Problems & Fixes: Reference & Volvo Documentation

All about Volvo maintenance documentation including owner’s manuals, service schedules, diagnostics and reference.

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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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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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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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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October 25, 2015

Parts for Rebuilding a Volvo 5 Cylinder Engine

Need to know what parts to buy for an engine rebuild? Big Will steps in and knocks this list out of the park, with many excellent tips and substantial commentary to let all us know the parts for rebuilding a Volvo 5 cylinder engine. Like Will said, this is specific to mid-late 1990s Volvo FWD/AWD […]

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