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Repair Database Category: Latches, Mounts & Hardware

Latches, mounts, engine mounts, struts, hinges and fasteners

November 1, 2013

How to ID a Collapsed Subframe Bushing

How to ID a Collapsed Subframe Bushing

How to ID a Collapsed Subframe Bushing
August 26, 2013

Dashboard Mount Repair – Version 2.0

My dashboard mount saga began about 5 years before this post with the purchase of a 1996 850 Platinum Edition turbo. When I purchased the car the right hand side of the dash was literally flopping around when going over bumps and all of the movement resulted in a lot of noise. I pulled the dashboard and the initial repair was documented in Volvo 850 Dashboard Mount Repair.

Fast forward 5 years and the evaporator decided to give up the ghost. Following the same procedure as before, I removed the dash and set forth to replace the evaporator and restore the air conditioning in the car. Over the 5 years and 75,000 miles the dash had started to get noisier and it would squeak badly if the car was left out in the sun or if the defroster was run on a high temperature in the winter.

Dashboard Mount Repair – Version 2.0
February 5, 2013

DIY: 1998 S70 Hood Cable Replacement

If you keep any car long enough, chances are the hood cable will break at some point. Mine just broke the other day. New Volvo Cable for my 1998 S70 is Volvo PN 9444027, $36 at dealer.

Only after I did this job that I realized that this can be done for $3 using a bicycle cable with diameter approx. 1.0 mm (and much less time than because you remove nothing doing it this way)!

DIY: 1998 S70 Hood Cable Replacement
April 11, 2012

Add Hood (Bonnet) Emergency Cable

I recently pulled my hood release… and disaster. Nothing happened. It turned out I was lucky: the crimp on the end pulled off, so I was still able to open the hood with pliars. I couldn’t get a replacement cable in good time, so instead just crimped a new end on the old cable. Obviously I’m worried about how weak it might be getting, so decided to add “emergency” opening cables which are accessible from outside the hood.

Add Hood (Bonnet) Emergency Cable
April 11, 2012

Damaged Threads of Oil Drain Plug

1. Is 22ft-lbs tight enough to let it slide for awhile (monitoring for the oil leaks, of course)? 2. Is this a fix you would trust to a machine shop? 3. Find a used oil pan? Just how difficult is it for a reasonably intelligent, reasonably skilled person to replace the oil pan while working […]

Damaged Threads of Oil Drain Plug