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by AlanS
Sat Sep 05, 2020 9:54 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Paint protection?
Replies: 1
Views: 139

Paint protection?

2006. I want to clay and protect. All by hand. I don’t have a machine. Any recommendations of a wax or protectant that will last through the fall and winter?
by AlanS
Wed Aug 19, 2020 9:43 am
Forum: S60 2011+ and V60 2015+ and XC60 2010-2018
Topic: Serpentine Belt questions
Replies: 0
Views: 172

Serpentine Belt questions

FCP has both VOLVO and INA/ Conti tensioner and belt. Obviously, the VOLVO is 2x the price of both INA tensioner and Conti Belt. Am I being penny foolish about not getting Volvo vs INA/ Conti? PLUS...is the procedure for 2013 the same as other earlier year models? I have not been able to find a vide...
by AlanS
Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:40 am
Forum: S60 2011+ and V60 2015+ and XC60 2010-2018
Topic: Need side mirror info...please
Replies: 1
Views: 312

Need side mirror info...please

2013 S60. Someone sideswiped my car...disabling my drivers side mirror. It has BLISS. I called around to some 'junk yards'...they want a part #. I don't know if the whole unit needs replacing, but does anyone have a breakdown of the part #'s for a driver's side mirror WITH BLISS for 2013? Does anyon...
by AlanS
Tue Jan 07, 2020 4:47 pm
Forum: S60 2011+ and V60 2015+ and XC60 2010-2018
Topic: Side view mirror- Need info
Replies: 1
Views: 102

Side view mirror- Need info

So, on the wife's 2013 S60, someone drove too close to the driver's side and cracked the housing of the mirror assembly. The internals work, but the plastic is shot. I want to replace it with a 'pre-owned' part...but it must have BLISS....What years/ models share this exact driver's side mirror? I w...
by AlanS
Sun Aug 18, 2019 10:05 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Brighter lows?
Replies: 11
Views: 387

Brighter lows?

One of my low beams just burned out. So, now is an opportunity to maybe put some better bulbs in. Any recommendations, or am I just wasting money trying to get a brighter bulb
by AlanS
Tue Aug 13, 2019 5:42 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Rear shocks and Impact driver questions.
Replies: 7
Views: 253

Rear shocks and Impact driver questions.

Having just come from the mechanic, I am told I need rear shocks...front tie rods (inner and outer). I looked up any YouTube videos, found ones for S60, S80, XC90, etc. But none specific to my 2006 XC70 . What models are IDENTICAL to my car? This way I can see if I want to tackle this myself. Lastly...
by AlanS
Tue Aug 06, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: S60 2011+ and V60 2015+ and XC60 2010-2018
Topic: 50K...what do I do?
Replies: 3
Views: 232

50K...what do I do?

My 2013 just hit 50K....I do not have a manual. What services do I have to do at this point. I do oil changes every 5K, brakes/ rotors when needed and both cabin and air filters...that's been it so far. What needs to be done?
by AlanS
Sat Apr 06, 2019 7:27 pm
Forum: S60 2011+ and V60 2015+ and XC60 2010-2018
Topic: Need new key - 2013 S60
Replies: 3
Views: 459

Need new key - 2013 S60

2013 S60 Wife lost her key. We have a spare, but need to replace the lost key. Dealer wants $400 for new one. Anyway that I can get one for less?
by AlanS
Fri Nov 30, 2018 6:38 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Sunroof deflector? Fairing
Replies: 1
Views: 183

Sunroof deflector? Fairing

Has anyone installed a fairing aka wind deflector on their sunroof? My wife has a 2013 S60 and would like one for the holidays...she likes the way it looks. Any suggestions?
by AlanS
Wed Nov 21, 2018 6:23 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Braking issues
Replies: 3
Views: 236

Braking issues

2006 XC70. I never felt that this car had responsive brakes. Pedal has always felt low, meaning that I have to push down 1/2 way for braking to begin. Sometimes I think that after one pump, it is higher. Did a full brake/ rotor change, changed fluid...no change in feel. Am I missing something? or do...
by AlanS
Wed Nov 07, 2018 6:22 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Need purchasing advice
Replies: 8
Views: 453

Need purchasing advice

So, I just got back from L.A. visiting my son. His 2001 XC70 is on it's last legs...tranny issues, loss of power and someone backed into his rear passenger door. I would love to put him back into another Volvo, but I have no idea how to manage that long distance. He has about $10K and contemplated a...
by AlanS
Sat Oct 20, 2018 2:13 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Copper or alum. oil plug washer?
Replies: 1
Views: 166

Copper or alum. oil plug washer?

2006 xc70- I inherited about 2 dozen oil drain plug washers. A mix of copper and aluminum. Is one preferred over the other? Are they the same size as any other washer on the car (Trans, rear, etc.)? Oil change tomorrow, just want to use the right washer.
by AlanS
Thu Sep 27, 2018 6:13 pm
Forum: S60 2011+ and V60 2015+ and XC60 2010-2018
Topic: Rear fluids
Replies: 0
Views: 286

Rear fluids

2013 S60 AWD. What do I check at 40K? How to I check the levels? I slid underneath and there are several units under there. Anyone have a diagram with labels to indicate what is the rear diff/ AWD/ Haldex? Got to get familiar with this car and prepare it for NY winter. Thanks. Alan
by AlanS
Wed Aug 01, 2018 12:12 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Impact driver question
Replies: 8
Views: 700

Impact driver question

I have to do some suspension work. I do not have a large compressor (all I have is a small pancake one I use for nailing), thus I am considering a 1/2" impact driver (either wired or cordless). Any thoughts?
by AlanS
Mon Jul 30, 2018 4:18 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: P2 ATF drain-and-fill Trans empty and fill question
Replies: 6
Views: 677

P2 ATF drain-and-fill Trans empty and fill question

I own a fluid extractor pump. I used to use this on my cars for the oil changes (Mercedes recommended this for their cars, thus I used it for my old Merc). Since I have the extractor, can it be used for the transmission? I can just go through the dipstick tube. Can I just pump out the old stuff and ...
by AlanS
Thu Jul 19, 2018 11:31 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Turbo hoses...what to get?
Replies: 5
Views: 500

Turbo hoses...what to get?

2006 XC70 I need to replace my turbo hoses...one is getting rather squishy. Is there any advantage to silicone instead of the stock rubber hoses? What should I purchase?
by AlanS
Mon Jun 25, 2018 11:26 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: VIDA-Long Island NY? Anyone?
Replies: 0
Views: 119

VIDA-Long Island NY? Anyone?

So, I have acquired an old laptop. Maybe, just maybe I can install VIDA. Problem is, I have never seen nor operated this program. I would love to see it in action. I live on Long Island, NY...I would appreciate it if someone could hook my car to one...run through the process with me. Anyone?
by AlanS
Sun Feb 04, 2018 11:23 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: New Battery Time...Which one?
Replies: 5
Views: 324

New Battery Time...Which one?

I need a new battery. Mine is old and beginning to fail. What kind/ type should I replace the orig with? Same specs? Parts store? There is a Sears near by, I could get a Die Hard. No dealers close to me.
by AlanS
Tue Oct 03, 2017 2:45 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Heat on drivers side, cold on passenger
Replies: 2
Views: 422

Heat on drivers side, cold on passenger

2006 XC70- Turned the heat on today...nice drive to work. Coming home, not so nice. I could not control the heat on the driver's side...full heat! I put the A/C on to test that out...cold air on the passenger side- all vents blew cold while the driver's vents were high heat. Where do I start to solv...
by AlanS
Tue Aug 29, 2017 5:16 pm
Forum: S60 2011+ and V60 2015+ and XC60 2010-2018
Topic: Key Stolen! 2013 S60 - How much will this cost?
Replies: 1
Views: 804

Key Stolen! 2013 S60 - How much will this cost?

So, my key for my 2013 S60 was stolen. I have a spare. BUT...the thief probably knows where I live, thus my car is not safe. Can the current spare and new replacement (wow, that's gonna cost me big!) be re-programed so that the old key is useless?
by AlanS
Mon Aug 21, 2017 9:55 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Wheel refinishing questions.
Replies: 3
Views: 399

Re: Wheel refinishing questions.

Sea Cliff. NY
by AlanS
Mon Aug 21, 2017 2:28 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Wheel refinishing questions.
Replies: 3
Views: 399

Wheel refinishing questions.

2006 XC70- Ocean Race. The wheels are tired. Curb scarring, corrosion...I want to get them refinished, possibly get rid of the shiny chrome look and get an anthracite / charcoal color instead. What do I need to ask from a refinisher? There are several here in the Long Island- NY area, so I will have...
by AlanS
Sun Aug 20, 2017 6:40 pm
Forum: S60 2011+ and V60 2015+ and XC60 2010-2018
Topic: Grill options?
Replies: 0
Views: 307

Grill options?

2013 S60- Someone backed up into my grill...cracking the grey center portion- not the ring. Aside from factory grills, what other options are there? Maybe I have some choices to 'jazz' up the car.
by AlanS
Wed Aug 16, 2017 7:21 am
Forum: Volvo V70, XC70 2008-2016, Volvo S80 2007-2016
Topic: brake fluid
Replies: 1
Views: 474

brake fluid

My 2013 has low brake fluid. I have a new can of ATE type 200 in the house. Will this be compatible with the orig fluid?
by AlanS
Sun Aug 13, 2017 2:00 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Help: leather wearing, headlight lens foggy
Replies: 3
Views: 454

Help: leather wearing, headlight lens foggy

1. What's the best leather conditioner? I'm starting to see wear on the side bolsters.
2. Best Headlight lens refinisher? Foggy lens.
by AlanS
Sat Jun 24, 2017 10:06 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2006 XC Wet floor, AC drain location , clean?
Replies: 2
Views: 338

Re: Wet floor

Procedure to locate and clean? Please
by AlanS
Sat Jun 24, 2017 7:01 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2006 XC Wet floor, AC drain location , clean?
Replies: 2
Views: 338

2006 XC Wet floor, AC drain location , clean?

2006- XC70. No rain, but there is water coming from the cabin filter box. I use the A/C a LOT! Could this be related?
by AlanS
Wed May 03, 2017 11:08 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Removing headliner?
Replies: 3
Views: 381

Removing headliner?

The sunshade on my 06 is rattling. Dealer says that the headliner needs to be removed to repair. I tried from overhead, but concur that the headliner must be taken down. Anyone try this? Any instructions out there? I did it in my 850 and the headliner kinda fell apart in the process (albeit that the...
by AlanS
Tue Jan 17, 2017 4:57 pm
Forum: Volvo Classifieds
Topic: WTB- Venice Beach Ca area?
Replies: 1
Views: 339

WTB- Venice Beach Ca area?

Looking for both an indy shop and used car in So. Calif. Son has a 2001 XC70 and is also looking for an additional car for about $3000. Obviously it won't be a 'great', 'new' car, but we want one that is in fine running shape and requires little repair. Any ideas? Looking on Craigslist only brings u...
by AlanS
Tue Jan 03, 2017 5:27 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Wet floor again.
Replies: 2
Views: 261

Wet floor again.

I found the source of the leak (2006 xc70) but not the reason. Water is leaking from the cabin filter chamber on the pass. side. If I were to open it up, a nice amt of water would exit. I originally thought it was the cowl drains, as this is what happened to my 850...I kept them clean, rain today in...
by AlanS
Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:05 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: After-market stereo
Replies: 10
Views: 967

Re: After-market stereo

The product (that you recommended) only indicates that I need to activate ground, power, CAN high and CAN low data wires. Since I am going to do this myself, I need to be very careful about what I attach things to!!! I assume that the green AUM connector is the one in back of the radio? I don't know...
by AlanS
Tue Jan 03, 2017 7:34 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: After-market stereo
Replies: 10
Views: 967

Re: After-market stereo

CAN high and CAN low data wires? I need to locate these to re-activate my back up sensors. Pictures or clear description?
by AlanS
Sun Jan 01, 2017 2:26 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: After-market stereo
Replies: 10
Views: 967

Re: After-market stereo

Is there an aftermarket product that will return the parking sensors with an aftermarket radio? I lost mine when I removed the Volvo radio.
by AlanS
Sat Aug 27, 2016 10:21 am
Forum: S60 2011+ and V60 2015+ and XC60 2010-2018
Topic: Which model to purchase?
Replies: 2
Views: 730

Which model to purchase?

