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by ecbsykes
Tue Sep 15, 2020 1:16 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Evaporator: Volvo or After Market
Replies: 6
Views: 73

Re: Evaporator: Volvo or After Market

Agreed with previous replies. Not really a job you want to do again by getting the cheapest part you can find.

I'm at 20 years on my original. *nervous*
by ecbsykes
Sat Sep 12, 2020 8:50 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: SRS on my C70 2004 Topic is solved
Replies: 3
Views: 42

Re: SRS on my C70 2004 Topic is solved

Wrong subforum, but it's my understanding that in general the battery needs to be disconnected before yanking any of the airbag connectors, otherwise it will trigger the code. I *think* it's a dealer reset or you may be able to do with with a copy of VIDA/DICE.
by ecbsykes
Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:18 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 V70XC window switch issue
Replies: 2
Views: 127

2000 V70XC window switch issue

Hello all, I'm pretty familiar with the P80 window switch issues, and around a month ago, my front passenger window would not go up with either the master or the door switch (it would go down only though). I replaced the master with new OEM switch and all was well again! This week, after a nice 3000...
by ecbsykes
Tue Sep 08, 2020 8:11 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Penzoil Synthetic from natural gas
Replies: 8
Views: 240

Re: Penzoil Synthetic from natural gas

ecbskyes, Thanks. Popular opinion touts Mobile 1. It seems to go dark more quickly than this Penzoil with the same viscosities. I use color as the indicator for an oil change. Like many 850's, odometer gear has broken again. I have the battery disconnected too often to use the trip computer. Theref...
by ecbsykes
Mon Sep 07, 2020 9:21 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Penzoil Synthetic from natural gas
Replies: 8
Views: 240

Re: Penzoil Synthetic from natural gas

It's good oil. Also, don't judge oil based on its color darkness (unless it's sludge of course). If you want to get super nerdy and in the weeds concerning oil, go to BITOG forums... plenty of discussion, analysis, and anecdotes. At the end of the day, any major oil brand, particularly synthetic in ...
by ecbsykes
Tue Aug 18, 2020 4:14 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 300,000 Thank Yous
Replies: 13
Views: 1530

Re: 300,000 Thank Yous

I'll look into that again, I'm pretty sure I got the one for 200K. Thanks everyone for the kind words.

Car is running strong still, though naturally has developed a very loud exhaust rattle which is super annoying. Never a dull moment!
by ecbsykes
Mon Aug 17, 2020 1:51 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Sudden codes and pour drivability!
Replies: 15
Views: 195

Re: Sudden codes and pour drivability!

Low battery will cause weird stuff to happen, though I'm not sure that's not your only issue. I would fully charge battery, disconnect it for a while, then start from scratch. See what codes show up if they show up again after a clean slate. Most of what you describe just sounds like a misfire (and ...
by ecbsykes
Sat Aug 15, 2020 10:08 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Hiccup problem
Replies: 5
Views: 365

Re: Hiccup problem

You should also get a boost gauge if you're gonna be messing with things, easier to see what's going on with turbo. You should try cleaning the MAF as suggested, though I'm a bit surprised it ran fine under WOT with no MAF plugged in.
by ecbsykes
Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:51 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 300,000 Thank Yous
Replies: 13
Views: 1530

Re: 300,000 Thank Yous

It would be so cool to completely renovate it. If I had unlimited money, how cool would it be to drop it off at a place that rebuilds it from the inside out. New electronics, new motor, maybe a 5-speed, new interior/exterior. The works. Wow that would be cool. I often think about this! Honestly, if...
by ecbsykes
Tue Aug 11, 2020 11:32 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 300,000 Thank Yous
Replies: 13
Views: 1530

300,000 Thank Yous

Hello MVS, No need for help today. Just wanted to publicly pass along to Matt and everyone here that makes this site what it is: thank you. I was given this car by my dad who got it new in 2000. It had a fair amount of issues when I got it (parents were tired of the all the random problems) and as a...
by ecbsykes
Mon Aug 10, 2020 7:48 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 4th to 3rd downshift trouble for Volvo V70XC 2000
Replies: 7
Views: 281

Re: 4th to 3rd downshift trouble for Volvo V70XC 2000

How many miles? As abscate suggested, if you haven't already done so, do several drain & fills with some good ATF (it's a bit pricey ~$10 quart, but I recommend Mobil 1 Syn ATF). When you drop the drain plug, it dumps about 3.5 quarts. Replace the same amount that came out thru the ATF dipstick. Do ...
by ecbsykes
Sun Aug 09, 2020 7:22 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Blue Face Instrument Panel Gauges
Replies: 4
Views: 136

Re: Blue Face Instrument Panel Gauges

99-2000 S/V/C70s should all be interchangeable to my knowledge. Most people just take apart and transfer the actual blue parts themselves instead of swapping the entire cluster. There are some ethical considerations if you just swap clusters without documenting it and sell the car later on.
by ecbsykes
Sun Aug 09, 2020 2:02 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What engine oil brand to use? Is "Volvo" engine oil better for Volvos than other brands?
Replies: 13
Views: 284

Re: What engine oil brand to use? Is "Volvo" engine oil better for Volvos than other brands?

Everyone seems to be particular about their oils, but the reality a lot won't admit is that any modern name-brand synthetic oil is going to do just fine in your engine. It's likely that other stuff is going to break on your car or engine prior to the oil itself truly being a factor. Personally, I us...
by ecbsykes
Wed Aug 05, 2020 4:59 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 V70 XC AWD acceptable jack points
Replies: 8
Views: 236

Re: 2000 V70 XC AWD acceptable jack points

Been lifting my 2000 XC gently from the center front of subframe for 10+ years, no issues. May not be the best, but it works for me and doesn't appear to have any negative effects. After I jack it up, I usually put the jack stands under where the subframe mounts are.
by ecbsykes
Sun Jul 12, 2020 2:38 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 V70 AWD ATF
Replies: 6
Views: 122

Re: 2000 V70 AWD ATF

2000 V70XC? That's the 4 speed auto.

Dex is correct. I personally recommend Mobil 1 Synthetic ATF. It's pricey, but great stuff. My original trans went about 270K (before developing an unfixable leak) and shifted very well after years of abuse, towing, high temps, etc.
by ecbsykes
Wed Jun 17, 2020 1:52 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: How important are Volvo plugs, NGK?
Replies: 5
Views: 246

Re: How important are Volvo plugs, NGK?

If they're gapped correctly (0.028) and they run fine, then keep them. I have NGK IX Iridium plugs in mine, runs perfectly, though normally I have used OEM Volvo in the past. For coils, I'd definitely use OEM only. Your P0422 Cat converter code can be caused by a few things. For what it's worth, my ...
by ecbsykes
Sun May 17, 2020 4:51 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Put in a used heater core...
Replies: 14
Views: 409

Re: Put in a used heater core...

Did it get super hot before (foggy window and all?) If so, my bet is on trapped air or like abscate said the foam insulation around it. Let the system warm up to full temp with the coolant reservoir cap off, rev a little to try and get things moving around a bit to purge system of air. Carefully see...
by ecbsykes
Tue Apr 28, 2020 8:07 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Viscous coupler rebuilds for 98-00 V70XCs
Replies: 4
Views: 185

Re: Viscous coupler rebuilds for 98-00 V70XCs

You'll probably have to find a used unit somewhere. Going to be hard to find likely and of questionable condition at this age and potential mileage. Unless you really really want the AWD, which is not amazing on this car to begin with, I'd just remove the drive shaft and call it good. Odds are you'l...
by ecbsykes
Sat Apr 25, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: DIY: Oil Pan/Sump O-Ring Replacement 2000 XC
Replies: 110
Views: 72454

Re: DIY: Oil Pan/Sump O-Ring Replacement 2000 XC

Second the simple green. I soaked mine like that for a couple hours, then scrubbed the crap out of it til it was as clean as I could get it. Looks like that car has used some conventional oil under severe or longer intervals.
by ecbsykes
Fri Apr 03, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Anyone ever replace the carrier bearings on CV axles?
Replies: 10
Views: 160

Re: Anyone ever replace the carrier bearings on CV axles?

There's only one on the passenger side axle Easiest thing to do would just be get under there, unbolt the two (12mm I think) bolts on the holder, and spin it and see if it's good. Honestly, I kinda doubt that would be the source of any major noise, but this car still surprises me sometimes. What kin...
by ecbsykes
Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Non-Car Talk
Topic: Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 867
Views: 15625

Re: Coronavirus Thread

Mstrshkbrnnn wrote: Sat Mar 28, 2020 6:07 pm My grandfather just died of it this morning.
So sorry to hear. Hope you all are well and have what you need during this crazy time.
by ecbsykes
Thu Mar 26, 2020 8:54 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Rad replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 111

Re: Rad replacement

Sounds like massive air leak somewhere. Double check all your intercooler/air hoses.
by ecbsykes
Mon Mar 23, 2020 8:47 pm
Forum: Non-Car Talk
Topic: Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 867
Views: 15625

Re: Coronavirus Thread

The damage to the economy and people will take a long time to recover from, and it's certainly no small price to pay... but worth it to prevent a total collapse of our medical system? Hard to know for sure. No economy, no healthcare... but no healthcare, no economy.
by ecbsykes
Sun Mar 22, 2020 9:28 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Temperature gauge reading a bit low?
Replies: 3
Views: 114

Re: Temperature gauge reading a bit low?

I would try a new thermostat as they're cheap and easy to replace. If that doesn't work, new OEM ECT wouldn't hurt, especially if it's original. Your temp doesn't really look bad though.

My 2000 XC is always right at 3 o'clock position.
by ecbsykes
Sun Mar 22, 2020 6:58 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 V70XC has a rough 3 to 4 upshift for Aisin 50-42LE
Replies: 2
Views: 63

Re: 2000 V70XC has a rough 3 to 4 upshift for Aisin 50-42LE

That transmission (I have it) does sometimes have a rough shift or two during normal operation. I've experienced the same thing occasionally on my original trans (lasted 280K before swapped due to large leak) and my current one (used w/~150K). I would just do a couple drain & fills with good transmi...
by ecbsykes
Sat Mar 14, 2020 10:53 am
Forum: Non-Car Talk
Topic: Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 867
Views: 15625

Re: Coronavirus Thread

I want to respect this threads parameters but sorry - I have to respond. I'm NOT going to let the President off the hook for this one. He has demonstrated his complete lack of scientific understand from day one: Rick Perry for Energy Sec when Perry had no scientific background. Rex Tillerson from E...
by ecbsykes
Fri Mar 13, 2020 8:28 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Volvo highest mileage in history
Replies: 14
Views: 624

Re: Volvo highest mileage in history

Yep, Irv Gordon was a cool guy! He died a couple years ago. A Volvo legend!

PS. I see "N. Arizona" on your profile and that always gets my interest as an NAU alum!
by ecbsykes
Wed Mar 04, 2020 4:05 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Turbo leaking.
Replies: 20
Views: 412

Re: Turbo leaking.

Looks like your oil cooler line is leaking. FCP has a pretty good deal on a genuine replacement kit, or you can get the hose individually to save some money. I wouldn't recommend going non-OE though. https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-engine-oil-cooler-hose-replacement-kit-850-c70-s70-v70-oem-pa...
by ecbsykes
Sun Mar 01, 2020 5:43 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: V70 LED Headlights Conversion
Replies: 6
Views: 228

Re: V70 LED Headlights Conversion

I've been running HIDs on stock wiring for almost 10 years with no issues. You should be fine...but it would be nice if you retrofitted projectors so you don't shoot light everywhere and blind everyone.
by ecbsykes
Fri Feb 28, 2020 8:13 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: RobertDIY manufacturing new parts (R bumper covers, P80 seat leather)
Replies: 48
Views: 4821

Re: RobertDIY manufacturing new parts (R bumper covers, P80 seat leather)

If I could get some high quality charcoal leather seat skins that work on my 2000 XC seats, I'm in.
by ecbsykes
Thu Feb 27, 2020 11:19 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1999 + P80 HVAC Heater Blend Motor 9134729 replacement ?
Replies: 11
Views: 199

Re: 1999 + P80 HVAC Heater Blend Motor 9134729 replacement ?

