What is DiCE?

DiCE is the Middleman DiCE is electronic hardware that connects your Volvo to a computer running Volvo diagnostic software called VIDA. It allows two-way communication between VIDA and a Volvo car, primarily to enable a mechanic to either get diagnostic information from the Volvo to fix a problem, or to update the Volvo with the […]

Transmission/Drive-E Problem on New S60 Models?

It looks like there may be a transmission or transmission programming problem with Volvo S60 models with the Drve-E engine. Here’s a post on Volvo’s own support forum about the problem. MVS member odonnebj has a Drve-E problem in his 2015.5 S60 that may be related. He includes sound files in his post, but it’s hard to get […]

AWD to FWD Conversion on a 2005 XC70

AWD Broke – Can He Convert it to Front Drive Only? MVS Forums Contributor renns asks about AWD to FWD Conversion on a 2005 XC70, much like 1997-2000 Volvo owners do all the time, like here, and here, and here. OK, I picked up the XC70, 90,000 miles, in very nice shape overall. I had […]

Troubleshoot Heat Soak ECM, BCM, CEM, & TCM

Detailed thread from hankb on troubleshooting ECM DIM CAN bus as function of heat and humidity: This is my second post on this forum regarding the same unsolved problem – you can find my first saga here on this site. That post was a year ago – it describes intermittent trouble with the DIM failing, […]

Volvo P2 R 90k Service Item Checklist

I bought a 2004 V70 R in 2010, and I needed to “baseline” it, get it back to Stage 0. I wanted it to drive like it came right out of the Ghent, Belgium factory like it did in July 2003. After the 90k service listed below, I gave her some Seafoam and new tires.

Some CDs Not Working in My SC 901

Try different blank CDs? Clean the lens? My question may be stupid, but where is the lens ? I can’t see it.. I have the radio on my table, I removed the top cover and I don’t see anything that looks like a lens. Do I have to dismantle something else to have access to […]

Volvo S60: Sorting out ETM vs Transmission Problems

Installing a new rebuilt transmission without doing the following is fruitless: Full transmission fluid flush Go to a dealer or Volvo indie shop to get rid of the stop neutral transmission “feature” Clear and reset all the adaptions And do a new drive cycle Whenever the transmission is overhauled or replaced, the valve body is […]

Another 2001 Auto Transmission Sad Story

Another Volvo Forum topic regarding the death of a 2001 Volvo automatic transmission, this one with some insight by those with either mechanical and Volvo sales backgrounds. Just to let everyone know, I (ME) was the beta tester for the stop/neutral software. I had an early 01 (new) with almost immediate clunking issues. I complained […]

What Is Stage 0?

Stcc Race 1 Ring Knutstorp 24 Maj 2014, Fredrik Ekblom, Volvo Polestar, Stcc,

Stage 0 means to get your Volvo’s critical systems as close to new as you can get, or alternately, to get your Volvo’s components replaced or rebuilt in all areas that can cause problems.

It’s done to increase reliability, economy, in preparation for performance modifications, or all three.