The wife is INSISTING on an S60 (she has an S40 now)... I can only afford pre-owned. I find that I can afford 2012-2014 (roughly $20K). Now I see that there are different engine types (2.4, 3.0), and various designations (Premium, etc.). I started my reading, but it gets complicated!!! In short, wha...
by AlanS
Tue Aug 23, 2016 7:16 pm
Forum: Events, Car Talk, General Discussion & MVS Forum
Topic: Venice Beach mechanic needed.
Replies: 0
Views: 686

Venice Beach mechanic needed.

As the Title says: I need a mechanic in Venice Beach Ca. My son just moved there...he has a 2002 XC70. Right now, his girlfriend is in need of a car for $2000 and, if she finds one, I want to have it checked out by a reliable, HONEST mechanic. Got any leads?
by AlanS
Sun Jul 31, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: Suspension questions
Replies: 1
Views: 583

Suspension questions

2001 S40- 160,000 miles. Clunking and squeaking in the rear. So, time to get to the suspension. Before I go in, what parts do you all suggest I change at this point? What's back there? Since I will be taking the shocks out...what can I do to bring it up to speed?
by AlanS
Fri Jul 15, 2016 7:35 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Mechanic in L.A.?
Replies: 3
Views: 332

Mechanic in L.A.?

My son is relocating to California from NY. Driving. He has a 2005 XC70. So, being out there, I cannot help him maintain his car. Who can? He says he will be near the Venice Beach area (I am not familiar with Calif.).
by AlanS
Fri Jun 17, 2016 8:48 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Cooling system questions...
Replies: 3
Views: 504

Cooling system questions...

2006 XC70- I want to clean out the cooling system. I am sure it has the original anti-freeze. Do I just open the valve at the bottom of the radiator? Or is this not enough? I do not know the brand of anti -freeze in the car now, so I think I have to be careful to not mix brands...or do I? So, how do...
by AlanS
Fri May 06, 2016 7:04 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Timing belt install questions
Replies: 7
Views: 1053

Re: Timing belt install questions

If I pick up a cam lock tool (as they are not expensive), do I not eliminate the fear of the cams moving? This seems to me, if I lock the cams, mark the crank pulley, then it is kinda foolproof in lining everything up. The issue I had with my S40 was the CVV cam pulley moved when I took the belt off...
by AlanS
Thu May 05, 2016 6:32 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Timing belt install questions
Replies: 7
Views: 1053

Timing belt install questions

Visited my mechanic yesterday re: TB, pulleys, waterpump etc for my 2006 XC70. He said "I'll get you a parts/ labor estimate, but why not do it yourself? You have skills". (which I do!!!). Reading the tutorials, I came across a few snags: I do not have pneumatic tools, thus I cannot remove the crank...
by AlanS
Sun May 01, 2016 2:15 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Need S60 info
Replies: 2
Views: 462

Need S60 info

Wife wants an S60...I have a 2006 (P2) XC70, she does not want the wagon. Where can I get info as to what model changes and options there were in the P2 series of S60? I cannot afford the newer versions, so I will stay in the late 2000 world. We had a 2016 loaner for two weeks, it was 'a lot' of car...
by AlanS
Wed Apr 20, 2016 4:17 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Volvo repair est.
Replies: 5
Views: 717

Re: Volvo repair est.

I did this job on my 850...wasn't too bad/ non-turbo and there was not a whole lot of stuff to remove. I heard that on the XC70, the alternator, etc has to be removed...doesn't sound 'easy'. And possibly a 'knuckle buster'. Anyone do this job?
by AlanS
Tue Apr 19, 2016 10:59 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Volvo repair est.
Replies: 5
Views: 717

Volvo repair est.

So, I had some issues with my 2006 XC70- Brought it to the dealer (I have an extended warranty). These are the findings: Fuel system- injectors need cleaning Middle exhaust bracket- P/L= $420 Fuel filter- P/L= 237 Breather Box hose- P/L= $445 Plus at 70K they want me to do a timing belt and water pu...
by AlanS
Mon Apr 04, 2016 9:34 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Simple steering fluid question...
Replies: 4
Views: 598

Simple steering fluid question...

My steering fluid is low...manual does not indicate what fluid to use. One of my older mechanics once told me to use trans fluid. Before I do something tragic...what fluid should I top up my Steering Fluid with?
by AlanS
Tue Feb 02, 2016 6:26 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: Heater surges air in car...
Replies: 6
Views: 1379

Heater surges air in car...

2001 S40. When the heater/ a-c fan is on any #, it will periodically surge. You can feel the air through the dash vents, and then, unexpectedly, there will be a surge of air...Almost like it's on Auto climate and it's trying to reach a certain temp. very annoying. I have no idea how to attack this p...
by AlanS
Sat Jan 16, 2016 8:25 am
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: Secondary air pump?
Replies: 1
Views: 558

Secondary air pump?

Where is the secondary air pump located on a 2001 s40?
by AlanS
Sat Jan 02, 2016 5:45 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: Keys...$300?
Replies: 1
Views: 706

Keys...$300?

My 2001 S40 needs new keys. They are 'stand-alone' keys, before the whole key fob/ integrated key/button things (wish I could convert). The rubber casing on the key is broken away, leaving the chip and key skeleton visible. Volvo wants $300 for a new key! What are my options?
by AlanS
Tue Dec 29, 2015 4:28 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Radio issues.
Replies: 2
Views: 482

Radio issues.

2006 XC 70. I have had this car for the past 2 years. Upon purchase, I changed the radio to a Kenwood reciever. Straight forward installation. Here's the problem: When the temps drop (it's now in the 30's in New York), the radio is dead. I have to remove the radio fuse (on the driver's side dash end...
by AlanS
Tue Dec 08, 2015 7:40 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 11 or 12" rotor question
Replies: 1
Views: 338

11 or 12" rotor question

Without physically taking the wheel off, how would I know if my '06 XC70 Ocean Race has 11 or 12" rotors? I need front brakes and rotors ASAP! If I do take the wheel off, how are they measured? Cuz 1" is easy to misread with the caliper and dust shield on. Do I just measure braking surface ...?
by AlanS
Tue Nov 03, 2015 5:49 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 06- Brakes, winter prep questions
Replies: 0
Views: 217

06- Brakes, winter prep questions

70K on my '06 OR. Well maintained, but I need to do full brakes/ rotors. FCP offers kits, with either Meyle or Brembo rotors. Pads are Akebno (which I have on my other cars and like them). Any preference in rotors? Or other options? Is there any way to know if I have 11" or 12" other than removal of...
by AlanS
Tue Sep 29, 2015 9:07 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2006 xc70-full brake job questions
Replies: 3
Views: 423

Re: 2006 xc70-full brake job questions

I have a full set of tools. The question was more about exactly what sizes I needed in preparation. It would be great to start the job with exactly the right sizes for the job rather than discovering what I need as the job progresses.
by AlanS
Tue Sep 29, 2015 3:00 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2006 xc70-full brake job questions
Replies: 3
Views: 423

2006 xc70-full brake job questions

2000 6XC 70. I need to do a full brake job on this car, pads and rotors. I've done many in my life, but not on an XC 70. What tools will I need to complete this job? Front and rear? I don't want to start the job to find out I don't have the correct size tools for proper tool for the job
by AlanS
Thu Aug 27, 2015 4:18 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2006- Flatbed trailer and hitch?
Replies: 3
Views: 522

2006- Flatbed trailer and hitch?

2006 XC70- I realize that I don't have a means to transport dirt/ mulch/ lumber....I refuse to put it in the wagon. If I attach a 'hitch', can I get one of those small flatbed trailers to haul my stuff? Is the XC70 designed to handle pulling such an item? If so, can you recommend what hitch? Anyone ...
by AlanS
Sun Jun 28, 2015 6:27 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 95-850- A/C question
Replies: 5
Views: 430

95-850- A/C question

My son just visited with his 95 - 850 NA wagon...250k. Says that the A/C runs and doesn't run. When it does run, it is cold, when not...car is 'muggy and warm'. Clearly it has freon and is holding it. Is this the compressor? If so, is there a 'cheap' way out of this problem? It hasn't really begun t...
by AlanS
Fri May 01, 2015 6:44 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 95-850- 225K Head gasket leaking
Replies: 4
Views: 751

Re: 95-850- 225K Head gasket leaking

Knowing that I will not be installing a new head gasket, I used Bar's Gasket stuff...one bottle, into the cooling system...60 miles later, still no leak. Crossing my fingers and taking it for a long 'highway' drive tomorrow. If it holds up...maybe I can squeeze some more miles out of this thing.
by AlanS
Fri Apr 24, 2015 5:41 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 95-850- 225K Head gasket leaking
Replies: 4
Views: 751

95-850- 225K Head gasket leaking

95-850- 225K...Well the worst news...the leak I am having is clearly the head gasket. Under pressure, you can see the anti-freeze exit the gasket on the driver's side, just under the heater hose nipple. At this milage, it does not make sense to invest the $$$ to fix, as it needs new brake calipers a...
by AlanS
Sun Apr 19, 2015 12:56 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 850- antifreeze leak!!! Help
Replies: 7
Views: 808

Re: 850- antifreeze leak!!! Help

If only it were the hoses. All have been checked, even put new clamps on all of the connections. It's coming from the end of the head...hopefully it aint the head gasket!
by AlanS
Sun Apr 19, 2015 11:44 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 850- antifreeze leak!!! Help
Replies: 7
Views: 808

850- antifreeze leak!!! Help

95- 850- NA- losing a full overflow tank in 2 hours. Cleaned the entire engine...from underneath, it's on the driver's side of the engine. There is even antifreeze dripping from between the engine and tranny union. As I follow it up, it might be coming from around the distributer/ cam end area. Hard...
by AlanS
Thu Dec 11, 2014 5:58 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Radio issues
Replies: 1
Views: 410

Radio issues

2006- XC70 I keep having this problem when the temps drop: I installed a Kenwood receiver last year...clean install. Since the car was 'new to me' at the time, I haven't a clue if the following happened with the orig radio, as I installed the radio as soon as I got the car. When the temps drop below...
by AlanS
Sat Oct 04, 2014 7:56 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Sunroof shade rattle
Replies: 1
Views: 587

Sunroof shade rattle

2006- XC70. I removed the glass, attempting to remove the sunshade. There is a metal plate that runs from side to side that covers the rear attachment screws. It's the plate that governs how far the sunshade extends. There is no possible way that I have found to get the sunshade rear screws out from...
by AlanS
Sun Sep 21, 2014 8:35 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 95 850- Rear light failure
Replies: 2
Views: 359

95 850- Rear light failure

1995 850 wagon- The lights that run along the rear hatch on both sides are OUT. The bottom square grouping and tailgate brake lite are working...just the two upper units are out. Bulbs are fine. What should I look for?
by AlanS
Wed Sep 17, 2014 8:30 am
Forum: Volvo Car Audio
Topic: Radio fuse issue...
Replies: 1
Views: 2042

Radio fuse issue...

2006 xc70- Last year I replaced the stock radio with a Kenwood receiver. In cold weather the radio will not fire up...I found that I have to remove the fuse (not the one on the radio, the one in the fuse panel labeled "Audio", and then put it back in. This re-energizes the radio and I have power. No...
by AlanS
Sun Sep 14, 2014 1:01 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Alignment/ handling questions.
Replies: 1
Views: 412

Alignment/ handling questions.