Thanks everyone for the info so far. Looks like it will likely be a pain that I probably won't tackle unless I have something else to go with it e.g. AC evaporator. I'm curious to know if if this part is as easy as pulling it off and replacing it. The side of the motor that mates to car looks intere...
by ecbsykes
Wed Feb 26, 2020 9:05 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1999 + P80 HVAC Heater Blend Motor 9134729 replacement ?
Replies: 11
Views: 199

1999 + P80 HVAC Heater Blend Motor 9134729 replacement ?

Hello, I was wondering if anyone has any experience replacing this part on a 99+ P80 ? From what I understand, 99+ only have 1 motor that controls both sides. My passenger side will only go full hot or full cold, and my driver's side mostly works though is a bit sticky sometimes. Does the dash need ...
by ecbsykes
Mon Feb 24, 2020 6:59 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: catalytic converter replacement availability
Replies: 11
Views: 265

Re: catalytic converter replacement availability

Second Rick, make sure it truly needs replacement. Try calling Erie Vo-Vo as well for a good used part.
by ecbsykes
Sat Feb 22, 2020 11:22 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: best 850 heater core?
Replies: 13
Views: 206

Re: best 850 heater core?

I didn't do anything to the core itself. If I recall there was a slight smell during the first use for a few minutes, but it was fine after that. It's a bit more of pain, but last time I did it, I also preemptively replaced the connector pipe between heater hoses and the core (PN: 9134978). The plas...
by ecbsykes
Sat Feb 22, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: best 850 heater core?
Replies: 13
Views: 206

Re: best 850 heater core?

I have a Behr in mine right now going on 4 years. It's the OE part.
by ecbsykes
Sat Feb 22, 2020 9:50 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: best 850 heater core?
Replies: 13
Views: 206

Re: best 850 heater core?

Get the Behr for about $80 on FCP. It's the OE part and should be just as good as the blue box. Nissens is also fine quality.
by ecbsykes
Thu Jan 30, 2020 9:18 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Best modifications made to your P80 Volvo
Replies: 28
Views: 1365

Re: Best modifications made to your P80 Volvo

Depends on how much you wanna spend! See my signature for my list of 2000 XC mods... it is a completely different car. I would know, I did all these these mods when it had 280K! If I could only pick a few.... a tune is probably easiest way to change the feeling of the car. IPD short intake sounds an...
by ecbsykes
Thu Jan 16, 2020 8:46 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Thread Repair of S70 Mechanical Belt Tensioner Bolt Hole. Helicoil, Time Sert, Form A Thread?
Replies: 11
Views: 385

Re: Thread Repair of S70 Mechanical Belt Tensioner Bolt Hole. Helicoil, Time Sert, Form A Thread?

I believe that's what the shop did to mine. Due to its alignment against the frame, they still had to drop the engine, but only a foot or so. I think then removing plastic fender in this case gave the needed room. It's involved, but not as bad as fully removing the engine/trans. Here's what mine end...
by ecbsykes
Thu Jan 16, 2020 7:43 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Thread Repair of S70 Mechanical Belt Tensioner Bolt Hole. Helicoil, Time Sert, Form A Thread?
Replies: 11
Views: 385

Re: Thread Repair of S70 Mechanical Belt Tensioner Bolt Hole. Helicoil, Time Sert, Form A Thread?

I did this on my car last year, but caught it before I started the engine. Had car towed to a good Volvo shop and they used TIME-SERT. Highly recommend it, it's been solid. You only get one good shot at it or else the engine is probably done. To do this right, you really need drop the engine/trans d...
by ecbsykes
Mon Jan 06, 2020 4:29 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Why do you (still) drive a P80?
Replies: 62
Views: 1287

Re: Why do you (still) drive a P80?

My dad bought this car new in 2000. Gifted it to me as my first car in 2008 as I went to college. It had some issues and he basically said, "it's yours but maintenance is mostly on you!". That's where I found MVS and really got into wrenching on my own. I really learned a lot of self-confidence and ...
by ecbsykes
Sun Jan 05, 2020 8:57 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 98 v70xc turbo upgrade: additional tasks?
Replies: 4
Views: 118

Re: 98 v70xc turbo upgrade: additional tasks?

I upgraded my 2000 XC with a 16T. Also done was cold air intake, Snabb intake piping, 3" downpipe, RIP kit, and dual exhaust system (all on a 280K car, haha!). The ECU was tuned by Hilton Tuning (mine is ME7, yours is a 98 so a bit different, I'm not as familiar).You definitely need a tuned ECU to t...
by ecbsykes
Thu Jan 02, 2020 8:52 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: How do I test AWD on a XC
Replies: 4
Views: 177

Re: How do I test AWD on a XC

As a 2000 XC dude, spoiler alert: depending on miles and if it's all original parts, the AWD is probably already dead or has limited life left. Putting it on a lift with all 4 wheels off the ground and accelerating a bit should kick the rear wheels into motion. I'm really not too sure of any road te...
by ecbsykes
Wed Dec 25, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Engine running temps very wide range, normal?
Replies: 13
Views: 236

Re: Engine running temps very wide range, normal?

Once warmed up, even on long descents, the coolant shouldn't really drop below the temperature rating of the thermostat. Sounds like yours may be broken (stuck open). It's more normal for temperature variance above that rating, commensurate with load (AC, hills, weights, ambient temp, etc).
by ecbsykes
Mon Dec 02, 2019 3:51 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Herman and Operation 30MPG
Replies: 264
Views: 11422

Re: Herman and Operation 30MPG

Nothing really funny about blinding oncoming drivers, which in some cases can create a true hazard to safety. I understand that from the driver's perspective it can be argued that having brighter lights increases your safety, which may be true...but at the expense of others. Kind sucks. My 2 cents: ...
by ecbsykes
Mon Nov 25, 2019 3:13 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Rear end collission! Repair advice needed.
Replies: 48
Views: 1081

Re: Rear end collission! Repair advice needed.

Usually the rust gets blasted off when you use the brakes... it almost looks like those ones haven't been working! I'm not going to jump into the debate here too much, but I'm trying to see it from both sides. From a pure safety standpoint, your car absorbed a lot of energy from the other car. All t...
by ecbsykes
Sun Nov 17, 2019 6:12 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Cooling Fan not coming on
Replies: 12
Views: 291

Re: Cooling Fan not coming on

The fan only runs when the coolant temperature justifies it. I don't remember the exact value that triggers it. Most normal day-to-day driving with decent airflow won't make the fan come on. The fan will always turn on with the AC though, so you can try that to see if it works at all. As far as the ...
by ecbsykes
Thu Oct 17, 2019 5:33 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Headlight Assembly Replacement?
Replies: 7
Views: 169

Re: Headlight Assembly Replacement?

FCP sells a TYC brand of headlight replacements that are relatively cheap and pretty decent quality. More or less exact copy of the OEMs. There aren't too many great ways to refurbish dead reflectors, and most junkyard ones will probably be crappy too at this point. You could also buy clear lenses a...
by ecbsykes
Wed Oct 09, 2019 11:36 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Just Bought My first Volvo for 600 bucks!
Replies: 19
Views: 611

Re: Just Bought My first Volvo for 600 bucks!

I love my 2000 XC. That being said, you've gotta be willing to do a lot of learning, and spend some good time/money on this thing. I've kept mine going so long for partly sentimental reasons, but mainly because it is such a great car, comfortable and capable when it's in top shape. Things will go wr...
by ecbsykes
Sat Sep 28, 2019 9:20 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 98 v70 XC Gasoline octane Topic is solved
Replies: 2
Views: 109

Re: 98 v70 XC Gasoline octane Topic is solved

You won't notice any difference but in your wallet. Unless you're doing any big tuning with bigger turbos, you really won't see any benefits. I have 2000 XC with bigger injectors, 16T turbo, a tune... and 91/93 is still just fine.
by ecbsykes
Fri Sep 13, 2019 2:28 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Wastegate flapper
Replies: 14
Views: 308

Re: Wastegate flapper

Yep, you're right. My bad! Still not ideal I'd say though.
by ecbsykes
Thu Sep 12, 2019 6:34 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Wastegate flapper
Replies: 14
Views: 308

Re: Wastegate flapper

That's odd. I'd be concerned about that JB Weld inside the housing coming loose and breaking apart after so many heat cycles. Debris like that would not be great to hit spinning turbines and go down the intake into engine.
by ecbsykes
Mon Aug 19, 2019 4:36 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1999 V70 XC AWD AW50-42LE no fourth gear
Replies: 2
Views: 160

Re: 1999 V70 XC AWD AW50-42LE no fourth gear

Hey there. How many miles on this beast? The transmissions on the 98-00 XCs are pretty robust and it's not super common to have issues on them for the most part. First need to start with the basics, like do we know if the PO did drain and fills with the correct fluid? I would assume so, since it doe...
by ecbsykes
Sat Aug 17, 2019 3:42 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 V70 XC FWD from AWD) Big Transmission Leak,
Replies: 9
Views: 202

Re: 2000 V70 XC FWD from AWD) Big Transmission Leak,

So I've had my angle gear out for years. I'll tell you that no adhesive or anything will keep that spline in where it should be. The most effective method is using two larger hose clamps wound into eachother, clamped around the axle. Push it up against the angle gear sleeve to hold it in place and t...
by ecbsykes
Fri Aug 16, 2019 4:31 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 V70 XC FWD from AWD) Big Transmission Leak,
Replies: 9
Views: 202

Re: 2000 V70 XC FWD from AWD) Big Transmission Leak,

On the driver's side?

I wouldn't mess with aftermarket. Pay once and do it right with an OEM seal.
by ecbsykes
Wed Aug 14, 2019 6:03 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 V70 XC FWD from AWD) Big Transmission Leak,
Replies: 9
Views: 202

Re: 2000 V70 XC FWD from AWD) Big Transmission Leak,

Hey there fellow 2000 XC dude. The transmission on your car is pretty bulletproof for the most part. I just had mine replaced at 280K due to a pretty bad internal leak, but I towed with it and did heavy driving for all of its years and it still shifted great, even as it was replaced. As far as leaks...
by ecbsykes
Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:48 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What are these and what do they do?
Replies: 2
Views: 128

Re: What are these and what do they do?

Temperature sensors. One is for the display in the car, and I think the other is for the ECU (could be wrong). There should be little holes on each side in the air guide where they clip in.
by ecbsykes
Sun Aug 11, 2019 1:46 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: quick AT/ATF question Topic is solved
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Re: quick AT/ATF question Topic is solved

Normal. These cars don't really have ATF filters, so as the miles add up, bits of metal wear/tear add up and create an exponential cycle of wear. I've been using a Magnefine inline filter on mine that features more powerful magnetic filter and to a paper element. In my mind, it's far better to have...
by ecbsykes
Sat Aug 10, 2019 4:01 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: quick AT/ATF question Topic is solved
Replies: 3
Views: 120

Re: quick AT/ATF question Topic is solved

Normal. These cars don't really have ATF filters, so as the miles add up, bits of metal wear/tear add up and create an exponential cycle of wear. I've been using a Magnefine inline filter on mine that features more powerful magnetic filter and to a paper element. In my mind, it's far better to have ...
by ecbsykes
Sun Jul 07, 2019 5:37 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 99 s70 died on highway : multiple codes Topic is solved
Replies: 17
Views: 517

Re: 99 s70 died on highway : multiple codes Topic is solved

Sounds electrical to me. The P80s, especially 99-2000 get really weird with bad electrics. How old is the battery? Is the alternator original? When mine died, I got all sort of lights and eventually found myself coasting as well. I'd suspect alternator, but also if your charging cables are original,...
by ecbsykes
Thu Jun 20, 2019 2:53 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Any ME7 custom tuners out there ?
Replies: 10
Views: 473

Re: Any ME7 custom tuners out there ?

