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by kcodyjr
Sun Jan 28, 2018 12:56 pm
Forum: Volvo Classifieds
Topic: 1997 850 GLT easy fixer for sale (Massachusetts)
Replies: 2
Views: 299

Re: 1997 850 GLT easy fixer for sale (Massachusetts)

Wow, not even a nibble.

Okay, I can get $250 from the bone-yard. First $100 that shows up with a tow truck takes it?
by kcodyjr
Fri Jan 12, 2018 4:05 pm
Forum: Volvo Classifieds
Topic: 1997 850 GLT easy fixer for sale (Massachusetts)
Replies: 2
Views: 299

Re: 1997 850 GLT easy fixer for sale (Massachusetts)

Okay, not a bite. First 500 or reasonable offer takes it.
by kcodyjr
Wed Jan 10, 2018 7:52 pm
Forum: Volvo Classifieds
Topic: 1997 850 GLT easy fixer for sale (Massachusetts)
Replies: 2
Views: 299

1997 850 GLT easy fixer for sale (Massachusetts)

With a heavy heart - it's a sentimental car, but I need it gone, and I'm not going to get to fixing it anytime soon. Pewter silver paint 419 on the charcoal gray leather interior. Sunroof, power everything, dash trip computer was installed from ebay parts. Fog lights added but one got knocked off in...
by kcodyjr
Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:29 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: '06 V70R Startup squeal / knock
Replies: 11
Views: 1267

Re: '06 V70R Startup squeal / knock

Does this model require an oil filter with a check valve? Did some idiot put an Orange Can of Death in it?
by kcodyjr
Mon Oct 03, 2016 8:11 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 93 Volvo 850 engine revs high by itself
Replies: 27
Views: 9642

Re: 93 Volvo 850 engine revs high by itself

As yours is a 93 and they're a very different animal, wait for someone to confirm.

If you unplugged the MAF and it didn't stall immediately, it sounds like it wasn't really using the MAF. I'd suspect bad MAF.
by kcodyjr
Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: I guess this is nothing new to volvo lovers
Replies: 11
Views: 1325

Re: I guess this is nothing new to volvo lovers

That sounds like a high-end shop to me. You will not get that result taking it to Maaco, and I have my doubts about the can of bumper spray too.
by kcodyjr
Fri Sep 30, 2016 12:04 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: '93 850 Dies During Idle Topic is solved
Replies: 25
Views: 2174

Re: '93 850 Dies During Idle Topic is solved

This is the only part where we disagree: considered OE(aftermarket)

Remove the "OE" there and we're fine.

The vendor selling a part doesn't get to decide if it's "original equipment". They can put the letters "OE" on the box but it doesn't mean squat, it's just two letters printed on a box.
by kcodyjr
Fri Sep 30, 2016 10:07 am
Forum: Volvo S80 Forum - First Generation 1999-2006
Topic: Gear box
Replies: 1
Views: 512

Re: Gear box

First thing to check is whether it's low on transmission fluid. While you're at it, take a good whiff. It should smell more sweet than burnt.
by kcodyjr
Fri Sep 30, 2016 10:04 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did improve the fuel economy for you?
Replies: 67
Views: 19572

Re: What did improve the fuel economy for you?

Of all the odd things, swapping the TCM from a 96 855 NA into my 97 854 GLT was good for 2-3mpg across the board. The main thing is that it locks up the torque converter at 45 rather than 52 (is it 52?). This does allow for minor lugging. In addition to the mileage improvement, I got a real noticeab...
by kcodyjr
Fri Sep 30, 2016 10:02 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 V70xcse Overboosting
Replies: 2
Views: 475

Re: 2000 V70xcse Overboosting

Sounds like they knocked off the vacuum lines going from the TCV. In both cases.
by kcodyjr
Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:48 am
Forum: S60 2011+ and V60 2015+ and XC60 2010-2018
Topic: 2015 V60 spare tire alternatives?
Replies: 5
Views: 3613

Re: 2015 V60 spare tire alternatives?

I don't intend to drive the C70 in the winter. I'm going to put it into a storage unit, climate controlled if I can find one. That wasn't my reason, but now that you mention it, it's a good one. The 97 850 has a full size Cetus spare in the trunk with good rubber, correct inflation, and a jack and f...
by kcodyjr
Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:43 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: BTW a time capsule I just bought
Replies: 42
Views: 3241

Re: BTW a time capsule I just bought

Yeah, I wouldn't think of Volans with a GLT. The Volan is the R wheel, right? Meant to be sporty and responsive. And flashy. The GLT is meant to be cushy and unremarkable in appearance.

I've had no inclination to replace the Cetus rims on my 97 850 GLT.
by kcodyjr
Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:40 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Need advice for buying a 07 S60 R
Replies: 16
Views: 1543

Re: Need advice for buying a 07 S60 R

As I said, if it was hit hard enough to damage the subframe, it was hit hard enough to move those forward rails the subframe mounts to.

If the frame rails aren't straight, you are going to have a messed up car.
by kcodyjr
Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:37 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: '93 850 Dies During Idle Topic is solved
Replies: 25
Views: 2174

Re: '93 850 Dies During Idle Topic is solved

That just means the part made by Murray or ImportDirect was original equipment in something.

Like I said, Volvo didn't make most of the parts that went into the car. They're still called "original equipment."
by kcodyjr
Fri Sep 30, 2016 9:36 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: I guess this is nothing new to volvo lovers
Replies: 11
Views: 1325

Re: I guess this is nothing new to volvo lovers

Okay, there's a counterexample. I have seen many going down the road with the unmistakable remains of a coat of spray paint on their bumpers. Apparently the result depends on materials and technique. Misha, can you describe what was done? That can't be a can of Rustoleum, and I suspect it isn't a si...
by kcodyjr
Thu Sep 29, 2016 2:02 pm
Forum: Volvo Classifieds
Topic: 2007 S60R part out - Black/Gobi Topic is solved
Replies: 17
Views: 2575

Re: 2007 S60R part out - Black/Gobi Topic is solved

It baffles me how Texas, of all places, can get chunks of ice falling out of the sky. I visited Dallas once. 85 degree weather was considered cool enough for a long-sleeve, winter-weight wool pantsuit by the apartment complex manager, who saw a pair of Massholes in the pool and "can't beLIEVE y'all ...
by kcodyjr
Thu Sep 29, 2016 1:42 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2001 V70 T5 Rough Start in Morning
Replies: 13
Views: 1234

Re: 2001 V70 T5 Rough Start in Morning

I'm thinking leaky valve stem seals are allowing oil to drip down into the cylinder as it sits, which then has to burn off at startup. Then, you park it on a different incline, and oil doesn't pool over the valves the same way, and less/none gets into the cylinder. As someone recently pointed out, i...
by kcodyjr
Thu Sep 29, 2016 1:35 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: rough idle & vibration when stopped or turning left Topic is solved
Replies: 8
Views: 1051

Re: rough idle & vibration when stopped or turning left Topic is solved

No special procedure for that clamp, it's just easy to forget. It has to line up nicely, of course, but just tighten the bolts.

Vibration during straight line acceleration is characteristic of inner CV joints.

Were they OEM replacement axles, or aftermarket?
by kcodyjr
Thu Sep 29, 2016 12:13 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: rough idle & vibration when stopped or turning left Topic is solved
Replies: 8
Views: 1051

Re: rough idle & vibration when stopped or turning left Topic is solved

My 97 850 vibrated badly at a stop until I did subframe bushings. Does the vibration change when you come on and off the accelerator? When you step on the brake? Any wiggliness in the car, or chasing the wheel to keep it straight, that might suggest a bad suspension component? It's been my experienc...
by kcodyjr
Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:19 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: S60 clutch replacement.
Replies: 3
Views: 2619

Re: S60 clutch replacement.

+1, if you have to ask these questions, you don't want to get into it, at least not under the gun like this. People who do this job themselves have tools, some degree of developed skills, and time. You're going to spend more getting equipped than you'd save. +1 that your best move is to seek financi...
by kcodyjr
Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:09 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Mystery Transmission occurrence... arrow light on 1999 V70R
Replies: 5
Views: 646

Re: Mystery Transmission occurrence... arrow light on 1999 V70R

Haven't had that happen, but my first thought is that it has to be heat-related if it's only happening on the tail end of a 1000 mile drive. Perhaps a solenoid sticking when it gets that hot? I'd start with the condition of the fluid. If it smells like an asphalt truck, it could be making things sti...
by kcodyjr
Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:05 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 93 Volvo 850 engine revs high by itself
Replies: 27
Views: 9642

Re: 93 Volvo 850 engine revs high by itself

Will WD-40 do it? I use carb cleaner or starting fluid for that. Also, try it after the 25 minute highway drive when everything's hot.

MAF cleaner, according to some, is in the same category as "blinker fluid". I for one have never gotten a result from it.
by kcodyjr
Thu Sep 29, 2016 11:03 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 95 T-5R Gull Yellow Paint
Replies: 32
Views: 3794

Re: 95 T-5R Gull Yellow Paint

And once cleaned up, keep it waxed.

Are you sure the clearcoat was only with metallic paint? My 96 850 wagon had plain black paint, and was definitely clearcoated (only mostly, by the time I got it).
by kcodyjr
Thu Sep 29, 2016 10:53 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: '93 850 Dies During Idle Topic is solved
Replies: 25
Views: 2174

Re: '93 850 Dies During Idle Topic is solved

OE = original equipment. This could mean "what the car left the factory with" and it could mean "Volvo blue box parts". OEM = original equipment manufacturer. This is when you buy the exact same distributor cap but in the Bosch box. OE= original AFTERMARKET equipment...Febi,Meyle,Ngk,Vernet...etc. ...
by kcodyjr
Thu Sep 29, 2016 12:06 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Amsoil Power Foam
Replies: 13
Views: 1840

Re: Amsoil Power Foam

The valve seats will get ground, I'm not sure if they soak the head or what to clean out the ports. That leaves the valves themselves and the pistons to worry about. Usually the valves go into an oil bath while the head is being worked on, to prevent surface oxidation or other contamination. I'd sug...
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:55 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Amsoil Power Foam
Replies: 13
Views: 1840

Re: Amsoil Power Foam

Not to say burnt oil won't cause buildup, but: It's different stuff. Excess fuel, or insufficient spark temperature, leaves a fine powdery black residue that sticks prodigiously to hot metal surfaces and to itself. It readily builds up to the point that it restricts port flow, or even interferes wit...
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:53 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: '93 850 Dies During Idle Topic is solved
Replies: 25
Views: 2174

Re: '93 850 Dies During Idle Topic is solved

OE = original equipment. This could mean "what the car left the factory with" and it could mean "Volvo blue box parts".

OEM = original equipment manufacturer. This is when you buy the exact same distributor cap but in the Bosch box.
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:47 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Need advice for buying a 07 S60 R
Replies: 16
Views: 1543

Re: Need advice for buying a 07 S60 R

Oh, good point. Um, you might be well served to involve a body shop. It should go on a frame machine. If it was hit hard enough to damage the subframe, it was hit hard enough to bend the front frame rails, or whatever they're called
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:43 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2002 volvo S60. n/a ETM compatibility
Replies: 9
Views: 1051

Re: 2002 volvo S60. n/a ETM compatibility

I thought the reprogramming was to marry the unit to the car. What exactly are they reprogramming, then?
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 10:39 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Amsoil Power Foam
Replies: 13
Views: 1840

Re: Amsoil Power Foam

Easy if you don't mind laying across the engine to reach your arm down there, and easy if you either have the hands of a 10 year old or don't mind bloody knuckles. Easy job plan, straightforward, but the actual work will inspire every profanity you know. OK, if it's leaking from the stem seals, runn...
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:38 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 98 V79 NA front end vibration (control arms replaced) Topic is solved
Replies: 65
Views: 4351

Re: 98 V79 NA front end vibration problem Topic is solved

Probably the outer bushing. My 97 is doing that. The rear suspension consists of two arms that reach across the width of the car. There is a round-ended bushing at the end of each arm where it meets the wheel, and block-shaped bushing holding the arm down and allowing toe adjustment. So, the adjustm...
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:28 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2005 S60 ABS Pump Motor Replacement Topic is solved
Replies: 37
Views: 8907

Re: 2005 S60 ABS Pump Motor Replacement Topic is solved

Submitted for consideration for the VRD.