2006 XC70- OR 1. Getting new tires next week...alignment to follow. Do I just let the shop use the Volvo spec alignment? I never questioned their adjustments on my other cars. 2. I was caught in a situation today that required quick handling and cornering. Yech...It was a fast right turn to avoid in...
by AlanS
Sun Sep 14, 2014 11:24 am
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: How do I check trans fluid level?
Replies: 2
Views: 622

How do I check trans fluid level?

2001 S40- So, I wanted to check the trans fluid level while the car is running (this is the manner in which I check it on my XC70: Hot engine, running). There is no way to get to the dipstick due to hoses in the way. Shall I just check it when the engine is OFF and I remove hoses? Any other methods ...
by AlanS
Tue Sep 09, 2014 6:49 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Interesting tire info
Replies: 2
Views: 422

Interesting tire info

This I found interesting. When speaking with my Insurance agent here in NY (Liberty Mutual) about Volvos, I mentioned that was in the market for new tires. He, being a 'car guy', was interested. When I mentioned the recommendation to go from 215/60/17 to 225/55/17, he warned against it. He said that...
by AlanS
Sun Aug 24, 2014 2:12 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Checking tranny fluid level
Replies: 9
Views: 1735

Checking tranny fluid level

2006-xc70. So I did a tranny drain and fill -2x- second one about 150 miles after #1....Now checking the level. With motor RUNNING...it's slightly below the hash mark...maybe even on the bottom one for HOT. The fluid is so clear that it's tough to tell where exactly the level is when running.. With ...
by AlanS
Thu Aug 21, 2014 4:59 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 06- XC70- Ocean Race- Tires?
Replies: 6
Views: 1679

06- XC70- Ocean Race- Tires?

So, reading the prior posts, there are opinions about tires. I need 4 !!!! Current are Conti Contacts 215/60- 17. Is this the size to replace them with? Is there a size that will offer better handling, etc.? I plan to use them all seasons... What tire is recommended for this vehicle to obtain handli...
by AlanS
Wed Aug 13, 2014 2:56 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Drain, or suck and fill gearbox?
Replies: 1
Views: 352

Drain, or suck and fill gearbox?

I am ready to 'drain and fill' my 2006 XC70 tranny. I went to Toyota and bought enough Toyota IV fluid. Could I 'suck' and fill instead? I have a MitiVac which I used to use to change my oil in my Mercedes. Is there any advantage to getting under the car and draining vs. sucking out the old fluid vi...
by AlanS
Tue Aug 12, 2014 2:03 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Which brake fluid?
Replies: 2
Views: 773

Which brake fluid?

ATE makes both SL.6 and 200 brake fluid. Any clue which to get for my 2006 XC70? I am going to change the entire system fluid...not just 'topping up'.
by AlanS
Mon Aug 11, 2014 5:41 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Wiper issue...crazy!
Replies: 1
Views: 286

Wiper issue...crazy!

1995 850...driver's wiper does not touch the windshield at the height of it's rotation (all the way to the left). It will touch in the center and beginning of the rotation, but the middle of the wiper doesn't touch 1/2 way through the cycle. I tried a new arm (FCP Groton), new blade...still the same...
by AlanS
Sun Jul 20, 2014 12:21 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: Sunroof seal?
Replies: 1
Views: 1302

Sunroof seal?

2001 S40...sunroof leaks into car. All drains are clear. With the inside shade removed, I can see the water drip around the seal into the rear section of the sunroof. It then overflows the pan that directs the water to the drains. Seems like the sunroof gasket is too small, not making a secure/ wate...
by AlanS
Sat Jul 19, 2014 2:31 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Detailing questions...
Replies: 1
Views: 489

Detailing questions...

Quick detailing questions: 1. The Ocean Race 'sticker' that is attached to the driver's door peeled off. The adhesive is still on the door. What can I SAFELY use to remove it? What adhesive do I use to attach the rubbery square name plate? 2. What do I use to get old white wax off of the black bumpe...
by AlanS
Fri Jul 11, 2014 4:18 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Sunroof panel rattling....
Replies: 3
Views: 606

Re: Sunroof panel rattling....

abscate wrote:What car and year is this for, Alan?
2006 xc70 OR.
by AlanS
Thu Jul 10, 2014 5:09 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Sunroof panel rattling....
Replies: 3
Views: 606

Sunroof panel rattling....

The sliding interior panel that covers the sunroof has developed a rattle when slid back to reveal the sunroof. This is the position I like, as I enjoy the sunlight in the car. Any clue as to how to stop it from rattling? Seems like an impossible task.
by AlanS
Tue Jun 17, 2014 3:36 pm
Forum: Events, Car Talk, General Discussion & MVS Forum
Topic: I can recommend a salvage supplier
Replies: 1
Views: 549

I can recommend a salvage supplier

I had a great experience purchasing used (pre-owned) parts from Swedish Imports- Volvo Salvage http://volvosalvage.com. Mike Hackler was a pleasure to work with and even adjusted the price to match my budget. I needed a black fender for my 850...he found one, excellent condition, packed it well and ...
by AlanS
Tue Jun 17, 2014 3:28 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Buying a Volvo S60
Replies: 18
Views: 2733

Re: Buying a Volvo S60

The other nite my wife asked what we would replace her aging S40 with. She, too, likes the S60, so I am interested in the responses to your inquiry. I suggested a Japanese car (so we would never have to visit a mechanic again), and she nixed the idea...she's a 'car gal', and enjoys driving. So, let'...
by AlanS
Sat Jun 14, 2014 2:29 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Oil change intervals?
Replies: 33
Views: 12665

Oil change intervals?

What is your oil/filter change interval. I use mobil1 and do it every 4k.
by AlanS
Fri Jun 13, 2014 4:09 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Clearing message?
Replies: 1
Views: 409

Clearing message?

2006 xc70- Message said to Fill Washer...I did...message remains on...?
by AlanS
Sun Jun 08, 2014 6:36 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Fluid change time?
Replies: 5
Views: 890

Fluid change time?

My '06 XC70 has 56,000 miles on it. A local Volvo enthusiast said that, since he has had bevel gear issues, I should change that fluid every year as a preventative measure. Any thoughts? He also recommends all fluid changes this summer (brake, anti-freeze and auto gear box). Engine oil gets changed ...
by AlanS
Sat May 17, 2014 11:55 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Windshield
Replies: 6
Views: 628

Re: Windshield

Being an avid cyclist, I am ALWAYS on the watch for riders. That evening, pouring rain...this guy comes barreling down the road...wham, right into the front of my car, over the hood and into the windshield. No helmet, dark clothes, no light, riding the wrong way on the road in the dark / rain. Broke...
by AlanS
Sat May 17, 2014 10:48 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Windshield
Replies: 6
Views: 628

Windshield

A cyclist ran into my 850 wagon. Dented hood and winshield. I don't have all glass on the car. How do I find a windshield ? I can't put major cash into this car. Brooklyn ny.
by AlanS
Fri May 09, 2014 7:00 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: PNP Switch questions...
Replies: 6
Views: 1022

Re: PNP Switch questions...

I am here to learn and enjoy learning. I find it frustrating when people use abreviations PNP = WTF? without explaining it the first time you use said abbreviation... basic english. Other gripe is not disclosing if/how issue was fixed. It's called a PNP switch...(Park Neutral Position switch). No o...
by AlanS
Sun May 04, 2014 9:03 pm
Forum: Volvo Classifieds
Topic: WTB- 850 fender
Replies: 3
Views: 626

Re: WTB- 850 fender

erikv11 wrote:I don't have one for you but you may want to post your general location, could help you locate it.
Great idea: Long Island, New York..
by AlanS
Sun May 04, 2014 12:55 pm
Forum: Volvo Classifieds
Topic: WTB- 850 fender
Replies: 3
Views: 626

WTB- 850 fender

1995 850 wagon...I NEED a black front left (drivers) fender...Got one?
by AlanS
Thu May 01, 2014 6:37 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: PNP Switch questions...
Replies: 6
Views: 1022

Re: PNP Switch questions...

No prob.
by AlanS
Thu May 01, 2014 6:03 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: PNP Switch questions...
Replies: 6
Views: 1022

PNP Switch questions...

2001 S40...130K...My CEL went on...had it checked for codes...700/705...PNP switch. He turned off the CEL, I drove it about 50 miles and it returned. I ordered the new part. Had the CEL turned off...it's been about 100+ miles, the CEL has not returned !!! Do I change the PNP, or assume that the unit...
by AlanS
Sun Apr 20, 2014 8:30 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Brake bleed questions
Replies: 2
Views: 493

Brake bleed questions

I want to do a full bleed on my 06-XC70, 01-S40 and 95- 850. You guys (gals) prefer any particular brake fluid? AND...since I haven't been under the XC70 as yet...can I do a bleed without taking the wheels off? On some models the bleed screw is nicely assessable from the inside without wheel removal...
by AlanS
Fri Apr 11, 2014 4:10 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: 01 S-40 CEL and flashing light
Replies: 0
Views: 324

01 S-40 CEL and flashing light

Just happened...CEL and flashing arrow. Did the 'shift from P-D 20 times' routine, the arrow went out, but the CEL Remains. I can't get to a code reader until Monday (It's Friday). Any ideas? No change in tranny feel, car rides just fine. Can I drive 20 miles?
by AlanS
Tue Mar 18, 2014 10:32 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Coolant brand?
Replies: 7
Views: 995

Re: Coolant brand?

Got it! I have about 10k since the change on the S40. Should I (come spring), change it to HOAT, or is damage done? Don't want to add insult to injury.
by AlanS
Tue Mar 18, 2014 9:46 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Coolant brand?
Replies: 7
Views: 995

Re: Coolant brand?

Do not mix Prestone (OAT technology) with Volvo (HOAT technology) . Listen to Jimmy, a little distilled water will get you there. In my 01-S40 and 95-850, I have used the Prestone since these cars were kinda new. The '06 is different technology? Or did I screw up on the '01- S40? Thus, for the XC70...
by AlanS
Tue Mar 18, 2014 7:51 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Coolant brand?
Replies: 7
Views: 995

Coolant brand?

2006 XC70- I see that my coolant is at the Min mark. I am sure that this is the orig coolant (and I will change the whole system fluid in the Spring), but I want to add fluid. I have Prestone in the house. Any issue in using it to top up?
by AlanS
Thu Feb 20, 2014 7:53 pm
Forum: VIDA, VADIS, DiCE
Topic: Laptop needed...VIDA/ DICE
Replies: 6
Views: 2488

Re: Laptop needed...VIDA/ DICE

What is the minimum requirements needed for use on a laptop? I'm running the 2012 version with a Chinese DICE on a Thinkpad T40 (1.4 Ghz, single core) with a 40GB HD and 2GB RAM, on XP SP3. TPs of this vintage can be found most anywhere for under $100. Just make sure you inquire about the USB ports...
by AlanS
Tue Feb 18, 2014 5:53 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: How do I prevent paint chips on hood?
Replies: 4
Views: 718

How do I prevent paint chips on hood?

I have noticed small paint chip-out on the leading edge of my engine hood. In the 'old days' we used a bra to keep the hood factory fresh. Has anyone tried, or know of the results of clear film or even Plasti-Dip for the hood?
by AlanS
Mon Feb 17, 2014 3:21 pm
Forum: VIDA, VADIS, DiCE
Topic: Laptop needed...VIDA/ DICE
Replies: 6
Views: 2488

Laptop needed...VIDA/ DICE

So, I want to plunge into reading my own codes, etc. I run Mac desktop and a few iPads. I understand that I will need Windows and a laptop to really do this right. What is the minimum requirements needed for use on a laptop? Before I buy any diagnostic software, I want to be 'ready' with the laptop....
by AlanS
Wed Jan 29, 2014 5:58 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Silly mod question...
Replies: 6
Views: 1237

Re: Silly mod question...