Just had a great tuning experience with Hilton Tuning. Send him an email and ask your questions, should be able to sort you out!
by ecbsykes
Wed Jun 05, 2019 8:56 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: overheating no vac no boost
Replies: 6
Views: 297

Re: overheating no vac no boost

5 mins of driving on highway with no coolant? Sounds like it's toast. I'd get one of those test strips that check for exhaust gases to confirm, but these engines do poorly when overheated.

:cry:
by ecbsykes
Wed Jun 05, 2019 4:51 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: turbo boost problems and rough start Topic is solved
Replies: 17
Views: 741

Re: turbo boost problems and rough start Topic is solved

I just tuned and upgraded the crap out of mine at 280K, so all things are possible! See my signature for details. Without doing any upgrades, you could do a basic "Stage 1" tune with the stock turbo from Hilton, pretty cheap and will allow the car to make the boost that you were experiencing, but sa...
by ecbsykes
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:24 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: turbo boost problems and rough start Topic is solved
Replies: 17
Views: 741

Re: turbo boost problems and rough start Topic is solved

it will get to around 10 psi then spit all the boost out completely and i have to let of the throttle and then get back on it to start building boost again. I've had this issue before. Double and triple check you have the correct TCV hoses going to the correct places. This car stock should not see ...
by ecbsykes
Tue Jun 04, 2019 6:11 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: s70 2000 glt
Replies: 6
Views: 204

Re: s70 2000 glt

https://www.eeuroparts.com/Parts/74225/Camshaft-Adjusting-Unit-Exhaust-Side-1275363/ This should be what you need. These guys have pretty solid customer service, and several times I've sent them my VIN to confirm exactly what part I needed. I would call to confirm. How do you know your CVVT hub is s...
by ecbsykes
Mon May 27, 2019 7:09 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Parts to pull off a 98 non-turbo wagon for a 2000 S70 turbo Topic is solved
Replies: 8
Views: 339

Re: Parts to pull off a 98 non-turbo wagon for a 2000 S70 turbo Topic is solved

Most interior and cosmetic stuff should be the same. The 98s are different than the 99-00 models though with a decent amount of the mechanical/electronic stuff. As far as checking compatibility, personally I'd hit up a couple of the big parts websites and start comparing part numbers for 98 vs 2000 ...
by ecbsykes
Sat May 25, 2019 5:39 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Trans servo update
Replies: 5
Views: 220

Re: Trans servo update

You have the AW 50-42LE, there is no update for it. Strong transmissions, though a friend and I both had ours start to leak from the torque converter seal around 260-280K.
by ecbsykes
Tue May 21, 2019 8:14 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1998 V70 T5 Large lower radiator hose? (iD as lower intercooler hose 6842167)
Replies: 18
Views: 504

Re: Large lower radiator hose?

You have a few good options for parts. That one should just be "intercooler hose" or maybe with the keyword "lower". FCP seems to have some decent looking aftermarket options. FCP Euro is a pretty solid company and a site sponsor, they've always done right by me, even when they've messed up an order...
by ecbsykes
Tue May 21, 2019 7:23 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1998 V70 T5 Large lower radiator hose? (iD as lower intercooler hose 6842167)
Replies: 18
Views: 504

Re: Large lower radiator hose?

You're fine. The posting here is a little more "slow firing" than a social media site, but the idea is to provide helpful and in-depth resources. So you may not always get a response right away, but give it time. As far as the hose, you can't beat the Volvo OEM. A little pricier, but if you plan on ...
by ecbsykes
Tue May 21, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1998 V70 T5 Large lower radiator hose? (iD as lower intercooler hose 6842167)
Replies: 18
Views: 504

Re: Large lower radiator hose?

It isn't abnormal for their to be a bit of a coating of oil inside the piping. If there is a lot to the point where there is a noticeable leak or pooling, that could indicate an issue with the turbo or PCV system. If those hoses are original, I recommend replacing them with new Genuine ones.
by ecbsykes
Tue May 21, 2019 4:56 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1998 V70 T5 Large lower radiator hose? (iD as lower intercooler hose 6842167)
Replies: 18
Views: 504

Re: Large lower radiator hose?

Bottom center? Are you sure you're not looking at the intercooler? Your T5 will have a sandwich of condenser-intercooler-radiator.

Please take and upload a picture of what you're looking at so we can help better.
by ecbsykes
Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:14 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Glue recommendation for door panels?
Replies: 5
Views: 307

Re: Glue recommendation for door panels?

I've had pretty good success so far using hot glue gun.
by ecbsykes
Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:39 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Recommended phone holder?
Replies: 38
Views: 1096

Re: Recommended phone holder?

My recommendation is no phone holder. The use of a phone when driving, in any capacity, is a threat to your life and the life of others. Hang up and drive. I agree in principle, but a lot of people, myself included, really like using our devices for GPS nav which is pretty hands-off for the most pa...
by ecbsykes
Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:34 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Hissing sound coming from PS pump.
Replies: 6
Views: 225

Re: Hissing sound coming from PS pump.

I've found that when I flush/replace fluid, I end up removing a bunch of gunk in the power steering pump reservoir. I believe there's a screen in there. If you aren't seeing any leaks, which is a good thing, it might mean that your pump is having to work a little harder than it should. Maybe there'...
by ecbsykes
Thu Apr 18, 2019 8:07 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 13t boost questions
Replies: 99
Views: 3387

Re: 13t boost questions

Highly recommend Glowshift. They look great and if you hook it up right will dim with the headlight switch.
by ecbsykes
Wed Apr 17, 2019 4:19 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 13t boost questions
Replies: 99
Views: 3387

Re: 13t boost questions

FWIW, I just picked up a rebuilt & balanced 16T off eBay for $300. I'm going to be doing a similar upgrade to my old beast (2000 V70XC 2.4 LPT): -16T -Blue injectors -Tune probably from Hilton Tuning or VAST, looking for like a Stage 1.5 -do88 intercooler -Mototec downpipe & cat Already have TME dua...
by ecbsykes
Sun Apr 14, 2019 10:49 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Speaker wiring 2000 XC
Replies: 2
Views: 152

Speaker wiring 2000 XC

Hello, I've perused a bit but couldn't quite find what I was looking for (some dead links too). A couple years ago, both my passenger front dash and door speakers went out. I replaced the head unit (HU) and all the speakers but found those two stayed dead. How are those two wired together? My HU onl...
by ecbsykes
Thu Apr 11, 2019 3:11 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: P80 power steering reservoir leak failure, root cause
Replies: 4
Views: 711

Re: P80 power steering reservoir leak failure, root cause

I just bought a new one for my 2000 XC but using a 2005 XC70 reservoir. It fits and is a better design that doesn't leak.
by ecbsykes
Wed Apr 10, 2019 7:39 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Subframe bushing FUN!
Replies: 1
Views: 192

Re: Subframe bushing FUN!

If those bushings are original, just have them done. It makes a big difference (at least it did for me) and I feel like they're often overlooked as a part of front-end maintenance. Get some new OEM ones AND use the IPD inserts to have a really rock solid feel. I got some upgraded ones a while back, ...
by ecbsykes
Wed Apr 10, 2019 5:53 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Switching out the whole rear end of my 1999 volvo v70xc. AWD TO FWD?'s
Replies: 15
Views: 2415

Re: Switching out the whole rear end of my 1999 volvo v70xc. AWD TO FWD?'s

I'm fairly certain I've seen this discussed before, as I have a 2000 XC that is FWD (shaft and angle gear removed). The general consensus that I remember seeing is that it's a giant pain in the rear (pun?) and not worth the time and effort. I've thought about removing the axles, but you still need t...
by ecbsykes
Fri Apr 05, 2019 10:02 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Tail lights, 99 S70
Replies: 5
Views: 208

Re: Tail lights, 99 S70

Yeah, the P80s have single rear red fog lights. It just makes a bright light similar to a brake light for dense fog conditions. I think on some there is a spot for one on each side, but in Europe at least I think it's illegal to have two bright rear fog lights because they can be mistaken for brakes.
by ecbsykes
Sat Mar 30, 2019 11:59 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Transmission noise 2000 XC AWD *probably* not the angle gear
Replies: 3
Views: 1036

Re: Transmission noise 2000 XC AWD *probably* not the angle gear

I'd say it's pretty rare for those 4 speeds to die at 130K. Mine is being replaced at 280K, due to leaking internals (still shifts perfectly!). Not sure what the noise could be though. I wonder if it's maybe just a weird vibration or something. What's the condition of the trans torque mount and engi...
by ecbsykes
Fri Mar 22, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Transfer case is shot Topic is solved
Replies: 9
Views: 651

Re: Transfer case is shot Topic is solved

You can remove the main drive shaft, and there is a chance it will stop any noise/vibration. You can leave it like that. Also, there is the option to completely remove the drive shaft AND the transfer case (angle gear). I did this on my car years ago. The issue is that you need to create a system to...
by ecbsykes
Mon Mar 18, 2019 7:04 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1996 850 2.3T blown #2 Rod at 208k
Replies: 68
Views: 1620

Re: Ever seen an oil pan hole like this?

I mean, you might be lucky... but if it lost oil then "died on the way home", I seriously doubt the car just shut itself off without some real damage being done. The car doesn't know if it has oil in it or not. The low pressure light is only an indicator.
by ecbsykes
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:58 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: OLD Headlights: What to do with them?
Replies: 5
Views: 240

Re: OLD Headlights: What to do with them?

If the glass is in good shape still, you could buy an HID projector retrofit kit and make some really powerful headlights with proper beam cutoff. Other than that, they're basically worthless. I'd take the glass off and throw away the rest. Having spare clear glass is nice.
by ecbsykes
Sun Mar 17, 2019 8:55 pm
Forum: Volvo Classifieds
Topic: 1999 S70 300k TX $2000
Replies: 29
Views: 2003

Re: Decision of 2019, cleanest s70 in the U.S?

I'd love to buy that, but that's too much (in my opinion) even for a clean car, especially one with issues. Looks pretty nice overall though! I am contemplating whether to keep it and buy a new one or sell it, if I got everything fixed what would be your ideal price for the car? It's really a great...
by ecbsykes
Sun Mar 17, 2019 5:08 pm
Forum: Volvo Classifieds
Topic: 1999 S70 300k TX $2000
Replies: 29
Views: 2003

Re: Decision of 2019, cleanest s70 in the U.S?

I'd love to buy that, but that's too much (in my opinion) even for a clean car, especially one with issues. Looks pretty nice overall though!
by ecbsykes
Sun Mar 10, 2019 7:52 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Ticking noise...
Replies: 5
Views: 293

Re: Ticking noise...

When was the last time (if at all) your oil pan/pick-up tube o-rings were replaced?
by ecbsykes
Sat Mar 09, 2019 3:32 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Does this drive anyone else crazy?
Replies: 12
Views: 738

Re: Does this drive anyone else crazy?

Ditched the stock headunit for a fancy double DIN years ago. :mrgreen:
by ecbsykes
Thu Feb 21, 2019 5:45 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: When to replace injector o-rings
Replies: 7
Views: 342

Re: When to replace injector o-rings

Easy to replace o-rings.

I used Mr Injector to clean and replace the wear parts on my injectors a couple years ago. Very quick service and reasonable price. Sent a nice before/after report of flow. After 17 years, they were definitely ready for new o-rings and a nice cleaning.
by ecbsykes
Sat Feb 16, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: which hid replacement bulbs
Replies: 1
Views: 138

Re: which hid replacement bulbs

If you have fluted headlight lenses, your HIDs are going to dazzle no matter what they advertise. HIDs don't belong in halogen bulb reflectors, period. Do a projector retrofit if you want safe and highly effective light output.
by ecbsykes
Sun Feb 10, 2019 6:07 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Power antenna not going down 1999 S70
Replies: 12
Views: 669

Re: Power antenna not going down 1999 S70

I have routinely lubed the mast. The few times it would stop short, I would gently push the rest of the way in with no issues. https://media.giphy.com/media/Oz0MVF2VZB1mw/giphy.gif Sorry. I'm not too familiar with the physical antennas but most of the time when I do see S70s, they're always just le...
by ecbsykes
Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1996 850 boost pressure into crankcase/ one way valve.
Replies: 21
Views: 2038

Re: boost pressure into crankcase/ one way valve.

