Problems & Fixes: Volvo Steering

Steering-related information here… fluid, rack, etc.

June 24, 2016

Identify Steering Rack Type from Data Plate

How to identify your 850, S70 or early V/XC/C70 steering rack as either made by SMI or TRW. SMI Is 5 and TRW is 4 Data plate right side in engine bay inner fender… Also look at the rack itself (duh): Totally worth it to just take a look at the boots, the TRW racks […]

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October 22, 2015

Strut & Subframe Braces

[This is already in the Volvo Repair Database (Volvo mods and upgrades are included in the VRD), but this Volvo forum topic has gotten new attention, so I’m reposting it.] I took off the OMP strut brace on my 850 after 10yrs, and… … and the most notable observation was that the driver’s door opens/closes […]

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September 14, 2015

1998 S70 GLT Ignition Tumbler Free Fix

MVS Volvo Forums contributor cn90 shows us how to fix P80 ignitions when the steering lock pin breaks, and how to save $270 on a new tumbler: Those of you familiar with the infamous Ignition Tumbler issue (key does not go past position I, car stuck in parking lot etc.), rejoice, there is a FREE […]

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September 3, 2015

Speed Restoring a 1998 XC70 in One Week

MVS Contributor and #1 Volvo ABS module rebuilder Matty Moo plans to restore this XC70 in one week. Man vs. Car. The bad: steering suspension misfiring no speedo blown IC hoses ABS module shot distributor cap, wires and plugs brake pads and rotors I picked this up a few weeks back from auction. 1998 XC wagon. […]

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July 29, 2015

Replace steering rack on a Volvo 850

My car is 18 years old, and most of the bolts I removed were untouched since new. Furthermore, the lower U joint, where the steering column connects to the rack, is probably corroded together because Volvo put an aluminium U-joint on a steel spine. This means you will need to remove a lot of stuff to get the rack out, far more than the factory manual suggests. Finally, you have to jack the engine up off its side and rear mount and drop the crossmember at the same time because the engine is supported on the steering column and you have to drop the crossmember to wiggle the rack out. I found an engine support stand and some chains really helped because I could work under the car without a jack or axle stand being in the way. Penetrant and a good impact gun are your friend.

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