JRL wrote:Well you can't, so deal with it
You can't resist an obnoxious comment. How was my spelling?
http://www.matthewsvolvosite.com/forums ... 30&t=51007
by AlanS
Tue Jan 28, 2014 7:20 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Silly mod question...
Replies: 6
Views: 1237

Re: Silly mod question...

It should always flash, even if the car is locked. Maybe the cold is getting to it? It only flashes ONCE, when you initiate the door lock. A second (or third) confirmation press on the key fob does not create a flash. I want it to flash EVERY time I press lock. Again, it's silly, but if it could be...
by AlanS
Fri Jan 24, 2014 5:53 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Silly mod question...
Replies: 6
Views: 1237

Silly mod question...

In my 2009 xc70, when ever you press the lock on the key fob, the lights will flash, showing that you have locked the door. So, if you check the LOCK...lights will flash. NOW, on my 2006, it only flashes once. Why do I care? If I am checking to see if the doors are locked, without going out in 7degr...
by AlanS
Mon Jan 20, 2014 3:43 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2003 XC70 spongy brake mystery
Replies: 13
Views: 3534

Re: 2003 XC70 spongy brake mystery

I'm in a similar boat...Any special precautions when bleeding ABS?
by AlanS
Sat Jan 18, 2014 5:28 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: What brake fluid?
Replies: 1
Views: 520

What brake fluid?

My brake pedal is squishy...compared to my 850 and S40, it is not too responsive. So, since it is a 2006, I thought that the easiest, and timely thing to do would be a brake bleed. What fluid is recommended? And, is there a sequence with AWD/ ABS brakes? In the past, I would do the wheel furthest fr...
by AlanS
Wed Jan 08, 2014 12:51 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: An odd radio problem...
Replies: 5
Views: 593

Re: An odd radio problem...

Well, if the problem is within the radio...then I will take advantage of the excellent warranty offered by Kenwood. I just hate pulling the radio again...and in the cold weather, yuck.
by AlanS
Wed Jan 08, 2014 10:12 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: An odd radio problem...
Replies: 5
Views: 593

Re: An odd radio problem...

kcodyjr wrote:$5 says the cold caused a low-voltage condition in the battery that confused the controller in the radio. By disconnecting it, including the unswitched power wire, you've reset it.
If this is so...any cure? besides warmer weather!
by AlanS
Tue Jan 07, 2014 6:42 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: An odd radio problem...
Replies: 5
Views: 593

An odd radio problem...

2006 XC70- I installed an aftermarket radio about 1-2 months ago. Nice Kenwood unit. I am savvy with these installations, so it went smoothly...all connections were/are solid. Two days ago, got in the car...no power to the radio. Did my errand. Upon return home, turned off the engine, checked all th...
by AlanS
Sun Dec 29, 2013 4:59 pm
Forum: VIDA, VADIS, DiCE
Topic: 2001 xc70 want to get a vida/dice
Replies: 8
Views: 1341

Re: 2001 xc70 want to get a vida/dice

I have several Volvos: '06 XC70, '01 S40, '95 850. Will the VIDA read all of these? or just the XC70?
by AlanS
Fri Dec 27, 2013 6:01 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Stumbling in the morning
Replies: 6
Views: 742

Re: Stumbling in the morning

95SE wrote:Let it warm up.
Well, at least that made me smile.
by AlanS
Fri Dec 27, 2013 5:27 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Stumbling in the morning
Replies: 6
Views: 742

Stumbling in the morning

2006 XC70- So it's 20-30 degrees in the morning...cold engine. It stumbles / hesitates when you accelerate. Once hot...no prob.. New plugs, oil change, air filter. No difference. Only hesitates on a cold engine. Ideas?
by AlanS
Fri Dec 27, 2013 9:14 am
Forum: VIDA, VADIS, DiCE
Topic: 2001 xc70 want to get a vida/dice
Replies: 8
Views: 1341

Re: 2001 xc70 want to get a vida/dice

When looking for a cheap second hand laptop, what level operating system does it need to have in order to run Vida/DICE?
by AlanS
Thu Dec 19, 2013 8:07 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: iPhone and OBD?
Replies: 1
Views: 340

iPhone and OBD?

Speaking about OBD readers/ apps....How can I best utilize my iPhone as an OBD tool? What interface and apps work best? Any personal experiences?
by AlanS
Mon Dec 16, 2013 6:45 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2006 v70r oil smell coming in through the vents
Replies: 8
Views: 1006

Re: 2006 v70r oil smell coming in through the vents

Same thing here...Installed a heater core in my 850...whew, what an odor. Oil on the heater core. Had to remove it, cleaned it with Simple Green (the exterior, of course)...then replaced it. No odor. I've done several heater cores on 850's...only one had this issue. Now, I recommend cleaning the ext...
by AlanS
Sun Dec 15, 2013 8:47 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: How do we measure boost?
Replies: 9
Views: 2579

How do we measure boost?

So, I read about 'turbo boost'... How does one check the 'boost' on our cars? I know that some cars come equipped with a boost gauge....
by AlanS
Sat Dec 14, 2013 2:47 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: 2001 S40- Need new steering wheel.
Replies: 0
Views: 403

2001 S40- Need new steering wheel.

2001 S40- Steering wheel material is breaking down. I need a replacement. All the 2001 units are equally as worn out. What steering wheels will fit directly in this car? I tried a steering wheel leather cover, but it just didn't fit right (too narrow)...
by AlanS
Mon Dec 02, 2013 8:38 am
Forum: Volvo Car Audio
Topic: Park Assist?
Replies: 0
Views: 848

Park Assist?

I just installed a really nice Kenwood in my 07 XC70. Works fine...BUT...lost the Park Assist. Is there no way to wire this up? Has no one figured this one out yet? Seems a shame to lose the function.
by AlanS
Tue Nov 26, 2013 6:24 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: His car is faster than mine....
Replies: 2
Views: 527

His car is faster than mine....

I have a 2006 OC XC70- 51K miles...great condition. My friend has a 2002 XC70. We swapped keys for a test ride. I must say, his car has a lot more 'snap' when accelerating. Right off the line it was noticeably quicker. He gets about 20mpg around town, I just checked...16.5 (Same town, same driving)....
by AlanS
Sat Nov 23, 2013 6:20 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: What plug- 2006 XC70?
Replies: 7
Views: 941

What plug- 2006 XC70?

2006 XC70 50K miles- what spark plug? The OEM at FCP Groton are $60, Bosch Plat and Iridium are 1/2 that. What is best for my car? I just want to get a new set in before the winter here in NY...
by AlanS
Wed Nov 20, 2013 7:48 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: What add on gauge?
Replies: 4
Views: 585

Re: What add on gauge?

Nothing for iPhone?
by AlanS
Sun Nov 17, 2013 6:01 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: What add on gauge?
Replies: 4
Views: 585

What add on gauge?

2006 xc70- I installed an aftermarket radio. Single DIN. Now I have a large blank space where the vertical pocket was, left of the orig. radio. I could use this spot for a gauge or switches. What gauge would be beneficial to add? What brand would look suitable? Just having some fun with making the c...
by AlanS
Sat Nov 16, 2013 5:35 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 95 850- I need 4 tires.
Replies: 8
Views: 653

95 850- I need 4 tires.

My son's 95 850 wagon needs 4 tires. I will do the right thing and get them for him (birthday/ holiday). Any suggestions? Tirerack recommends: Bridgestone Potenza, Yokohama Avid, Bridgestone Tunanza. I want him to be safe. New York weather...snow in the winter, rain in the fall and spring. I really ...
by AlanS
Mon Nov 11, 2013 7:38 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Dome light panel removal?
Replies: 0
Views: 202

Dome light panel removal?

2006 xc70- Dome light panel- The dome light panel which incorporates the dome light and switches, how do I remove it? I see that there is a 'vented' section about 1" sq. at the rear (opposite end from the mirror). I am wondering if that 'vent' is where the factory bluetooth mic is located. If it is ...
by AlanS
Sun Nov 10, 2013 4:15 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Leaky tires?
Replies: 1
Views: 261

Leaky tires?

My 1995 850 has 'leaky tires'. I'm always filling two of them. The tread is fine, the valves were changed (I put new cores in). The wheels themselves have never been damaged. I would hate to put the cash in on two new tires to find it is a 'porous' wheel. It that possible? Any hints?
by AlanS
Fri Nov 08, 2013 5:38 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Expecting to install new radio.
Replies: 2
Views: 518

Expecting to install new radio.

2006 xc70. I ordered a single din replacement radio from Crutchfield. I needed (wanted) a unit that has Bluetooth and Sirius...no more 'add-ons' and 'plug ins'. It should come next week. Anything that I should know, any snags that you anticipate I might run into? I read the console removal instructi...
by AlanS
Sun Nov 03, 2013 2:48 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: '06 more questions
Replies: 0
Views: 243

'06 more questions

More questions: 2006 Ocean Race XC70- 51K miles. -I see that one of the front tires is worn on the outside. Do I have to replace BOTH fronts? Can they be different than the rear? Any tire suggestions for quiet, well handling 4 season? - Can the AWD be disconnected in this car? Removing the driveshaf...
by AlanS
Sun Nov 03, 2013 8:37 am
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: 2001 S40...Steering wheel issue
Replies: 0
Views: 411

2001 S40...Steering wheel issue

2001 S40. The horn contact needs repair. Can't get the steering wheel off. 30Torx driver...won't seat into the bolt. I am thinking, the way it feels, that the Torx head is stripped OR...it's not Torx at all. Any ideas? I would hate to drill out the bolt head...very akward position, and all those met...
by AlanS
Sat Nov 02, 2013 9:17 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Removing door panels?
Replies: 1
Views: 322

Removing door panels?

2006 Ocean Race...new for me. I don't think there are the full compliment of speakers in the door, however, I don't know how to take the door panel off. I see these plastic buttons on the inside edge, but don't want to just pry at them...How do I remove the speaker panels for the doors in a 2006 xc7...
by AlanS
Wed Oct 23, 2013 9:25 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2006 XC70 Ocean Race...more questions!
Replies: 0
Views: 256

2006 XC70 Ocean Race...more questions!

So...here's some more questions: 1. Paint protection- The finish on my 2006 was very well cared for. We are approaching winter here in NY...no garage. What finish protection do you all use...It has to last the winter, as I am NOT waxing the car in the snow! AND...what do you remove white wax from th...
by AlanS
Sat Oct 19, 2013 3:39 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2006 brake questions.
Replies: 3
Views: 623

2006 brake questions.

Again, just got a 2006 xc70..51K miles...been driving all week. Brake pedal is low. Too much travel before it grabs. Dealer sold me the car, stated that it passed all tests for sale + inspection. I can see that there is 'meat' on the pads, the front rotors need replacing as there is a Hefty lip on t...
by AlanS
Mon Oct 14, 2013 9:11 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Steering issue.
Replies: 2
Views: 531

Steering issue.

So, just shaking out some issues with the new acquisition...2006 xc70 Ocean Race. Steering: When I turn the wheel for almost to it's end, i.e: turning into a driveway from street, the wheel does not return to center as I am accustomed with other cars. You know, you turn the steering wheel, it return...
by AlanS
Mon Oct 14, 2013 7:18 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2006 XC70- Aftermarket radios???
Replies: 5
Views: 3482

Re: 2006 XC70- Aftermarket radios???

Thanks, Jesse. I am trying to avoid the Plug and Play Sirius unit that needs to be adhered to the dash, console. I would like it to be integrated in the radio. Unfortunately, the HU650 does not allow for Satellite radio, so you have to have an external tuner. BUT, the GROM sounds like something I wi...
by AlanS
Sun Oct 13, 2013 3:41 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2006 XC70- Aftermarket radios???
Replies: 5
Views: 3482

Re: 2006 XC70- Aftermarket radios???