If you're PCV system is good to go (double check with glove test over dipstick with warmed up engine), this may be a dumb question, but how old is the rubber oil cap seal? Even if you're not getting bad crankcase pressure, those things will leak if old and worn out.
by ecbsykes
Sun Feb 03, 2019 3:22 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Manual transmission swap?
Replies: 10
Views: 1634

Re: Manual transmission swap?

Buying replacement axles for a P80 is almost universally a bad news, downward spiral of poorly built parts and recurring hassle. Keep the old FWD axle if you can, what's wrong with it (unless you are $helling out for a Volvo part)? As long as you keep sealed boots on them, these CV axles last a ver...
by ecbsykes
Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:57 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Volvo 850 AT -- flush or not
Replies: 18
Views: 570

Re: Volvo 850 AT -- flush or not

I believe I've read that 3309 is a safe to use as a replacement to Dex III. However, it's probably better to use Mobil 1 Syn ATF or other suitable Dex 3 oil.
by ecbsykes
Sun Jan 27, 2019 6:45 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Volvo 850 AT -- flush or not
Replies: 18
Views: 570

Re: Volvo 850 AT -- flush or not

Mobil 1 Synthetic ATF is damn good stuff. Pricey, but I believe it has contributed to my transmission's long life so far. Been using it in my 4-speed since around 130K miles (280K now). I've done a fair amount of towing, mountainous driving, long and short hauls. Worth noting that I also have Magnef...
by ecbsykes
Fri Jan 25, 2019 8:02 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Could heater core leak cause blower to quit
Replies: 2
Views: 140

Re: Could heater core leak cause blower to quit

The blower motor is not connected to the heater core electrically or anything, and a leaky core won't necessarily put out less heat. A failed heater core wouldn't affect the blower unless there was just so much crud in there that it obstructed airflow (you would hear it). When the blower motor died,...
by ecbsykes
Mon Jan 21, 2019 4:35 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Trans input seal replacement question (AW50-42LE / 2000 XC)
Replies: 1
Views: 419

Trans input seal replacement question (AW50-42LE / 2000 XC)

Hello, My car is in the shop to have the trans input seal (aka torque converter seal) replaced. The guys there are very reputable and I trust their recommendation, but I just want to ping this off the MVS community (trust but verify!). One of their techs said that with the miles on the unit, to effe...
by ecbsykes
Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:39 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: How to make my V70 XC powerful?
Replies: 26
Views: 1450

Re: How to make my V70 XC powerful?

He's saying the video is of a 600 HP Volvo, and the language and description in it are mildly explicit.
by ecbsykes
Tue Jan 15, 2019 2:00 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: How to make my V70 XC powerful?
Replies: 26
Views: 1450

Re: How to make my V70 XC powerful?

Hello, welcome. This forum tends to be more maintenance/reliability focused as opposed to performance oriented. You may have better luck on Volvospeed or Swedespeed. As far as some of your questions... You're asking a lot out of a 20 year old car. I'm not an expert on doing performance stuff on thes...
by ecbsykes
Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:29 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: The How "Volvo" is your area? Fun poll
Replies: 51
Views: 1567

Re: The How "Volvo" is your area? Fun poll

ZionXIX wrote: Thu Jan 10, 2019 2:09 pm Stillwater Oklahoma, I have seen 3 volvos in 6 months. Same 3 volvos.
Hey there, I'm over in Enid!

I think I have one of maybe 4 Volvos in town here. I've seen a crappy beat up old white V70, a newer V70, and an XC90. Probably more, but that's all I've seen in my 6 months here so far.
by ecbsykes
Sun Jan 06, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Okay. Headlights. P80 98 99 V70 S70 Topic is solved
Replies: 8
Views: 367

Re: Okay. Headlights. P80 98 99 V70 S70 Topic is solved

Please do not put HIDs or LEDs in any stock housings. You have a few options with varying price tags: Cheapest solution without going to a junkyard (may get questionable lights there too) is probably to get new aftermarket housings. Look for the TYC brand. They're basically just as good as OEM and c...
by ecbsykes
Fri Dec 28, 2018 3:03 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Which website sells Volvo clips, bolts, and other tiny parts?
Replies: 12
Views: 2493

Re: Which website sells Volvo clips, bolts, and other tiny parts?

Lot of tiny little stuff like that is probably NLA. Volvo Parts Web Store has been my best source for odds and ends, but if they don't have, it's unlikely a dealer would. Junkyard is your best bet if you have any around you that have these old cars.
by ecbsykes
Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Chassis Battery affecting Cruise Control
Replies: 6
Views: 285

Re: Chassis Battery affecting Cruise Control

firestarterpro wrote: Wed Dec 19, 2018 2:09 pm I have an amazing
Go on...?

:lol:

I'm not missing something right?
AMAZING.png
by ecbsykes
Fri Dec 14, 2018 8:02 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: [Part Identification] Driver door window seal
Replies: 4
Views: 305

Re: [Part Identification] Driver door window seal

It seems fairly rigid and I'm not sure that it's going to stay in its original shape. I may be in a worse spot if I damage it trying to yank it out.
by ecbsykes
Fri Dec 14, 2018 4:45 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: [Part Identification] Driver door window seal
Replies: 4
Views: 305

[Part Identification] Driver door window seal

Hey gang, Apparently some time ago the door window weather seal pictured got caught up and pushed inward. It seems to stuck in its position pretty well and I've noticed water leaks into the car when it rains. I've been scouring websites like Volvo Parts Webstore, but I'm not sure that I've got it na...
by ecbsykes
Thu Dec 13, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Metal clanging noise and car shaking
Replies: 8
Views: 1059

Re: Metal clanging noise and car shaking

Had that exact same metallic clanking noise on my car many years ago. I had some vibration, though no bad shaking. The issue was the main AWD propeller shaft (drive shaft) to the rear. I'd start by removing that and see if it stops the sound (I'm sure it will). This will narrow it down to the AWD sy...
by ecbsykes
Sat Dec 08, 2018 6:37 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Motul oil doesn't burn
Replies: 59
Views: 2956

Re: Motul oil doesn't burn

I just hit 5000 on my Mobil 1 high mileage and might run Blackstone on it to see how it looks vs 7500. The M1 HM is pretty good stuff. I ran a 10,000 mile OCI and did a Blackstone test with nothing really flagging except silicon (which I think was from me screwing with the intake hoses or filter at...
by ecbsykes
Mon Nov 26, 2018 7:33 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 V70 Headlight
Replies: 8
Views: 343

Re: 2000 V70 Headlight

I have LEDs in there. They're super bright and because they're high-beams, I'm fine with the bit of light scatter. The projectors also act as high beams (they have a shroud that is moved by a solenoid when you activate high beams). So I basically have two high beams. When you're out on country roads...
by ecbsykes
Sun Nov 25, 2018 7:40 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 V70 Headlight
Replies: 8
Views: 343

Re: 2000 V70 Headlight

Hi Ed, Ed here. You have a few options. Cheapest would probably be to replace the whole assemblies with some new aftermarkets and use normal bulbs. Please do not use any LED or HID lights in any of the stock halogen light setups. It causes light to shoot everywhere and cannot be aimed properly. If y...
by ecbsykes
Wed Nov 21, 2018 5:36 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2019 edition How many miles did you drive your P80 over Thanksgiving? Topic is solved
Replies: 40
Views: 5364

Re: How many miles did you drive your P80 over Thanksgiving? Topic is solved

I'll be driving ~530 miles today from my training in Alabama to my friend's place near Orlando, FL. Then back again Sunday!
by ecbsykes
Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:58 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1999 V70 XC AWD starter replacement
Replies: 5
Views: 352

Re: 1999 V70 XC AWD starter replacement

Yep, just take it slow, and be methodical in making sure nothing is snagged and you should be successful. The fan should be all you need to take out, and you may have noticed that you only have to remove the top two screws, while the bottom two can simply be loosened a bit.
by ecbsykes
Tue Nov 20, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1999 V70 XC AWD starter replacement
Replies: 5
Views: 352

Re: 1999 V70 XC AWD starter replacement

It's a tight fit, but it should come out with enough wiggling and pushing the manifold inlet pipe towards the rear of the car. The pipe is attached to the electronic throttle body by a single hose clamp. In some cases, the hose clamp may be accessible with a long screwdriver and you can remove the p...
by ecbsykes
Thu Nov 01, 2018 9:23 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1999 v70xc has trouble starting when cold
Replies: 3
Views: 265

Re: 1999 v70xc has trouble starting when cold

I second the ECT as a likely cause. If you decide to try replacing it, use only a Genuine part. As far as the evap code, try checking the charcoal canister evap hose. You have to unbolt the forward lifting panel in the trunk and slide it out. Once that's away, there's a round access hole on the pass...
by ecbsykes
Thu Nov 01, 2018 4:58 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Aftermarket stereo
Replies: 4
Views: 380

Re: Aftermarket stereo

I got my double-din receiver from Crutchfield. They have a fantastic site that lets you buy everything you need at once. I found their car-specific directions to be close to idiot-proof.

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by ecbsykes
Wed Oct 31, 2018 4:06 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: woo woo sound between 2100 and 2300 RPM on acceleration
Replies: 15
Views: 680

Re: woo woo sound between 2100 and 2300 RPM on acceleration

Not sure if it's the same, but for as long as I remember in my car (10+ years), I have a bit of a light whining sound (whoooooo) from around 30-40 MPH with a bit of throttle. It's very consistent but it's not been an issue. If this is something that you've noticed has only recently developed and is ...
by ecbsykes
Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:58 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Dust cover for headlight housing
Replies: 19
Views: 1199

Re: Dust cover for headlight housing

Welp, I went to open the hood today and was going to drill a vent hole in the dust cover however I noticed on the right hand side there were watermarks - probably from a huge puddle I drove through, meaning that water can absolutely get to the back of the led if I drill a hole in it. It was only a ...
by ecbsykes
Tue Oct 30, 2018 6:31 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Dust cover for headlight housing
Replies: 19
Views: 1199

Re: Dust cover for headlight housing

any more info on that projector retrofit? this looks amzing I got the kit from The Retrofit Source and used stock housings with lenses from the C70 (clear). -Stock/OEM housings -Morimoto Bi-Xenon Mini H1 -Clear lenses The C70 clear glass won´t fit the 850ies. Could I use those Morimoto units with t...
by ecbsykes
Mon Oct 29, 2018 8:39 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Dust cover for headlight housing
Replies: 19
Views: 1199

Re: Dust cover for headlight housing

Welp, just tried the HID’s... glare everywhere. Have to stick to the LED’s I got... now to drill a hole in the housing or not 🤔 Link to the bulbs? I'm interested. Also, the backs of the LEDs do get pretty hot, though I'm not sure if it's enough to melt the covers or not. That being said, without so...
by ecbsykes
Mon Oct 29, 2018 4:14 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Dust cover for headlight housing
Replies: 19
Views: 1199

Re: Dust cover for headlight housing

any more info on that projector retrofit? this looks amzing Sorry, not trying to hijack the thread, but... I got the kit from The Retrofit Source and used stock housings with lenses from the C70 (clear). -Stock/OEM housings -Morimoto Bi-Xenon Mini H1 -Clear lenses The bi-xenon is cool because you c...
by ecbsykes
Mon Oct 29, 2018 1:57 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Dust cover for headlight housing
Replies: 19
Views: 1199

Re: Dust cover for headlight housing

any more info on that projector retrofit? this looks amzing Sorry, not trying to hijack the thread, but... I got the kit from The Retrofit Source and used stock housings with lenses from the C70 (clear). -Stock/OEM housings -Morimoto Bi-Xenon Mini H1 -Clear lenses The bi-xenon is cool because you c...
by ecbsykes
Mon Oct 29, 2018 12:58 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Dust cover for headlight housing
Replies: 19
Views: 1199

Re: Dust cover for headlight housing

Doesn't seem like a solid idea. The back of the LED could be exposed to moisture/dust, and you won't have a good seal for the whole assembly. Additionally, HIDs and most LEDs do not produce proper beam patterns in the stock halogen housings. Ever been driving down the highway when some turd with bri...
by ecbsykes
Sun Oct 21, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Hood position pro tip
Replies: 5
Views: 545

Hood position pro tip

So I've had my car 10 years now, it's been in the family since new, and I've done almost every repair to this car in that time. I've somehow managed to avoid learning that you can position the hood straight up. Sharing this in case anyone missed it like I did. It certainly gives more headroom if you...
by ecbsykes
Thu Oct 18, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Transmission heater/cooler lines
Replies: 4
Views: 275

Re: Transmission heater/cooler lines

The leak is most likely from the o-rings and plastic retainer. They're cheap, and I recommend ordering some extras. Most of the plastic retainers will break when you re-use them if they're original. For the battery, just replace it and save some trouble down the road. These cars often will get erran...
by ecbsykes
Thu Oct 18, 2018 10:49 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 s70 automatic transmission Topic is solved
Replies: 4
Views: 441

Re: 2000 s70 automatic transmission Topic is solved

scot850 wrote: Thu Oct 18, 2018 8:06 am Check oil when transmission is hot only. cold reading is not very accurate.
Worth also noting that it needs to checked with the engine running, on a level surface. I agree with checking it hot.
by ecbsykes
Wed Oct 17, 2018 6:25 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: CVJ Axles in Denver?
Replies: 3
Views: 221

Re: CVJ Axles in Denver?

