Rearview cameras will be required in vehicles in 2018
March 31st, 2014
A final rule Monday by the US Department of Transportation will require all vehicles under 10,000 pounds to have rearview cameras by May 2018 in order to mitigate the damages caused by backup accidents. The mandate comes after years of delaying the regulatory review, which was supposed to be completed by 2011. The standard was […]
“628” R ECUs and 850s
June 26th, 2013
So, I recently installed a 628 ECU and it works great. It feels like I have a little more boost everywhere, not just for 7 seconds, 30 seconds, or whatever the literature claims. This is in a MY94 850.
“Bumpy” gear change?
January 22nd, 2010
Bumpy gear change on automatic gearbox could be kick down cable and throttle linkage out of synch. “Bumpy” gear change?
“Drop In” HID Conversions are Dangerous? Illegal?
November 6th, 2011
Why Aftermarket HIDs May Not Be a Good Idea He was giving you a hard time because you were blinding him with your illegally modified lamps. There may be ways to somewhat reduce the glare, but drop-in HID’s are illegal because they are dangerous to other drivers on the road, because it is impossible to […]
“Easter Eggs” on Volvo Circuit Boards!
January 28th, 2011
I repaired the odometer and replace some light bulbs. I noticed on the back of the green circuit board there are 3 or 4 moose from small and increase in size. Just curious Why? A factory worker somewhere had a little fun — and left a Volvo owner a little easter egg on the back […]
“Pay Once and Never Pay Again” Lifetime Parts & Labor Warranty
July 8th, 2015
Interesting new Volvo policy. Note it does not transfer with the car is sold, which makes sense. Volvo Cars of North America will now offer a lifetime parts and labor warranty for all Volvo vehicles serviced after the factory warranty at any Volvo retailer. Volvo customers can expect to pay once and never pay again […]
$31k in Repairs Spent on a $38k 850R
July 1st, 2011
This takes the cake for repair bill stories. In 10 years of running this site, I’ve never heard of something like it. So I added up the repair receipts that came with my 1997 850R that I bought from a friend. They totaled $31,412.00 Less body work $8,055.00 Volvo’s MSRP was $38,685 for an 850 […]
$48 Monroe Struts Review & Opinion
February 6th, 2010
Inexpensive Replacement Struts Just wanted to put it out there that if you are looking for a good set of struts for your Volvo, I just picked up a pair of Monroe Sensa tracs for $48 each through Amazon with free shipping. These are a great OEM quality strut. Monroe Sensa Tracs Struts
’06 S60 Tire Replacement… Falken ZE-912?
August 8th, 2009
I had the Falken Ziex’s 512 on my other car and all they did was spin like crazy. They hardly had any traction in the dry. They were bad in the wet also. Mind you, I had 16-17 psi of boost in the car LOL. I love my P6 Perrilli’s on my S60 T5. ’06 […]
’93-’95 Transmission Trouble Codes
December 16th, 2006
These are the A-1 Transmission Trouble Codes (DTC’s) found when utilizing the diagnostic box “A” under the hood on ’93-’95 850’s. The list is up for the first time and comprehensive. I hope it will help our members here.
’93-’96 850 Trouble Codes
December 18th, 2006
Here is a write-up on ’93-’96 ABS trouble codes. Like on any “Mode” change with the diagnostic box under the hood, press the button two times for mode two and 4 times for mode 4. I hope that this helps someone. Oh, and always, Victor Rocha who is a member here can rebuild your ABS module if that’s your problem (it is over 90% of the time with faulty ABS functioning).
’93-’96 Engine Diagnostic Codes
December 17th, 2006
Here is how to find the A-2 Socket Engine Diagnostic codes (DTC’s) found by accessing the diagnostic module under the hood along with the numerous actual codes.
’97 850 Turbo De-Tuning
December 27th, 2009
“Help Me Make My Volvo Slower”? I know I’m going to sound stupid and ignorant with this, but I need to know if there is any way to tune down my 850 turbo. I kicks in at the slightest throttle pressure and is just eating up gas at a horrific rate. It apparently is not […]
1-man Hydraulic Bleeding Kit using Air Compressor!
May 2nd, 2010
Brake fluid flush and bleeding with an air compressor. DIY: 1-man Hydraulic Bleeding Kit using Air Compressor!