I want to get Sirius and cell phone bluetooth. I DO NOT want the plug-and-play add on...ugly!
by AlanS
Sat Oct 12, 2013 8:45 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2006 XC70- Aftermarket radios???
Replies: 5
Views: 3482

2006 XC70- Aftermarket radios???

Anyone have any pics or experience with aftermarket radios in a 2006 XC60? I see that the parking assist has it's sound via the radio. Wonder how that all gets worked out? Where can I get the 'filler plate' that adapts to the void where the factory radio was? I would want a single DIN with a pocket....
by AlanS
Thu Oct 10, 2013 4:21 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Volvo "Protection Plan" questions
Replies: 0
Views: 293

Volvo "Protection Plan" questions

About to buy a 2006 xc70. I can fold a Volvo Warranty into the price. Dealer has a Volvo Protection Plan 3years/ 30K miles. I have the contract in my hand, which, for the most part is 'legalize'. Anyone have any experience with these Plans? I just don't want to get caught with a problem and find out...
by AlanS
Tue Oct 08, 2013 8:30 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2006 XC70 Ocean Race...thinking of it.
Replies: 0
Views: 276

2006 XC70 Ocean Race...thinking of it.

Looked at a 2006 XC70- Ocean Race Edition today. 51,000 miles. The only cosmetic issue I found was a door ding (small enough that it can be sucked out) and a wheel with some scars on it. One owner, service records. Dealer is selling the car and willing to give me a nice trade in on my current vehicl...
by AlanS
Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:00 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: XC60?
Replies: 6
Views: 751

Re: XC60?

IMSITTINGINYOURCHAIR wrote:well If you are asking why your car seems to be lagging on performance. there are many things that can hinder it. clogged air filter, one or more sensors not reporting the right numbers. it goes on and on.
It was just at Volvo for it's 52,000 check up...wouldn't they view those stats as routine?
by AlanS
Sun Oct 06, 2013 9:48 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: XC60?
Replies: 6
Views: 751

XC60?

While my 2009 was in for an oil change (I am concerned that they said the oil was LOW...where did it go?), I had a 2013 XC60 loaner. Dealer said it is the same engine as mine...if so, why was it so 'spirited'? Very quick and responsive...no turbo.
by AlanS
Tue Oct 01, 2013 5:07 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Seats....
Replies: 2
Views: 589

Re: Seats....

They look different, at the least based on the pictures I saw on Google image. What's the reason to replace P2 seat with a P3? I hate the seat in my 2009. It's narrow and has high side bolsters. Feels like I am sitting in a valley...And I am all of 150 lbs.!!! I have a 2001 S40, 95-850, and have ow...
by AlanS
Mon Sep 30, 2013 7:46 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Seats....
Replies: 2
Views: 589

Seats....

Can I put a P2 (2007) drivers seat (bottom is what I want) in a 2009 (P3)? I would need to know if they are compatible before buying. I have no way to 'try' one to see.
by AlanS
Thu Aug 29, 2013 2:37 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2001 S40...I know, it's the 850 forum!
Replies: 7
Views: 511

Re: 2001 S40...I know, it's the 850 forum!

Battery is brand new...two weeks old. Connections are clean and tight. Voltmeter reads 12.7 -engine off. 12.7 with engine on and revved to 3000 rpm. No change. I ordered a replacement alternator for $140.
by AlanS
Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:34 am
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: 2001 S40...battery symbol on dash ON!
Replies: 3
Views: 1090

2001 S40...battery symbol on dash ON!

2001 S40, new battery two weeks ago. The 'battery symbol' on the dash is on. My manual says NOTHING about this symbol. Any ideas? If you have an idea, what do I do to resolve the problem? Thanks.
by AlanS
Thu Aug 29, 2013 6:33 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2001 S40...I know, it's the 850 forum!
Replies: 7
Views: 511

2001 S40...I know, it's the 850 forum!

I post here because the S40 forum gets limited viewing...AND...I also have an 850. Anyway. 2001 S40, new battery two weeks ago. The 'battery symbol' on the dash is on. My manual says NOTHING about this symbol. Any ideas? If you have an idea, what do I do to resolve the problem? Thanks.
by AlanS
Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:58 pm
Forum: Volvo S80 Forum - First Generation 1999-2006
Topic: 2009 seats!
Replies: 1
Views: 398

2009 seats!

I am very unhappy with my 2009 XC70. Purchased it last year...CPO car from dealer. BUT...due to the financial loss in selling it, I may need (have to) to keep it. My biggest problem is the driver's bottom seat (not the back). The side bolsters are so high that they 'pinch' my arse and after a short ...
by AlanS
Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:56 pm
Forum: Volvo V70, XC70 2008-2016, Volvo S80 2007-2016
Topic: 2009 seats...hate them!
Replies: 0
Views: 1195

2009 seats...hate them!

OK...if you have been following my posts, you already know that I am very unhappy with my 2009 XC70. BUT...due to the financial loss in selling it, I may need (have to) to keep it. My biggest problem is the driver's bottom seat (not the back). The side bolsters are so high that they 'pinch' my arse ...
by AlanS
Sat Aug 24, 2013 12:55 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2009 xc70 SEATS...yuch...I hate them!
Replies: 0
Views: 270

2009 xc70 SEATS...yuch...I hate them!

OK...if you have been following my posts, you already know that I am very unhappy with my 2009 XC70. BUT...due to the financial loss in selling it, I may need (have to) to keep it. My biggest problem is the driver's bottom seat (not the back). The side bolsters are so high that they 'pinch' my arse ...
by AlanS
Wed Aug 07, 2013 9:26 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2007? 2008?
Replies: 1
Views: 294

2007? 2008?

I drove a 2007 xc70 today...liked it much better than my 2009. Handled quicker, better fitting seats (for me). Smaller engine, but more p/u. When did Volvo change it's models? Is the 2008 the same as 2007, or 2009? Any feedback on the 2007 model year? I know it's a 'trade down' from my 2009 to a 200...
by AlanS
Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:31 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: How do I buy another Volvo?
Replies: 4
Views: 954

Re: How do I buy another Volvo?

Contact me NEXT WEEK (can't do anything this week, hospital tomorrow) and maybe I can find what you need. Many dealers are very lackadaisical, I'm not. If it exists and is for sale (at wholesale) somewhere, I can find what you want Jim YOU GOT IT...and remember, do what the nurses ask...they are th...
by AlanS
Wed Jul 31, 2013 7:20 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: How do I buy another Volvo?
Replies: 4
Views: 954

How do I buy another Volvo?

I am not happy with my 2009 XC70. Slow , uncomfortable driver's seat, and poor mpg. I would, however, like the NON- AWD version, or the V70. I have one year left on the CPO warranty. How do I sell this thing? How do I find a replacement vehicle? Originally, I went to the dealer (last October), that'...
by AlanS
Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:55 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2009 oil capacity?
Replies: 3
Views: 452

Re: 2009 oil capacity?

Absolutely! Got the level-ist driveway in town.
by AlanS
Sun Jul 07, 2013 3:28 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2009 oil capacity?
Replies: 3
Views: 452

2009 oil capacity?

So I was tired of giving the Dealer my $$$, so I did my own oil change. I got the car (2009 xc70) last year with the Certified Pre-Owned Warranty, so the last 2 oil changes were on THEM. Ahead with my story...Drained the oil, changed the filter (eazy- Peazy)...the manual read: 7.82quarts w/ filter. ...
by AlanS
Sun Jun 23, 2013 8:07 am
Forum: Volvo V70, XC70 2008-2016, Volvo S80 2007-2016
Topic: Oil Change questions
Replies: 3
Views: 2271

Oil Change questions

Oil change in 2009 XC70...48,000 miles. Until now, the Dealer did the changes (as I just bought the car last year)...now, it's my turn. Done tons of changes in my life...but don't want any snags on this one. Filter- Do I get a 36mm socket for the filter cover? Is this the recommended method? I will ...
by AlanS
Sun Jun 02, 2013 7:08 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Rough idle
Replies: 3
Views: 284

Re: Rough idle

You need to fill in... Mileage on car How did idle change? Maintenance history? Has electronic throttle body ever been cleaned, serviced, upgraded ? When was PVC last serviced? About 150k miles It's my wife's car...I drove it today...she said that she didn't notice the rough idle, so I haven't a cl...
by AlanS
Sun Jun 02, 2013 4:05 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Rough idle
Replies: 3
Views: 284

Rough idle

This is really about a 2001 S40...That forum is visited so infrequently, I thought I would ask you guys (I have an 850 also)...Rough idle. I changed the plugs, no change. It always ran smoothly at idle, you wouldn't know the engine was on...Now, the car vibrates at idle...What should I look at? What...
by AlanS
Tue May 07, 2013 4:04 pm
Forum: Volvo V70, XC70 2008-2016, Volvo S80 2007-2016
Topic: Seats
Replies: 1
Views: 1812

Seats

2009 xc70. I believe I will be the first to complain about the Volvo seats...but maybe this will sound familiar to someone...meaning, there is a problem with mine. Simply put: I feel the seams in the seat under my bottom. There are side supports and two sections under your rearend. The seams that ru...
by AlanS
Tue Apr 09, 2013 6:00 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Strut change questions.
Replies: 10
Views: 1825

Strut change questions.

I will be changing the struts on my 95 - 850 (200,000m) and my 2001-S40 (150,000m). Since I don't want to open /close them up more than once, what other suspension parts are 'normally' changed at these intervals? Let me make the purchase NOW, rather than later. Currently the symptoms for both cars a...
by AlanS
Mon Apr 08, 2013 9:23 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What shocks?
Replies: 21
Views: 2712

What shocks?

Which struts and shocks: KYB, Bilstein or Sachs? Plain and simple. I want a comfortable ride.
by AlanS
Wed Mar 27, 2013 8:59 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: What is ethanol?
Replies: 3
Views: 425

What is ethanol?

What is ethanol? Passed a station today that had 85% ethanol for less than regular. I suspect that I CANNOT use this in my 2009 xc70.
by AlanS
Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:48 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Struts, etc.
Replies: 4
Views: 289

Re: Struts, etc.

I haven't a clue as to the orig. ride height...just threw that out there to see if anyone had a clue. Are spring seats recommended upon strut changes? I don't want to do this job again...I am keeping this car till it doesn't run any longer...
by AlanS
Sun Mar 03, 2013 3:41 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Struts, etc.
Replies: 4
Views: 289

Re: Struts, etc.

...I did some measuring...just for reference, I inflated all tires. I measured from the ground, intersecting the center of the wheel, to the edge of the wheelwell. All 4 corners were 25" (+/- 1/2"). So one was 25, 25.5, 24.5, 25. So, given those #'s, I guess the springs are doing fine???
by AlanS
Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:27 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Struts, etc.
Replies: 4
Views: 289

Struts, etc.

I know, it's not the S40 forum...but I like you guys and have used this forum for my 850...let's see if you have any ideas: 2001 S40...130k miles. Original suspension. It's time to do the struts all around...I think I will also do the springs. So, while I am in there, doing the struts and springs, a...
by AlanS
Sun Mar 03, 2013 8:26 am
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: struts, etc.
Replies: 0
Views: 260

struts, etc.

2001 S40...130k miles. It's time to do the struts all around...I think I will also do the springs. So, while I am in there, doing the struts and springs, anything else I HAVE to change (while its apart)? Plus...Bilstein Touring or KYB? Any suggestions?
by AlanS
Tue Feb 26, 2013 2:35 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What to buy?
Replies: 6
Views: 900

Re: What to buy?

The XCs due to their ride height will never feel like a well balanced driver's car in the way a lighter 850 does. The AWD system also adds weight adding to some more weight transfer during hard cornering. Don't get me wrong they still feel solid and stable on the road but I have a feeling that you'...
by AlanS
Mon Feb 25, 2013 8:08 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: What to buy?
Replies: 6
Views: 900

Re: What to buy?