I'm about at the end of my wits trying to find good axles for my car (2000 XC). My original Volvo ones lasted about 130K. Since then I've gone through probably 4 on each side (Axles Unlimited, NAPA, EMPI, FEQ). I think the genuine ones are now reman, though they still charge like $400 apiece. My new...
by ecbsykes
Sat Oct 13, 2018 1:48 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Car alarms going off...Dash lights blinking....Won`t start
Replies: 7
Views: 695

Re: Car alarms going off...Dash lights blinking....Won`t start

If you have a battery charger, I'd disconnect the battery again and use that to get it to full charge. The flashing arrow is the transmissions limp mode, and it's not great to drive it like that.
by ecbsykes
Fri Oct 12, 2018 9:16 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Car alarms going off...Dash lights blinking....Won`t start
Replies: 7
Views: 695

Re: Car alarms going off...Dash lights blinking....Won`t start

Sounds like an electrical issue of some sort. Low charge or dying batteries and/or bad cables can cause really weird electrical issues with these cars. Could be something with the immobilizer system as well, but not sure. I'd start with charging your battery fully and making sure the contacts are cl...
by ecbsykes
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:57 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Volvo 98 S70 Dipstick Tube replacement and tools required
Replies: 13
Views: 831

Re: Volvo 98 S70 Dipstick Tube replacement and tools required

If you can find an exact fit, sure. If not, clean up and re-use the old one if it's still in one piece. Next time you order something from one of the online parts stores you could get a new one cheap. Less than a dollar for aftermarket, a few bucks for Genuine.
by ecbsykes
Fri Oct 12, 2018 8:35 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Volvo 98 S70 Dipstick Tube replacement and tools required
Replies: 13
Views: 831

Re: Volvo 98 S70 Dipstick Tube replacement and tools required

Very quick replacement. Hopefully new tube comes with an o-ring. If it doesn't you might want to consider replacing it as they get old and can leak.
by ecbsykes
Fri Oct 12, 2018 5:14 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Volvo 98 S70 Dipstick Tube replacement and tools required
Replies: 13
Views: 831

Re: Volvo 98 S70 Dipstick Tube replacement and tools required

Hello, welcome to MVS!

If I remember correctly, you just use a 10 or 12mm socket on the bolt near the top of the dipstick (that holds it in place). Once that's out, the whole thing should pop out of the oil pan with a small tug.

You replacing the o-ring or something down there?
by ecbsykes
Thu Oct 11, 2018 4:25 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Can you replace cam seals on a 2000 V70XC without a cam locker?
Replies: 19
Views: 918

Re: Can you replace cam seals on a 2000 V70XC without a cam locker?

Based on my recent dive into the timing belt shenanigans for my 2000 XC, I believe you do need the rear cam locker tool for the VVT engine if you are replacing the cam seals. I know a few others here are more well-versed in the topic than I am though.
by ecbsykes
Sun Oct 07, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: S70 Coolant Expansion Tank Replacement
Replies: 12
Views: 606

Re: S70 Coolant Expansion Tank Replacement

The OEM version should last a long time and is what I would buy, but with FCP Euro I'd also be pretty confident buying any of those aftermarkets. They have a lifetime warranty on all their products and will replace whatever you buy if it fails again.
by ecbsykes
Thu Oct 04, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: The official "Ive driven to Moon" Thread for P80.g.and P2 (221,753 miles) .and anyone else.
Replies: 26
Views: 3554

Re: The official "Ive driven to Moon" Thread for P80..and P2..and anyone else.

2000 V70XC @ 270,000 miles. Been coast-to-coast several times and up to Alaska and back. Dad bought it new in 2000 and I got it in 2008, so I've legit grown up in this car and it's been with me through the ups and downs of life ever since. I've done almost all the maintenance on it since getting it,...
by ecbsykes
Wed Oct 03, 2018 4:35 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Does the 1998 Volvo S70 support Double Din
Replies: 14
Views: 7439

Re: Does the 1998 Volvo S70 support Double Din

7 years and this thread is back from the forum grave! (Whyyyy?)
by ecbsykes
Tue Oct 02, 2018 5:34 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1999 S70 NA Hard Starting after fill-up
Replies: 13
Views: 862

Re: Hard Starting after fill-up

Any codes that are coming up?
by ecbsykes
Sun Sep 30, 2018 8:00 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1999 V70 XC AWD - Lower radiator hose - upper connection Topic is solved
Replies: 6
Views: 296

Re: 1999 V70 XC AWD - Lower radiator hose - upper connection Topic is solved

I think your link is missing. I just installed do88 silicone hoses and had a little leak from the lower hose at the radiator. I just used normal hose clamps. Ended up having to reseat it a bit and clamped down a bit harder. For yours, make sure the metal on the pipe is free of any corrosion or debri...
by ecbsykes
Sun Sep 30, 2018 7:56 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: URO Trash Strikes Again
Replies: 7
Views: 666

Re: URO Trash Strikes Again

Another URO nightmare here. I had cheaped out and replaced the power steering reservoir-to-pump hose with a URO one. A couple years later, it was so swollen that it finally made contact with the serp belt, got cut, and sprayed fluid all over the place. I had just enough to make it to the dealer and ...
by ecbsykes
Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:43 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Cleaning Used Turbo
Replies: 4
Views: 285

Re: Cleaning Used Turbo

Brake cleaner and brake fluid are two different things! :?
by ecbsykes
Fri Sep 28, 2018 4:33 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 S70-The oil light comes on and goes off
Replies: 12
Views: 667

Re: 2000 S70-The oil light comes on and goes off

Asking about oil additives is basically just a can of worms. The general consensus is that if you know the history of your engine, and you run a quality oil, additives are probably not going to help much. In relevance to your oil pressure light, it could hurt, it could help, but we still don't know ...
by ecbsykes
Mon Sep 24, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 XC CVVT Timing Belt/Water Pump Sanity Check
Replies: 6
Views: 495

Re: 2000 XC CVVT Timing Belt/Water Pump Sanity Check

Lee, thanks so much for that detailed description. Hoping to tackle that this weekend. I'm sure I'll report back if I have any questions. Good thing I've got my motorcycle as a backup vehicle!
by ecbsykes
Sun Sep 23, 2018 12:44 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 XC CVVT Timing Belt/Water Pump Sanity Check
Replies: 6
Views: 495

Re: 2000 XC CVVT Timing Belt/Water Pump Sanity Check

Thanks. I looked at most of your videos, but I guess I didn't think of looking at the ones for P2.

IPD says their cam locking tool doesn't work for 1999 and after, but are you saying that it will fit in there and could be useful to make it easier?
by ecbsykes
Sun Sep 23, 2018 10:16 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 XC CVVT Timing Belt/Water Pump Sanity Check
Replies: 6
Views: 495

2000 XC CVVT Timing Belt/Water Pump Sanity Check

Hello again, It appears that my water pump has been leaking very slightly, so I'm just gonna do the whole thing (TB, tensioner, idler, pump). There's a wealth of information here and on other forums about pre-99 non-CVVT engines, but very little on mine (more complicated of course). I want to get so...
by ecbsykes
Sat Sep 22, 2018 4:56 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 XC Dipstick smoke Topic is solved
Replies: 8
Views: 469

Re: 2000 XC Dipstick smoke Topic is solved

Well, to my surprise, that little tiny straw-like hose really does some work. I re-used the straw and some new fuel line to create a new hose and got it hooked up today. Warmed up the car pretty well. No smoke out of the dipstick, and there was vacuum. Small parts can be deceiving I suppose. I'll ke...
by ecbsykes
Thu Sep 20, 2018 3:00 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: '99 V70, FWD, non-turbo, base -- fistful of codes and no start Topic is solved
Replies: 23
Views: 886

Re: '99 V70, FWD, non-turbo, base -- fistful of codes and no start Topic is solved

Remember on ME7 1999 its crank- fire - stall, then crank with no firing if the Immob isnt being set. Or at least for my sample of N=1 it is. Truth. I'd been having this issue occasionally for the last few years now. Replaced my original antenna ring last weekend and no issues with starts since then.
by ecbsykes
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:55 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 XC Dipstick smoke Topic is solved
Replies: 8
Views: 469

Re: 2000 XC Dipstick smoke Topic is solved

Interesting. I'll look into that as well. I think the current plan is to take it all apart, fix the small hose, clean anything that looks weird, and see what happens. The dipstick sucked in very well at idle when I finished the PCV job last year. I hope my engine hasn't worn so much in that time, th...
by ecbsykes
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:32 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 XC Dipstick smoke Topic is solved
Replies: 8
Views: 469

Re: 2000 XC Dipstick smoke Topic is solved

It’s more likely the block ports are plugged I think the smallhard hose only vacuums the PCV box at idle speed, though. You have to fix it so worth a try. Damn. I use Liqui Moly 5W-40 oil, so not exactly bad stuff. I'd be surprised if my ports were plugged after relatively so little time and so few...
by ecbsykes
Mon Sep 17, 2018 7:08 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 XC Dipstick smoke Topic is solved
Replies: 8
Views: 469

2000 XC Dipstick smoke Topic is solved

2000 V70XC - 270,000 miles PCV system fully replaced January 2017 w/ Genuine Volvo and passed "glove test" perfectly afterward. Hello all, I was investigating the source of a bunch of oil in my intake system, when Justin recommended I also do a dipstick check. To my surprise, it filled a glove, and...
by ecbsykes
Wed Sep 05, 2018 8:33 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Replacement clear headlight lenses? Topic is solved
Replies: 2
Views: 538

Replacement clear headlight lenses? Topic is solved

Took a rock or something today and smashed one of my relatively new headlights that I was proud of (project retrofit). :( I need a new clear (preferably glass) lens for the passenger's side light. Does anyone know of anywhere that sells these without buying a whole assembly? I know there is a writeu...
by ecbsykes
Sat Sep 01, 2018 2:10 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Volvo Driveshafts
Replies: 7
Views: 383

Re: Volvo Driveshafts

Axles are getting hard to find for me (2000 V70XC). If I could get 5-10 years out of a set of new OEM ones, I would, but I hear they are all re-manufactured now, and I'm not sure if the ~$400 each price tag is justified. I put in a set of new FEQ axles (~$100 each) a few months ago. No noise and the...
by ecbsykes
Fri Aug 24, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Tires? Topic is solved
Replies: 20
Views: 1289

Re: Tires? Topic is solved

I just got new tires from Costco, Michelin Premiers, good stuff. Just order them from Costco and drive carefully in the meantime.
by ecbsykes
Wed Aug 22, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1998 Volvo V70 X/C fuel pump location
Replies: 7
Views: 472

