Gorgeous 1997 850 T-5 Wagon Build

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Michael Jingle is a happy man. And why wouldn’t he be? He drives this beautiful M56-swapped 1997 850 that he painted and built himself. He put it together after his first Mexico Blue (in Porsche-speak, Pageant Blue in MG-speak) 850 was sadly rear-ended and totaled at a red-light. He owned the previous blue 850 for 5 years. […]

Was There a Stock Lowering Spring for Volvo 850s?

Oem Lowering Springs 850

MVS member Martin has a question about his Euro-spec (being in Norway) 1994 Volvo 850… can he install stock lowering springs if he can find them? He wants a lower ride height, but he’d like to stay original equipment (OE). Did Volvo make lower-height springs for some 850s? Were stock lowering springs a stock item? Maybe for the T-5R […]

Cream Yellow 850 T-5R Volvos & Paint Code

Volvo Cream Yellow T5 R paint code 607

Cream Yellow 850 T-5R Facts Yellow 850 T-5R paint is Volvo paint code 607. If the product plate doesn’t have 607 on it, it’s not a yellow T-5R. Cream yellow was only used in model year 1995 for the Volvo 850 line, and only on the T-5R variant. 364 sedans imported to the United States, […]

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.

History of the Volvo 5 Cylinder: Part 2

history of the volvo 5 cylinder engine part 2

Don’t miss History of the Volvo 5-Cylinder Engine, Part 1. The inline 5 (I5) cylinder engine has come to be a symbol of Volvo’s recent past. But did you know that manufacturers started whipping up first iterations of this quirky engine as early as the 1930s? While in the US we gave up on the […]

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 […]

All Shook Up: Volvo’s 850 Wagon in the 1994 BTCC

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In 1994, Volvo shook up the touring car world by enlisting their supposedly-soccer-mom 850 wagon in the British Touring Car Championship (BTCC). Many laughed and drivers sneered. And even though the car didn’t win any races during those golden years of the BTCC, many of us still picture Volvo’s iconic offering when we remember that […]

History of the Volvo 5 Cylinder

Volvo’s history is intrinsically intertwined with the 5-cylinder engine. More than any other auto maker (besides maybe Audi), Volvo’s name has become almost synonymous with this rather idiosyncratic engine over the last 30 years. At the time, it was a perfect compromise between the 6-cylinder’s power and the 4-cylinders size and efficiency. Of course, time […]

DIY: 1998 Volvo S70 GLT Heater Core, Heater Hoses

We have several heater core / hoses documented repairs, but this guide by CN90 is so good there’s no sense in not including it. It’s really good. Here’s a few related posts: Swedish Car Parts Heater Core Review heater core junction block bypass DIY Volvo S80 heater core DIY? In the thread below, songzunhuang discussed replacing the […]