JRL...I would love to explore your cars, but I have this 2009 xc70 that I have to 'get rid of' before I do anything.
by AlanS
Sun Feb 24, 2013 12:34 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: What to buy?
Replies: 6
Views: 900

What to buy?

OK...since I am settled on getting rid of my 2009 XC70 (Because it guzzles gas and handles like a tank), what next? Let's say that I stay in the Volvo family: I really liked my 850...It was low slung, responsive and comfortable. The next step would have been the V70, but I thought the xc70 would be ...
by AlanS
Sun Feb 17, 2013 5:17 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: I'm selling my xc70...
Replies: 3
Views: 361

Re: I'm selling my xc70...

JRL wrote:Didn't you take it on a long test drive first?
Most people do that you know
Like a first date, I was impressed. Then I lived with it. It is a wonderful car, but as I got to drive it more, I found that I want more from a car. I would think that I would have probably like a turbo V70 more...
by AlanS
Sat Feb 16, 2013 6:41 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: I'm selling my xc70...
Replies: 3
Views: 361

I'm selling my xc70...

Well, I gave it a good try, but I will be selling my 2009, newly purchased XC70. I have had it for several months, and my conclusion is "I don't like it". Why? I have had a list of Volvos (142, P-1899, 240, 740, 760, 850, S40) as well as Mercedes 300te, BMW2002, MGB's, VW's and a favorite- Porsche 9...
by AlanS
Sat Jan 26, 2013 6:57 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: So, I have a P-2?
Replies: 3
Views: 393

So, I have a P-2?

So, my 2009 XC70 is a P2 ? Any time I see reference to P2, I can take that advice? I am so used to owning my 850/ 740's, that the P-terminology throws me.
by AlanS
Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:07 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: HID's...DRL's...
Replies: 3
Views: 399

Re: HID's...DRL's...

OK...scrap that idea.
by AlanS
Mon Jan 07, 2013 1:31 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: HID's...DRL's...
Replies: 3
Views: 399

HID's...DRL's...

2009 XC70. I must get brighter lighting. Old eyes! HID's seem to be the way to go (modest cost- $80). Should I, do I need to, get the DRL's turned OFF so that they HID's don't run all the time? Any issue with having the dealer shut them off? I have to bring the car in for a problem next week, so I c...
by AlanS
Sun Dec 23, 2012 9:04 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2009 oil filter question.
Replies: 1
Views: 298

2009 oil filter question.

2009 xc70 oil change question: When you remove the oil filter housing, lifting it UP...does oil spill all over the place, or does gravity work in our favor and the filter is empty by that time? Where can I get a nice description of how to do a basic oil change in my car?
by AlanS
Sun Dec 23, 2012 12:29 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: '01- S40...how do I remove steering wheel?
Replies: 1
Views: 432

Re: '01- S40...how do I remove steering wheel???

I cannot get the Steering wheel off of my 2001 S-40. I read that it is a Torx 30...set at an angle. I cannot get it! Any hints?
by AlanS
Sun Dec 16, 2012 9:05 am
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: '01- S40...how do I remove steering wheel?
Replies: 1
Views: 432

'01- S40...how do I remove steering wheel?

2001 S40= Horn does NOT work...I feel that it is the horn contact under the steering wheel. What tools to take off the steering wheel? I can see a torn, what size? What is the procedure to remove the air bag?
by AlanS
Sat Dec 15, 2012 7:03 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: DRL's - 2009 XC70- Can I disable them?
Replies: 0
Views: 281

DRL's - 2009 XC70- Can I disable them?

I am contemplating installing HID's in my 2009 XC70. The current headlights are just not bright enough for me. They seem yellow, and no more improved than my old 95- 850. Do I have to have the DRL's disabled? Otherwise the HID's are on full-time. Expensive use of the bulbs. Is turning off the DRL's ...
by AlanS
Sun Dec 09, 2012 4:27 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: Do I need to work on the suspension?
Replies: 1
Views: 363

Do I need to work on the suspension?

Drove my wife's 2001 S40 today...I was not happy about the drive. Car's suspension felt rough and rigid. Not subtle at all. I remembered it being civilized...not now. No clunking, or noise, just rough. Felt every pebble on the road. Bouncing on the four corners, the shocks felt fine. They have never...
by AlanS
Sun Dec 09, 2012 4:08 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Sirius for non-prepped vehicle
Replies: 0
Views: 199

Sirius for non-prepped vehicle

I know that I have brought this topic up before, but ... I didn't really get the info I need: Sirius radio. My car 2009 xc70 is NOT prepped for Sirius. I do NOT want to use the plug and play (I am now, and it's unsightly). How would I go about wiring for Sirius in my car? Is it just that the cable f...
by AlanS
Fri Nov 23, 2012 8:22 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: I need brighter headlights!
Replies: 2
Views: 684

I need brighter headlights!

2009 xc70...I am getting older and find that I really want BRIGHT headlights. I am forever using my high beams because I find the lows to be too dim (for me). What can I do?
by AlanS
Sun Nov 18, 2012 8:10 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Oil leak- 95 - 850NA
Replies: 3
Views: 429

Re: Oil leak- 95 - 850NA

Does it have a specific name when I order it? I will probably go FCP, as I need some other stuff.
by AlanS
Sun Nov 18, 2012 6:43 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Oil leak- 95 - 850NA
Replies: 3
Views: 429

Oil leak- 95 - 850NA

95- 850NA- Doing an oil change today, under the car...I spied a very wet bottom of the engine. This oil is either coming from the driveshaft or higher up. It is oil, not tranny fluid. I think it might be coming from a cap/cover that is over the rear cam, to the right of the distributer (looking from...
by AlanS
Sun Nov 11, 2012 3:52 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2009 xc70..I would like a console light...How?
Replies: 2
Views: 341

2009 xc70..I would like a console light...How?

In my center console- the compartment that you lean your elbow upon...2009 xc70, when you open it up...it's DARK in there. At night I fumble for stuff. I think that this was an oversight on Volvo's part. Any way to install a small light? If so, could you be kinda specific as how to do it. Thanks.
by AlanS
Sun Nov 04, 2012 5:02 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Dripping drain plug!
Replies: 8
Views: 830

Re: Dripping drain plug!

My car has a dripping oil drain plug. It never used to...did an oil change and changed the washer, hoping that would stop it...nope. I don't want to dump the oil just to hack around with this. Any ideas? My driveway is looking ill from the spots. I had similar issue once. After a closer inspection,...
by AlanS
Sun Nov 04, 2012 4:28 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Dripping drain plug!
Replies: 8
Views: 830

Re: Dripping drain plug!

If you allready installed brand new washer i don't see the reason why it would drip oil except the drain plug isn't tighten enough...or you just installed the crush washer backwards.Did you used copper crush washer or an alluminium washer? Try to re-tight it a little bit more,but be carefull not to...
by AlanS
Sun Nov 04, 2012 3:38 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Dripping drain plug!
Replies: 8
Views: 830

Dripping drain plug!

My car has a dripping oil drain plug. It never used to...did an oil change and changed the washer, hoping that would stop it...nope. I don't want to dump the oil just to hack around with this. Any ideas? My driveway is looking ill from the spots.
by AlanS
Sun Oct 28, 2012 9:26 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: 2009 xc70. How do I remove console?
Replies: 0
Views: 286

2009 xc70. How do I remove console?

2009 xc70. I have to get under the center console to run some wires for a plug and play Sirius. Anyone know how the console / radio is removed?
by AlanS
Fri Oct 26, 2012 12:00 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1995 850 - what is minimum rotor thickness?
Replies: 3
Views: 1412

1995 850 - what is minimum rotor thickness?

1995 850 N/A. I need to do brake pads. I want to check if I need rotors. Using a caliper, I will 'attempt' to measure the thickness of the rotors. What is the minimal thickness that I should allow before changing rotors? Any suggestion on rotor types? This is not my daily driving car, giving it to m...
by AlanS
Thu Oct 25, 2012 12:53 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Sirius Plug and Play placement?
Replies: 0
Views: 268

Sirius Plug and Play placement?

2009 xc70. has anyone installed thier plug and play in a convienient spot that doesn't take away from the decor? I don't want to 'glue' it to the console in front of the shifter...how tacky!
by AlanS
Sat Oct 20, 2012 6:56 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Where do I get electric power for my Sirius?
Replies: 0
Views: 272

Where do I get electric power for my Sirius?

I want to wire my Sirius plug and play into the system. I usually (my 850, S40) into the lighter assembly. How would I remove the console to get to the back end of the wires. Unless you all have a better idea. The antenna is wired up and the Aux lead is also wired,,,just need POWER!
by AlanS
Fri Oct 19, 2012 4:52 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Can I get better than 18 mpg from my 2009 XC70?
Replies: 16
Views: 3165

Re: Can I get better than 18 mpg from my 2009 XC70?

I went to the Dealer. They are willing to work with me...(not rape, but heavy molestation!). I would take about a $2.5K loss giving the car back to them - trading up. They suggest (And I ask you all) that I get a FWD xc70 or a V70 (circa 2008). Both could be had. Service manager, just chatting with ...
by AlanS
Thu Oct 18, 2012 10:21 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Can I get better than 18 mpg from my 2009 XC70?
Replies: 16
Views: 3165

Re: Can I get better mpg from my 2009 xc70?

^this. My dads jeep gets confused whenever my sister drives it. I would be too. Poor car. Biggest gains in MPG are from adjusting driving habits. I have been able to gain 4 mpg from my Chevy by changing shifting habits. I live in NY- Long Island to be exact. Drive 15 miles to work..about 15 minutes...
by AlanS
Thu Oct 18, 2012 9:11 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Can I get better than 18 mpg from my 2009 XC70?
Replies: 16
Views: 3165

Re: Can I get better mpg from my 2009 xc70?

So, this is not something I can CHANGE to improve mpg, it's only a # (process) that, if dysfunctinal, can effect mpg. If the car is not throwing codes (which it isn't), then nothing can be done (besides selling the car!!!).
by AlanS
Wed Oct 17, 2012 6:28 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Can I get better than 18 mpg from my 2009 XC70?
Replies: 16
Views: 3165

Re: Can I get better mpg from my 2009 xc70?

jblackburn wrote:
igel513 wrote:mbreed, how do we reset the fuel trim, thru dealer or somebody w/ vida?
Disconnect battery for 30 minutes.
Explain what Fuel Trim is...why is this a way to raise mpg?
by AlanS
Tue Oct 16, 2012 12:12 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: What if I remove the AWD?
Replies: 3
Views: 544

What if I remove the AWD?

Crazy thought...what if I (on my 2009 xc70) remove the drive shaft for the AWD during the summer months? Turning it into a FWD. Hypothetically speaking...how much mpg would I save? Would I damage anything? Any 'downsides' to this idea?
by AlanS
Tue Oct 16, 2012 7:52 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Can I get better than 18 mpg from my 2009 XC70?
Replies: 16
Views: 3165

Re: Can I get better mpg from my 2009 xc70?

Actually considering selling the car (after 3 weeks ownership)...Never thought that the mpg's would be this poor... Now I have to figure out how to sell a car that I bought from the dealer (CPO)...
by AlanS
Mon Oct 15, 2012 6:44 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Can I get better than 18 mpg from my 2009 XC70?
Replies: 16
Views: 3165

Can I get better than 18 mpg from my 2009 XC70?

So, I guess I thought I would get better mpg out of my 2009 xc70 3.2 AWD. Now, combo highway and town 18mpg. How should I drive to get better mpg? Or is this the best I can expect?
by AlanS
Sat Oct 13, 2012 2:59 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Shark fin...
Replies: 2
Views: 546

Shark fin...

