Volvo Repair Database, by Category

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

Categories are "buckets" that break down VRD entries by the type of repair, tutorial, advice or modification. Categories are best explained by examples: "Engine", "Climate Control", "Interior", etc. Those are just three of the dozens of categories. Below are all of them.

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.

How to Use This Website

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

Reference Photos

Photos of Volvos and Volvo parts to help you identify parts

Volvo Experiences

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.

Engine

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

Everything Interior

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

Everything electrical on our Volvos

Radio & Entertainment

Volvo radios, speakers, iPod Input, antenna

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

Exterior Lights

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

Everything Transmission

Everything Exhaust

Everything Fluids

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

Everything Emissions

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

Tips

Buyer's Guide

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

Drivetrain

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

ETM -- Volvo's “fly-by-wire” module that does the work a throttle and throttle linkage used to do

Everything Radiator Etc.

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

Recalls

Capacities, Measurements, Standards and Statistics

This category includes posts about numbers. Numbers that define various Volvo models' appetite for oil, transmission fluid, steering fluid, brake fluid, coolant, and the like... things that Volvo engineers gave their spawn when they was born. When the Volvo model was born, not the engineer.

Reference & Tools

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

Spark

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

Timing Belt

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

Tools

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

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

Performance & HP

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

Keys, Etcetera

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

Paint

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

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.

Restoration

Everything Fuel

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

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.

Matt's Volvo Blog

Diagnostics

How to read codes, what they mean.

Volvo Trivia & History

Accidents

What you should expect after an accident -- insurance claims, insurance work, estimates, "totalling", body shop work, etc. This category holds posts about all aspects of the claims process.

Everything Doors

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

Everything Safety

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

Software Updates

Recent MVS User Amazon Purchases

Everything Steering

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

Everything Brakes

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

Basic Maintenance

If you're starting fresh with DIY Volvo maintenance, you need the basics. This is them.

Cosmetic Upgrades

All non-functional "upgrades" on Volvos... trim, wheel caps, spoilers, fuzzy dice, etc.

How to buy Parts

Product Reviews

Performance Driving

Deals

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

Water Pump

Sensors

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

Volvo Parts

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

Boost

Topics concerning boost: fuel-air mixture, psi, air temperature, turbo models and brands, turbo lag, vacuum hoses...

Winterizing

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.

Wiring

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.

Everything Oil-Related

Oil, Oil Pump, Oil Pan, Oil Return Line

Cars 101

Cars 101 category is all about the fundamentals of cars. Not just Volvo, but all cars.

Aftermarket Tuning

Chips, tunes, exhaust, suspension mods... this category contains posts about how to make your Volvo accelerate faster, stop shorter, and turn sharper.

Repair Documentation

Tool Sharing

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

Tires

Everything Turbo

Classifieds

Volvo News

Volvo V40 (2013+)

V70 & XC70 2008+