Matthew, I was expecting it to send you a note, but then it told me to change the first post icon, which I don't think I have privilege to do.
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:21 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2002 volvo S60. n/a ETM compatibility
Replies: 9
Views: 1051

Re: 2002 volvo S60. n/a ETM compatibility

FCP is a parts vendor, fcpeuro.com. They're in CT. They're my go-to for OEM non-blue-box parts. Ask Xemodex if they can arrange to provide the ETM and have a dealer marry it to the car normally. The customer couldn't just slap the ETM in and drive, could they? Didn't a dealer have to marry it to the...
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:12 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Amsoil Power Foam
Replies: 13
Views: 1840

Re: Amsoil Power Foam

I'm guessing the EX valves are all carbon-ed up from leaking valve stems/seals. Why guess? Take the intake manifold off and check. Take the intake manifold off to check the exhaust valves? Even if the exhaust manifold wasn't a royal PIA to get off (clearances suck), I don't see that taking parts of...
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 8:07 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1997 850 t5 boost issue
Replies: 6
Views: 755

Re: 1997 850 t5 boost issue

Funny, my 97 does that if I stab into the pedal too quickly. Goes like a raped ape if I ease into it.

I never did track it down, I just figured it was getting old.

Anyone have a theory? Something to do with sudden loss of manifold vacuum, maybe?
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 7:09 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 S70 2.4 Erratic Injector Pulse Topic is solved
Replies: 16
Views: 1640

Re: 2000 S70 2.4 Erratic Injector Pulse Topic is solved

Thanks, abscate, I wasn't sure how much of it started with the late P80's and how much started with the P2's. Does it take a legit VIDA setup to do the remarriage or will one of the chinese hack jobs off eBay do it? Anyway, I agree that an ECU failure is really unlikely. I've never heard of one just...
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:44 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Need advice for buying a 07 S60 R
Replies: 16
Views: 1543

Re: Need advice for buying a 07 S60 R

The salvage title won't mean a thing when you're driving it down the road.

Besides those of us who fix and flip them as a hobby, who's actually sold an operational R?
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:36 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: '94 850 Turbo - Excessive buildup in intake?
Replies: 4
Views: 778

Re: '94 850 Turbo - Excessive buildup in intake?

Following up in case someone comes across this thread. That's not carbon in the picture. Carbon builds up on the interior surfaces of the cylinder, and along the exhaust valve path, from partially burnt fuel and burnt oil. What you're looking at is oil that landed there and got literally pan-fried b...
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:19 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 95 T-5R Gull Yellow Paint
Replies: 32
Views: 3794

Re: 95 T-5R Gull Yellow Paint

Nice looking sled.

Leave it to Volvo to make a pale yellow car attractive, and do it to a collector edition.
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:15 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Amsoil Power Foam
Replies: 13
Views: 1840

Re: Amsoil Power Foam

I usually solve that with a can of Techron, a half tank of super, and my foot held to the floor going up a long, steep hill. The goal is to maximize exhaust temperature to cook off the deposits. Then you have to drive it gently for awhile to cool it off. Sucking something in through the manifold cau...
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 5:09 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 S70 2.4 Erratic Injector Pulse Topic is solved
Replies: 16
Views: 1640

Re: 2000 S70 2.4 Erratic Injector Pulse Topic is solved

OK, yeah, if you're sure there isn't a wiring fault that explains it, try swapping an ECU from the boneyard.

Someone chime in, did they start with the reprogramming to the car bullcrap in 2000? I think you can simply swap it.
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 2:06 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 S70 2.4 Erratic Injector Pulse Topic is solved
Replies: 16
Views: 1640

Re: 2000 S70 2.4 Erratic Injector Pulse Topic is solved

Hm. They may have fixed that in the S70. (I have an 850). That relay, with its poor placement, is responsible for many a no-start. Someone correct me if I'm wrong, but I believe the S70 injectors also get a constant 12V and then get grounded by the ECU to open them. Check how steady the 12V is (gree...
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:30 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2005 S60 2.5T Cooling Fan
Replies: 4
Views: 626

Re: 2005 S60 2.5T Cooling Fan

You need to start by pulling the codes. An AutoZone scanner will suffice. Post the results back here.

Very loud does sound like its bearings are beginning to fail. But find out what that CEL is about before you go buying parts.
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 98 V79 NA front end vibration (control arms replaced) Topic is solved
Replies: 65
Views: 4351

Re: 98 V79 NA front end vibration problem Topic is solved

Feeling "twitchy" or "squirrely" on the highway is characteristic of bad rear bushings.
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 1:22 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 S70 2.4 Erratic Injector Pulse Topic is solved
Replies: 16
Views: 1640

Re: 2000 S70 2.4 Erratic Injector Pulse Topic is solved

Does the 2000 have the same gray master fuel injector relay up on the cooling fan shroud, whose connector gets all crappy?
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:20 pm
Forum: 240, 740, 760, 780, Bertone, 940, 960, V90, S90
Topic: 1997 940 - Which device for diagnostics?
Replies: 3
Views: 853

Re: 1997 940 - Which device for diagnostics?

Jeez! Where do I keep digging up these ancient unanswered threads?
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:20 pm
Forum: 240, 740, 760, 780, Bertone, 940, 960, V90, S90
Topic: 1997 940 - Which device for diagnostics?
Replies: 3
Views: 853

Re: 1997 940 - Which device for diagnostics?

96-98 used the old hand-held diagnostic box, not a computer hookup.

Your best bet is a $15 VAG-COM cable off e-bay, and a copy of VOL-FCR.
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 12:14 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: I guess this is nothing new to volvo lovers
Replies: 11
Views: 1325

Re: I guess this is nothing new to volvo lovers

Yikes! No! Don't paint the plastic trim! It might look snazzy for a little while, but it WILL start to flake off, and then it'll look like dried up shit that started out runny. The right thing to do with the plastic trim is take it off the car (or mask it off with cut-up brown paper grocery bags) an...
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:58 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: '93 850 Dies During Idle Topic is solved
Replies: 25
Views: 2174

Re: '93 850 Dies During Idle Topic is solved

After it stalls, pull a spark plug. Check to see if it's wet or dry. If it's wet with fuel, it's running overly rich, and/or you aren't getting sufficient spark. First, check the air filter isn't plugged. Then, reset the adaptives (disconnect battery cables and short together for 10 seconds). If you...
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:08 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2001 V70 T5 Rough Start in Morning
Replies: 13
Views: 1234

Re: 2001 V70 T5 Rough Start in Morning

Crankcase pressure doesn't last a fraction of a second when you shut the engine off, unless the PCV system is completely plugged and no broken vacuum lines. You could try cracking the oil fill cap when you park it, and pop the dipstick, to eliminate that possibility. That is definitely a fouled plug...
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 11:00 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 95 T-5R Gull Yellow Paint
Replies: 32
Views: 3794

Re: 95 T-5R Gull Yellow Paint

Aren't those last four the same car? Certainly looks like the same parking spot.

Are you sure it isn't just the camera screwing with the color balance? They do that.

Anyway, it's supposed to be the lighter/creamier yellow, not the wasp yellow.
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:49 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Automobile electrical concepts in one picture
Replies: 1
Views: 230

Re: Automobile electrical concepts in one picture

Hm. I like it. The caption should be:

"A potential of one volt will drive a current of one ampere through a resistance of one ohm."
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:47 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 95 T-5R Gull Yellow Paint
Replies: 32
Views: 3794

Re: 95 T-5R Gull Yellow Paint

Easy way to check for a cheap paint job is to look for ridges in the gap between hood and fender. You can also compare the color of the outside of the car, to the color of the paint beneath the carpets, or the inside of the fender if it's still in good shape. Any discrepancy between the color on any...
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:41 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2001 V70 T5 Rough Start in Morning
Replies: 13
Views: 1234

Re: 2001 V70 T5 Rough Start in Morning

Hm, no, I'm pretty sure the evap canister purge and the SAS system run for more than 2-3 seconds. Search around the forums for the fuel pressure regulator. I haven't had to replace one. One way to test is, when you're expecting a rough start, press on the Schrader valve on the fuel rail, with the ca...
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:32 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 99 S70 GLT Electrical Issues
Replies: 17
Views: 2488

Re: 99 S70 GLT Electrical Issues

Have them test your battery while you're there. Also free.
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:28 am
Forum: Volvo S80 Forum - First Generation 1999-2006
Topic: I don't know what kind of gas to use for my car?
Replies: 2
Views: 716

Re: I don't know what kind of gas to use for my car?

My 96 850 NA was a lot happier on 89 than 87, especially during the summer.

The turbos are either 90+ or 91+ depending on the year.
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:23 am
Forum: S60 2011+ and V60 2015+ and XC60 2010-2018
Topic: Add Remote engine starting to my 2016 V60?
Replies: 8
Views: 4254

Re: Add Remote engine starting to my 2016 V60?

On the one hand, it would be nice to have the car warm by the time you get into it, if you live in a snow area. On the other hand, warming up sitting still is horribly abusive to a modern engine. They're really a lot happier if you get in it, start it up, and immediately start driving. I know the sh...
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:21 am
Forum: S60 2011+ and V60 2015+ and XC60 2010-2018
Topic: 2015 V60 spare tire alternatives?
Replies: 5
Views: 3613

Re: 2015 V60 spare tire alternatives?

I have a 2012 C70. If I bought a spare, it's the only thing I'd carry in the trunk - not so much as room for a 6-pack with the top down. Given how bad donut spares suck, I've felt it's a better investment to get a AAA membership, and just plan on towing it to the shop if it gets a flat. Maybe carryi...
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 28, 2016 9:16 am
Forum: Performance, Tuning & Aftermarket
Topic: C70 2000 2,4T tuning
Replies: 27
Views: 5833

Re: C70 2000 2,4T tuning

OK, you have a RIP kit in it (Reverse Intercooler Piping). A logical add-on when you're doing an intercooler. A heat shield on the intake is not the same as piping cold air from outside the engine bay. It'll still suck in hot air, the shield only protects the filter itself from radiant heat. You mig...
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 27, 2016 9:16 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 98 V79 NA front end vibration (control arms replaced) Topic is solved
Replies: 65
Views: 4351

Re: 98 V79 NA front end vibration problem Topic is solved

A flapping air dam, or even a flapping body panel, might make the car shake particularly at highway speed, but it wouldn't transmit into the steering wheel. You'd feel it in your butt and feet.

Finding some way to pin it up wouldn't be a bad idea. Maybe using a drill and a pop-rivet gun.
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 27, 2016 8:56 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Injector o-rings in the kit
Replies: 14
Views: 942

Re: Injector o-rings in the kit

Let me see how much I can ham this up with $5 words. I concur unreservedly that uprated fuel injectors are contraindicated for this application. In English, dear readers: 1st of all, uprated means higher-flow, because our stock injectors aren't physically flimsy in the first place. Higher flow means...
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:18 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2001 V70 T5 Rough Start in Morning
Replies: 13
Views: 1234

Re: 2001 V70 T5 Rough Start in Morning

Possibilities that come to mind: Fuel pressure regulator might be internally marginal and allowing fuel to drain back into the tank as it sits? Vacuum leak in the charcoal canister, causing a lean condition when it burns off the vapors? Bad SAS check valve, allowing unintended exhaust gas recirculat...
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:13 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2001 V70 T5 Rough Start in Morning
Replies: 13
Views: 1234

Re: 2001 V70 T5 Rough Start in Morning

Sorry, you already said that. Just the cold start. Let me think...
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:11 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2001 V70 T5 Rough Start in Morning
Replies: 13
Views: 1234

Re: 2001 V70 T5 Rough Start in Morning

How is it on a hot start? Does it do it? Or is it only on the first cold start of the day?
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 27, 2016 2:09 pm
Forum: 240, 740, 760, 780, Bertone, 940, 960, V90, S90
Topic: 240, Exhaust rattles and Lambda error code
Replies: 3
Views: 655

Re: 240, Exhaust rattles and Lambda error code

Difficulty starting due to moisture does point to an ignition problem, more likely with the high voltage side. Re: exhaust rattle at a particular RPM. Is it a loose heat shield? I suppose a loose piece of crap inside the cat is also possible. Remember that exhausts rust from the inside out, and your...
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 27, 2016 1:49 pm
Forum: Volvo V70, XC70 2008-2016, Volvo S80 2007-2016
Topic: fuel filter?
Replies: 5
Views: 1392

Re: fuel filter?