2009 XC70. Since my car is NOT Sirius equipped, I was told by the dealer that the shark fin on the top of the car is empty. I have a plug and play Sirius unit which requires one to put a magnetic antenna on the roof, snaking the wires through the rear hatch, etc. What if I put the Sirius antenna INS...
by AlanS
Sun Oct 07, 2012 6:41 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: Tune up kit?
Replies: 2
Views: 804

Tune up kit?

Funny, I can't seem to find tune up parts on-line for my 2001 S40. FCP Groton only has spark plugs and wires. No cap or rotor. Am I missing something here? There is a distributor, isn't there? Where is a good place to p/u parts at a decent price? That said...what plugs do I get? Seems to be three ty...
by AlanS
Wed Oct 03, 2012 8:25 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Coupla questions:
Replies: 1
Views: 280

Coupla questions:

So, Day #3 in my 2009 XC70....on the center of the speedo is a message readout: DSTC ON. Do I want this ON? is it just reminding me?
Also...on the ceiling by the sunroof control it has a readout that the Passenger AirBag is OFF... Why?
by AlanS
Mon Oct 01, 2012 7:28 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Satellite radio?
Replies: 0
Views: 212

Satellite radio?

New (for me) 2009 xc70. No satellite radio option in car. How do I get it ON THE STOCK RADIO? I don't want to add on an aux. unit, I want to use the current, in-dash unit. What do I need to know, do?
by AlanS
Mon Oct 01, 2012 1:14 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Pre-buyer's remorse!
Replies: 4
Views: 489

Re: Pre-buyer's remorse!

It's a healthy choice. You will walk more, park farther. Take care of it, fix it yourself, wash it. Drop kids off on time, avoid rush hour. Keep appointments, fewer roadside assistance, lower ins premium, go 340,000 miles, may be more, 26mpg and more, awesome drives. battery life 11yrs 3mo, shovel ...
by AlanS
Mon Oct 01, 2012 6:11 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Pre-buyer's remorse!
Replies: 4
Views: 489

Pre-buyer's remorse!

Today I can p/u my 2009 xc70. When I awoke this morning I thought : Premium fuel and 17mpg!!! Subaru Outback: Regular fuel 26mpg... What have I done!
by AlanS
Sun Sep 30, 2012 7:54 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: How do I keep an XC70 in tip-top shape?
Replies: 0
Views: 256

How do I keep an XC70 in tip-top shape?

OK...bought a 2009 XC70...41,000 miles...CPO. What do I need to do to keep this thing in tip-top shape? Besides regular oil/filter changes, do I need to consider tranny fluid changes? What else? This car has to last me a lifetime...
by AlanS
Sun Sep 30, 2012 1:15 pm
Forum: Volvo Car Audio
Topic: 2009 xc70...no Sirius~
Replies: 0
Views: 638

2009 xc70...no Sirius~

Just picked up a 2009 XC70. with NO satellite option on the radio. There is a blank push button...I don't want to add a touch and play unit...I want it integrated into the radio. What options do I have?
by AlanS
Sat Sep 29, 2012 2:22 pm
Forum: Volvo V70, XC70 2008-2016, Volvo S80 2007-2016
Topic: 2012 buying decision...
Replies: 1
Views: 1094

2012 buying decision...

OK...decision time. As I mentioned, I looked at a 2012 XC70 FWD...black, tan interior. 24,000 miles. Visually, nice...car fax is clean. My concern...such high milage on a new-ish car. No way to know what it has been through...or not. It has the remainer of the factory warranty (50-5yrs) left. Any co...
by AlanS
Fri Sep 28, 2012 5:59 pm
Forum: Volvo V70, XC70 2008-2016, Volvo S80 2007-2016
Topic: AWD vs FWD?
Replies: 3
Views: 2475

Re: AWD vs FWD?

Would I expect higher MPG? Less maintenance? Same performance?
by AlanS
Fri Sep 28, 2012 4:01 pm
Forum: Volvo V70, XC70 2008-2016, Volvo S80 2007-2016
Topic: AWD vs FWD?
Replies: 3
Views: 2475

AWD vs FWD?

I was just at the Dealer. He has a 2012 FWD xc70. I thought they were all AWD. What is the ADVANTAGE to FWD? I never had AWD, currently have an 850...no problems in the snow thus far.
by AlanS
Mon Sep 24, 2012 11:51 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Tire pressure leakage.
Replies: 8
Views: 992

Tire pressure leakage.

I've got fairly new tires on my '95 wheels. They lose air more than I feel is normal. Problem is, I want to give this car to my son (who does not even know what a tire guage is). So, I don't trust that he will monitor the tire pressure as it should be: hence, placing him in danger. I don't want to s...
by AlanS
Mon Sep 24, 2012 6:23 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Which xc-70?
Replies: 1
Views: 345

Which xc-70?

OK...so I have made the decision to get a pre-owned XC-70. Now, which one? I have some cash ($22,000). At the dealership, it gets me 2007-2011-ish. I just don't know if there were different engine options that I should be aware of. I don't need turbo (if that's an option), as I need to get some bett...
by AlanS
Tue Sep 11, 2012 9:56 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: switch to Benz of mid to late 90's.
Replies: 11
Views: 783

Re: switch to Benz of mid to late 90's.

If you want a reliable wagon, go for a Subaru. But don't expect it to be fast or drive nicely. Too bad Honda stepped out of the game. 90-93 Accords are STILL some of the most reliable cars on the road. I've been looking to get a new wagon myself. I drove my sister's NEW 2013 Subaru Outback this pas...
by AlanS
Tue Sep 11, 2012 8:46 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: switch to Benz of mid to late 90's.
Replies: 11
Views: 783

Re: switch to Benz of mid to late 90's.

Had an '89 300TE, and the local shop (small town) kinda specializes in Benz's. Whole new game. Expensive parts (I don't care where you get them from), rear suspension hydraulic was costly even with me doing most of the work, the 4-matic is a pain. I went back to Volvo...I loved the touring ride of t...
by AlanS
Sat Aug 25, 2012 7:35 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: Rear rotor question
Replies: 2
Views: 500

Rear rotor question

I am searching online for Zimmerman rotors. There are two listings for the rear, but no indication why. I am assuming that there is a size issue. Short of tearing down my brakes and measuring, is there a way to tell what size rotors I have in the rear? Anyone have anyother clue as to why there are t...
by AlanS
Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:58 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Anyone use an Oil Extractor?
Replies: 6
Views: 597

Anyone use an Oil Extractor?

Anyone ever use an oil-extractor to remove engine or ATF? I know that alot of Mercedes owners do (for some reason). It would make the tranny fluid exchange sooooo much neater.
by AlanS
Fri Aug 24, 2012 4:31 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: Exhaust...the fun don't end!
Replies: 1
Views: 390

Exhaust...the fun don't end!

2001 S40. Brought the car into my mechanic to check out exhaust sounds...he said it is the rear cat/ pipe. Contacted FCP- $280+ for a Davico direct-fit. Mechanic said "Hey, is this a California car or Federal"? What? I live in NY...bought the car used in 2004. He took the VIN, called local Volvo Dea...
by AlanS
Tue Aug 21, 2012 7:53 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: Tranny fluid confusion
Replies: 4
Views: 1025

Re: Tranny fluid confusion

BKM98 S70 T5 wrote:-
Without confusing you further and getting into all the details VI supersedes the III. Go ahead and use it.

Blessings,
BKM
-
Just to make sure I am not CONFUSED, SInce there will still be 'old' unknown fluid in the case, the T-IV is compatible? I am only down 3 quarts.
by AlanS
Tue Aug 21, 2012 3:02 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: Tranny fluid confusion
Replies: 4
Views: 1025

Tranny fluid confusion

So, after all my posts, and going to get Toyota IV ATF, I found my manual for my 2001 S40. It says that the car was built in 10/00, has a AW 55-50 Transmission. and uses ATF Dexron III and Mercon Oil I am assuming (Duhh), not to use the T-IV, and go out and get some Dexron III !!! HELP! Any recommen...
by AlanS
Tue Aug 14, 2012 1:44 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: It's time to decide.
Replies: 4
Views: 581

It's time to decide.

So, I went to the local Volvo dealership today to look/ drive pre-owned vehicles. I am currently in an 850 wagon N/A, and wanted to get a V70...low milage. All they had were XC70's (2009-2011) and a V50. Drove the XC...nice, of course compared to my 850, it was a dream. BUT...fuel milage stinks! He ...
by AlanS
Thu Aug 09, 2012 9:46 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: 2001 S40...what tranny fluid
Replies: 4
Views: 1046

Re: 2001 S40...what tranny fluid

I hear so many opinions. I have a 2001 S40 with 100+K miles on it. I want to 'drain and fill'. What fluid do I use? It is an automatic, NOT manual. 2 0 0 1 VOLVO S40 & V 40 - ATF Dexron III and Mercon - Very Generic http://new.volvocars.com/ownersdocs/2001/2001_SV40/01sv40_09.htm The 714 20W is all...
by AlanS
Thu Aug 09, 2012 7:22 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: 2001 S40...what tranny fluid
Replies: 4
Views: 1046

2001 S40...what tranny fluid

I hear so many opinions. I have a 2001 S40 with 100+K miles on it. I want to 'drain and fill'. What fluid do I use? It is an automatic, NOT manual.
by AlanS
Wed Aug 08, 2012 8:26 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Note to self...
Replies: 1
Views: 177

Note to self...

Must make a note: When I fiddle with the heater core/ carpeting behind console, make sure that the condensation tube for the a/c is connected. I had to remove the heater core two weeks ago...In doing so, you have to take the rubber hose out of it's exit hole. It was pulled out of it's hole and there...
by AlanS
Sun Aug 05, 2012 4:39 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: Shift knob and steering wheel
Replies: 5
Views: 947

Re: Shift knob and steering wheel

There's a kit on IPD website for $38 to fix the sticking shift knob button. Kind of expensive but it seems like it's a common problem for these. I just changed mine out last weekend...was a quick fix and now it works perfect. The button on mine had broken plastic pieces so WD-40 wouldn't cut it. Ho...
by AlanS
Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:00 pm
Forum: Volvo Classifieds
Topic: Need: Left fender!
Replies: 2
Views: 501

Re: Need: Left fender!

Ooops...95- 850, Black. Long Island
by AlanS
Sat Aug 04, 2012 10:37 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Decision time...need to replace car.
Replies: 10
Views: 1136

Re: Decision time...need to replace car.

The 2008 and later XC70 and the XC60 have been very good cars. The techs do not like them. The brakes last too long. The front ends don't need spring seats and control arms and..... The first cars on that platform, the s80, are 6 years old and many have topped 100K and there just isn't much happeni...
by AlanS
Sat Aug 04, 2012 7:52 am
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Decision time...need to replace car.
Replies: 10
Views: 1136

Re: Decision time...need to replace car.

Let me guess...he ran a stoplight? Hope he was ok, but cyclists are usually idiots that don't follow traffic rules at all. I'm a big fan of the XC60 - not sure if you could find a used one for $28k or not, but you would be guaranteed its new enough not to need any work. Imagine that. A Volvo that d...
by AlanS
Fri Aug 03, 2012 9:45 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Decision time...need to replace car.
Replies: 10
Views: 1136

Decision time...need to replace car.

Here's the scoop: A cyclist rode into my 95 850 the other day, took out the fender and top of the hood (as he rolled over the hood after leaving his bike!). 210,000 miles on my car, uses about 1 qt oil every 1000 miles, and is now losing anti-freeze internally. So, it would be time to move on. I hav...
by AlanS
Thu Aug 02, 2012 9:40 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: Shift knob and steering wheel
Replies: 5
Views: 947

Re: Shift knob and steering wheel

Explain?....Push horn button, no horn. Sometimes it works, sometimes it don't. I think that the contact under the steering wheel may be faulty, thus allowing contact at certain times, etc. Taking off the wheel will reveal all.
by AlanS
Thu Aug 02, 2012 8:30 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: Shift knob and steering wheel
Replies: 5
Views: 947

Shift knob and steering wheel

2001/ S40. The button on the shifter knob that you pull in to move it out of gear, sticks. In fact, when going from D to P, it remains in, thus not letting me remove the key from the ignition. Is this a function of the gear shift knob, or something deeper? If you fiddle with the shifter, it will eve...
by AlanS
Tue Jul 31, 2012 10:12 pm
Forum: Volvo Classifieds
Topic: Need: Left fender!
Replies: 2
Views: 501

Need: Left fender!