Re: 1998 Volvo V70 X/C fuel pump location

I totally forgot to take some good pics for you. I did snap a couple as I was blabbing about it with some other Volvoheads. This may help to give you a bit of an idea where to cut. You can see some other lines are just on the other side of the panel, so it's important to only cut through the metal a...
by ecbsykes
Wed Aug 22, 2018 1:22 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1998 Volvo V70 X/C fuel pump location
Replies: 7
Views: 472

Re: 1998 Volvo V70 X/C fuel pump location

I chopped the floor under passenger rear set to do mine as Neil mentioned. Worked out really well, and funny enough, I'm about to use that access again today to replace the leaking gasket there. There's a good thread here somewhere that shows exactly where you cut if you want to do that route, or I ...
by ecbsykes
Fri Aug 17, 2018 7:48 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Phelolic spacer
Replies: 3
Views: 214

Re: Phelolic spacer

Unless you're doing some serious other mods and are trying to squeeze out every possible bit of HP, you could probably spend the money better somewhere else. Anyone who tells you they "feel a difference" or anything because of a product like this is probably making it up in their head to justify the...
by ecbsykes
Tue Aug 14, 2018 3:46 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Is my axle done for? (1998 V70R)
Replies: 3
Views: 213

Re: Is my axle done for? (1998 V70R)

^ What he said! That back and forth play in your video is normal as far as I know. Mine has always had that. PS. Axles for the AWD 98-00 cars getting very difficult to get. Pretty much the only option is to get cheaper ones, with questionable longevity and quality. The OEM ones were always the best ...
by ecbsykes
Fri Aug 10, 2018 5:32 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: squeeky steering wheel
Replies: 4
Views: 351

Re: squeeky steering wheel

Yep, I had that for years. There's a bushing with bearings at the bottom of the steering wheel column inside the car, covered in a plastic plate. The only way to permanently fix it is having the boot and bearing replaced. I had a mechanic do it while replacing my subframe bushings. Some people have ...
by ecbsykes
Wed Jun 27, 2018 8:11 pm
Forum: Events, Car Talk, General Discussion & MVS Forum
Topic: Which of these MVS t-shirt ideas do you like?
Replies: 28
Views: 3195

Re: Which of these MVS t-shirt ideas do you like?

I kinda like that last one. Agree with others though, the dark shirts with big rectangular box background color looks super meh. Go for something a little more subtle and simple (less busy!). Looking forward to what you come up with!
by ecbsykes
Sat Jun 23, 2018 8:30 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: '98 V70 Fan Not Running in Low?
Replies: 12
Views: 462

Re: '98 V70 Fan Not Running in Low?

Anytime the AC is on, the fan should be on. If the AC is off, the fan should come on anytime the coolant reaches 216° and turn back off at 204°.
According to rspi, from an older thread.
by ecbsykes
Wed Jun 20, 2018 7:38 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Best oil for V70?
Replies: 19
Views: 17016

Re: Best oil for V70?

xW-40 is fine. Been running it for years. Currently using Liqui Moly 5W-40. There are no issues with it, other than maybe some lost MPG compared to the "Energy Conserving" oils. With my engine at 260K+ miles, I can use all the help I can get to keep the oil where it's supposed to be. In theory, you ...
by ecbsykes
Wed Jun 20, 2018 6:17 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: S70 Rusted Sunroof Repair
Replies: 13
Views: 4590

Re: S70 Rusted Sunroof Repair

Thanks for fixing the pictures! My sunroof is leaking inside a bit and has some rust, so I'll probably get to work on it in the near future with these steps.
by ecbsykes
Tue Jun 19, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: cooling system help needed. Stuck at work.
Replies: 14
Views: 698

Re: cooling system help needed. Stuck at work.

Sounds good. Just keep a close eye on things. I'd do a through leak check and possibly replace the cap. After years of heat and pressure, it's common for them to develop hairline cracks. As others have pointed out, if you ever noticed boiling or steam again, that's a big red flag, shutdown immediate...
by ecbsykes
Fri Jun 15, 2018 1:51 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Automatic Transmission Dip Stick
Replies: 6
Views: 631

Re: Automatic Transmission Dip Stick

It's probably just stuck on due to not being used much (I'm guessing?). I'd try soaking the seal with some penetrating oil or something for a while and then see if you can gently twist and break it free. I'm not familiar with 2001+ models, but if it's anything like the older ones, the danger is that...
by ecbsykes
Sat Jun 09, 2018 10:18 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Heater Core Pipe (Leak Fix)
Replies: 6
Views: 721

Re: Heater Core Pipe (Leak Fix)

Nice writeup.

I preemptively replaced my original heater hoses last year and decided to just buy a new OEM coupler. The old one basically fell apart as I removed the heater hoses, so it was a good call.
by ecbsykes
Fri Jun 08, 2018 1:13 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1999 s70 overheating in stop-and-go traffic
Replies: 5
Views: 437

Re: 1999 s70 overheating in stop-and-go traffic

Sounds like your cooling fan is inop. With car on and in park, try turning on the AC and going out to see if the fan kicks in. Could be a bad fan, but more likely just a bad fan relay. Do not let the needle ever go into the red on these cars. A little bump up from the 3 o'clock position is okay, but...
by ecbsykes
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Ultragauge.
Replies: 9
Views: 618

Re: Ultragauge.

Has anyone here ever tried permanently mounting a small tablet or the like in their dash? I was hoping to use something like Ultragauge in a display mounted in the dash with a touch screen that is powered by the car and always on. The Amazon Fire tablets are pretty cheap, you can root them, and abo...
by ecbsykes
Tue Jun 05, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Issue with FEQ axles
Replies: 23
Views: 1332

Re: Issue with FEQ axles

Hmm. That sucks. I have two new FEQ axles in mine... so I'll be sure to report back if they act up. They've both been good for over 1000 miles of driving so far.

Almost impossible to get good axles for these cars now.
by ecbsykes
Sat Jun 02, 2018 3:09 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 V70 starting mystery
Replies: 7
Views: 366

Re: 2000 V70 starting mystery

Have you measured fuel pressure at the rail? The fuel pump relays are known to go bad (replace with OEM, not KAE brand). Can't really hear the fuel pump when cranking, but do you hear it prime (from under passenger rear seat) when go you from key position I to II? Did you use OEM Volvo for the coola...
by ecbsykes
Wed May 30, 2018 4:09 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 98 v70xc front struts
Replies: 5
Views: 286

Re: 98 v70xc front struts

I've yet to see any web-store offer all-in-one kits for my 2000 XC. I've done the suspension twice now and I've just bought the parts and assembled. It's honestly not too hard, the only annoying and slightly dangerous part is dealing with spring compressors. I just rent out two kits when I do it and...
by ecbsykes
Tue May 29, 2018 7:25 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: How to bleed air from power steering system
Replies: 16
Views: 1972

Re: How to bleed air from power steering system

I usually put the front end on jacks, open the reservoir cap, and with the engine running, will then cycle lock-to-lock numerous times.
by ecbsykes
Sun May 20, 2018 12:31 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: ATF for power steering fluid
Replies: 27
Views: 3758

Re: ATF for power steering fluid ???

ATF or regular PS fluid (Pentosin) works fine. Like FLXC90 said though, don't mix the two. Therefore, if you're not sure what's in there now and need to top up, I'd flush the whole system.

I've been using Mobil 1 Syn ATF in my PS system for about 8 years now.
by ecbsykes
Fri May 18, 2018 11:51 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1998 V70 and Colorado Emissions / Keep or Sell Nordic Thunder? Topic is solved
Replies: 15
Views: 3616

Re: 1998 V70 and Colorado Emissions / Keep or Sell Nordic Thunder? Topic is solved

1) How terrible an idea is it for me to tow a moving trailer with my car ~2000 flat-ish highway miles? It seems cheaper than getting a truck, but my girlfriend thinks the ol' wagon will give up the ghost if we do that. I recently towed a decent amount of weight with my XC at close to 260,000 miles....
by ecbsykes
Mon May 14, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Volvo Classifieds
Topic: 98 Volvo V70XC white/ charcoal for sale, very clean Topic is solved
Replies: 16
Views: 1719

Re: 98 Volvo V70XC white/ charcoal for sale, very clean Topic is solved

Thanks guys :D A big thank you to Matt who helped me with some major formatting problems today! Question for you. I see you have the EST dual exhaust. Is that the Mototec "Touring" exhaust? Am I correct in assuming you still have the cat, and so cat-back is just the dual exhaust? If so, how's the s...
by ecbsykes
Mon May 14, 2018 3:18 pm
Forum: Volvo Classifieds
Topic: 98 Volvo V70XC white/ charcoal for sale, very clean Topic is solved
Replies: 16
Views: 1719

Re: 98 Volvo V70XC white/ charcoal for sale, very clean Topic is solved

Beautiful. If I needed a new car right now, I'd buy this.
by ecbsykes
Sat May 12, 2018 6:48 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: No ac? Try replacing your fan relay.
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Re: No ac? Try replacing your fan relay.

Good post! I had the exact same issue with the same fix.
by ecbsykes
Sun May 06, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4031
Views: 375347

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today? (now Sticky!!)

Didn't do anything to the XC today... just went out for a nice drive in the country.

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by ecbsykes
Sun May 06, 2018 4:36 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What to do when you can't find a part
Replies: 11
Views: 789

Re: What to do when you can't find a part

I love how much interest this thread has generated, and OP has yet to reply!
by ecbsykes
Thu May 03, 2018 4:54 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 98 S70 parting out
Replies: 22
Views: 1368

Re: 98 S70 parting out

PM sent for cabin vents and side-view mirror adjuster.
by ecbsykes
Mon Apr 30, 2018 5:53 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Idiot light on (Battery Icon)
Replies: 15
Views: 610

Re: Idiot light on (Battery Icon)

100 amps. Your alternator is probably fried. I replaced my original one around 200K with an Autozone Duralast because I was desperate and time was a factor. It lasted about 35K before dying. Replaced it with a Bosch unit. You can try recharging the battery and going from there, but based on what you...
by ecbsykes
Sun Apr 29, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4031
Views: 375347

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today? (now Sticky!!)

Replaced 4 year old (~40K) Empi passenger CV axle with an FEQ assembly. Pronounced side-to-side wobble during acceleration from about 25-40 MPH completely eliminated.