It really seems like manufacturers are trying to force ALL independent repair shops out of business, and proactively prevent ANY shade-tree repair work... so you've got two choices and two choices only, go to the dealer and pay $150 for a $2 lightbulb, or go to the dealer and replace the car. If the...
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 27, 2016 1:46 pm
Forum: Volvo V70, XC70 2008-2016, Volvo S80 2007-2016
Topic: 2009 XC70 3.2 no start/rough idle/no acceleration
Replies: 2
Views: 779

Re: 2009 XC70 3.2 no start/rough idle/no acceleration

It's worth taking a voltmeter to a car at the beginning of nearly any diagnostic adventure.

Low voltage really plays hell with every part of the electronics.
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 27, 2016 1:14 pm
Forum: Performance, Tuning & Aftermarket
Topic: C70 2000 2,4T tuning
Replies: 27
Views: 5833

Re: C70 2000 2,4T tuning

Yes, my advice is to chase breathing no further unless you intend to do a turbo. Even doing the intercooler was probably useless. I'd also skip the 99 octane fuel, unless you have a tune that makes use of it. Wait, do the octane numbers mean something different in Copenhagen vs Boston? I couldn't fi...
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 27, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: can an earlier s40 v40 engine fit 2005 s40
Replies: 5
Views: 1059

Re: can an earlier S40 V40 engine fit 2005 S40

+1 more of a pain in the butt than it's worth.

It's theoretically possible, by swapping over all the sensors and whatnot, and sometimes you have to weld/drill new hardpoints.

Fundamentally it'll be the same engine, but many many details will have incompatibly changed.
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 27, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2001 V70 T5 Rough Start in Morning
Replies: 13
Views: 1234

Re: 2001 V70 T5 Rough Start in Morning

Is the CEL coming on?

Always move #1: check it for codes. Even if the CEL isn't lit. If you can find someone with a VIDA set, great, but in a pinch, borrow the scanner from AutoZone. It'll tell you all the really critical ones.
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 27, 2016 12:35 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 98 V79 NA front end vibration (control arms replaced) Topic is solved
Replies: 65
Views: 4351

Re: 98 V79 NA front end vibration problem Topic is solved

Based on that logic, by all means, replace the control arms. I'd choose only Lemforder, either from FCP or as a used original part from Erie, but I've not heard complaints about the Meyle HD ones. Do not under any circumstance use a cut-rate generic aftermarket control arm. Do not use different bran...
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:54 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1998 V70 AC cutting off when throttle is engaged
Replies: 2
Views: 236

Re: 1998 V70 AC cutting off when throttle is engaged

Weird one. A short circuit involving the speed sensor wire, maybe? I've had to do two ECC harnesses in my 97. When the blower motor gets old, it draws excess current, and fries the wires. Pull off the passenger side lower dash cover, and/or maybe pull the glovebox out, and see if you see any melted ...
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:14 am
Forum: Volvo XC90 Forum
Topic: 2007 v8 Alternator
Replies: 1
Views: 722

Re: 2007 v8 Alternator

I'm not 100% sure, but I think that cap is just to keep crap out of it during shipping.

Alternators generate a lot of heat, and need to breathe to keep cool. That cap is covering the only open spot on that end. Looks like trouble to me.
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:11 am
Forum: Volvo XC90 Forum
Topic: Found Lost Dinosaurs in my oil...
Replies: 7
Views: 1006

Re: Found Lost Dinosaurs in my oil...

I'd consider running some seafoam through the oil, and then dropping the pan for a clean up and o-ring job. If you've got shit in the filter, and shit constantly floating up in the oil, then you've got shit in the pickups too.
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 27, 2016 11:05 am
Forum: Performance, Tuning & Aftermarket
Topic: C70 2000 2,4T tuning
Replies: 27
Views: 5833

Re: C70 2000 2,4T tuning

To optimize 0-60, no, you don't want a big turbo. The exception is if you've heavily upgraded your exhaust. The turbine in the turbo works on the pressure drop across the blades, so everything you do to reduce back-pressure will add just a little more force to the turbo's spool-up. By the time you h...
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:30 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Uneven tire wear -- bad rear diff?
Replies: 9
Views: 2276

Re: Uneven tire wear -- bad rear diff?

Also, resolve it quickly. Having tires with different diameters stresses the hell out of the AWD hardware.

Worth checking that differential fluid if you haven't already. It might stink like last week''s trash.
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:28 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Transponder in key is shot. No funds for new key. Must bypass Topic is solved
Replies: 30
Views: 9743

Re: Transponder in key is shot. No funds for new key. Must bypass Topic is solved

Sorry, friend, you're looking at a new key and a tow to the stealership.

And possibly an antenna ring.

How did the key get damaged?
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:25 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Injector o-rings in the kit
Replies: 14
Views: 942

Re: Injector o-rings in the kit

If the pintle caps are so prone to breaking, I'd rather just plan on replacing them.

I don't see 'em on FCP. Got a source? Tell me I don't have to go crawling through a junkyard...
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 27, 2016 10:24 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 98 V79 NA front end vibration (control arms replaced) Topic is solved
Replies: 65
Views: 4351

Re: 98 V79 NA front end vibration problem Topic is solved

Re-check the control arms properly with a lever, or take it to an independent Volvo specialist and have him check it.

Joe's Garage is not helpful with your Volvo, and the stealership will happily quote you an $8000 new motor to solve a worn spark plug.
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:49 pm
Forum: C30, C70 2006+, S40 & V50 2004 ½ +
Topic: Steering Prob?
Replies: 1
Views: 485

Re: Steering Prob?

Sorry for taking a month to get back to you, but this sounds vaguely familiar. My 97 850 would yank the wheel when I switched between go and whoa. Twist one way when I hit the brake, stay that way until I went for the gas again. I found that if I took my hands off the wheel and let it twist, the car...
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:43 pm
Forum: C30, C70 2006+, S40 & V50 2004 ½ +
Topic: 09 s40 t5, 90k, should I flush transm fluid? Topic is solved
Replies: 6
Views: 1532

Re: 09 S40 t5, 90k, should I flush transm fluid? Topic is solved

MIJ, what's your opinion on the "cooler line removal" method on P1 cars? Readers, I mean where you pull the return line off the radiator, stick it into a bucket of new fluid, and then plumb the open connection into an empty bucket to catch the old stuff. The idea is to replace all the fluid at once ...
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:23 pm
Forum: Events, Car Talk, General Discussion & MVS Forum
Topic: Restoring faded grey plastic bumpers
Replies: 29
Views: 29525

Re: Restoring faded grey plastic bumpers

I was told by one of the dudes at CarMax that ArmorAll is bad news, causes cracks in dashboards over time. I've sworn off it, except if i was going to spray 50/50 mix of it around the engine compartment to show it off... and they ain't show cars, and I ain't the type to do that for a sale, so I don'...
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 26, 2016 9:16 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Injector o-rings in the kit
Replies: 14
Views: 942

Re: Injector o-rings in the kit

I'm going to have the rail off for a PCV job, at the same time as a comprehensive tune-up. I wouldn't have suspected an injector issue, and wouldn't touch them, except the tune-up kit came with the o-rings, so somebody must have thought it was a good idea. I don't see an actual injector rebuild kit ...
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 26, 2016 8:59 pm
Forum: VIDA, VADIS, DiCE
Topic: Programming with a DiCe/VIDA
Replies: 3
Views: 2358

Re: Programming with a DiCe/VIDA

I was on the website the other day, looks like they still sell 3-day subscriptions for about $140.

They license individual features separately. That price is for all features. I'm not sure if it's fully a la carte, but you don't need to buy all of the features if you don't need them.
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 26, 2016 7:05 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1996 850 GLT Random surging/loping at idle and while driv
Replies: 17
Views: 2386

Re: 1996 850 GLT Random surging/loping at idle and while driv

Sooty plugs suggests running rich.

Did you do a fuel filter? Could be close to plugged.

Also, sticking injectors is a possibility at this age.
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 26, 2016 6:59 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2002 V70 rough idle ( slipped timing belt)
Replies: 22
Views: 2383

Re: 2002 V70 rough idle

You should ohm out your ECT and see if it's still within spec. The ECU having a wrong idea of the engine temperature plays hell with them. Usually a car runs better hot than cold. My 1981 was the opposite, because every frickin' seal in the engine was getting old. It's worth shooting a little carb c...
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 26, 2016 6:50 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: `02 2.4T Blown Engine
Replies: 14
Views: 1280

Re: `02 2.4T Blown Engine

If you're looking to minimize hassle, you want the same engine with the same accoutrements, meant for the same version of the same ECU. I wish we had a table for this, but the information should be scattered around the forum, as to when any incompatible changes went into effect. Generally, start wit...
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 26, 2016 6:14 pm
Forum: Performance, Tuning & Aftermarket
Topic: C70 2000 2,4T tuning
Replies: 27
Views: 5833

Re: C70 2000 2,4T tuning

That's the LPT engine. You have a 13G turbo in it. You could put a 16T into it, to great effect, but be aware that you're totally changing the characteristic of the car - instead of having sick torque at the bottom end and choking out a the top, it'll have the usual turbo spool up lag at the bottom ...
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 26, 2016 5:50 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 98 V79 NA front end vibration (control arms replaced) Topic is solved
Replies: 65
Views: 4351

Re: 98 V79 NA front end vibration problem Topic is solved

Also... every other front end piece is new, including tie rod ends? That's a reason to swap out original control arms right there. Surely the tie rod ends will live a longer life when mated to a brand new ball.
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 26, 2016 5:48 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 98 V79 NA front end vibration (control arms replaced) Topic is solved
Replies: 65
Views: 4351

Re: 98 V79 NA front end vibration problem Topic is solved

misha, I'm interpreting "vibrating" as "something physically oscillating". Checking front control arms by hand is insufficient. One needs to take a lever and push the bushings around to see how much force they take to move. I'm not quite even sure how to check the ball joints, I let my mechanic do i...
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:43 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Transponder in key is shot. No funds for new key. Must bypass Topic is solved
Replies: 30
Views: 9743

Re: Transponder in key is shot. No funds for new key. Must bypass Topic is solved

Wait, do the fobs in this series have batteries? Could it simply need a $3 replacement from the nearest pharmacy?
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 26, 2016 3:40 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Transponder in key is shot. No funds for new key. Must bypass Topic is solved
Replies: 30
Views: 9743

Re: Transponder in key is shot. No funds for new key. Must bypass Topic is solved

such information should not be available publicly. Respectfully disagree. If a security system's design is sound, publishing the design does not weaken the security. This is the premise behind the ubiquitous SSL security on the Internet. The design is public, the key material is private. Indeed, th...
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 26, 2016 2:34 pm
Forum: S60 2011+ and V60 2015+ and XC60 2010-2018
Topic: 2013 S60 BLIS not helping to avoid center-line hits
Replies: 1
Views: 1063

Re: 2013 S60 BLIS not helping to avoid center-line hits

BLIS is only supposed to tell you about someone in your blind spot, such that you don't swerve into them. It wouldn't help for centerline incidents. I've found it handy, but not trustworthy. I've seen the drivers' side alert to my hand hanging out the window with a smoke in it, and one time it went ...
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 26, 2016 2:27 pm
Forum: Volvo V70, XC70 2008-2016, Volvo S80 2007-2016
Topic: 2010 V70 3.2 NA Sounds like a diesel
Replies: 1
Views: 750

Re: 2010 V70 3.2 NA Sounds like a diesel

I don't know the first thing about the 3.2 engines, but one time my old man thought my boss's van had a bad water pump, until he found out it was a diesel. Any seeping around the WP?
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 26, 2016 2:17 pm
Forum: Volvo V70, XC70 2008-2016, Volvo S80 2007-2016
Topic: 2015.5 XC70 T5 Drive-E rattle/knock noise upon acceleration?
Replies: 9
Views: 4407

Re: 2015.5 XC70 T5 Drive-E rattle/knock noise upon acceleration?

