The two most popular ways to find Volvo help are searching and posting. When you search for your answer, you'll end up looking at a page that's either in the Volvo Forums, or in the Volvo Repair Database. If you post a question in the forums, you'll need to register for a forum account first. Your first post requires one of us moderators to approve it. You'll get an email when that happens.
Search The Whole Site
The MVS search box searches the MVS Volvo Repair Database and the MVS forums. This search box is on all VRD pages, and the MVS home page.
Search the Volvo Forum
Or click here for the simple, standalone MVS Search page.
When we say "forum", we really mean the dozen or so sub-forums that make up the whole experience. The sub-forums are, for example, Volvo S80, Volvo XC60, V40/S40, XC90, C30, C70 (2006+), S40/V50 (2004+), 850, S70, V70, C70 & V70-XC Forum (1992-2000) and so on. You can search each one of those sub-forums, and stuff not in that sub-forum will not show up in the results! To do that, just use the "Search this forum" box in the top-ish left area of any Volvo Forum page!
Another great way to find your answer is to register, then read Rules and Etiquette, and then post a topic in the Volvo Forum. A bonus of registering for the Volvo Forum is that you are able to "Subscribe Topic", which means when somebody posts to that topic, you'll get an email alerting you to that fact. Pretty useful.
If you have questions about how the forum software itself works, the forum software authors included a helpful forum FAQ that addresses many technical features.
How to Use The Forum
Just registered? Excellent! Go to the Volvo Forum Log In page.
Scroll down a touch, and on that page are two boxes, one's labeled 'username' and the other is 'password'.
Put your username and password in those. You chose both those when you registered. If you've forgotten your password already, go to the Forgot Password page.
Then you're looking at the same stuff unregistered users are looking at, only you can a) reply to topics that exist, or b) start new topics. If you're doing #b, make sure you're in the correct sub-forum like XC90 instead of XC30, etc.
- Rules and Etiquette (reading this is required)
- How to Register
- How to Get an Email when Someone Posts
- How to Embed a YouTube Video
- How to Log In
- How to Post a Topic
- How to Post a Photo (note: your first post needs mod approval)
- What do the topic icons mean?
Volvo Repair Database
The third way to get information and help for your Volvo is to use the world-famous Volvo Repair Database. The contents of the VRD are compiled by the MVS Moderators, and are usually the "best of the best" information available here.
So If Those Dont' Do It...
I don't know what will. Well, your Volvo dealer will, but for big service bills, plus perhaps several trips to see him. Get your ducks in a row before you go to the dealer, if you must go to the dealer.
We're not anti-dealer, but rather pro-DIY, so we want to arm you with all the information you can stand. And for free. Nobody gets paid here, except for me, after subtracting the costs incurred in running this place. So if you get help here, thank a Volvo Forum moderator, or an MVS Contributor, or donate or something.
If You Need Technical Support
If you didn't get a Welcome email or a change password email from the Volvo Forum section of this site, go to the new technical help page and it'll tell you just exactly what you need to do to get the situation fixed. I handle all the tech support myself, so don't worry about getting shuttled back and forth between people who don't know what's going on.
Matt Herrebout, MVS Owner