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V70 Climate Control (ECC) Blower Fix w Pix

V70 Climate Control (ECC) Blower

MVS Volvo Forums moderator abscate took the time to show us how he replaced his 1999 V70 Climate control (ECC) blower.

I pulled the glovebox and put pressure on the white fan connector and the fan started running. It runs at low speed, sounding like a sick whale, but with more pressure runs at full speed.

It looks like there is some wiring in the housing between the actual fan motor (80 USD from a MVS supporting-vendor) as opposed to the whole blower/cage/fan assembly (180 USD from same)

I don’t have time to troubleshoot so I ordered the whole cage and will report back some useful diagnostics so that others can diagnose motor vs motor/fan/cage problems.

V70 Climate Control (ECC) Blower Fix w Pix

Tags blower, blower fan, Climate unit blower replacement, ECC
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1999 V70 T5 – Reflections On Servicing Turbo CBV

Servicing Turbo CBV

MVS Volvo Forums moderator abscate explains why working on his 1999 V70′s CBV makes him cry:

Just wanted to share my experiences replacing the diaphragm on this with turbo installed.

On the 1999, it’s a b*******

I’m in the middle of PCV service and replacing the last hoses on my 1999 before it goes to college.

Working behind the motor is tough and it’s tough to get your hands down into the area. Many operations require two hands …more to come.

Approaching the beast…turbo pipe, cooling hoses removed

Here is the winter of your disconnect….

Bolt number one, 10mm wrenches off easy… you are 1/3 done and sitting pretty.

Bolt number 2, at the bottom, you go underneath since your hand won’t fit from top. Note the shiny part of the turbo coolant return pipe. You guessed it…the bolt will not clear the pipe with it installed, so plan on replacing that hose for this job. From below, left hand to start the threads, it is tough moving cover to align but it must be done. Tension bolt number one so that the cover moves but stays in place.

Bolt number 3, tucked behind the heat shield, is the spawn of the Devils seed. You can’t get fingers nor tool in from the side, so you approach it from the top with right hand, jockey the cover with left to get the bolt aligned. I actually fed into the hole with a Kelly clamp I stole from surgery.

When you feel the threads catch, rejoice, turn it down, the go up top with your open end 10mm and turn it in , in 1/12 rotation increments, inverting your wrench each time.

Hopefully you won’t do what I did, and get the cover on, then look under the car and see your CBV spring and diaphragm fell out and yuk have to remove and replace again. Elapsed time, 3 hours.

1999 V70 T5 M reflections on servicing turbo CBV

Tags CBV, Turbo, turbo diaphragm
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1999 V70 T5 PCV Intake Manifold Re Installation DIY

Intake Manifold

Documenting PCV for late P80 car with coolant warmed PCV pipe and ETM

MVS Forums moderator abscate knocks the ball out of the park with a well-documented DIY on putting the intake back on a late P80 car:

The late P80 cars have thermostatted PCV. Yeah! I’m convinced they clog much less than early P80s. I changed my oil with Dino every 5k with this car and really had minimal sludging.

Reinstalling the manifold is hard though as you have extra stuff.

1 turbo induction manifold to ETM
2 electrical ETM, MAP, mTS plugs – all easily done after manifold is on.
3 banjo nut for coolant PCV hose
4 oil separator box
5 purge vacuum line
6 TCV bleed vacuum line
7 brake booster vacuum line
8 fuel line

It’s 3 and 4 which cause all the problems and here is how I did them

I disconnected the oil box hose to let the PCV pipe lift up. Now the banjo is easy to bolt on with its two copper washers. The banjo hose is off the coolant nipple for this step too. ( see pic)

Put the hose clamp on the PCV pipe just tight enough so that it doesn’t fall off.

Now I fitted the manifold onto the lower nut and secured it with one nut.

With tweezers, I slipped the PCV pipe over the oil box fitting and slipped it home with a socket on a long 3/8 extender. Now I tightened the hose clamp, having set up the right length extenders before ( see pic)

The rest of the stuff is all accessible after the manifold is bolted on.