Pardon my penchant for hyperbole - but that really ground my gears. Shrugging their shoulders and sending the customer on their way with an outstanding detonation issue is, at the very least, unprofessional, and at worst, criminally negligent. Best case: customer drives to another dealership who fix...
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 26, 2016 1:04 pm
Forum: Volvo V70, XC70 2008-2016, Volvo S80 2007-2016
Topic: 2015.5 XC70 T5 Drive-E rattle/knock noise upon acceleration?
Replies: 9
Views: 4407

Re: 2015.5 XC70 T5 Drive-E rattle/knock noise upon acceleration?

They have no fix for detonation issues? Srsly? That's like a doctor saying they have no fix for a bloody f***ing severed artery. Do they also not know how to tie shoelaces? I'd be skeptical of that dealership doing anything more advanced than oil and light bulb changes. Come to think of it, they cou...
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 26, 2016 12:22 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Headlight cleaning
Replies: 4
Views: 394

Re: Headlight cleaning

Doesn't have the projectors, does it? You should be able to remove the glass by removing the snap clips around its circumference. You may need to replace the thick rubber gasket if you take it apart - this comes as part of a lens kit. Sometimes you can get it back together and make a seal, sometimes...
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 26, 2016 12:05 pm
Forum: Volvo S80 Forum - First Generation 1999-2006
Topic: Possible P2 S80 Purchase
Replies: 2
Views: 771

Re: Possible P2 S80 Purchase

I know this is a year old, but, I see it often.

We the enthusiasts know that the S80, despite being on the cutting edge of gorgeous, was quite possibly the biggest PIA that Volvo ever built.

Should someone start collecting information for a "newbie buyers' guide"?
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 26, 2016 12:02 pm
Forum: S60 2011+ and V60 2015+ and XC60 2010-2018
Topic: 2012 S60 T5 blown engine, replaced under Volvo Goodwill Topic is solved
Replies: 54
Views: 15154

Re: 2012 S60 T5 blown engine, replaced under Volvo Goodwill Topic is solved

Is there more information to be had about this problem generally? I bought a 2012 C70 T5 a few months ago, and I'm starting to feel glad that I sprang for the CarMax extended warranty. Do we have an analysis on root cause? Are we sure it's bad rings? Bad how, exactly? Cut the wrong size? Inferior al...
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 26, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: S60 2011+ and V60 2015+ and XC60 2010-2018
Topic: Adding a rear view camera
Replies: 5
Views: 13825

Re: Adding a rear view camera

I'd really expect something like that to require a software download. It can theoretically be done by an independent shop if they have a full VIDA subscription, or by a shade-tree using the 3-day license, but I've also heard that Volvo will refuse software to an indy if it's for the purpose of chang...
by kcodyjr
Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:25 pm
Forum: VIDA, VADIS, DiCE
Topic: Where to get VIDA 2014D?
Replies: 1
Views: 1863

Where to get VIDA 2014D?

IAAITG (I Am an I.T. Guy)

I've been asked to repair a VIDA setup. The OS is all screwed up, so I intend to give it a fresh hard drive and rebuild from scratch, and maybe a RAM bump. He has a genuine DICE unit.

Where's the go-to to lay my hands on the current software?
by kcodyjr
Sun Sep 25, 2016 8:11 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 98 V79 NA front end vibration (control arms replaced) Topic is solved
Replies: 65
Views: 4351

Re: 98 V79 NA front end vibration problem - help me diagnose it Topic is solved

Hm. the 65-70mph speed range really is characteristic of a control arm problem.

Did you check the ball joints as well as the bushings?

Also, don't discount the 4 rear bushings. In these cars, rear wheel play *is* a steering input.
by kcodyjr
Sun Sep 25, 2016 7:07 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Injector o-rings in the kit
Replies: 14
Views: 942

Injector o-rings in the kit

FCP's extended service tune up kit includes a set of upper and lower injector o-rings.

Those are the ones where you take the injector apart, replace the rings, and put it back together, right?

Is this something I should be doing preemptively? The car's got 200+ish on it, long-dead odometer.
by kcodyjr
Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:45 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: STI plug wires
Replies: 5
Views: 377

Re: STI plug wires

That's kinda what I thought. I'll call FCP tomorrow.
by kcodyjr
Sun Sep 25, 2016 11:41 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Does this sound like a burnt valve?
Replies: 66
Views: 4337

Re: Does this sound like a burnt valve?

Once the head is off, you need to identify the problem. If it's a valve, it's a head job. If it's rings or piston, the engine has to go on a stand and rebuild the bottom end, or just swap in a used engine. Simply taking the head off, replacing one valve, and putting it back on, is a wasted opportuni...
by kcodyjr
Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:24 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: STI plug wires
Replies: 5
Views: 377

STI plug wires

I bought an extended service tuneup kit from FCP, not realizing the wires weren't Bougis.

Anyone used 'em? Do I try 'em or do I beg for an exchange?
by kcodyjr
Sat Sep 24, 2016 10:21 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Does this sound like a burnt valve?
Replies: 66
Views: 4337

Re: Does this sound like a burnt valve?

The compression result is telling; there's a hole in the cylinder that isn't closing. Probably valve. At this point, it could also be a hole in the piston, or completely shot rings, in descending order of likeliness. The valve doesn't have to be burnt to act this way, it might just be sticking, but ...
by kcodyjr
Fri Sep 23, 2016 2:14 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: ETS light but no CEL
Replies: 4
Views: 375

Re: ETS light but no CEL

Sanity check: does the CEL come on with the engine off and the key in position II ?

I've seen more than a few "don't have a CEL" because "CEL bulb is burned out."
by kcodyjr
Fri Sep 23, 2016 10:23 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Does this sound like a burnt valve?
Replies: 66
Views: 4337

Re: Does this sound like a burnt valve?

... and in any of those cases, how the blazes is it smoothing out at higher RPM?

Could it still be misfiring but just not skipping and farting because of the extra energy in the flywheel?
by kcodyjr
Fri Sep 23, 2016 10:22 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Does this sound like a burnt valve?
Replies: 66
Views: 4337

Re: Does this sound like a burnt valve?

No, you can't assume it's valves; it could also be head gasket, rings, cracked block or head, or damaged piston.

But yes, you could have a valve that looks like the half-eaten donut the cop just dropped on the ground.

There's no other way: you've got to pull the head and take a look.
by kcodyjr
Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:30 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: MVS meet Metro Boston?
Replies: 2
Views: 241

MVS meet Metro Boston?

Bear in mind that "Metro Boston" extends as far south as Providence, and as far north as Manchester, and as far west as Wistah. How many would be up for arranging a meet, maybe a fast ride from one Dunkin Donuts to another 50 miles away through the twisties? Just looking to get a feel for how much i...
by kcodyjr
Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:27 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Turbo vaccum pipes
Replies: 3
Views: 512

Re: Turbo vaccum pipes

I'm not sure; I bought a kit and cut the lengths I needed.
by kcodyjr
Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:02 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 94 850 Keep losing all electricity
Replies: 13
Views: 905

Re: 94 850 Keep losing all electricity

Don't forget the ground strap to the block, as well as the battery ground cable. Either of those could interfere with the alternator getting power out of the engine and into the rest of the car.
by kcodyjr
Thu Sep 22, 2016 1:00 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: turbo failure
Replies: 9
Views: 781

Re: turbo failure

CBV is the compressor bypass valve. It's what allows your turbo to survive lifting your foot off the throttle. Other designs might use a blow-off valve for this, but an internal CBV is quieter. It's a spring-loaded diaphragm between the inlet and outlet sides of the compressor wheel, that tends to d...
by kcodyjr
Thu Sep 22, 2016 12:57 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Does this sound like a burnt valve?
Replies: 66
Views: 4337

Re: Does this sound like a burnt valve?

It isn't losing coolant, is it?
by kcodyjr
Thu Sep 22, 2016 8:35 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Does this sound like a burnt valve?
Replies: 66
Views: 4337

Re: Does this sound like a burnt valve?

Most ignition issues would be worse at high RPM as erikv11 says, but not all of 'em. I have seen a bad alternator or a bad battery produce low voltage at idle, but strong voltage at higher RPM. In that case, revving it up would smooth it out. A loose or corroded wire *could* have symptoms like a bad...
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 21, 2016 8:00 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Does this sound like a burnt valve?
Replies: 66
Views: 4337

Re: Does this sound like a burnt valve?

No. You'd have terrible or no boost with a bad intercooler hose. My instincts are pointing to the electrical - a misfire at low RPM could indicate insufficient spark, either due to faulty high-voltage side components that you're already going to replace, or faulty coil, or weak alternator, or weak g...
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:49 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new owner with some questions...
Replies: 44
Views: 3770

Re: new owner with some questions...

I've done seafoam in a 97 LPT and two 96 NAs. It seemed to have positive effect on throttle response and torque, and the engine just seemed freer revving. Others will say it doesn't do squat, and they have a point; butt-dyno is notoriously prone to confirmation bias. I put the 1/3 in the tank and ra...
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 21, 2016 5:47 pm
Forum: C30, C70 2006+, S40 & V50 2004 ½ +
Topic: Adding a Coolant Level Sensor!!
Replies: 17
Views: 4491

Re: Adding a Coolant Level Sensor!!

You know, another option is to wire an open-on-low-coolant sensor in series with the fuel pump relay (control side).

Immobilizing the vehicle if it loses coolant isn't an entirely insane thing to do.
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 21, 2016 11:16 am
Forum: C30, C70 2006+, S40 & V50 2004 ½ +
Topic: Adding a Coolant Level Sensor!!
Replies: 17
Views: 4491

Re: Adding a Coolant Level Sensor!!

Depends on how the temperature sensor acts normally. Is overtemp represented by a high resistance or a low resistance? If overtemp is a high resistance (trending toward an open circuit) then I'd wire the coolant level sensor with it in series, and use a coolant sensor that opens the circuit when the...
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:38 pm
Forum: Events, Car Talk, General Discussion & MVS Forum
Topic: To winter or not to winter?
Replies: 7
Views: 729

Re: To winter or not to winter?

Oh, you're in CT, so you mostly know what I'm talking about with the snow. I believe the kind of sturdy carport it would take costs $1200 or more.
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 20, 2016 9:37 pm
Forum: Events, Car Talk, General Discussion & MVS Forum
Topic: To winter or not to winter?
Replies: 7
Views: 729

Re: To winter or not to winter?

Not really an option. The only kind that would work is the heavy duty dome ones - a Massachusetts snowstorm can get pretty fierce. The mobile home park would consider that a 2nd shed. The carport I have now, just a canvas canopy over the driveway, will have to come down before the first windy storm ...
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 19, 2016 6:08 pm
Forum: C30, C70 2006+, S40 & V50 2004 ½ +
Topic: Adding a Coolant Level Sensor!!
Replies: 17
Views: 4491

Re: Adding a Coolant Level Sensor!!

Why did you abandon tying into the engine temp sensor? I'd much rather cause a dash warning than have to support a piezo, especially with batteries.
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 19, 2016 4:24 pm
Forum: Events, Car Talk, General Discussion & MVS Forum
Topic: 128 Volvo or Jaffarian Volvo North of Boston Massachusetts
Replies: 1
Views: 4004

Re: 128 Volvo or Jaffarian Volvo North of Boston Massachusetts

For a dealership, I can't say, except that I've never had one of Lovering Nashua's expensive parts or repairs go bad. My parents used them for decades and bought two new Volvos from them. They're always very pleasant to deal with. For a specialist, I highly recommend Bill Cody of Cody's Auto Repair ...
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 19, 2016 3:47 pm
Forum: Events, Car Talk, General Discussion & MVS Forum
Topic: CarMax Danvers, MA - 2012 C70 T5
Replies: 0
Views: 545

CarMax Danvers, MA - 2012 C70 T5

Overall I have to rate it a pretty good buying experience. It's a Platinum with dynamic and climate packages, only 30200 on the clock when I took delivery, and the only defect worth mentioning was some moderate ablation on the door handles and other plastic where hands make contact. Apparently, one ...
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 19, 2016 1:53 am
Forum: Events, Car Talk, General Discussion & MVS Forum
Topic: New Shop Southern NH / Northeast MA
Replies: 1
Views: 1224

Re: New Shop Southern NH / Northeast MA

Update; Cody's Auto Repair is now at 77 Main St. North Andover, MA.