Today, a cyclist rode right into my driver's side fender...leaving a huge dent. He walked away, I am left with a ruined fender. Anyone have a BLACK 1995 left fender?
by AlanS
Sun Jul 15, 2012 7:28 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: 2001-S40, needs struts and brake rotors
Replies: 2
Views: 733

2001-S40, needs struts and brake rotors

My 2001 S40 with 133K will need new struts soon. I want a smooth ride, not stiff. I have, in the past, used Bilsteins, Koni's, etc. in my 'sports cars', and the result were tight, stiff cars which would rattle your teeth. This is a sedan, family car...what do you suggest? I also need rotors...there ...
by AlanS
Thu Jun 28, 2012 5:43 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: A/C resolve
Replies: 1
Views: 237

A/C resolve

My A/C was just not cold enough. Took it to my mechanic friend who has a neat new A/C machine... no more cans and simple gauges. So, he evacuated the system, to find it had over 1.5 lbs TOO MUCH freon in the system. Filled it properly, now the car has a temp reading of 45 degrees at the vent. Too mu...
by AlanS
Mon May 21, 2012 7:49 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Measuring rotor thickness
Replies: 4
Views: 1118

Measuring rotor thickness

So, I did a rear brake pad change today. Wife says "How do you know if you need rotors?". I say "You measure them". But in reality, I don't know how. I believe you use a caliper... but I see that both rotors have an outside lip where it didn't wear from the pads. How do you measure with that 'edge' ...
by AlanS
Sat May 19, 2012 6:08 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Flame trap dripping oil
Replies: 7
Views: 1019

Flame trap dripping oil

1995 850NA, 200K miles . There is a tremendous amount of oil leaking from the flame trap connection. The basket filter inside is clear, and I put a new O-ring. Even if there was a good seal, why is so much oil being passed through this tube into the intake? The whole area below the flame trap is sat...
by AlanS
Thu May 17, 2012 9:36 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Anti-freeze leak.
Replies: 2
Views: 314

Anti-freeze leak.

1995 850NA. 200,000miles. On the driver's side of the engine, below the distributer, is a metal tube that connects to a hose that leads to the heater core...I always find anti-freeze right below that metal tube. So...it's (1) the hose connection- which I changed (2) the metal tube leading into the e...
by AlanS
Sun Apr 29, 2012 6:11 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Pre-owned dilemma
Replies: 3
Views: 512

Pre-owned dilemma

200,000 miles on my 95 850NA. Although it has served me well, 'it's time'. I will give it to my son, and I will move on. But to what? I have $20,000. I need a wagon. I drive 50 miles daily, so mpg is an issue. I do enjoy a level of comfort that all of my previous Volvos have afforded me (142S, P1800...
by AlanS
Sat Mar 03, 2012 12:29 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Flame trap dripping oil!
Replies: 1
Views: 360

Flame trap dripping oil!

95- 850 NA. I see that my starter is getting soaked with oil. The oil is dripping from my flame trap unit. the thing that goes into the intake...with the plastic screen inside. I did a full PCV (oil separated, etc.) change last year with new parts. It dripped then, drips now. What next to fix in ord...
by AlanS
Sat Feb 25, 2012 6:16 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: iPhone and OBD?
Replies: 1
Views: 357

iPhone and OBD?

Can I use my iPhone to help monitor 'stuff' on my 95 850 and my '01 S40? I am not techno savvy, so be gentle with descriptions...
by AlanS
Wed Feb 22, 2012 8:09 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: I have to get more MPG!
Replies: 8
Views: 1031

I have to get more MPG!

1995 850 N/A...wagon...200,000miles: I get consistently 20-21mpg. I can't seem to get it any higher. I travel highways, so it's not just local travel. Last year I put in plugs, wires, cap, rotor. I know that my rear O2 sensor is shot, but other than that, the motor is pretty sound (1qt of oil every ...
by AlanS
Fri Jan 20, 2012 4:15 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Radiator woes!
Replies: 2
Views: 418

Radiator woes!

New radiator in my 95 850NA...Behr. Two days old...there is antifreeze on the side of the unit, hopefully dripping from the upper hose (as opposed to a crack in a new radiator). I bought a new clamp, put it on today...still a wet radiator. Could it be a crack? How would I know? I am thinking that I ...
by AlanS
Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:46 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: White stuff on stored tires?
Replies: 1
Views: 200

White stuff on stored tires?

I have a nice set of snow tires in my shed. They have not been used in 2 years...I see that they are covered with a white powder. Any clue how to tell if rubber is 'past it's prime'? I would hate to have them mounted, to then have them fall apart as I drive.
by AlanS
Thu Jan 12, 2012 6:06 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Radiator removal- on ramps?
Replies: 5
Views: 603

Radiator removal- on ramps?

SO, I will do the radiator myself on my 95 850 N/A...my mechanic says that it will not be high enough on the ramps...that it needs more space for the radiator to drop out. Feedback?
by AlanS
Mon Jan 02, 2012 1:28 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: '95 needs a radiator...Should I do it?
Replies: 11
Views: 850

Re: '95 needs a radiator...Should I do it?

How coincidental...the Splash Shield broke loose a few weeks ago while going over a curb! It is sitting on my tool bench waiting to be replaced.
Any thoughts on which radiator? Behr / Nissen? They both seem to be available. FCP?
by AlanS
Mon Jan 02, 2012 12:21 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: '95 needs a radiator...Should I do it?
Replies: 11
Views: 850

Re: '95 needs a radiator...Should I do it?

I hear that I have to take off the front bumper?
by AlanS
Mon Jan 02, 2012 9:50 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: '95 needs a radiator...Should I do it?
Replies: 11
Views: 850

'95 needs a radiator...Should I do it?

So, my radiator in my 1995 N/A wagon is leaking. It is now about 30 degrees here in NY...and going down! My mechanic says that the removal and replacement is a PITA... he will give me a quote later today. Says that it is necessary to get the car higher than ramps to lower the unit out. I read a tuto...
by AlanS
Sun Dec 04, 2011 2:16 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Brake rotors?
Replies: 19
Views: 4479

Re: Brake rotors?

Hi Guys: Check out http://www.BrakePerformance.Com , I'm running their Premium Dimple Drilled/Slotted rotors front and rear with their standard pads. Good stuff! They are made in the USA and have a lifetime warranty not to warp. Also Free Shipping! Stay away from Brembo they will warp. Best Regards...
by AlanS
Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:56 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: Rotors?
Replies: 1
Views: 644

Rotors?

Front Brake rotors for my S40: Zimmerman $75 each, Brembo $60 each, Meyle $32 each. I didn't price Volvo, went to the IPD and FCP websites. Which ones?
by AlanS
Sat Dec 03, 2011 7:56 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Brake rotors?
Replies: 19
Views: 4479

Brake rotors?

Since there is little traffic in the S40 area...here's a question for yuz:
Front Brake rotors for my S40: Zimmerman $75 each, Brembo $60 each, Meyle $32 each. I didn't price Volvo, went to the IPD and FCP websites. Which ones?
by AlanS
Wed Nov 23, 2011 3:36 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: Which ATF?
Replies: 1
Views: 505

Which ATF?

My 2001 S40 needs a fluid change. I read many posts, and it appears that the choices are: Volvo ATF, Mobil 3309, Penzoil Mexron3/ Mercon and Toyota IV. I also see Mobil 1 Synth mentioned. WHAT DO I GET? My tranny is slipping...needs full change of fluid- 125,000miles, never changed. Please give me t...
by AlanS
Sun Nov 20, 2011 2:41 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: S40 tranny problems.
Replies: 3
Views: 534

Re: S40 tranny problems.

I have no idea how to resource a tranny that is in "Known good condition".
by AlanS
Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:16 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: tranny slipping.
Replies: 2
Views: 632

tranny slipping.

.My 2001 S40 has tranny problems. Slipping. Now, I will do a drain and flush this holiday. BUT...let's say that it needs to be explored, or replaced. I have a Volvo dealership right down the block from me...and I have a pvt mechanic (not a tranny expert), and myself. What are my options? I fear that...
by AlanS
Sun Nov 20, 2011 12:15 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: S40 tranny problems.
Replies: 3
Views: 534

S40 tranny problems.

I am writing here, because I find that 'youz' respond better (as I have an 850 and have always used this forum)...My 2001 S40 has tranny problems. Slipping. Now, I will do a drain and flush this holiday. BUT...let's say that it needs to be explored, or replaced. I have a Volvo dealership right down ...
by AlanS
Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:29 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: S40 oil trap, etc.
Replies: 1
Views: 520

S40 oil trap, etc.

Sorry...realized more questions: 2001 S40- about 150K... I did an oil trap,etc. on my 95 850 because it was blowing oil out the dipstick. There was a nice tutorial. Can the same be done for the S40? I don't see those kits/ parts offered anywhere. Any ideas? Tutorials? I would like to keep this car f...
by AlanS
Thu Nov 10, 2011 4:26 pm
Forum: Volvo S40 & V40 Forum 2000-2004
Topic: Trans fluid
Replies: 1
Views: 476

Trans fluid

2001 S40...tranny is slipping a tad. Thought I would do a drain and fill...never been done in it's life. What is the recommended fluid?
by AlanS
Sun Nov 06, 2011 3:29 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Do I replace a tired 850?
Replies: 5
Views: 585

Do I replace a tired 850?

Here's the scoop. I was in the market for a replacement of my 95 850 wagon NA. I had enough to put into a late model vehicle. BUT...my son ran into some problems, and I offered to help him out...this took most of my loot. So, I am left with my 95 wagon with 200,000 miles on it. Runs well, no rust, e...
by AlanS
Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:01 pm
Forum: Volvo V70 & XC-70 2001-2007, S60 2001-2009
Topic: Are there other cars to consider?
Replies: 6
Views: 1029

Are there other cars to consider?

I need a new-er car. My 850 wagon is on it's last wheel (200,000 miles). I have owned a lot of Volvos in my life (P-1800, 140, 240, 740, 760, S40, 850), so I understand Volvo. I am coming into about $30,000 for a car...I don't mind 'pre-owned'. My criteria: Wagon, comfort, quiet, mpg, regular fuel, ...
by AlanS
Mon Oct 10, 2011 10:00 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Oil removing pump?
Replies: 2
Views: 236

Oil removing pump?

My pal has one of those oil pumps that you do oil changes with via the dip stick. Anyone use one? Any thoughts? The Mercedes website (I used to own one) was really excited about them years ago, but I never got one. Now, I really don't feel like lying in the dirt of my driveway. The thought of puttin...
by AlanS
Mon Oct 10, 2011 7:14 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Brake hose problem
Replies: 2
Views: 384

Brake hose problem

I went to put new front brake hoses on my 95 850...the hose would not disconnect from the rigid line. I put an 11mm on the small nut, a 14mm on the brake hose...used all my strength (after it soaked for 12 hours in penetrating fluid ), it wouldn't budge. I fear rounding the 11mm or just plain snappi...
by AlanS
Thu Sep 15, 2011 7:38 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Need front brakes...
Replies: 4
Views: 689

Re: Need front brakes...

IceTurbo wrote:I've heard bad things about scantech. For the wiper arms, I would find a pair from an S/V70 that you can take. Those don't get bent out of shape.
You mean...find a junk yard for the arms? Wouldn't those be just as 'worn out'? My splines are shot...the spring is shot.