Problems & Fixes: Volvo Radiator Etc.

Everything having to do with keeping the Volvo engines at the correct running temperature.

September 21, 2016

Build a Coolant Level Sensor for 2nd gen S40 & V50 Volvos

Why Build a Coolant Level Sensor? MadeInJapan builds his own coolant level sensor for his S40 because this common item was not included on 2nd generation S40 and V50 models, oddly. I’ll let him explain: Why? Well, because our cars don’t have a sensor in the expansion tank (reservoir) to tell you when your coolant […]

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September 12, 2016

Stage 0 and So Much More… Fix List for a V70

MVS Contributor Sledddriver goes on an multi-month blistering repair & fix odyssey, taking his 1998 V70 T5 from the edge of roadworthiness to 100% functional and reliable… all for not even $1000.  This is Stage 0 and way, way more. Following up on Tryingbe’s theme [of restoring to 100% a P80 Volvo], here’s a list of sled-work […]

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September 1, 2016

Fixing a Broken Radiator Drain Petcock

So MVS Contributor theWIFES_S70 broke his S70 radiator drain petcock. Then he fixed it, but not after having difficulty finding the replacement part locally. He ended up getting lucky on a replacement radiator drain petcock. Read the story…

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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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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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