Volvo Tips

Tips, tricks, general Volvo information for owners

Control Arm Bushings – Buy Whole New Control Arms?

MVS Moderator Made In Japan wonders out loud if it’s better to buy control arm bushings and use a press to press them into the existing control arms, or say ####-it and buy new control arms. MVS Contributor oragex sums it up nicely: Most people agree that installing these bushings is a PITA. Being stubborn, […]

Pull the Head the Easy Way – Volvo 5-Cylinder

MVS Contributor jpgurley shows us how to pull the head of a Volvo 5-cylinder the easy way, with a documented outline of his steps: I am certain that both Volvo Service Manual and ALLDATA tell you how to do it the hard way. To use their methods, you would want a a lift and lots […]

Tune Up & Engine Bay Basics

New to DIY’ing? Start here. These are wonderful iPD overview videos for the novice DIY’er. The video’s host goes over where parts are in the engine bay, what they do, and why they’re important. Tune Up Talk 2001+ models http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qLnNqCKlwww Tune Up 850/70 series models http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JZtJWq7xd68 Tune Up Basics for Volvo 200, 700, and 900 […]

Battery Capacity

Does a battery with a too-large capacity for the vehicle cause damage? MVS Forum member tjai had the battery in an S60 replaced with an 800CCA three years ago and has been experiencing electrical issues ever since including power seat operation and a/c flow.  A mechanic explained that a battery with a larger capacity than […]