Also tightened a sway bar link that was loose and making a racket.
by ecbsykes
Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:19 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1995 850 non-Turbo pcv problem
Replies: 15
Views: 1092

Re: 1995 850 non-Turbo pcv problem

misha wrote: Sun Apr 29, 2018 2:15 pm Ptc is a TURBO item only...n/a don't have it.
Thanks for the clarification.
by ecbsykes
Sun Apr 29, 2018 1:45 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1995 850 non-Turbo pcv problem
Replies: 15
Views: 1092

Re: 1995 850 non-Turbo pcv problem

All they replaced was the oil trap box? That's usually the one part you can re-use because it rarely gets fully filled/clogged as far as I know. Where it connects to the engine block IS a place that needs to be cleaned out though. PICT6541.JPG I'm not as familiar with 850 models, but assuming they'r...
by ecbsykes
Sat Apr 28, 2018 8:03 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Hit curb.. need repair advice
Replies: 26
Views: 1279

Re: Hit curb.. need repair advice

I concur with Neil, that's a hard hit and I'd be worried about a bent subframe. May be worth seeing if there's a non-crashed one at a junkyard you can get. I'd also be worried about damage to the steering rack.
by ecbsykes
Sat Apr 28, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 v70xc shaking
Replies: 5
Views: 434

Re: 2000 v70xc shaking

Could be a bad axle. When the inner joints die they tend to make a pretty noticeable wobble, especially under heavy acceleration. I'd get the car on pretty high on jack stands and really take a good look at everything. Check control arms, tie rods, sway bar links, etc. Grab your tire at the 12 and 6...
by ecbsykes
Fri Apr 27, 2018 11:30 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Headlamp lighting very poor on my '98 S70
Replies: 20
Views: 1295

Re: Headlamp lighting very poor on my '98 S70

PSA for those who get the ABMs: they are projectors, but there are NOT HID projectors. Don't put HID bulbs in there. Agreed. I tried HIDs in mine at first. They were bright, but had bad flickering and tended to get hot in the housing. I run LEDs now and modified the dust boots to accommodate the he...
by ecbsykes
Fri Apr 27, 2018 8:55 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Headlamp lighting very poor on my '98 S70
Replies: 20
Views: 1295

Re: Headlamp lighting very poor on my '98 S70

Here is the ABM link. Way better than TYC, but WAAAAAY more expensive. https://www.ipdusa.com/products/6956/114361-projector-headlamp-set-p80-c70-s70-v70 I had the ABMs for a while. Eventually ended up using the clear lenses to do a projector retrofit on some TYCs. PSA for those who get the ABMs: t...
by ecbsykes
Thu Apr 26, 2018 7:45 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Cv joint and axle drivers side
Replies: 3
Views: 351

Re: Cv joint and axle drivers side

You talking about this thing circled? open-uri20150812-5482-1nblit4_.jpg Some of them have them, some of them don't. I think it's just a vibration damper. As long as the splines into the transmission are correct, it will work. Finding the correct axles for 2000s can be a pain, especially with an XC ...
by ecbsykes
Wed Apr 25, 2018 5:16 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1998 V70 and Colorado Emissions / Keep or Sell Nordic Thunder? Topic is solved
Replies: 15
Views: 3616

Re: 1998 V70 and Colorado Emissions / Keep or Sell Nordic Thunder? Topic is solved

1) How terrible an idea is it for me to tow a moving trailer with my car ~2000 flat-ish highway miles? It seems cheaper than getting a truck, but my girlfriend thinks the ol' wagon will give up the ghost if we do that. I recently towed a decent amount of weight with my XC at close to 260,000 miles....
by ecbsykes
Tue Apr 24, 2018 6:26 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Fuel smell around pump? '98 V70
Replies: 5
Views: 236

Re: Fuel smell around pump? '98 V70

If you suspect the seal is bad, I'd change it if you can get a separate replacement somehow. The fuel system should be sealed and no fuel vapors should be escaping. It is possible if your evap hose is broken it could be the cause of the smell, though if it's strong I'd suspect the pump seal. Can you...
by ecbsykes
Wed Apr 18, 2018 6:02 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: help needed 1998 V70 warm start problem
Replies: 31
Views: 1677

Re: help needed

So it only has trouble starting when warm? Could be the ECT acting up and giving bad signals maybe.
by ecbsykes
Wed Apr 18, 2018 5:58 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: How many high mileage cars do we have here?
Replies: 12
Views: 4312

Re: How many 300,000+ mile cars do we have here?

I'm closer to 300 now than I am to 200! Right at about 261,000 miles now in the ole 2000. She's 18 years old...
by ecbsykes
Wed Apr 18, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: When did your Fuel PUMP die? Also brand?
Replies: 22
Views: 2150

Re: When did your Fuel PUMP die? Also brand?

Why would you keep more fuel in the tank in winter? I can think of a few reasons. If you're in an area prone to poor weather and road conditions, it's nice to not worry about fuel if you end up in a big delay due to closure/accidents. Likewise, if you're in a more remote area, it's nice to have fle...
by ecbsykes
Sat Apr 14, 2018 2:09 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Alignment after shocks
Replies: 32
Views: 2541

Re: Alignment after shocks

Yes really...change the allignment shop. I wouldn't go back to them again. So, question... because every time I've done an axle swap on my car, I take out the top bolt of the hub assembly and rotate the top towards me (leaving the bottom bolt in but loosened) to slide the axle out. When I put the t...
by ecbsykes
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:31 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Alignment after shocks
Replies: 32
Views: 2541

Re: Alignment after shocks

Yes really...change the allignment shop. I wouldn't go back to them again. So, question... because every time I've done an axle swap on my car, I take out the top bolt of the hub assembly and rotate the top towards me (leaving the bottom bolt in but loosened) to slide the axle out. When I put the t...
by ecbsykes
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:24 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Couple cosmetic questions
Replies: 6
Views: 299

Re: Couple cosmetic questions

Ed - How many miles are on the seat? Im a fata$$ so I replaced my seat bottom foam and skins on my 1999. I do believe I have a seat heater that I can sell you - free if you are on a budget, Volvo list if you screw people for a living - left over from that project. June priced P2 skins at about $400...
by ecbsykes
Sat Apr 14, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1998 V70 XC: Is it worth repairing?
Replies: 16
Views: 1350

Re: 1998 V70 XC: Is it worth repairing?

If you decide to part with it, hopefully you can find an enthusiast who wants it instead of junking it. =(

For your situation a cheaper Japanese car is probably gonna be more reliable/bang-for-your-buck than a Volvo.
by ecbsykes
Sat Apr 14, 2018 4:56 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Alignment after shocks
Replies: 32
Views: 2541

Re: Alignment after shocks

I would. Strut only shouldn't mess with the toe in/out, but it will likely mess with the camber when you reattach the hub/brake assembly. Not as big of a deal as the toe, so you can maybe get away with not doing it.
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by ecbsykes
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:50 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Couple cosmetic questions
Replies: 6
Views: 299

Couple cosmetic questions

In an attempt to keep the interior something I'm slightly proud of, I've got a couple questions for the interior cosmetic gurus. Part One: The leather on my seat is getting pretty bad. Taking it somewhere, I'm guessing I would want a shop that is familiar with the cars to some extent? (SRS issues?) ...
by ecbsykes
Fri Apr 13, 2018 3:05 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1998 V70 XC: Is it worth repairing?
Replies: 16
Views: 1350

Re: 1998 V70 XC: Is it worth repairing?

Hello and welcome to MVS! Someone familiar with the year/model could probably get it in shape in no time with a little TLC, assuming nothing majorly wrong with the engine or transmission. Stuck throttle may be that the cable is gummed up or the throttle itself needs a cleaning. One year isn't thaaaa...
by ecbsykes
Fri Apr 13, 2018 2:54 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 99 V70 XC hose blew off?
Replies: 10
Views: 979

Re: 99 V70 XC hose blew off?

The charge air pipe is the metal part of that and it should never fail unless damaged. The rubber hose there is actually called the "intercooler hose inlet" I guess, and damn is it pricey! https://www.fcpeuro.com/products/volvo-intercooler-hose-inlet-at-turbo-9179002oe#fitment Below is an aftermarke...
by ecbsykes
Fri Apr 13, 2018 12:19 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 99 V70 XC hose blew off?
Replies: 10
Views: 979

Re: 99 V70 XC hose blew off?

Yep, I've had that happen. Same thing as you, accelerating onto a highway... and bam, surprise! Your rubber connector there is undoubtedly original, so if it were me, I'd go ahead and replace it with a new OEM part and not worry about it again. Make sure it's fully seated before tightening hose clam...
by ecbsykes
Wed Apr 11, 2018 1:40 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What is "normal" oil consumption? Topic is solved
Replies: 17
Views: 977

Re: What is "normal" oil consumption? Topic is solved

What oil are you running? 1 qt/1000 miles is a bit high. If I were you, I'd try sometime like Mobil 1 10W-40 High Mileage and see if anything changes.
by ecbsykes
Sun Apr 01, 2018 3:43 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Dumb question - transmission fluid level
Replies: 2
Views: 240

Re: Dumb question - transmission fluid level

Yeah, the trans dipstick reading can be a pain. Definitely try and get a flat surface, warm car, and cycle through the gears a bit. I clean off the dipstick as best as I can, put it back in fully seated and pull it back out immediately. Checking only the "hot" side, there may be some splash, but you...
by ecbsykes
Sun Apr 01, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: V70XC Evap Leak - How the hell do I replace this hose? Topic is solved
Replies: 10
Views: 3295

Re: V70XC Evap Leak - How the hell do I replace this hose? Topic is solved

Thanks again Neil! I'll check around for any other cracks, but hopefully the one I found was the cause of my detected leak. They certainly didn't make the evap stuff nice to get to on this car. Oh well... An hour spent tinkering with my car is always time well spent!
by ecbsykes
Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:52 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: V70XC Evap Leak - How the hell do I replace this hose? Topic is solved
Replies: 10
Views: 3295

Re: V70XC Evap Leak - How the hell do I replace this hose? Topic is solved

That's a pretty excellent and very detailed thread you got there! Can't believe I didn't find that one. So I was able to successfully replace the canister to roll-over valve hose through the top access point (old one pictured below, hoping that was the one and only cause for my CEL code). Looking th...
by ecbsykes
Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:10 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: V70XC Evap Leak - How the hell do I replace this hose? Topic is solved
Replies: 10
Views: 3295

Re: V70XC Evap Leak - How the hell do I replace this hose? Topic is solved

Yep, you have to remove the fuel filter first. I notice you have no support clamp for your fuel filter which is not a great idea. Once you remove the fuel filter you can access that pipe. You can also get some access if you open the cover plate for the wiring from above. To get to that you have to ...
by ecbsykes
Sun Apr 01, 2018 12:08 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: V70XC Evap Leak - How the hell do I replace this hose? Topic is solved
Replies: 10
Views: 3295

Re: V70XC Evap Leak - How the hell do I replace this hose? Topic is solved

Well, turns out when you're really determined to find something, you dig around long enough and surprise yourself! I took off a random panel in the rear trunk area, and surprise... It revealed exactly what I needed. So I'll consider this half-solved. So does anyone know if there's also a J-hose on t...
by ecbsykes
Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:34 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: V70XC Evap Leak - How the hell do I replace this hose? Topic is solved
Replies: 10
Views: 3295

Re: V70XC Evap Leak - How the hell do I replace this hose? Topic is solved

Thanks for the reply, but I've done a lot of searching for this topic and I haven't seen any write-ups for this specific model. In fact, only thread mentioning 2000 V70XC evap hoses was my own thread posted in 2011 that went unanswered. Most of the models seem to have all the evap stuff up front nea...
by ecbsykes
Sun Apr 01, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: V70XC Evap Leak - How the hell do I replace this hose? Topic is solved
Replies: 10
Views: 3295

V70XC Evap Leak - How the hell do I replace this hose? Topic is solved

So I think I found the source of my P0442 "Evap Leak (Small)". Cracked hose going to charcoal canister... my only question for anyone who's done this on a 98-2000 V70XC is... how the **** do you get to this thing? The one side pictured shouldn't be too bad, but the other side seems impossible. If I ...
by ecbsykes
Fri Mar 30, 2018 2:23 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 Volvo S70 sensor location Topic is solved
Replies: 4
Views: 2543

Re: 2000 Volvo S70 sensor location Topic is solved

Reviving a 13 year old thread! Must be a new record.

