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Volvo Repair Database, by Category

There are two ways to make sense of the large number of VRD entries: by Volvo model, which is self-explanatory, and by category.

Categories are "buckets" that break down VRD entries by the type of repair/tutorial/advice/performance mod. Categories are best explained by examples: "Engine", "Climate Control", and "Interior". Those are just three of the 94 categories. Below you'll see all of them. Note that when you click on one, you'll see all the VRD entries in that bucket with no regard to Volvo model. In other words, these categories cut accross all models.

Everything MPG

How many miles per gallon are Volvo owners getting in the city? On the highway? MPG talk is here. Compare your Volvo to other Volvo owners' fuel economy.

28 posts in this VRD category

How to Use This Website

Tips, tricks and tutorials on how to get the most out of MatthewsVolvoSite.com

10 posts in this VRD category

Reference Photos

Photos of Volvos and Volvo parts to help you identify parts

31 posts in this VRD category

Volvo Experiences

49 posts in this VRD category

All Volvos General Repairs & Tips

60 posts in this VRD category

Everything Body & Exterior

Exterior bits that make our Volvos pretty and functional: Body, Exterior Trim, Wipers, Glass, Bumpers, Mudguards, etc.

54 posts in this VRD category

Engine

Everything about our Volvo engines from air delivery to turbo wastegate: Internals, Turbo, Wastegate, Air Delivery, Airbox, Air Filter, Camshaft, Valves, Head, Pistons

190 posts in this VRD category

Everything Interior

98 posts in this VRD category

Everything Climate Control & AC

Everything to do with climate control on Volvos - switches, air conditioning, pollen filter, evaporator, heater core, AC recharging, heat, vents, flashing/blinking climate control lights

60 posts in this VRD category

Everything Electrical

Everything electrical on our Volvos

106 posts in this VRD category

Radio & Entertainment

Volvo radios, speakers, iPod Input, antenna

58 posts in this VRD category

Everything Suspension

Everything that holds your wheels to your Volvo's frame - wheel hubs, struts, control arms, tie rods, sway bars, springs, spring seats, Nivomats, Bilstiens

113 posts in this VRD category

Exterior Lights

Anything on the outside of your Volvo that illuminates: headlights, Xenons, HIDs, brake lights, turn signals, fog lights, etc.

48 posts in this VRD category

Interior Lights, Mirrors

Interior lights, Interior and exterior mirrors

9 posts in this VRD category

Everything Transmission

101 posts in this VRD category

Everything Exhaust

16 posts in this VRD category

Everything Fluids

Information on fuel additives, oil additives and extenders, grease, lubricants, head gasket sealer, radiator sealers and more

46 posts in this VRD category

Everything Emissions

Emissions system on our Volvos: EVAP valves, purge valve, air pump, oxygen sensors etc. Catalytic converter topics are in the Exhaust category.

28 posts in this VRD category

Tips

73 posts in this VRD category

Buyer's Guide

What to look for in a new or used Volvo, buying tips, how to negotiate with dealers, and more

77 posts in this VRD category

Drivetrain

Drivetrain, AWD Systems, CV Joints, Bevel Gear etc... the pieces that move your Volvo forward

35 posts in this VRD category

Volvo Car Company

27 posts in this VRD category

Latches, Mounts & Hardware

Latches, mounts, engine mounts, struts, hinges and fasteners

26 posts in this VRD category

Electronic Throttle Module

13 posts in this VRD category

Everything Radiator Etc.

Everything having to do with keeping the Volvo engines at the correct running temperature.

21 posts in this VRD category

Recalls

3 posts in this VRD category

Capacities, Measurements, Standards and Statistics

9 posts in this VRD category

Reference & Tools

All about Volvo maintenance documentation including owner's manuals, service schedules, diagnostics and reference.

