Volvo Maintenance FAQ for Volvo 7xx/9xx/90 Cars
This list was developed for the owners of Volvo 7xx/9xx series cars who are interested in maintenance tips that are not generally available in commercial manuals.
It was compiled from Brickboard and specific websites with useful information. Items which appeared to be of lasting value to 7xx/9xx/90 series owners were excerpted and copied to this file. Sincere thanks to all those who took the time to answer others’ questions and contribute to this public discussion. Because these remarks represent contributors’ personal opinions, users need to exercise caution about any advice given; indeed, some of the comments are contradictory. Those who rely on opinions expressed on this website do so entirely at their own risk. As these opinions are available free-of-charge, there is no contract between any contributor and anyone who relies on these opinions. As a result, there is no warranty of any sort, expressed or implied, on the soundness or suitability of any of these opinions. This list is current as of the revision date below and was compiled by Steve Ringlee, who is NOT a consulting mechanic but only recording secretary. The html code is courtesy of Bob Isaac, webmaster of the UK Volvo Owners Club and creator of their excellent site. While this public domain list may be shared either whole or in part without attribution, it may not be sold or rented.
Thanks for the great site – Last week I picked up a 96 850 turbo sedan. Today I did an oil change, and more importantly, a trans. flush per the how-to on your site. Now the huge shifting lurch is all but gone.. Thanks for the great resource. James S
Thank you for all your help. Your site is awesome. TOM39
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Note: If you are having specific driveability problems (no start, poor idle, etc.) with your Volvo, start your search with the Engine Tune and Performance; Symptoms section where many common symptoms are described and diagnosed. Other driveability problems are described in Electrical: Ignition System, Electrical: Engine Sensors, Etc, Engine: Fuel Injection and other areas.
If you need help or consulting advice, several Internet sources exist. Visit the Volvo RWD Forum here at MatthewsVolvoSite.com forums for outstanding answers. Or visit Brickboard Rear-Wheel Drive Forum and post a message. If you are in the UK, the UK Volvo Owners Club at http://www.volvoclub.org.uk/ has a high quality series of forums arranged by Volvo model. A US distributor of Volvo parts, RPR in Berkeley, maintains a technical advice forum at their website: http://www.rprusa.com. Another good source of basic help is the Swedishbricks mailing list, found at http://www.swedishbricks.net/contents.html This is a closed list and requires that you join in order to participate.
You will receive good, unbiased advice very quickly at any of these forums. If you have a 200-series car, there is an excellent FAQ by Bob Scheer, now maintained at http://www.swedishbricks.net/contents.html
This is typical. See Don’t Panic for a similar tale which, without Brickboard and the FAQ could have turned out much worse.
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Many of the engine and transmission systems on your cars are identical to those on 740/940 cars of the same vintages. These notes selectively apply to you as well.
The US uses the old English (not Imperial!) system of measurements.
* One inch= 2.54 centimeters
* One foot= 12 inches
* One pound= 0.455 kilograms
* One quart=.946 liters
* One US gallon=3.784 liters
* One foot-pound=1.356 Newton-meters
* 1 psi (pound per square inch)=0.069 Bar=6.89kPa=0.068 Atm