Website is http://www.codysautorepair.com. Phone number is unchanged.
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 19, 2016 12:15 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: I think I got taken
Replies: 59
Views: 12365

Re: I think I got taken

Sorry, replied before I'd read it all, and also missed the date...

but, holy CRAP!
by kcodyjr
Mon Sep 19, 2016 12:11 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: I think I got taken
Replies: 59
Views: 12365

Re: I think I got taken

Before you start buying parts, take it apart and see what's up. You don't have the budget to throw parts at it. Start with checking the battery health. Weak batteries sap power from the alternator, causing a low voltage condition, which pisses off just about every circuit in the car. Then check igni...
by kcodyjr
Sun Sep 18, 2016 11:03 pm
Forum: Events, Car Talk, General Discussion & MVS Forum
Topic: To winter or not to winter?
Replies: 7
Views: 729

To winter or not to winter?

The 7th circle of Hell is not hot, it is cold; it is snowy, and salty, and filled with idiots who somehow forget how to drive between April and December. It it is centered on eastern Massachusetts. You'll find the gates of Hell at the state line. It's a blue sign saying "Bienvenue." I recently bough...
by kcodyjr
Sun Sep 18, 2016 10:48 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Volvo 850 R Project. Need advice on repairs.
Replies: 61
Views: 8019

Re: Volvo 850 R Project. Need advice on repairs.

$5 says the brake squeak is because the shims are missing, backwards, or non-OEM in the rears. The shim is only supposed to cover half the piston. Someone was selling a black ABS aftermarket shim that covered the whole piston, and screamed like a banshee. The idea is to "lean" the pad a little so th...
by kcodyjr
Sun Sep 18, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: smoking dip stick new pcv system
Replies: 2
Views: 409

Re: smoking dip stick new pcv system

I'd also consider a pinched hose. This sounds a lot like vacuum isn't reaching the crankcase.
by kcodyjr
Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:31 pm
Forum: C30, C70 2006+, S40 & V50 2004 ½ +
Topic: 2011' C30 running lean under boost
Replies: 1
Views: 872

Re: 2011' C30 running lean under boost

It's not running lean. It's right on the money. 14.7 is the stoichiometric ratio, the only AFR where all of the fuel and all of the air will be consumed. Any other ratio, and you will have leftover one or the other. I would expect a modern engine to fight to maintain 14.7 like the hounds of hell wer...
by kcodyjr
Thu Sep 15, 2016 12:28 pm
Forum: C30, C70 2006+, S40 & V50 2004 ½ +
Topic: Noise when being driven
Replies: 3
Views: 644

Re: Noise when being driven

OP states the noise gets louder with vehicle speed, not engine speed, so we can rule out a PCV problem.

This sounds like the belts in the tire aren't laying right. Have the tires professionally inspected, and be sure they check the rims for runout.
by kcodyjr
Wed Sep 14, 2016 12:44 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: gen1 850 crash performance/general safety
Replies: 49
Views: 10297

Re: gen1 850 crash performance/general safety

I think we got off point. The OP was asking about an older Volvo versus a newer econobox, and we've mainly been talking about general safety advances. This ignores the question of whether the given safety feature is actually present in the $9000-new pocket rocket. It's a good question, and although ...
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 13, 2016 4:47 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 97 850 GLT no-start
Replies: 3
Views: 286

Re: 97 850 GLT no-start

I could believe that. Is there a way to test it short of replacement? An ohmmeter across such and such pins perhaps?
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 13, 2016 11:16 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: BTW a time capsule I just bought
Replies: 42
Views: 3241

Re: BTW a time capsule I just bought

Nice car. I'm gonna go ahead and dispute the idea of sending it to a museum. Every Volvo since ever has been designed and bred as a daily driver - look no further than Irv Gordon. An operational car displaced through time is always more impressive. They are NOT garage queeens. This one screams "road...
by kcodyjr
Tue Sep 13, 2016 10:52 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 97 850 GLT no-start
Replies: 3
Views: 286

97 850 GLT no-start

Drove into where it's sitting about 2.5 months ago, just put 4 fresh gallons in, leaving about 6 in the tank. Fuel smells normal. Cranks readily. Sounds like it has compression. Fuel confirmed at the rail, spark plugs bone dry after extended cranking. Injectors not opening? Also diagnosed a weak spa...
by kcodyjr
Tue Jul 19, 2016 3:13 pm
Forum: C30, C70 2006+, S40 & V50 2004 ½ +
Topic: C70 must-have mods and accessories?
Replies: 8
Views: 3484

Re: C70 must-have mods and accessories?

Just to follow up, having driven the car for a few weeks, I don't think I'm going to touch the rear sway bar. It seems to handle just fine to me. That being said, I don't know if it's already got a bar in it. A previous owner put silvered bulbs in the corner, so they could have done other things too...
by kcodyjr
Tue Jul 19, 2016 3:08 pm
Forum: C30, C70 2006+, S40 & V50 2004 ½ +
Topic: 2007 c70 transmission woes
Replies: 9
Views: 1221

Re: 2007 c70 transmission woes

That does sound like a shot transmission to me. If it was a driveshaft, it'd be spinning and making a godawful clanking noise.

I would certainly expect it's cheaper to swap in a used transmission than to repair the one you've got. "Repair" basically means rebuild anyway.
by kcodyjr
Fri Jul 08, 2016 6:12 pm
Forum: Events, Car Talk, General Discussion & MVS Forum
Topic: Wax: anyone want to dispute Meguiar's?
Replies: 6
Views: 1988

Re: Wax: anyone want to dispute Meguiar's?

You just set me off on an hour of searching and perusing forums for the skinny about carnauba versus sealants. I've signed up for an account on Meguiars' forums to ask about a specific care schedule, but it seems to me I should switch to their Ultimate synthetic product. I'll probably stick with the...
by kcodyjr
Thu Jul 07, 2016 8:35 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: (phantom)brake lights in 2002 V40 tailgate taillight assembly
Replies: 4
Views: 1005

Re: (phantom)brake lights in 2002 V40 tailgate taillight assembly

Sounds like the rear fog light. It's only on one side.
by kcodyjr
Thu Jul 07, 2016 8:34 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1996 850R Automatic Locks After 30 Sec
Replies: 4
Views: 561

Re: 1996 850R Automatic Locks After 30 Sec

I've noticed if I unlock it, and then don't start the car, it'll relock itself.
by kcodyjr
Thu Jul 07, 2016 7:39 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 99 V70 Split 2 Radiators
Replies: 8
Views: 736

Re: 99 V70 Split 2 Radiators

2 years sucks for a radiator. 2 weeks is a manufacturing defect.

Make the vendor give you another one. Better yet, get your money back, and get an OE replacement.
by kcodyjr
Thu Jul 07, 2016 4:13 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Mysterious Dying Engine when Return to Idle. Alternator? Battery? Other?
Replies: 10
Views: 1273

Re: Mysterious Dying Engine when Return to Idle. Alternator? Battery? Other?

Here's a way: disconnect your own battery at the positive terminal, and then hook the jumper cable directly to the loose clamp. If the battery's at fault, and it's out of the circuit, you should be able to idle, if the jumper cable connections are good enough and the donor car has the gumption. Some...
by kcodyjr
Thu Jul 07, 2016 4:09 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Mysterious Dying Engine when Return to Idle. Alternator? Battery? Other?
Replies: 10
Views: 1273

Re: Mysterious Dying Engine when Return to Idle. Alternator? Battery? Other?

This sounds like a bad battery to me (read: totally shot), but it could be cables or connections. If it's completely flat without jumper cables, one of two things has to be true: 1) the battery is totally discharged, 2) the battery is not adequately connected to the car. We can rule out alternator b...
by kcodyjr
Thu Jul 07, 2016 11:53 am
Forum: Performance, Tuning & Aftermarket
Topic: Performance Exhaust: an Open Letter from the "Touring Class"
Replies: 8
Views: 3381

Re: Performance Exhaust: an Open Letter from the "Touring Class"

Actually, scratch that. The components (muffler, resonators, cat, chamber straights) are dictated strictly by the characteristics of the engine and turbo, which are invariant across platforms. Every T5 sold in, say, 2012, was alike in its exhaust requirements. So you've got differences in whether th...
by kcodyjr
Thu Jul 07, 2016 11:28 am
Forum: Performance, Tuning & Aftermarket
Topic: Performance Exhaust: an Open Letter from the "Touring Class"
Replies: 8
Views: 3381

Re: Performance Exhaust: an Open Letter from the "Touring Class"

The target market for a single exhaust design would be all the cars with the same powerplant and general underbody layout. The math for a C70 will work for any P1 car with the T5 engine, it's just a matter of putting a model-appropriate tip onto it, and maybe some minor changes in the piping bends. ...
by kcodyjr
Wed Jul 06, 2016 4:45 pm
Forum: Volvo Classifieds
Topic: Need front directionals Volvo 850.
Replies: 3
Views: 459

Re: Need front directionals Volvo 850.

+1 ordering from FCP. I've bought their clear ones. Still look good after 5 years of service on my 850.

It's a cheap item. No sense using cheap crappy used ones that aren't fading evenly.
by kcodyjr
Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:25 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2 More Monitors Not Set After Repairs, 1998 v70
Replies: 30
Views: 1964

Re: 2 More Monitors Not Set After Repairs, 1998 V70

Our Volvos are full of "fuzzy logic" that learns the condition of the equipment, and sometimes the habits of the driver, in order to further optimize its running performance. When you disconnect the battery, and touch the positive and negative cables together for 15 seconds, it'll "forget" what it's...
by kcodyjr
Wed Jul 06, 2016 12:19 pm
Forum: Performance, Tuning & Aftermarket
Topic: Performance Exhaust: an Open Letter from the "Touring Class"
Replies: 8
Views: 3381

Re: Performance Exhaust: an Open Letter from the "Touring Class"

Thanks, Matt! I'm really hoping to get some response from a vendor about this. I feel strongly that there's a huge market just waiting to be noticed. I also think would be helpful if interested MVS members chimed in; that way, any potential vendor can get a feel for how many they might sell. Your El...
by kcodyjr
Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:55 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 96 850R Rear Engine Seal
Replies: 3
Views: 308

Re: 96 850R Rear Engine Seal

There's a weep hole at the bottom of the transmission casing, where it meets the engine. If there's oil coming out of it, the RMS is leaking.
by kcodyjr
Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:54 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2 More Monitors Not Set After Repairs, 1998 v70
Replies: 30
Views: 1964

Re: 2 More Monitors Not Set After Repairs, 1998 V70

Sounds like the adaptives were reset. Was the battery disconnected for any length of time?
by kcodyjr
Wed Jul 06, 2016 10:09 am
Forum: Performance, Tuning & Aftermarket
Topic: Performance Exhaust: an Open Letter from the "Touring Class"
Replies: 8
Views: 3381

Re: Performance Exhaust: an Open Letter from the "Touring Class"

I've forwarded a link to this thread, and a cover letter, to the following companies: Elevate, EST, IPD, FCP, Andy's, Viva, Heico, OBX, and Milltec. If anyone can think of another company I should reach out to, please either let me know, or forward the cover letter yourself: Dear Sirs/Madams: I have...
by kcodyjr
Wed Jul 06, 2016 7:13 am
Forum: Performance, Tuning & Aftermarket
Topic: Performance Exhaust: an Open Letter from the "Touring Class"
Replies: 8
Views: 3381

Re: Performance Exhaust: an Open Letter from the "Touring Class"

Oh, almost forgot:

* It must never, under any circumstance, sound like it's breaking wind, especially on throttle lift.

:roll:
by kcodyjr
Tue Jul 05, 2016 8:54 pm
Forum: Performance, Tuning & Aftermarket
Topic: Performance Exhaust: an Open Letter from the "Touring Class"
Replies: 8
Views: 3381

Performance Exhaust: an Open Letter from the "Touring Class"

I've quickly come to love my new-to-me 2012 C70 T5, and of course I'm already considering all kinds of extras that I'll have to save up for and prioritize. One of the first things I looked at was performance exhausts. Two emerged as likely contenders: Elevate's 3" turboback, and Mototec's 2.5" touri...
by kcodyjr
Mon Jul 04, 2016 5:59 pm
Forum: Events, Car Talk, General Discussion & MVS Forum
Topic: Wax: anyone want to dispute Meguiar's?
Replies: 6
Views: 1988

Wax: anyone want to dispute Meguiar's?