15 posts in this VRD category

Spark

Spark Plugs, Wires, Rotor, Cap, Ignition, Coils

21 posts in this VRD category

Timing Belt

Timing belt replacement and various TB-related info

42 posts in this VRD category

Belts, Hoses & Lines

Info and tutorials on Volvo belts, hoses and vacuum lines... the various engine accessories that keep our engines running

25 posts in this VRD category

Tools

Advice and suggestions on what tools to buy to make working on your Volvo easier

40 posts in this VRD category

Engine Breathing

Exhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), Postive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV), Idle Air Control Valve (IAC), and their related components that perform ventilation duties on our Volvo engines

34 posts in this VRD category

Performance & HP

How to get more performance out of your Volvo, how to increase horsepower and torque, turn sharper and stop quicker

90 posts in this VRD category

Keys, Etcetera

Keys, remote fobs, unlocking doors, locks, setting and disarming car alarm, ignition switch, tumbler

17 posts in this VRD category

Paint

Paint, paint codes, paint touch up tips, clay bar instructions, detailing kits and more

10 posts in this VRD category

Aftermarket Accessories

Roof racks, mud guards, dog barriers, headlight protectors, instrument gauges and the thousand other items we can choose from to install into or on our Volvos.

25 posts in this VRD category

Restoration

14 posts in this VRD category

Everything Fuel

Everything fuel and gas related: Fuel Pumps, Gas Tank, Fuel Supply, Fuel Filter, Fuel Lines, Fuel Injectors.

32 posts in this VRD category

Instrument Cluster

This category covers anything related to our Volvos' instrument cluster, like odometer, speedometer, boost gauge, tachometer, instrument bulbs, how to get to the instrument cluster, and more.

14 posts in this VRD category

Matt's Volvo Blog

39 posts in this VRD category

Diagnostics

How to read codes, what they mean.

16 posts in this VRD category

Volvo Trivia & History

13 posts in this VRD category

Accidents

11 posts in this VRD category

Everything Doors

Doors, door handles, door hinges, check straps... everything door-related except windows, glass and keys

9 posts in this VRD category

Everything Safety

The things that make our Volvos safe: airbags, Side Impact Protection System (SIPS), side impact curtains... general safety.

8 posts in this VRD category

Software Updates

7 posts in this VRD category

Recent MVS User Amazon Purchases

2 posts in this VRD category

Everything Steering

Steering-related information here... fluid, rack, etc.

6 posts in this VRD category

Everything Brakes

Everything to do with slowing, stopping, or keeping your Volvo stopped... Volvo brakes.

39 posts in this VRD category

Basic Maintenance

24 posts in this VRD category

Cosmetic Upgrades

8 posts in this VRD category

How to buy Parts

19 posts in this VRD category

Product Reviews

42 posts in this VRD category

Performance Driving

25 posts in this VRD category

Deals

Parts deals, tool deals, sales and promotions... check back frequently!

36 posts in this VRD category

Water Pump

6 posts in this VRD category

Sensors

Category for sensors found on Volvos like mass airflow sensor (MAF), throttle position sensor (TPS) and others

2 posts in this VRD category

Volvo Parts

Opinions on Volvo parts brands -- which are worth the savings and which brands to avoid.

9 posts in this VRD category

Boost

24 posts in this VRD category

Winterizing

How to make your Volvo ready for cold(er) temperatures, snow, ice, etc.

3 posts in this VRD category

Gaskets & Related Pieces

Volvo repairs that include Gaskets, O-Rings and similar joiner, separators and surface sealers.

9 posts in this VRD category

Wiring

Volvo wiring, problems, causes, and fixes

4 posts in this VRD category

Towing and Hitches

Towing, Hitches and hitch wiring for Volvos... what to expect, what to buy, how to tow correctly with your Volvo.

3 posts in this VRD category

Everything Oil-Related

Oil, Oil Pump, Oil Pan, Oil Return Line

1 posts in this VRD category

Cars 101

16 posts in this VRD category

Aftermarket Tuning

23 posts in this VRD category

Repair Documentation

43 posts in this VRD category

Tool Sharing

An MVS-run program that loans tools to the Volvo community.

2 posts in this VRD category

MVS Contests

1 posts in this VRD category

Volvo V60

1 posts in this VRD category