There was not enough play to bolt on the banjo with the PCV nipple attached. It’s also at a slight angle to the intake manifold so it’s tough to get started by hand. Don’t cross thread that sucker… :cry:

1999 V70 T5 PCV Intake manifold re installation DIY

Tags DIY, ETM, intake manifold, P80, PCV
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Volvo 850 M56 Swap DIY w/ Photos

Volvo 850 M56 Swap DIY

MVS Forums contributor polskamafia mjl just wrote what may be the best Volvo Auto-to-Manual swap DIY on the Web.

M56 Swap Overview

This is a write up for replacing the AW50-40 slush box in an 850 with an M56 manual transmission. Most of the necessary information is already out there on various Volvo forums but another addition won’t hurt. I won’t go into detail on every step but I’ll try to add useful tips for what I found to be the tricky bits. I would recommend having the AC system evacuated by a qualified service shop before starting. This will allow you to keep the compressor attached to the engine. Trying to reinstall it is a major PITA.

Parts List

I broke these up into ‘new’ and ‘used’ categories as some parts are better new while others are just fine being used. I also listed the vendors I used along with the part numbers and prices I paid at the time.

The items in the ‘Other’ category I recommend having on hand. Hopefully they will come with your transmission kit but having extras won’t hurt. My kit was missing a few of those pieces and it made life miserable for me. The EPDM hose that runs from the brake fluid reservoir down to the clutch master cylinder is extremely hard to find. Before you even start the swap make sure the one you got with your kit is long enough to reach between those two points or buy a new one. Volvo no longer produces them as far as I can tell and they are a huge pain to find. If anyone finds a source let me know as I would like to replace mine because it is way too short and just barely hanging onto the brake fluid reservoir.

Buy new:

Pressure Plate & R Clutch $203 272218
Flywheel Bolts (12) $5 9454743
Pressure Plate Bolts (6) $2 959220
Shift Cable Retaining Clips (4) $1.92 3502507

Clutch Hose $45 A544008
Throw Out Bearing $52 SB60120
M56 Axle Seal (2) $10 6843481

FCP Euro
Intake Manifold Gasket $7 9146266

Volvo Dealership
Rear Main Seal $34

95 850 M56 Swap Write Up

Tags 272218, 3502507, 6843481, 9454743, 959220, A544008, auto to manual swap, clutch, M56, M56 Axle Seal, manual swap, Pressure Plate, SB60120
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“Pay Once and Never Pay Again” Lifetime Parts & Labor Warranty


Interesting new Volvo policy. Note it does not transfer with the car is sold, which makes sense.

Volvo Cars of North America will now offer a lifetime parts and labor warranty for all Volvo vehicles serviced after the factory warranty at any Volvo retailer. Volvo customers can expect to pay once and never pay again for replacement Volvo parts and labor, excluding accessories and wear items, for as long as they own their car.

This addition to the Volvo Service Advantage program is part of the company’s definition of premium service, a philosophy that is designed around the customer’s needs and lifetime love of Volvo Cars. All Volvo owners can expect to receive the premium service experience when servicing at their local Volvo retailer. In addition to the lifetime parts and labor warranty, customers will receive free software updates, complimentary diagnostics, personal service, alternative transportation and a complimentary car wash.

“We look forward to redefining the way manufacturers service and support their vehicles” says Scott Doering, Vice President of Customer Service, Volvo Cars of North America, “the lifetime parts and labor warranty is a best in class offer from a luxury automaker.”

All Volvo owners are invited to experience this new definition of luxury service at their local Volvo retailer. All Volvo models are eligible for the Volvo Service Advantage program and the new lifetime parts and labor warranty.

“The lifetime parts and labor warranty is a commitment to both quality vehicles and quality customer relationships,” says Lex Kerssemakers, President and CEO of Volvo Cars of North America, “everyone should feel confident that Volvo is here to support our customers throughout the ownership of their vehicle.”

More information about the Volvo Service Advantage program can be found at your local Volvo retailer or online at http://www.volvocars.com/us/own/maintenance

Tags Lifetime Parts & Labor Warranty, Pay Once and Never Pay Again
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