I've been favoring Meguiar's Gold Class for years, but the last paint I took it to was sprayed in 1997. Times and materials have changed.

Anyone want to tell me I should be using something else on my 2012 with metallic paint?
by kcodyjr
Mon Jul 04, 2016 5:56 pm
Forum: Events, Car Talk, General Discussion & MVS Forum
Topic: What happened to Showroom New trim dressing?
Replies: 5
Views: 2111

Re: What happened to Showroom New trim dressing?

The trick with the plastic trim is to hit it with a heat gun. Look around, the thread has to be somewhere.
by kcodyjr
Mon Jul 04, 2016 5:54 pm
Forum: Events, Car Talk, General Discussion & MVS Forum
Topic: Considering an LED interior???
Replies: 1
Views: 1829

Re: Considering an LED interior???

I did this on my 97 850 GLT. I believe I got the LEDs from EST.

It's a nice effect, makes the car seem more modern than it really is. Also, you can leave the bastards on all night and the car will still start in the morning!
by kcodyjr
Mon Jul 04, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: C30, C70 2006+, S40 & V50 2004 ½ +
Topic: OE versus UR strut bar?
Replies: 6
Views: 753

Re: OE versus UR strut bar?

Yeah, Elevate actually comes out and says that no front sway bar change is needed to achieve the desired handling characteristics. IPD just flat out does'n't mention it. What boggles me, and since I don't understand it I don't know if it's a strength or a weakness, is IPD's collection of bushings an...
by kcodyjr
Sun Jul 03, 2016 8:35 pm
Forum: C30, C70 2006+, S40 & V50 2004 ½ +
Topic: OE versus UR strut bar?
Replies: 6
Views: 753

Re: OE versus UR strut bar?

That really is a nice looking Volvo. Most models do so well in silver - but not the C70, the rubber roof seams screw up the lines. Do you ever feel like the rear end is trying to get away from you? Is it a DSTC car? 27mm sounds pretty extreme, I think the Elevate is 25 and IPD's is 23.something. I h...
by kcodyjr
Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:23 pm
Forum: Performance, Tuning & Aftermarket
Topic: Polestar vs IPD tune?
Replies: 6
Views: 3836

Re: Polestar vs IPD tune?

Bump?

Looking for any opinions about any tune for a 2012 P1 car, especially opinions about Polestar, IPD, or Elevate tunes. Bonus points if anyone's driven more than one tune on the same model car.
by kcodyjr
Sun Jul 03, 2016 7:13 pm
Forum: C30, C70 2006+, S40 & V50 2004 ½ +
Topic: OE versus UR strut bar?
Replies: 6
Views: 753

OE versus UR strut bar?

Another "gee which one" thread. All thoughts, positive and negative, are welcome. Going on a 2012 C70. I like the OE for "looking like it belongs there and I haven't messed with it", and I like the UR bar for being a single solid piece, but I don't know how much difference that makes. I've never use...
by kcodyjr
Sat Jul 02, 2016 8:37 pm
Forum: C30, C70 2006+, S40 & V50 2004 ½ +
Topic: C70 must-have mods and accessories?
Replies: 8
Views: 3484

Re: C70 must-have mods and accessories?

Thanks.

If you can't dig it up, or if it won't fit, Elevate sells a suitable mount, though it might transmit more vibration than I might like.
by kcodyjr
Sat Jul 02, 2016 6:33 pm
Forum: C30, C70 2006+, S40 & V50 2004 ½ +
Topic: C70 must-have mods and accessories?
Replies: 8
Views: 3484

Re: C70 must-have mods and accessories?

I just posted pics in the photo thread. And, I've already fitted the aluminum sport pedals. 10 profanity-laced minutes to get them in. I'm thinking my first real mod is going to be a lower torque mount. There's a noticeable and irritating tap-forward feeling when I let entirely off the gas. I'm pret...
by kcodyjr
Sat Jul 02, 2016 6:30 pm
Forum: Performance, Tuning & Aftermarket
Topic: Polestar vs IPD tune?
Replies: 6
Views: 3836

Re: Polestar vs IPD tune?

I'm still weighing options for a tune and probably will be for some time. I'm starting to think I should get the tune from whomever I like the exhaust mods and whatnot. Seems reasonable to assume their tune would work best with their stuff. Any word on the noise level from Elevate's catback? That sa...
by kcodyjr
Sat Jul 02, 2016 6:04 pm
Forum: Events, Car Talk, General Discussion & MVS Forum
Topic: Let's see your Volvo (The Photo Thread)
Replies: 1147
Views: 430325

Re: Let's see your Volvo (The Photo Thread)

Just picked it up Tuesday. 2012 C70, in Ember Black Metallic on Cranberry, just 30200 on the clock when I signed the papers. 300+ more since then.
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by kcodyjr
Fri Jul 01, 2016 9:22 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Crash Results for a C70
Replies: 21
Views: 2383

Re: Crash Results for a C70

> So......what did he hit??

Everything but the lottery, by the looks of it.
by kcodyjr
Tue Jun 21, 2016 12:23 pm
Forum: C30, C70 2006+, S40 & V50 2004 ½ +
Topic: Redish Dust
Replies: 6
Views: 873

Re: Redish Dust

That picture is what it looks like when you narrowly dodge a bullet.
by kcodyjr
Sat Jun 18, 2016 1:49 pm
Forum: Performance, Tuning & Aftermarket
Topic: Polestar vs IPD tune?
Replies: 6
Views: 3836

Re: Polestar vs IPD tune?

Note, vivaperformance is reselling the IPD rear sway by the looks of it; the picture is identical down to where the little widgets are placed.
by kcodyjr
Sat Jun 18, 2016 1:42 pm
Forum: Performance, Tuning & Aftermarket
Topic: Polestar vs IPD tune?
Replies: 6
Views: 3836

Re: Polestar vs IPD tune?

Thank you, I'll look into Elevate and Hilton. ARD's website suggests they don't support later than 2009. I was thinking about the rear sway from IPD and the OE strut bar from -2009's. I don't want to get TOO aggressive with suspension mods because I want it to remain smooth, compliant, and predictab...
by kcodyjr
Sat Jun 18, 2016 1:24 pm
Forum: C30, C70 2006+, S40 & V50 2004 ½ +
Topic: C70 must-have mods and accessories?
Replies: 8
Views: 3484

Re: C70 must-have mods and accessories?

It's the 5-speed whackadoodletronic automatic. I was under the impression these didn't come in stick. My hesitation with the boost gauge is that a cop can see it on the pillar through the window, and so can a thief. Unless there's a kit that puts it somewhere more discreet? Still, I don't see the ne...
by kcodyjr
Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:35 pm
Forum: C30, C70 2006+, S40 & V50 2004 ½ +
Topic: C70 must-have mods and accessories?
Replies: 8
Views: 3484

C70 must-have mods and accessories?

I'm in the process of buying a 2012 C70 with just 31k miles. It's being shipped and will take a month to get here. :x It's also loaded, a Platinum with the climate package and, it seems, part of the dynamic package (steering wheel and active headlights but no 18" wheels). It's black on cranberry. Fr...
by kcodyjr
Tue Jun 14, 2016 5:27 pm
Forum: Performance, Tuning & Aftermarket
Topic: Polestar vs IPD tune?
Replies: 6
Views: 3836

Polestar vs IPD tune?

Has anyone driven both a Polestar car and the same model with an IPD tune?

Preferably a post-2011 C70. I'm considering buying one, a 2012 with only 31k on the clock, and I know I won't be content to leave it alone, especially with their reputation for lackluster performance in stock configuration.
by kcodyjr
Sat Apr 19, 2014 12:00 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2002 XC70 ECU Issues... worth fixing?
Replies: 10
Views: 1765

Re: 2002 XC70 ECU Issues... worth fixing?

Is there any overt running symptom? I don't know about your state, but here in MA, once you've put a certain amount of money into trying to fix an emissions problem (CEL) and failing, they let you off the hook. Have you looked thoroughly for a wiring harness fault? Seems to me a "fried ECU" should h...
by kcodyjr
Sat Apr 19, 2014 11:58 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1995 850 Clicking Manual Transmission on Turns
Replies: 1
Views: 275

Re: 1995 850 Clicking Manual Transmission on Turns

Sure does sound like CV joints. They click when turning under power, so disengaging the clutch would silence it just as sure as taking one's foot off the gas.

Are the boots torn?
by kcodyjr
Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:59 pm
Forum: Events, Car Talk, General Discussion & MVS Forum
Topic: Volvo design disasters
Replies: 35
Views: 6019

Re: Volvo design disasters

jimmy57 wrote:The in-tank fuel pump are a universal issue for all car makes.
Beg to differ. The 850 made it easy.

Also, how could I forget, being an interference engine isn't the brightest design move.
by kcodyjr
Fri Apr 18, 2014 5:18 pm
Forum: Events, Car Talk, General Discussion & MVS Forum
Topic: Volvo design disasters
Replies: 35
Views: 6019

Re: Volvo design disasters

+1 vote for the drink holders. That's gotta be their worst. No gripe post would be complete without mentioning the PCV system, buried under the intake manifolds and prone to periodic clogging. Also, a vote of shame for those models that need to remove the fuel tank or cut through sheet metal to acce...
by kcodyjr
Fri Apr 18, 2014 4:56 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90 Forum
Topic: 2004 XC90 2.5T throttle code 91B7
Replies: 1
Views: 988

2004 XC90 2.5T throttle code 91B7

Playing Internet messenger for my cousin.

He's done PCV box and hoses, and swapped in a used throttle. Code persists, and it surges and generally runs like crap. Also, he pulled the MAF, and it quit as expected.

Ideas?
by kcodyjr
Wed Jan 22, 2014 7:46 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2003 XC70 spongy brake mystery
Replies: 13
Views: 3545

Re: 2003 XC70 spongy brake mystery

Helped him bleed it again today, with the key on so the electric pump runs. Bled the top parts and all four calipers, starting with the most distant one. There is definitely no air in the system. No dice. It's still spongy. It feels for all the world like a bad master cylinder, firm at first but slo...
by kcodyjr
Wed Jan 22, 2014 10:44 am
Forum: Events, Car Talk, General Discussion & MVS Forum
Topic: This is FCP. How are we doing?
Replies: 6
Views: 3968

Re: This is FCP. How are we doing?

Generally very well, Ed. As parts companies go, you're unusually friendly to the whims and screwups of do-it-yourselfers. I've never had trouble with odd requests from your customer service staff. I often recommend you to other shade tree mechanics, and I always make sure pros have heard of you. Als...
by kcodyjr
Tue Jan 21, 2014 10:01 pm
Forum: Volvo S80 Forum - First Generation 1999-2006
Topic: 1999 S80 Pros, cons & opinion of S80 & what about this car?
Replies: 5
Views: 875

Re: 1999 S80 Pros, cons & opinion of S80 & what about this c

Pros: gorgeous, fun, roomy, safe.
Cons: major pain in the ass.

If you don't have an independent Volvo mechanic that you trust, run, do not walk, away.

Still here? Okay. Have your indy look at it before buying. If it's been babied, it might be worth it.
by kcodyjr
Tue Jan 21, 2014 8:07 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 850 Ebrake cable replacement: How to
Replies: 20
Views: 8336

Re: 850 Ebrake cable replacement: How to

Rather than create a new thread, I think I'll tee this up for the next guy to find while searching. Does anyone have a comprehensive parts list handy? 97 850 GLT in my case, but I'd imagine they're all the same. I'm pretty sure I need cables because they don't quite seem to release, the handle has a...
by kcodyjr
Tue Jan 21, 2014 2:42 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2003 XC70 spongy brake mystery
Replies: 13
Views: 3545

Re: 2003 XC70 spongy brake mystery

Replaced front hoses, no effect.

He ran the ABS activations and everything was activating except outlet valve front right.

