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by j-dawg
Thu Jan 14, 2021 8:52 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

I hope you told the OH owner about the rust on one of the license plate bolts. 😀 That's where it starts! Next thing you know you're welding in new floor pans! Please tell me the cooper union is actually about coopers? Thats a dying art. Barrel makers' organized labor! That's my alma mater. As absca...
by j-dawg
Wed Jan 13, 2021 8:24 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Loaded it up on its trip to its new home, in Ohio. It's been a fun eight years!
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by j-dawg
Wed Dec 30, 2020 1:12 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: sheared subframe bolt '96 850
Replies: 29
Views: 1193

Re: sheared subframe bolt '96 850

Here is a good YouTube video on bit sharpening. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uqPgdEThQzc It takes some practice to do it well. Good news is you have a very long bit that is all the same shape and you can try to sharpen many times until you get it right. Just try not to get the bit very hot (blui...
by j-dawg
Tue Dec 15, 2020 11:01 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: sheared subframe bolt '96 850
Replies: 29
Views: 1193

Re: sheared subframe bolt, looks like a helicoil...

Also, buy and use a left-handed bit. The bit may grab and extract the screw.
http://www.ultimatehandyman.co.uk/how-t ... hand-drill
by j-dawg
Mon Dec 14, 2020 3:22 pm
Forum: Volvo Classifieds
Topic: 1999 s70 T5M redondo beach CA $3200
Replies: 2
Views: 629

Re: 1999 s70 T5M redondo beach CA $3200

You beat me to it, thank you! Happy to answer any questions

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by j-dawg
Sat Dec 12, 2020 6:42 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Listed it. This car got me through my twenties but it's time. The previous owner has first dibs. I'd love for it to go to an MVS member if he declines.

https://www.swedespeed.com/threads/1999 ... al.637631/
by j-dawg
Sat Dec 12, 2020 6:28 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Man. Nobody ever made a sedan that looks like a Jag, all the way to the X308. I'm sure they're flawed, but you really get something unique in return.
by j-dawg
Sat Dec 12, 2020 1:17 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

I don't know if I want a Jaguar, but when I see cars like this XJ coupe, I start to think. If anything is worth the trouble, it's gotta be this.
by j-dawg
Fri Dec 11, 2020 12:06 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

02s are not too pricey in CA, given how popular they are. Running beaters under 10k. I saw a very clean Touring listed for 14k recently, but it disappeared almost immediately. I think I'd rather pay 15k for a clean 02, which is around the going rate, than 10k for a clean E30. Not that I want to do e...
by j-dawg
Thu Dec 10, 2020 9:38 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

220,000 tasteless and taste free miles. Ha ha! It was a fine car, I just had a hard time figuring out what it was good for. Comfortable, well-built, supercar styling, T-tops. But it was kind of heavy for its size and kind of twitchy near the limit. A Turbo makes a solid case for itself, and if you ...
by j-dawg
Thu Dec 10, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

For me, The One That Got Away was a gray 84 318i coupe. Not the most desirable E30, but a fun little car that looked good and drove great. I bought an MR2 instead, fearing the quirks of an old European car as an inexperienced mechanic, and lost interest in the Toyota within a year. To its credit it ...
by j-dawg
Wed Dec 09, 2020 12:44 am
Forum: Non-Car Talk
Topic: Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 1017
Views: 26176

Re: Coronavirus Thread

We only just stepped into new restrictions here in CA. We had a better summer than most places and a later uptick in new cases, but they got to us in the end.
by j-dawg
Sat Dec 05, 2020 3:21 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Turbo and Downpipes??
Replies: 10
Views: 627

Re: Turbo and Downpipes??

I hear the second gen Prius is a popular target for clean and un-serialized cats, as are trucks and SUVs for the ease of access.

Back fifteen or twenty years ago there was a rash of headlight theft from the Nissan Maxima, which came standard with xenons, and seat theft from the Honda S2000.
by j-dawg
Sat Dec 05, 2020 12:55 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Hipcheck and his Volvo 850 Wagon
Replies: 40
Views: 1533

Re: Hipcheck and his Volvo 850 Wagon

Ah, I'm sure it is. Either way, it'll be good for years.
by j-dawg
Fri Dec 04, 2020 9:34 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Hipcheck and his Volvo 850 Wagon
Replies: 40
Views: 1533

Re: Hipcheck and his Volvo 850 Wagon

It's tough! You don't have to rotate the cams 360, just rotate them to be aligned with the cover notches. In fact you may not be able to rotate the cams 360 as a valve will probably boop a piston at some point. It looks like those notches weren't lined up to begin with so check the cam alignment bef...
by j-dawg
Fri Dec 04, 2020 9:17 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Hipcheck and his Volvo 850 Wagon
Replies: 40
Views: 1533

