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BobbyC
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Year and Model: 2001 S60
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Re: volvo S60 transmission problem

Postby BobbyC » Thu Jul 21, 2011 4:17 am

I recently had my dealer (a LARGE Dallas dealer) do a flush-and-fill on my '01 S60 T5 and they used synthetic fluid-NOT 3309.

They said synthetic is better in hot climates like here in Texas.

I know my transmission shifts BEAUTIFULLY when cold in hot weather, and always in cool weather. It is when HOT the transmission clunks on downshifts, and engages harshly at times on upshifts.

I understand sticking solenoids and valve body components are VERY common in our transmissions when they are hot.

libralibra
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Year and Model: 2003 s60
Location: FL

Re: volvo S60 transmission problem

Postby libralibra » Sat Oct 01, 2011 6:57 pm

I had the same problem as OP and had the s/w upgrade done almost 2 years ago. The problem came back shortly and got worse. Then shifting from forward/reverse would have a 3-4 second lag. Then the downshift clunk started happening occasionally. Finally, was driving along and the whole transmission gave out. Wouldn't go into any gear and barely was able to coast out of the fast lane and park the car.

In between all this, the dealer just said they could find nothing wrong (no codes). Now what do I do? Any chance Volvo will consider this a defect and cover the cost? It sounds pretty common. At 85k already.

jgold254
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Year and Model: 2001 S60 T5
Location: North Carolina

Re: volvo S60 transmission problem

Postby jgold254 » Wed Dec 07, 2011 8:52 pm

LibraLibra, My car did the same thing as yours, It did one of it's really hard shifts, a pop, and now I get nothing out of the transmission - won't even go into park. What did you end up doing about yours?

libralibra
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Year and Model: 2003 s60
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Re: volvo S60 transmission problem

Postby libralibra » Thu Dec 29, 2011 1:26 am

Dealer replaced it for just over 5k - no discounts. I guess if I had tried replacing the fluid about a year earlier, when the symptoms first showed up regularly (couple times a week), I might have saved it? But from reading these boards, half the people say never change the fluid, while the other half changes it regularly. It's too late by this time anyway.

rej69
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Year and Model: 2002 S60
Location: Dallas, Texas

Re: volvo S60 transmission problem

Postby rej69 » Thu Apr 12, 2012 10:25 pm

Thank you for all of the advice. I drained and filled my 2002 Volvo Automatic trans with the Royal Purple Max life at $13.00 a quart (U.S.D) and it shifts like a dream again. Holds 4 quarts exactly on a drain and fill. Now on to new problems. I eplaced the oil with castrol gtx 10-30 but cannot get the filter canister off. I broke a band wrench and filter pliers were useless as the canister is plastic and if I tourqued down any more on it, it would have broken. Who puts those things on so tight????? All they do is keep fluid from leaking out... not hold the engine to the car.

gef
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Year and Model: S60 2001
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Re: volvo S60 transmission problem

Postby gef » Sat May 19, 2012 11:53 pm

THANK you all for your posts. I've just read thru ALL of the transmission-related issues for the 2001 S60.
Will try the flush first before investing in a rebuilt transmission.
onward !

rej69
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Year and Model: 2002 S60
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Re: volvo S60 transmission problem

Postby rej69 » Sat Dec 01, 2012 7:54 pm

My 2001 Volvo S60 has a transmission problem after it warms up and only in traffic scenarios. Between 3rd and drive, the gear disengages and when throttle is applied, it slams into drive. I thought maybe the fluid was low but no. I then thought it might be the pump going out but the valve body is as good an explanation as any. I have done a drain and fill twice with Royal Purple but still have this issue. I was hoping that it would work itself free but it hasn't yet. I KNEW I should have bought a 5 speed. Every time I buy an automatic... the transmission goes out. My wife just had to have a Volvo. I am going back to BMWs.
For Sale: 2001 Volvo S60. $4.000.00 or best offer. Will trade for any 5 speed M3 BMW built after 1995.

CountryBum-kin
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Re: volvo S60 transmission problem

Postby CountryBum-kin » Sat Dec 01, 2012 8:56 pm

2002 AWD: I have the same issue. What I have done is anticipate the slow gear change when accelerating from a stop or slow speed. I believe the problem is caused by to low a pressure in the valve body at the lower gears. It makes sense because those gears are located in the rear of the transmission.
What I do let the transmission is ease into gear with little throttle until the transmission is in 3rd gear. Once up to 25 mph or so I have no problems.


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