Problems & Fixes: Volvo V70 R 1998-2000

Volvo V70 R… 1998-2000 model years, the wagon counterpart to Volvo’s flagship S70 R sedan.

July 20, 2016

P80 Dolby Stereo Amplifier Wiring

Documentation for P80 Dolby Stereo Amplifier Wiring This is pretty self-explanatory: it’s a downloadable PDF of the stereo amplifier wiring for Dolby equipped P80 Volvos. MVS Contributor Neil adds: To all intents, the amp is just on a wiring loop that connects to the original 2 connector that plug into the regular radio, runs to […]

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July 13, 2016

P2 Seat’s Leather Lasts Longer Than P80

This post got me thinking about seat leather. Sleddriver: My front seat leather is pathetic. Even using Lexol on a regular basis didn’t help. Let that sink in. Even with care*, the leather failed. Mine too. I used “Eagle” brand (automotive) leather conditioner for years starting when I got my 850 in the summer of […]

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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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June 16, 2016

How To Replace The Head Gasket On A Volvo 850

NOTE: this tutorial is from Tracys True Soap site. It’s long been recognized as one of the finest DIYs on Volvo 5-cylinder head gasket repair. The site owner contacted me weeks ago, letting me know he was going to take his site down and offering me this tutorial. I didn’t get all the photos, but […]

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