New MAP Sensor
January 27, 2016

Which is Better? 13G, 13T, 15G Turbochargers

Confused about turbos for Volvos? If 13G, 13T, 15G, 16T, 18T, and 19T make you think of womens’ dress sizes, this post will help you understand what fits on your Volvo and why.

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Which is Better? 13G, 13T, 15G Turbochargers
January 18, 2016

Codes from the ECU without the dataconnector thingy?

MVS Volvo Forums member -wj- has a 1996 Volvo 850 and needs to read the codes. “Can I get the ecu codes from the ecu without the normal dataconnector thingy? As in, can I connect a led/12v bulb to 2 pins on the ecu, and get the codes? edit: I’ts the motronic 4.3 one by […]

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Codes from the ECU without the dataconnector thingy?
January 15, 2016

XeMODeX is a MVS Sponsor!

We’re proud to announce XeMODeX is partnering with this site to bring all of us information and Volvo troubleshooting solutions. XeMODeX cut its teeth developing and marketing a fix for Volvo’s ETM fiasco with their in-house developed contact-less potentiometer ETM. This announcement means XeMODeX’s ad appears at the top of MVS pages. Please let them […]

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January 8, 2016

Fix a Rusted Exhaust on a Volvo

Need to fix a rusted exhaust on a Volvo? MVS contributor xHeart documents fixing his rusted, broken, leaking exhaust on his Volvo. This saga included a Class A fiasco on the part of Parts Geek shipping mislabeled and dented exhaust, then shipping an exhaust for a completely different Volvo. What a mess. The two ends […]

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Fix a Rusted Exhaust on a Volvo
January 4, 2016

Should You Buy a 1998 V70 R with High Mileage?

Should You Buy a 1998 V70 R with High Mileage? Longtime MVS member and Volvo guru precopster asked, and answered, this very question. Note this car needed a good deal of engine work. Bottom line is $2,000 asking price for a car with 380k kilometres and a head that’s been removed with bent valves. Looks […]

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December 18, 2015

98 V70 T5 Replacing the Coolant Hoses in Pics

You’ll want to remove your air cleaner box and also the duct pointing to the front part of the car. The air cleaner is set in with some tabs into a rubber retainer. Just pull up and to the passenger side to get it out. There were a few connections that need to be removed as well. Finally, tie the accordion air duct out of the way so that you’ll have a clear view. They are already out in this picture. I just highlighted where these parts used to be. It really opens up the area.

Standing on the driver side, you can look are clearly see the large hose (lower radiator hose) where it connects to the neck into the engine block. You can also see where the heater hoses go into the firewall. The Lower radiator hose is not too hard to access at this point. Loosen the clamp (above the yellow arrow in the picture) and pull it off. The other end is on the bottom of the radiator on the driver side. You’ll have to remove the lower engine cover plastic to get access to that.

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98 V70 T5 Replacing the Coolant Hoses in Pics