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Cleaning Headlight Reflectors

Cleaning Headlight Reflectors

MVS Contributor WagonLagan went out of his way to painstakingly document a reflector cleaning, including what to do and what not to, photos, results, etc. In the end, he essentially conducted a detailed experiment on cleaning corroded headlight reflectors. Here are his tips:

  • It’s surprisingly easy to tell if your headlight is still reflective or not. When I found the good one in the salvage yard, I could look through the clearer parts of the glass and see the reflection. If you can’t do that, it’s likely your headlight reflector is getting pretty yucky.
  • Be careful when removing a headlight from a junk car. Water had accumulated in the bottom of the headlight assembly, and because I was careless it splashed up onto the reflector, causing my need to clean/rinse it in the first place.
  • I would not feel comfortable using isopropyl alcohol straight on a reflector I intended to use.
  • I’d wager that any type of cleanser is likely to damage, or has a strong potential to damage, the headlight reflectors.
  • I see no possibility whatsoever to polish the inside reflector. As I understand it, it is vapor-deposited aluminum, not chrome paint, and would therefore simply wipe off or become discolored.
  • Any physical attempt at cleaning the reflector is very likely to do more harm than good.

Cleaning Headlight Reflectors

Tags cloudy headlights, Dull headlights, headlight condensation, headlight reflectors
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850, S70, V70, C70, V70 XC – Replace Cupholders DIY

Replace Cupholders DIY

MVS Volvo Forum member E Showell explains how to fix your 850, S70, V70, C70, V70 XC cupholders:

“Like me, by now many of you have broken front seat armrest cupholders.

There is a replacement part available from the Ebay seller of the Estonian replacement heater cores, Swedish Autolamps for Less. The part is their number 9499406, $30 shipping included (a tad pricey for what it is, if you ask me, but you don’t have to buy it). They claim to have beefed up some of the components from the original design. It is tough to tell if that is so, but the semi-circular arm does look a little more substantial than the original.

This will be the easiest repair you ever make to your Volvo.”

850, S70, V70, C70, V70 XC –Replacing Cupholders

Tags cupholders, DIY
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Change the Fuel Pump DIY, 2004 XC70

Fuel Pump DIY, 2004 XC70

New MVS member — and now MVS Contributor — Allgonquin cranks a DIY out of the park with this very nice DIY writeup w/ photos on how to change the fuel pump on a 2004 Volvo XC70:

OK, I think this is my first post, bear with me. I researched this topic on the net before doing it myself, but didn’t find a really definitive DIY. So here is a shot at a step by step replacement of the fuel pump on my relatively new-to-me 2004 XC70. Symptoms were a strong fuel smell on the exterior of the car, more prevalent on the passenger side. Did the research, read about the recall, called Volvo, the extended warranty on my car expired in June, so I missed it. Volvo customer rep on phone said to take it in and, if diagnosed, they _might_ help me. Had a buddy who did the job on his 2004 XC90, his skills are roughly equivalent, so I decided to go for it. Good for me he had bought the special tool. So here goes.

Let’s change the fuel pump on a 2004 XC70

Tags DIY, fuel pump, reference photos
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Pro Tip: How to Store a Car

How to Store a Car

MVS Volvo Forums Contributor mecheng documents his 2-year storage efforts of his 1998 S70:

After successfully storing a car for 2yrs with no issues, I can say bits and pieces of the info given is correct.

Yes, make sure you run the stabilizer through the engine and not just dump it in the gas tank. Do not drive it every week; if you are you are just wasting gas and not really storing it.

Disconnect the battery, and leave it. If you do drive it make sure it is not a short trip. Will do more harm. You don’t need to drive it anymore than once every 2 months; but you can also just leave it.

I drove it every 2 months or so to reduce possibility of tire flat spots, keep the brakes rust free and the suspension bushings okay.

If its outside, keep rodents at bay with mothballs and cover the exhaust pipe. Indoors is much better for the car.

1998 S70 T5M Storing Advice

Categories Cars 101 Tips
Tags fuel stabilizer, rodents, Storing a Volvo, tire flat spots
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