10K Mile Roadtrip – What to Bring?
March 22nd, 2012
I am planning a spring trip from RI to Alaska, returning by way of CA and the southern route. The trip will probably be close to 10K miles. I want to have on hand critical, show stopping devices that would be hard to come by without ordering and waiting for parts. My List so far includes a good set of tools, oil, oil filter, fuel filter, air filter, radiator hoses, coolant, cell phone, cap, rotor, plugs and wires and transmission fluid. This is a 98 V70, early model low-pressure turbo AWD.
1800ES Engine Mystery
October 18th, 2012
Yesterday while my 1800es was at idle there was a loud mettalic “ping” from under the hood, and the engine started clattering and running as if it had swallowed a valve. I removed the valve cover to look for the guilty part, but they were all in place. Afterward I could only get the engine restated by spraying a little ether into each cylinder. Here’s the dillema: now, without any additional repair or adjustment from me it starts and run’s like its never had a bad day in it’s life. Any insight to this “Christine” like behavior would be greatly appreciated.
1968 Volvo 1800S Water Pump Replacement B18 Engine
May 2nd, 2011
If you have over 2.5 million miles on your Volvo P1800, it might be time to change the water pump. Here’s how: Remove radiator (two bolts) Suggestion: Put cardboard between fan and radiator to prevent fan blades from smashing fins as you are pulling it out by yourself. Take alternator top bolt off, remove belt, […]
1993 940 Turbo Wagon For Sale, 33k Miles, $6850, Denver
February 10th, 2016
http://denver.craigslist.org/cto/5439326925.html condition: like new cylinders: 4 cylinders drive: rwd fuel: gas odometer: 32850 title status: clean transmission: automatic 93 Volvo 940 turbo Wagon, only 33,000 miles, 2 owner, local car with all records at local dealership, Gold with Tan Leather,Sunroof, Heated seats, great tires, Just serviced. Cloth and weathertech mats, amazing Condition $6,850.00. The usual […]
1995 850 Catches Fire
November 14th, 2013
Not to be sensational, but MVS Forums member osman posted a photo and story of his son’s harrowing moments yesterday when his 1995 850 caught on fire.
1995 850…ABS/TRACS problems…still
March 28th, 2009
The places to clean the sensors on the early ABS systems is the reluctance rings on the axles (front) or the hubs (on the rear) They are magnets that tend to collect the metal that has worn off of the brake calipers. The sensors are just above the rings and they will get cleaned in […]
1995 Volvo 850 Engine & Transmission Removal
April 22nd, 2010
Astoundingly well-documented, excellent write up on engine removal. One-hundred and sixty photographs detail this procedure, with captions for nearly every one. You can use this for almost any inline 5-cylinder Volvo. 1995 Volvo 850 Auto Engine and transmission Removal
1995 Volvo 850 T-5R Yellow Sedan for Sale
February 15th, 2017
A rare 1995 T5-R wearing the famous Cream Yellow paint is for sale in Albuquerque, New Mexico. It’s one of roughly 300 Cream Yellows in the United States. Here’s the Craigslist ad, and here’s Robert’s 1995 T5-R Cream Yellow forum post. From Wikipedia: The 1995 850 T-5R was limited in exterior paint color choices: Cream […]
1996 850 non-turbo Starter Replacement Tutorial
October 23rd, 2011
I posted my 1996 850 starter replacement tutorial as an addendum to Tina’s outstanding 1998 S70 starter replacementtopic. Plan on 3 hours, if you’re an average DIY mechanic like I am. You don’t need exotic tools, just 10mm-14mm ratchet, and a T20 and T25 Torx bit. These Gen 1 cars are pretty much all the […]
1997 850 Hit 250k Miles – Thanks All!
June 25th, 2016
Whoohoo! MVS Forums member dejongmc hit a quarter million miles in his 1997 Volvo 850, and and here’s his post
1997 S70 Replaced the 16T Turbo to 9 Blade Turbine
July 5th, 2014
Who rebuilt their turbo? MVS Forums member Fosgate rebuilt his turbo. Here are his words on what he bought and how it went together: Just to give you a bit of feedback on turbo replacement to a cartridge with 9 blade turbine wheel. The car is 1997 S70 T5 (yep we got them in 97 […]