Volvo Problems, Listed by Category

Volvos have problems, like any car brand. It's anything but fun when something on your Volvo breaks, but this site is here to help you find, fix and solve the problem, hopefully saving you money by doing it yourself rather than taking it to the dealer to be fixed.

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.

Volvo 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

Reference Photos

Photos of Volvos and Volvo parts to help you identify parts

Volvo Experiences

Stories about people and their Volvos.

Body, Trim & Exterior

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

Engine - Head, Cams, Cylinders & More

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

Volvo Interior: Seats, Switches Etc.

Volvo Seats, Carpet, Cup Holders, Switches, Controls, Dash, Surfaces

Volvo Climate Control: Heat & 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.

Volvo Electrical & Battery

Everything electrical on our Volvos

Radio, Speakers & Entertainment

Volvo radios, speakers, iPod Input, antenna

Volvo 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: Headlights, Tail Lights, Indicators, Bulbs Etc.

Headlights, Xenons, HIDs, jewel headlights, projector headlights, brake lights, turn signals, bulbs, fog lights, etc... Everything on the outside of your Volvo that illuminates.

Interior Lights, Bulbs, Mirrors

Interior lights, bulbs, Interior and exterior mirrors

Volvo Transmission

A category devoted to the devices that make our Volvos go forward, backward, and remain still - Volvo transmissions.

Volvo Exhaust

Volvo exhausts, catalytic convertors, mufflers, tips and downpipe discussion, answers and DIY tutorials.

Volvo Fluids

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

Volvo Emissions

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

Volvo Tips

Tips, tricks, general Volvo information for owners

Buyer's Guide

What to look for in a new or used Volvo and how to negotiate with dealers. Also, this category features buying tips for tools, Volvo parts, and tires.


Volvo Drivetrain: AWD Systems, CV Joints, Bevel Gear etc., discussion, answers and DIY tutorials. These are the pieces that move your Volvo forward and backward.

Volvo Car Company

Discussion and opinions about Volvo Car Corporation, or Volvo Personvagnar AB.

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

Volvo Radiator Etc.

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

Volvo Recalls

When Volvo contacts you to bring your Volvo in to the dealer for fixes, it's a recall.

Capacities, Measurements, Standards & 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 & Volvo Documentation

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

Spark, Spark Plugs & Wires, Ignition, Rotor, Coils

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


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

Engine Breathing - MAF, PCV, EGR, Etc.

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

Volvo Keys, Remotes & Keyfobs

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

Paint, Detailing, Wash & Wax

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.


Restoring Volvos, Restored Volvos... bringing the old timers back to life.

Fuel, Gasoline, Fuel Filter, Injectors, Etc.

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

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

Matt's random writing about Volvo topics that don't fit into any other category.

Diagnostics - OBD & Codes

How to read Volvo codes, what they mean... codes discussion, answers and DIY tutorials. OBD, OBD II, VIDA, DiCE, VADIS.

Volvo Trivia & History

Stories, quirks, fables, history and tales regarding Volvos.


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.

Volvo Doors

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

Volvo Safety

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

Software Updates

Volvo software controls more and more functions of our Volvos today. This category addresses that aspect of Volvo maintenance - software updates.

Recent MVS User Amazon Purchases

What Volvo owners buy at Amazon with the MVS-Amazon link that helps this site.

Volvo Steering

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

Brakes, Pads and Rotors

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 Volvo Parts

How to buy parts for your Volvo. Tips, vendors, deals and discounts save you money on Volvo parts.

Product Reviews

Informal Volvo product reviews.

Performance Driving

The mechanics, theory and practice of driving.

Deals & Saving Money

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

Water Pump

A category for the devices that provide the push for the coolant moving through Volvo engines.


Category for sensors found on Volvos like mass airflow sensor (MAF), throttle position sensor (TPS), coolant sensors, oxygen sensors, wheel speed sensors, air temperature sensors and others

Volvo Parts

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

Boost, Turbo & Intercoolers

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


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, Connectors, Harnesses

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.

Volvo Engine Oil, Return Line, etc.

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.

Volvo Repair Documentation

Posts in this category are all detailed Volvo DIY tutorials or repairs with photos.

Tool Sharing

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


Which tires are best for your Volvo? This category features discussion and opinion on what rubber to install on your Volvo.

Volvo Turbo

A category for the turbocharger itself.

Volvo Classifieds

Volvo cars for sale, want to buy, or for trade.

Volvo News

News and headlines about Volvo cars.

Volvo V40 (2013+)

This category features the Volvo V40... a small family car, available in five-door hatchback form, that was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. It has been on sale in mainland Europe since 2012, and the US since 2013.

V70 & XC70 2008+

Discussion and DIY Tutorials on the current (third) generation Volvo V70 wagon and XC70 crossover.

ECU, TCU, PNP & Modules

Volvo Engine Control Unit (ECU), Transmission Control Unit (TCU), Park Neutral Position Switch (PNP), and other various modules.

Glass, Windshield, Windows, Moonroof

All the glass on Volvos, windshield, windows, moonroof, etc.

Volvo Art

Paintings, photographs, sculpture and any other form of art that features Volvo cars.

Volvo Humor

Volvo S90

Polestar S60 and V60

fuel pump

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