Sound like an ABS pump failure maybe?
by kcodyjr
Tue Jan 21, 2014 1:24 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 97 850 GLT rear brakes what else?
Replies: 4
Views: 328

Re: 97 850 GLT rear brakes what else?

I think I'm unlikely to get the old sensor off in one piece, and there's been rusty metal flakes flying around for awhile now. Really think that sensor is still any good?
by kcodyjr
Tue Jan 21, 2014 9:12 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 97 850 GLT rear brakes what else?
Replies: 4
Views: 328

97 850 GLT rear brakes what else?

Did pads, rotors, and shoes last April. At some point, the right rear caliper seized. By the time I've scraped up the scratch for parts, the pads are gone and the rotor is severely eaten. I'm ordering a caliper, rotor, pads, and shims, of course. Thinking I should do ABS sensor as well? Any need to ...
by kcodyjr
Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:01 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 97 850 GLT eating tires
Replies: 14
Views: 911

Re: 97 850 GLT eating tires

Maybe these tires just blow, then. Too bad, they're smooth, quiet, grippy, tight, and responsive. A+ marks for everything but longevity, which is somewhere between a resounding "F" and the digitus impudicus. Every time I walk into a tire shop, someone tries to tell me why most brands are now more ad...
by kcodyjr
Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:43 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90 Forum
Topic: whats your opinion
Replies: 27
Views: 4137

Re: whats your opinion

What I can't figure out is why they didn't bolt a tiny turbo onto the 3.2 just like they did with the first B5254T.

All else being equal, I certainly would rather have an I6 than any other topology.
by kcodyjr
Mon Jan 20, 2014 7:18 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 97 850 GLT eating tires
Replies: 14
Views: 911

Re: 97 850 GLT eating tires

It's been spurts of suburban, highway, and mixed. I try to stay out of the city, but have to put up with Lowell now and again I'm not timid on the controls, nor am I hot rodding it around every corner. I do tend to consciously actuate the delta link rear steering in sweeping turns. My front brakes s...
by kcodyjr
Mon Jan 20, 2014 5:02 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 97 850 GLT eating tires
Replies: 14
Views: 911

Re: 97 850 GLT eating tires

Yeah, none of the usual strongly preferential wear you'd get with, say, worn control arm bushings.

Evenly worn between the left and the right; just a bit more meat left inboard than outboard. What I'd expect.

My odo has been stopped for awhile, guessing around 10-15K max on them. 9 months.
by kcodyjr
Mon Jan 20, 2014 2:36 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2003 XC70 spongy brake mystery
Replies: 13
Views: 3545

Re: 2003 XC70 spongy brake mystery

Positive. We can rule out rookie mistakes with this guy. It's not my vehicle, it's his customer's. Wouldn't it have run dry while replacing the master cylinder? I didn't ask if he replaced that trying to fix the spongy pedal or if he replaced it because it had been leaking. He does have a pair of fr...
by kcodyjr
Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:30 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2003 XC70 spongy brake mystery
Replies: 13
Views: 3545

Re: 2003 XC70 spongy brake mystery

OK, I'll suggest he check the anti-rattle springs.

Air in the ABS unit remedied by bleeding it, or is other remedial action needed?
by kcodyjr
Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:28 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 97 850 GLT eating tires
Replies: 14
Views: 911

97 850 GLT eating tires

Brand new set of ContiProContact last April. The fronts are now as bald as a baby's bottom. We just went over it looking for anything we can think of. Ball joints, control arm bushings, tie rod ends, strut mounts, wheel bearings, all tight as a drum. It got subframe bushings, steering rack, and all ...
by kcodyjr
Mon Jan 20, 2014 1:21 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2003 XC70 spongy brake mystery
Replies: 13
Views: 3545

2003 XC70 spongy brake mystery

Stopped by my indy's shop today and he's leaning over it saying "WTF."

The pedal feels spongy, like it needs to be bled, but he's done that a bunch of times. He's also replaced the master cylinder and booster. He's about to try front hoses. Any other ideas?
by kcodyjr
Mon Jan 20, 2014 9:33 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1998 V70 T5 severely overheated, not seized. Bugger...
Replies: 13
Views: 1523

Re: 1998 V70 T5 severely overheated, not seized. Bugger...

+1 figure out what really happened before making a decision.

Time is ticking on that auction so get out there and get the head off.
by kcodyjr
Sun Jan 19, 2014 11:14 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 98 s70 burning coolant
Replies: 9
Views: 823

Re: 98 s70 burning coolant

Well, if it's a crack, it would have to be above the upper ring.

I don't see what else it could be except head gasket. You could try some bar's leaks.
by kcodyjr
Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:13 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 98 s70 burning coolant
Replies: 9
Views: 823

Re: 98 s70 burning coolant

Half right. They don't burn the water, they vaporize it. Hence the white smoke. Clearly, water is getting into the combustion chamber. As far as I know, that means a bad head gasket or a cracked cylinder wall. Is there any coolant in the oil or vice versa? Edit: Is it a turbo? The turbo also has a w...
by kcodyjr
Sat Jan 18, 2014 8:56 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1999 V70 Shifter Up Arrow Problem
Replies: 41
Views: 5637

Re: 1999 V70 Shifter Up Arrow Problem

If it shifts normally and smoothly when you do it manually, stays in gear and doesn't slip or anything, then you don't have an internal mechanical problem. There isn't much information here, but I'd suspect wiring harness first. Maybe the TCM shook loose when you went over a bump? Flashing up arrow ...
by kcodyjr
Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:32 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Recommended oil ?
Replies: 29
Views: 3345

Re: Recommended oil ?

I've been running M1 high mileage 10W-40, mainly because I don't wanna do an RMS right now.

The oil looks clean as new, but I'm sure I could use a filter. :oops:
by kcodyjr
Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:21 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1995 850 car wont start after rebuild.
Replies: 6
Views: 567

Re: 1995 850 car wont start after rebuild.

The only way you'll cause internal damage is if you didn't time it correctly, or committed some gross reassembly error.

If this happened, valve(s) got bent, and at least one cylinder will have piss poor compression.

You've probably just got a loose connector on a sensor or something somewhere.
by kcodyjr
Fri Jan 17, 2014 8:04 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 96 850 GLT Brake Pad, OEM or aftermarket?
Replies: 23
Views: 4307

Re: 96 850 GLT Brake Pad, OEM or aftermarket?

good brake grease (sparingly 8) My factory trained indy uses modest amounts on those parts, I wouldn't quite say "sparingly," but he REALLY slathers it onto the back of the pads. Thicker than I apply shaving gel. +1 for the Akebono ceramic on these cars. Outstanding performance by all measures. I'm...
by kcodyjr
Thu Jan 16, 2014 2:04 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2001 v70xc possible complete transmission failure
Replies: 10
Views: 1173

Re: 2001 v70xc possible complete transmission failure

Transmission mechanicals do not fail. Could you please explain that in light of the 2001's reputation for transmission failure? Is it just the solenoids/valves failing, meaning any of them can be rebuilt? I am aware of the software update that stops it from disengaging at every stop, but I'd though...
by kcodyjr
Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:49 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2001 v70xc possible complete transmission failure
Replies: 10
Views: 1173

Re: 2001 v70xc possible complete transmission failure

What JRL is saying, with his characteristic brevity, is that 2001 transmissions had a high failure rate.

Even if it was behaving perfectly at the moment, it's only a question of when.

Expect it to need a complete transmission, and get it from a different year donor.
by kcodyjr
Thu Jan 16, 2014 12:29 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 00 XC70 Whirring noise as I slow down
Replies: 5
Views: 3111

Re: 00 XC70 Whirring noise as I slow down

If the sound tracks with the wheel speed, it isn't the alternator. If it doesn't change intensity when swerving left or right, it isn't a wheel bearing. If there's no clicking during acceleration with the wheel turned to full stop, it isn't the outer CV joints. If there's no vibration when accelerat...
by kcodyjr
Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:20 am
Forum: Volvo Car Audio
Topic: Add an Ipod Input to tape player of SC-815/816
Replies: 46
Views: 32896

Re: Add an Ipod Input to tape player of SC-815/816

If you're getting RPM-dependent hum, you have a weak ground strap or ignition coil. Disconnecting the tape circuit is indeed important for sound quality. The magnetic pickup has electrical resonances that would screw with the injected signal much like putting a series of Coke bottles in front of the...
by kcodyjr
Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:08 am
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: 2003 S40 T3 VS T4
Replies: 7
Views: 3234

Re: 2003 S40 T3 VS T4

The dealership should be able to look it up by the VIN.
by kcodyjr
Thu Jan 16, 2014 10:03 am
Forum: Volvo XC90 Forum
Topic: whats your opinion
Replies: 27
Views: 4137

Re: whats your opinion

Not surprised, really; if the apocalypse comes, all that'll be left is cockroaches and 2.5T Volvos. How do people feel about the V8? I've been eyeballing a 2008 S80 V8 AWD, looks like it has the executive package seats in it too. A V8 would make more sense to me in an SUV, too, surprisingly adequate...
by kcodyjr
Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:13 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1997 855GLT Auto stays in first gear
Replies: 13
Views: 1445

Re: 1997 855GLT Auto stays in first gear

Could this be some sort of leaking solenoid valve? Being cold gums it up enough to work normally, and when the fluid warms and thins, it flows right through?
by kcodyjr
Wed Jan 15, 2014 12:09 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90 Forum
Topic: whats your opinion
Replies: 27
Views: 4137

Re: whats your opinion

Is chewing through tires an AWD trait or an XC90 trait?
by kcodyjr
Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:59 pm
Forum: Volvo Classifieds
Topic: 1998 S70 T5 - Opinion On 16" Rims
Replies: 14
Views: 1675

Re: 1998 S70 T5 - Opinion On 16" Rims

Aren't Columbas stupid heavy, as well?

I've been happy enough on my Cetus rims. Cushy ride means more than brains-through-the-ears cornering.
by kcodyjr
Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:56 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 V70 Engine Ping
Replies: 4
Views: 361

Re: 2000 V70 Engine Ping

Yes, you should. I like to just spray carburetor cleaner around while the engine is running. If it's sucking air, it'll rev up. Check the condition of the cap and rotor. If those are the factory plug wires, they might or might not be getting worn; let it idle at night with the hood up in a really da...
by kcodyjr
Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:50 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 s-70 cant accelerate traction control on dash flashing
Replies: 14
Views: 2173

Re: 2000 s-70 cant accelerate traction control on dash flash

Roll your eyes all you want. Some of our highways open up the breakdown lane to traffic at rush hour. Pulling over might mean getting rear-ended at 60, and an hour long trip for the ambulance to get a few miles. I'm talking about I-93. Others have this... strange attitude that comes over the drivers...
by kcodyjr
Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:41 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90 Forum
Topic: whats your opinion
Replies: 27
Views: 4137

Re: whats your opinion

Does it come with AWD in the 2.5T? Without it, it's a school bus. If not, what engine with AWD sucks least? Not that there's anything wrong with a Volvo being a school bus, I just don't see the point of the extra height without the other truck-like attributes. An XC70 makes for just as good a ferry,...
by kcodyjr
Tue Jan 14, 2014 9:10 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 s-70 cant accelerate traction control on dash flashing
Replies: 14
Views: 2173

Re: 2000 s-70 cant accelerate traction control on dash flash

Farther like 50 or so feet flung through the air when hit in the ass by another vehicle while changing a tire.

Sometimes, how the car is going to come out of it isn't the biggest worry.

