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 […]

When the C30 & S60 Went Racing

Volvo Touring Class C30 Racecar -  C30, K-Pax, racecar, SCCA

Dax Raub stands among the two dozen or so cars in his shop, pointing out an outrageous race Subaru STi over here, and an outrageous late-model custom street Camaro over there. Above it all, literally, is a  racing Volvo C30 on a lift, outrageous in a somehow quieter way, despite its past fame as a […]

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 […]

Volvo C30 Photos

Don’t miss our Volvo C30 page – a detailed summary of its quirks, highs, lows, model year changes, and why Volvo stopped making it. [envira-gallery id=”15206″]

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

Volvo C30

Volvo C30 - orange exterior, driving

It was a low-run Volvo model, peak year 53k produced in 2008 model year It occupied a difficult space — not focused on true sport or true luxury C30 priced above more compelling coupe offerings See the Volvo C30 Photos page An MVS member’s C30 review C30 archives – repairs, tips, thoughts, problems & fixes 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 […]

History of the Volvo 5 Cylinder

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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 […]

How to Fix Lumbar Support on a Volvo S60 Seat

MVS member hu5ker555 shows us how to fix the lumbar support on a Volvo S60 seat on his 2008 S60 2.5T with 168k miles. So, I was leaning back in my beloved S60 seat when the lumbar support (which I always have cranked all the way up) broke. It is the manual lumbar support operated […]

S60 Clutch Replacement

How hard of a job is an S60 clutch replacement? MVS Moderator abscate, and MVS Contributors tryingbe and kcodyjr go into detail on what to buy, what tools you need, and a general summary of the work involved. They give a good account of the scope and cost of replacing the clutch on a modern, front-wheel-drive Volvo (1990s-2000s).