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.
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.
How to Use This Website
Tips, tricks and tutorials on how to get the most out of MatthewsVolvoSite.com
Photos of Volvos and Volvo parts to help you identify parts
All Volvos General Repairs & Tips
Everything Body & Exterior
Exterior bits that make our Volvos pretty and functional: Body, Exterior Trim, Wipers, Glass, Bumpers, Mudguards, etc.
Everything about our Volvo engines from air delivery to turbo wastegate: Internals, Turbo, Wastegate, Air Delivery, Airbox, Air Filter, Camshaft, Valves, Head, Pistons
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
Everything electrical on our Volvos
Radio & Entertainment
Volvo radios, speakers, iPod Input, antenna
Everything that holds your wheels to your Volvo's frame - wheel hubs, struts, control arms, tie rods, sway bars, springs, spring seats, Nivomats, Bilstiens
Anything on the outside of your Volvo that illuminates: headlights, Xenons, HIDs, brake lights, turn signals, fog lights, etc.
Interior Lights, Mirrors
Interior lights, Interior and exterior mirrors
Information on fuel additives, oil additives and extenders, grease, lubricants, head gasket sealer, radiator sealers and more
Emissions system on our Volvos: EVAP valves, purge valve, air pump, oxygen sensors etc. Catalytic converter topics are in the Exhaust category.
What to look for in a new or used Volvo, buying tips, how to negotiate with dealers, and more
Drivetrain, AWD Systems, CV Joints, Bevel Gear etc... the pieces that move your Volvo forward
Volvo Car Company
Latches, Mounts & Hardware
Latches, mounts, engine mounts, struts, hinges and fasteners
Electronic Throttle Module
Everything Radiator Etc.
Everything having to do with keeping the Volvo engines at the correct running temperature.
Capacities, Measurements, Standards and Statistics
Reference & Tools
All about Volvo maintenance documentation including owner's manuals, service schedules, diagnostics and reference.
Spark Plugs, Wires, Rotor, Cap, Ignition, Coils
Timing belt replacement and various TB-related info
Belts, Hoses & Lines
Info and tutorials on Volvo belts, hoses and vacuum lines... the various engine accessories that keep our engines running
Advice and suggestions on what tools to buy to make working on your Volvo easier
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
Performance & HP
How to get more performance out of your Volvo, how to increase horsepower and torque, turn sharper and stop quicker
Keys, remote fobs, unlocking doors, locks, setting and disarming car alarm, ignition switch, tumbler
Paint, paint codes, paint touch up tips, clay bar instructions, detailing kits and more
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.
Everything fuel and gas related: Fuel Pumps, Gas Tank, Fuel Supply, Fuel Filter, Fuel Lines, Fuel Injectors.
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.
Matt's Volvo Blog
How to read codes, what they mean.
Volvo Trivia & History
Doors, door handles, door hinges, check straps... everything door-related except windows, glass and keys
The things that make our Volvos safe: airbags, Side Impact Protection System (SIPS), side impact curtains... general safety.
Recent MVS User Amazon Purchases
Steering-related information here... fluid, rack, etc.
Everything to do with slowing, stopping, or keeping your Volvo stopped... Volvo brakes.
How to buy Parts
Parts deals, tool deals, sales and promotions... check back frequently!
Category for sensors found on Volvos like mass airflow sensor (MAF), throttle position sensor (TPS) and others
Opinions on Volvo parts brands -- which are worth the savings and which brands to avoid.
How to make your Volvo ready for cold(er) temperatures, snow, ice, etc.
Gaskets & Related Pieces
Volvo repairs that include Gaskets, O-Rings and similar joiner, separators and surface sealers.
Volvo wiring, problems, causes, and fixes
Towing and Hitches
Towing, Hitches and hitch wiring for Volvos... what to expect, what to buy, how to tow correctly with your Volvo.
Oil, Oil Pump, Oil Pan, Oil Return Line
An MVS-run program that loans tools to the Volvo community.