Transmission Fluid and Volvo S40/V50, C30 & C70

P1 Family Auto Transmission Advice And Diy -

Wondering if you need to change the transmission fluid in your P1 generation — 2004-2012 — Volvo S40/V50? MVS user cleve33 had a similar question after his mechanic recommended every 30k miles and worrying it was just a cash grab. Turning to the good people of the MVS forum, he asked how often to change […]

Set Timing Volvo B5254T3

Set Timing S40 V40

Need to set timing on a Volvo B5254T3 engine? Here’s the DIY and deep VVT (variable valve timing) explanation from MVS Volvo Forums wizards Rick and Jimmy: RickHaleParker » The reason I had the impression that there was no VVT adjustment is because there are no specific VVT alignment procedures in VIDA 2014D. However after reading […]

Replace steering rack on a Volvo 850

Steering Rack4

My car is 18 years old, and most of the bolts I removed were untouched since new. Furthermore, the lower U joint, where the steering column connects to the rack, is probably corroded together because Volvo put an aluminium U-joint on a steel spine. This means you will need to remove a lot of stuff to get the rack out, far more than the factory manual suggests. Finally, you have to jack the engine up off its side and rear mount and drop the crossmember at the same time because the engine is supported on the steering column and you have to drop the crossmember to wiggle the rack out. I found an engine support stand and some chains really helped because I could work under the car without a jack or axle stand being in the way. Penetrant and a good impact gun are your friend.

Volvo OEM Amp Install in a 1998 V70

1998 Volvo V70 part #9452029 Amplifier Install

As an audiophile, I can tell you that the sonic benefit is well worth the effort. If that quote isn’t enough to spur you to seek out a part #9452029 amp for your P80 Volvo, I don’t know what will. This a good post with helpful photos incorporating instructions on installing a Volvo amp in […]

P2 Squeaky Armrest Fix

P2 Squeaky Armrest Fix

Longtime MVS Contributor Oragex serves up a simple fix for an annoying problem. If you have a squeaky armrest — center armrest — in your P2 Volvo, this is 1.5 minutes of your time that I think you’ll agree is well spent. P2 Squeaky Armrest Fix

Crank Marks — The EASY Way to Line Them Up for Timing Belt

Line Up Crank Marks

Yesterday longtime MVS Contributor and Volvo DIY author cn90 posted a method to avoid the headache of lining up crank marks when you’re replacing a timing belt on a Volvo 5-cylinder engine. I just did the timing belt, WP, etc. on my 2005 XC90 2.5T with 110K miles. I just came up with a nice […]

How to Diagnose White Smoke on a 5-Cylinder Volvo

How to diagnose head gasket? Valve guides? Bad turbo? when you’re seeing white smoke in exhaust. Today we look at how to diagnose white smoke when decelerating from a 2002 XC70. MVS Volvo Forums member 1bigb1: Need some advice ,do I look at my Turbo OR do I look at my Head ? I have […]

Decrease your chances of CEM or DIM failure with a FAN

mrbrian200 had a goal: extend the life of and/or prevent temporary freakouts of the CEM and DIM modules in P2 Volvos. It’s a simple yet brilliant modification that can’t hurt, and will almost certainly help, the longevity of your Volvo. I’ve come across several reports by owners who state when their CEM or DIM freaks […]

Volvo 5-cylinder Cars With VVT… Exhaust Cam Gear

V40 and S40 (2004+) owners rejoice! Help and advice is here for you while you’re working on your Volvo’s timing belt. This is also applicable to 2000s Volvo 5-cylinder cars with VVT… variable valve timing. MVS member Bruce: The timing mark on the cam gear is really not important once you pull the gear/hub off […]

Some P80s Are Exempt from Emissions Testing

Emissions testing: required for all Volvos made after the last ice age, right? Not for some 1993-2000 FWD/AWD Volvos. Volvo’s emission standards were too high on the P80 Volvos. Yes, too high. SonicAdventure: I have a 98 non turbo V70. Build date is 5/97. When I called the local Volvo dealer they said that my VIN […]

P80 Ignition Switch, Root Failure Analysis

MVS Moderator and Volvo DIY fan Abscate looks closely at what fails on P80 ignition switches. If you’re having trouble starting your P80 Volvo, this shows you what is broken and what you can do to fix it. Most of us have had to replace the electrical part of our ignition switch on high mileage […]

Keep it Running: How Much Do P80 Owners Spend?

How much do P80 owners spend every year on average to keep their Volvos running? This poll has two parts: Parts cost per year,  850, S70, V70, C70 & V70-XC Forum (1992-2000) Labor cost per year,  850, S70, V70, C70 & V70-XC Forum (1992-2000) I’ll do the same thing soon for P2 Volvos, and other […]