I was only able to fit a full size tire where the donut stores by deflating it.
by kcodyjr
Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:06 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90 Forum
Topic: whats your opinion
Replies: 27
Views: 4137

Re: whats your opinion

I neither like nor dislike them, not really into SUVs, but a 2.5T doesn't seem like enough.
by kcodyjr
Tue Jan 14, 2014 8:05 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 V70 Engine Ping
Replies: 4
Views: 361

Re: 2000 V70 Engine Ping

Knocking. Either a mixture problem or timing problem leading to predetonation, or an ignition problem leading to incomplete combustion. Start with the spark plugs.
by kcodyjr
Tue Jan 14, 2014 6:58 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90 Forum
Topic: whats your opinion
Replies: 27
Views: 4137

Re: whats your opinion

Does the T5 really have the stones for one of those land yachts?
by kcodyjr
Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:42 pm
Forum: 240, 740, 760, 780, Bertone, 940, 960, V90, S90
Topic: 1987 740 Mystery Dash Switch
Replies: 8
Views: 972

Re: 1987 740 Mystery Dash Switch

NO NO NO That is the fast open sunroof switch for instances where an open umbrella gets folded inside out by the wind and it is a must to get it out of car in order to safely drive. Don't worry. The fast sunroof open function only works when you have previously hand-wound 88cm of braided copper roo...
by kcodyjr
Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:40 pm
Forum: 240, 740, 760, 780, Bertone, 940, 960, V90, S90
Topic: 1987 740 Mystery Dash Switch
Replies: 8
Views: 972

Re: 1987 740 Mystery Dash Switch

Nobody will fault you for putting a real radio into it, either.
by kcodyjr
Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:32 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 s-70 cant accelerate traction control on dash flashing
Replies: 14
Views: 2173

Re: 2000 s-70 cant accelerate traction control on dash flash

:evil: Typical Woman driver! Let me fix that for you: typical young driver. Each of my brothers has caused major equipment damage by not monitoring fluids. One of them drove a car past so many worn front end components, one of the front wheels flopped underneath when the lift picked it up. :shock: ...
by kcodyjr
Tue Jan 14, 2014 5:15 pm
Forum: 240, 740, 760, 780, Bertone, 940, 960, V90, S90
Topic: 1987 740 Mystery Dash Switch
Replies: 8
Views: 972

Re: 1987 740 Mystery Dash Switch

$5 says the motor is working perfectly fine, but the gears are stripped.

If it was my car, I'd go for a swim in the junkyard and see what I could come up with.
by kcodyjr
Tue Jan 14, 2014 4:42 pm
Forum: 240, 740, 760, 780, Bertone, 940, 960, V90, S90
Topic: 1987 740 Mystery Dash Switch
Replies: 8
Views: 972

Re: 1987 740 Mystery Dash Switch

That's definitely an antenna down switch.

Does it look like the factory antenna, or did some yahoo replace it with a fixed mast type?
by kcodyjr
Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:52 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2001 V70XC - New Throttle Body/ETM from Brentwood...
Replies: 5
Views: 1052

Re: 2001 V70XC - New Throttle Body/ETM from Brentwood...

The pins can be extracted from the connector housing if you have a fine enough pick to reach in. There's little tabs that come out of the side of the pin, that catch on the housing when you push them in. I've also had success with a small needlenose pliers. you could then get new generic pins from t...
by kcodyjr
Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:37 pm
Forum: Volvo Classifieds
Topic: Winning VOLVO C30's Built for K-PAX Racing are for sale
Replies: 3
Views: 940

Re: Winning VOLVO C30's Built for K-PAX Racing are for sale

Yeah, anyone wanna try creating a Kickstarter fund to buy these for MVS Racing?

Kidding. Sort of. Half.
by kcodyjr
Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:35 pm
Forum: Volvo V70, XC70 2008-2016, Volvo S80 2007-2016
Topic: 2008 XC70 Apparent misleading reading on fuel gage
Replies: 1
Views: 1301

Re: 2008 XC70 Apparent misleading reading on fuel gage

Does sound like you've got an intermittent short somewhere, but it is a guess. A subtler corrleation is that maybe you're getting fuse blow-ups when the tank is down to a certain point? If the fuel level sender is using a voltage signal, this would tend to confirm a short to the cig lighter circuit....
by kcodyjr
Tue Jan 14, 2014 1:23 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1999 S70 Split Second Total Power Loss
Replies: 8
Views: 686

Re: 1999 S70 Split Second Total Power Loss

You know, I've never even thought to ask. Do these cars have a sacrificial anode anywhere?
by kcodyjr
Tue Jan 14, 2014 10:41 am
Forum: 240, 740, 760, 780, Bertone, 940, 960, V90, S90
Topic: 1985 245 Bucking/Jerking at clutch full release
Replies: 11
Views: 2114

Re: 1985 245 Bucking/Jerking at clutch full release

In a stick? No. I'm not sure what it is, but it isn't ATF.

My 81 shook at the stick too, until I did the mounts.
by kcodyjr
Mon Jan 13, 2014 5:48 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2003 S60 ~300000miles - is it (still) worth to buy?
Replies: 6
Views: 1539

Re: 2003 S60 ~300000miles - is it (still) worth to buy?

Don't think so, oragex. With 300K on it, it'll be readily apparent whether it was babied or abused.

A very well cared for Volvo does not have a predetermined service life.

But, don't take my word for it. Ask Irv Gordon.
by kcodyjr
Mon Jan 13, 2014 12:37 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1995 850T5R Bad electrical problems
Replies: 15
Views: 1506

Re: 1995 850T5R Bad electrical problems

You've demonstrated a short circuit in the right hand headlight. Trace back from the lamp.
by kcodyjr
Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:20 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 98' V70XC My car died last Friday
Replies: 14
Views: 1528

Re: 98' V70XC My car died last Friday

Have someone put a borescope down the spark plug hole and check for piston damage.
by kcodyjr
Mon Jan 13, 2014 11:13 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1998 V70 UTE
Replies: 7
Views: 914

Re: 1998 V70 UTE

Got links? IMO, the V70XC is getting pretty close already.
by kcodyjr
Mon Jan 13, 2014 10:54 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: '98 V70 XC - Two problems,
Replies: 67
Views: 7678

Re: '98 V70 XC - Two problems,

It's a head job. No sense taking it off and only changing the stem seals.
by kcodyjr
Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:36 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2001 C70 T5 Coupe low boost issues
Replies: 21
Views: 3931

Re: 2001 C70 T5 Coupe low boost issues

Odd. The older ones all had that thing sensing pressure under the hood.

Is it making a proper seal against the pipe?
by kcodyjr
Mon Jan 13, 2014 9:09 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2001 C70 T5 Coupe low boost issues
Replies: 21
Views: 3931

Re: 2001 C70 T5 Coupe low boost issues

See that bracket next to the blue filler cap? That's where the MAP is mounted on mine. See how it's just stuck onto a peg where it is, not actually screwed down? Also, it makes no sense to me for the MAP to be sensing post-boost pressure. It's supposed to be monitoring ambient pressure. I'm going to...
by kcodyjr
Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:49 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2001 C70 T5 Coupe low boost issues
Replies: 21
Views: 3931

Re: 2001 C70 T5 Coupe low boost issues

No. Between the ETM and intercooler, should just be a hose with an idle air control valve. The MAF (mass airflow) sensor is in the plastic pipe between the airbox and the inlet. The MAP (manifold absolute pressure) sensor is over by the washer reservoir and has only a wire. Clearing codes does not f...
by kcodyjr
Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:45 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: '98 V70 XC - Two problems,
Replies: 67
Views: 7678

Re: '98 V70 XC - Two problems,

Don't throw stuff at the wall to see what sticks. Test the compression.
by kcodyjr
Mon Jan 13, 2014 8:05 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2001 C70 T5 Coupe low boost issues
Replies: 21
Views: 3931

Re: 2001 C70 T5 Coupe low boost issues

I like to use carburetor cleaner to hunt for vacuum leaks. If your MAF was hanging by its wires, it's junk. These things die like drunken flies. Replace it with none other than the correct OEM part. Check whether yours is Bosch or Denso; I believe it'll be a Denso. Doesn't have to be the blue box Vo...
by kcodyjr
Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:56 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1998 S70 Shaky headlights (SOLVED)
Replies: 8
Views: 813

Re: 1998 S70 Shaky headlights

Loose bolts plural can only mean it was taken apart.

Could have been to do a radiator or something, or it could have been hit.
by kcodyjr
Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:51 am
Forum: 240, 740, 760, 780, Bertone, 940, 960, V90, S90
Topic: 1985 245 Bucking/Jerking at clutch full release
Replies: 11
Views: 2114

Re: 1985 245 Bucking/Jerking at clutch full release

Could be a wearing clutch that you might work around by tightening the cable, at least for awhile.

I'd be more suspicious of the transmission mount, though. If you try to launch hard, is there a bang? If so, that would be your transmission hip-checking the underside. My 1981 used to do it wicked.
by kcodyjr
Mon Jan 13, 2014 7:48 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 97. C70. Headgasket
Replies: 9
Views: 777

Re: 97. C70. Headgasket

One of the silver linings of an antifreeze spill is that it doesn't rust as aggressively as a sunroof leak. I'd say if you like the car - that particular example, I mean - and feel competent to do a gasket job, then go for it. If you're on the fence about the color or something, then is it worth the...
by kcodyjr
Sun Jan 12, 2014 11:16 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2004 C70 Transmission jolts, MVSOLVED bad ground
Replies: 19
Views: 2900

Re: 2004 C70 Transmission jolts while stopped

Oh? Sorry.

Unless some idiot swapped in an older TCM that hadn't been updated. Long shot there.

Still sounds like he has bad rubber somewhere if the car is jolting.

And I still miss real gauges. Without giving precision readings, they give clues what's happening.
by kcodyjr
Sun Jan 12, 2014 7:05 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2004 C70 Transmission jolts, MVSOLVED bad ground
Replies: 19
Views: 2900

Re: 2004 C70 Transmission jolts while stopped

If that has the 5-speed transmission, and I think it does, they did deliberately take themselves out of gear at stops. This was later removed with a software update, because it eats transmissions. If it feels like you're getting a jolt, I'd expect your upper and/or lower torque mounts are worn as we...
by kcodyjr
Sun Jan 12, 2014 1:58 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Dip stick has smoke coming out still
Replies: 36
Views: 11238

Re: Dip stick has smoke coming out still

Have you cleared the PTC nipple? If it's clogged, you'd get lousy vacuum.
by kcodyjr
Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:27 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 95 850 Turbo - Water in oil
Replies: 4
Views: 392

Re: 95 850 Turbo - Water in oil

No, the bulk of the oil looks too clean on the stick for it to be that. Mine had this 100x worse when I got it. It only went away when I replaced the dipstick, tube, and o-ring. I believe it comes from condensation and oil vapor mixing and then cooling, turning into a substance not unlike vegetable ...
by kcodyjr
Sat Jan 11, 2014 7:25 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1999 v70 wagon Relay
Replies: 12
Views: 902

Re: 1999 v70 wagon Relay

Both are common enough failure scenarios and needn't be related. For the wiper issue, the relay is above the driver's left foot. IPD has a replacement that adds adjustable delay wiper function, so if that turns out to not be it, at least you got an upgrade. For the fan issue, is it MCC or ECC, and d...
by kcodyjr
Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:53 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1998 S70 Visible Timing Belt Damage?
Replies: 13
Views: 1386

Re: 1998 S70 Visible Timing Belt Damage?

abscate wrote:Don't live in fear of TB failure
Live in fear of going past the TB due date, which includes not knowing when it was last done.
by kcodyjr
Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:30 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Lower engine/transmission torque mount.
Replies: 7
Views: 4992

Re: Lower engine/transmission torque mount.

Having this lower torque mount, and the upper as well, not worn out, means less engine movement when it comes on and off load, such as during shifting. That translates to quicker, crisper shifts.
by kcodyjr
Sat Jan 11, 2014 5:00 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1995 850T5R Bad electrical problems
Replies: 15
Views: 1506

Re: 1995 850T5R Bad electrical problems

problem is he seems to need certain conditions to do a test. is there any manifestation of the issue that can be made to happen with the car standing still?
by kcodyjr
Sat Jan 11, 2014 4:52 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Vibration in gas pedal
Replies: 3
Views: 2334

Re: Vibration in gas pedal

Could be any bushing, seat, or mount that stands between something vibrating and the chassis. In this case, since it's wheel speed sensitive, I'd suspect front suspension or subframe bushings. Best to check them all, though.
by kcodyjr
Sat Jan 11, 2014 1:44 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1995 850T5R Bad electrical problems
Replies: 15
Views: 1506

Re: 1995 850T5R Bad electrical problems

Normally I'd agree, and I'm not disparaging that same investigative technique regardless of the exact nature of the fault, but in this case, it actually does feel like a short circuit somewhere. He says the transmission will jump out of gear when he flashes the brights. There should be absolutely no...