Anyway, what symptoms are you experiencing? If the speedometer is erratic or not working, it can sometimes be a result of a faulty ABS unit. Any other lights on or Check Engine codes?
by ecbsykes
Wed Mar 28, 2018 7:54 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Please respond- Matt
Replies: 6
Views: 2067

Re: Please respond- Matt

Do not read this post.
by ecbsykes
Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:45 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Radiator Fan Speed, When it Should Run
Replies: 11
Views: 1758

Re: Radiator Fan Speed, When it Should Run

Checked if my fan came on with my A/C today while the engine was at operating temperature, and it did not. The compressor kicks right on and my A/C was cold, but the fan didn't turn on. It came on a minute or so later on high speed, but that was because of the engine temperature, I think. I had a s...
by ecbsykes
Fri Mar 23, 2018 2:08 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Bad subframe bushings? 2000 V70XC
Replies: 10
Views: 1403

Re: Bad subframe bushings? 2000 V70XC

Took it to a great little shop I found here. For no fee, they put it on the lift and checked everything out. They said all the parts look and feel solid, other than the bushings. Much easier to check things out on the lift. Other than the bushing pictured, there's another one almost popped out. He s...
by ecbsykes
Fri Mar 23, 2018 9:22 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Bad subframe bushings? 2000 V70XC
Replies: 10
Views: 1403

Re: Bad subframe bushings? 2000 V70XC

Even with the blue box, were these bought off Ebay or from another site? There is plenty of fake Volvo parts (chinese stuff) shady sellers put in a Volvo box and sometimes even in a Volvo plastic bag. I get all my parts from FCP Euro or IPD and have no reason to believe they were fake. I don't like...
by ecbsykes
Fri Mar 23, 2018 5:41 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Bad subframe bushings? 2000 V70XC
Replies: 10
Views: 1403

Re: Bad subframe bushings? 2000 V70XC

I provided the shop with the bushings, Volvo blue box, so that's why I think there's a chance they were maybe not pressed in correctly. No way they should be destroyed this quickly.
by ecbsykes
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:34 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Bad subframe bushings? 2000 V70XC
Replies: 10
Views: 1403

Re: Bad subframe bushings? 2000 V70XC

Maybe they might take pity on you and work a deal. Unfortunately, I'm about 1,200 miles away now. :mrgreen: Glad to hear that you got yours fixed up though. In this case, it looks like the one I have pictured is loose but also splitting. All 4 were replaced when they did the sway bar. Those bushing...
by ecbsykes
Thu Mar 22, 2018 3:16 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Bad subframe bushings? 2000 V70XC
Replies: 10
Views: 1403

Bad subframe bushings? 2000 V70XC

Hi all, Hoping I can get to the bottom of some deteriorating handling in my car. Three years and maybe ~30K miles ago, I replaced the following: -struts and associated components (OEM, XC90 spring seats) -inner and outer tie rods (OEM) -controls arms (OEM) -sway bar and links (IPD) -subframe bushing...
by ecbsykes
Thu Mar 15, 2018 4:02 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Best LED Headlight Replacements
Replies: 10
Views: 2028

Re: Best LED Headlight Replacements

If you want better lights, look into doing an HID projector retrofit with clear glass. The difference is incredible. Putting any HID or LED into stock halogen housings, especially with fluted lenses will shoot light everywhere. Not safe for other drivers at all. The exception to this is I do use bri...
by ecbsykes
Sun Mar 11, 2018 6:45 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Gas gauge settings - VIDA - 1999 V70 XC 2.4T AWD
Replies: 20
Views: 5492

Re: Gas gauge settings - VIDA - 1999 V70 XC 2.4T AWD

Your tank capacity is: 17.4 US gals. (66 liters) All Wheel Drive

As far as the sensors and VIDA, I'm not sure, sorry.
by ecbsykes
Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:18 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Radiator woes Topic is solved
Replies: 17
Views: 911

Re: Radiator woes Topic is solved

I'm slowly remembering my repair now. I want to say that I had the car on ramps and did in fact pull everything out from the bottom.
by ecbsykes
Thu Mar 08, 2018 6:16 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Best Grade of Gasoline
Replies: 44
Views: 2777

Re: Best Grade of Gasoline

nickelghandi wrote: Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:36 amSome have reported that mid-grade (89,90) works well in their vehicle and probably so, but the ethanol loves our rubber hoses and seals.
Most high-grade fuel in the US is not exempt from the ethanol blend. Almost every Shell 91/93 I've seen has it, except in Canada.
by ecbsykes
Tue Mar 06, 2018 8:28 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Radiator woes Topic is solved
Replies: 17
Views: 911

Re: Radiator woes Topic is solved

This is the best picture I could find online of what it looks like under there. It can definitely be a pain to get to, but I'm sure you can manage it. Feels great to knock this stuff out yourself! I can't remember exactly how I accessed it. Not sure if going through the bottom was easier with ramps ...
by ecbsykes
Tue Mar 06, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Radiator woes Topic is solved
Replies: 17
Views: 911

Re: Radiator woes Topic is solved

That pipe goes from the intercooler right to the ETM (throttle). I've found it easier overall to just remove the hose completely and get the extra wiggle room. The hose is attached to the ETM with one big hose clamp that's easiest to get to with a long flat head screwdriver. You may have to feel aro...
by ecbsykes
Sun Mar 04, 2018 6:30 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Best Grade of Gasoline
Replies: 44
Views: 2777

Re: Best Grade of Gasoline

If there's one thing that's certain in life, it's that any thread concerning oil or fuel will make it to at least 3 pages.
by ecbsykes
Fri Mar 02, 2018 7:06 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Best Grade of Gasoline
Replies: 44
Views: 2777

Re: Best Grade of Gasoline

Fuel grades, like oil, can open a can of worms. The general consensus is that if you have a turbo, you should be running higher grades. Most Volvo manuals state that 87 is minimum, but 91 optimum. Any slight increase in MPG you will get from higher octane will likely be negated by the additional cos...
by ecbsykes
Tue Feb 27, 2018 8:41 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: No crank after installation of a new battery
Replies: 9
Views: 2379

Re: No crank after installation of a new battery

If you have a battery charger, give that a shot then try again. Sounds weird, but low batteries can still provide decent power and yet fail to crank.

Try the lock/unlock thing multiple times.
by ecbsykes
Tue Feb 20, 2018 5:05 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Leaky Oil Cap
Replies: 46
Views: 3102

Re: Leaky Oil Cap

I once bought what I thought was a quality URO power steering hose (reservoir to pump). A few months later, I'm driving and notice the dreaded steering groan and difficulty turning. Opened the hood to see that the hose has swollen to about twice its normal size and came into contact with the serp be...
by ecbsykes
Mon Feb 19, 2018 7:19 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Tow report
Replies: 19
Views: 1306

Re: Tow report

19.9 MPG! That is stunning. ...a testament to your maintenance and your driving style, Ed. Thanks! I do think it mostly comes down to speed. 55 was definitely best with RPM just under 2000. I tried 65 and got about around 18 MPG, and once pushed it up to 70-75 just for fun... at 75 the engine/turbo...
by ecbsykes
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:52 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Tow report
Replies: 19
Views: 1306

Re: Tow report

Well done on completing the trip! Thanks for the update and glad the move seems to have gone well. But man, did those Volvo brake pads soot up the wheels, LoL (I'm guessing they are actually black). I'm not sure why we are so surprised these vehicles can tow stuff. Having said that the most impress...
by ecbsykes
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:24 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Tow report
Replies: 19
Views: 1306

Tow report

Hello, Just thought I'd add this for anyone interested in towing with their car or just want to see some numbers to nerd out on. I just finished a 1,300 mile trip from Charleston, SC to San Antonio, TX. I had approx 1500 lbs of cargo in the car, roof box, and a small U-Haul 4x8 trailer (approx 900 l...
by ecbsykes
Mon Feb 19, 2018 4:04 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1999 V70 starts smooth then 10 seconds later skips and no power
Replies: 3
Views: 1334

Re: 1999 V70 starts smooth then 10 seconds later skips and no power

Any lights on? Check engine light (check that it's not burned out)? ETS light?
by ecbsykes
Wed Feb 14, 2018 6:27 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: PSA: KAE Fuel Pump Relay
Replies: 12
Views: 603

Re: PSA: KAE Fuel Pump Relay

+1

I've gone through 2 KAE fuel pump relays in the last 4 years. Original lasted 14 years. I, too, have learned my lesson.
by ecbsykes
Tue Feb 13, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Coolant Leak
Replies: 10
Views: 806

Re: Coolant Leak

rspi wrote: Tue Feb 13, 2018 9:03 am
ecbsykes wrote: Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:39 pm Could be dripping down from the PCV tube coolant connection. It's a bit of a pain to get to and see without removing a few things.

Hmm...
The cars built prior to '99 do not have that coolant line.
Good to know, thanks!
by ecbsykes
Mon Feb 12, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Would you buy this 2000 V70-XC?
Replies: 31
Views: 1959

Re: Would you buy this 2000 V70-XC?

When the prop shaft when bad for me, I started getting a pretty bad metallic "clanking" noise that corresponded to the speed of the car. The angle gear may be a little harder to diagnose, but people have reported a loud grinding noise that also reacts to speed. You can change out the gear oil too wh...
by ecbsykes
Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:49 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Would you buy this 2000 V70-XC?
Replies: 31
Views: 1959

Re: Would you buy this 2000 V70-XC?

Not bad... Unless you know the exact history on tires and stuff, I'd expect the AWD system to start being funky around that mileage. Things that go bad are usually angle gear and/or prop shaft. A lot of people (myself included) opt to remove the prop shaft when trouble arises instead of shelling out...
by ecbsykes
Mon Feb 12, 2018 6:39 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Coolant Leak
Replies: 10
Views: 806

Re: Coolant Leak

Could be dripping down from the PCV tube coolant connection. It's a bit of a pain to get to and see without removing a few things.

Hmm...
by ecbsykes
Fri Feb 09, 2018 10:41 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: All of a sudden she started making this loud knocking/tapping
Replies: 57
Views: 16332

Re: All of a sudden she started making this loud knocking/tapping

ONLY use the Volvo sealant for that job. Volvo Gasket Sealant PN: 1161 059–9

Here's my thread on the oil pan job: viewtopic.php?t=31236

I used a mini foam roller to get it all on nice and even.
by ecbsykes
Mon Feb 05, 2018 4:34 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: All of a sudden she started making this loud knocking/tapping
Replies: 57
Views: 16332

Re: All of a sudden she started making this loud knocking/tapping

Hey I just noticed you're in Charleston too! I wish I could help more, but I'm not sure I'd be able to offer any better advice in-person than what everyone else is already offering. Why couldn't you have an easier problem so we could fix it together over some beers? :mrgreen:
by ecbsykes
Fri Feb 02, 2018 12:53 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Loose vinyl on door panels Topic is solved
Replies: 49
Views: 16326

Re: Loose vinyl on door panels Topic is solved

Ah, that sucks. Too bad! I finally got to installing my PanelPads that i had for almost a year. They look great and work well! (Except for the driver's door which I messed up a bit...)
by ecbsykes
Mon Jan 15, 2018 6:19 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Chemical burning smell Topic is solved
Replies: 40
Views: 4348

Re: Chemical burning smell Topic is solved

If it's a sharp acrid smell, be careful as that can be burning wires/electrical smoke or fire. I'd check all fuses to be safe. Could be something like power steering fluid leaking onto something hot though which may cause a bad smell too.
by ecbsykes
Wed Jan 10, 2018 1:52 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Practicality of Towing
Replies: 9
Views: 600

Re: Practicality of Towing

I've towed twice with my V70, and another trip coming up soon. I installed an aux ATF cooler in front of the intercooler/radiator, as well as a Magnefine inline filter. While I have no scientific evidence to prove it, I suspect that that combo has enabled my transmission to survive so long under har...
by ecbsykes
Wed Dec 27, 2017 6:51 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What oil sample analysis service do you use?
Replies: 26
Views: 6714

Re: What oil sample analysis service do you use?

I used Blackstone for the second time a little while ago.

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by ecbsykes
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:59 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: CVVT Codes, trans slipping?..
Replies: 6
Views: 491

Re: CVVT Codes, trans slipping?..

Sounds good. I would still try disconnecting the battery after at least the first drain/fill to try and reset the transmission computer. I like to try easy stuff first!
by ecbsykes
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:45 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: CVVT Codes, trans slipping?..
Replies: 6
Views: 491

Re: CVVT Codes, trans slipping?..

Yeah, so there's a lot of opinions on the best way to replace ATF. I think the general consensus is that a series of drain and fills is the best way to transition to mostly new fluid. That is, drain the fluid (appx 3.5 quarts will come out) and refill the same amount with new, drive a little bit, th...
by ecbsykes
Thu Nov 30, 2017 7:09 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: CVVT Codes, trans slipping?..
Replies: 6
Views: 491

Re: CVVT Codes, trans slipping?..

Have you checked the transmission fluid level? Also, when was the last time it was changed? If it's black or smells burned, that would be a bad sign. Those transmissions are pretty solid, but bad fluid will take its toll. Personally, I would drain/fill the transmission with a quality ATF a couple ti...