Re: Hipcheck and his Volvo 850 Wagon

Yeah, that's what I'm saying. Each of the crank's two turns during the cycle are identical.
by j-dawg
Fri Dec 04, 2020 12:11 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Hipcheck and his Volvo 850 Wagon
Replies: 40
Views: 1533

Re: Hipcheck and his Volvo 850 Wagon

If the marks on the cam gears and crank pulley line up with their counterparts on the belt cover and block respectively, you're ready to install the belt. You have to have everything lined up on install, but it shouldn't matter what you do before then, as long as the pistons aren't meeting the valve...
by j-dawg
Tue Dec 01, 2020 11:47 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Tire confusion -- S70 T5
Replies: 11
Views: 523

Re: Tire confusion -- S70 T5

Most industries these days make more or less interchangeable products but I legit think Michelins are a step above other tires. I've never regretted buying Michelin, even at a higher cost.

To compare the two tires, check Tire Rack. Endless reviews by people who think way too hard about tires.
by j-dawg
Mon Nov 30, 2020 6:56 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Cracked oil pan - suggestions?
Replies: 16
Views: 527

Re: Cracked oil pan - suggestions?

To upgrade to the new style oil cooler, the coolant pipe in the back of the engine would also need replacement. I don't think the pre-99 cars had tees for the oil cooler. Maybe an hour or two, plus lots of wrestling and cursing. Plus the two hoses which I think come out to like $50. But if you leave...
by j-dawg
Sun Nov 22, 2020 1:50 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: cleaning water pump mating surface
Replies: 16
Views: 247

Re: cleaning water pump mating surface

Soak the surface in some aircraft paint stripper and go ham with a plastic scraper. If you have to sand, stuff the openings with a few wet paper towels so you don't get any abrasives in the coolant passages.
by j-dawg
Sun Nov 22, 2020 11:12 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

It's a game changer. Not cheap but worth every penny.

If you are tearing a gearbox apart, order the diff early. Mine took a few weeks to arrive.
by j-dawg
Sun Nov 22, 2020 9:13 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

I took my V70 to its first track day! I wasn't sure how this ancient family car would endure but it held up great. I was taking it fairly easy on the brakes and tires, but I ran it out to redline on the straights. Got a lot of laughs and "you're my hero"s driving a station wagon on the track. I wasn...
by j-dawg
Tue Nov 10, 2020 10:57 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Mine is #2! I had a 97. #3 will be an NC and a 2.5 swap. I've toyed with the idea of a C5 or C6 instead but I just don't think I'd have a lot of fun in one of those.
by j-dawg
Mon Nov 09, 2020 11:36 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

bmdubya1198 wrote: Sun Nov 08, 2020 8:38 pm
abscate wrote: Sun Nov 08, 2020 5:29 pm Another Miata ?
Nah, that's the green '01 I've had. Just sold it this morning actually!
You'll be back! My '94 Laguna/tan, tattered but unstoppable. I drive it to the limit every day, and it just doesn't break. What a fantastic car.
by j-dawg
Sun Nov 01, 2020 9:58 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

I've found that very little needs replacement besides wear items, and those are cheap enough that I'd rather buy them new and have the peace of mind. The only other things that really ever need replacement are interior plastics, which break any time you look at them wrong, and junkyard parts end up ...
by j-dawg
Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:40 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Oh, you're from Montana! The Swedish flag threw me off.

Doesn't really change anything about what I said, but somehow I feel like it's different writing to someone in another country.
by j-dawg
Tue Oct 20, 2020 5:38 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

In the USA, we have NIST, an agency of our Department of Commerce, which maintains the national gold standards for instrumentation calibrations. We say our measurements are "NIST-traceable" if there's a recorded chain of calibrations from the instrument you hold in your hand back to NIST, or to some...
by j-dawg
Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:26 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Koni + Eibach on sale
Replies: 0
Views: 75

Koni + Eibach on sale

https://m.tirerack.com/suspension/suspension.jsp?make=Koni&model=Sport+Damper+Set+%26+Eibach+Springs&group=Sport+Damper+Set+%26+Eibach+Springs&partNum=1145-1204&1145-1204_Qty=1&autoMake=Volvo&autoModel=V70+T5&autoYear=1999&autoModClar= This is a solid price. Roughly what you'd pay for the shocks alo...
by j-dawg
Sat Oct 17, 2020 4:14 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Banjo bolt delete?
Replies: 9
Views: 427

Re: Banjo bolt delete?

I did it exactly as you describe. Brass nipple to bypass the coolant loop in the banjo bolt, still using the bolt for the PCV. It's effectively the setup from the factory before 99. I'm only a few thousand miles into this arrangement, so far so good. Just check the PCV every 25k instead of 50k and i...
by j-dawg
Sun Oct 11, 2020 4:42 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What's worse than the engine oil light coming on?...no engine oil light.
Replies: 27
Views: 1344

Re: What's worse than the engine oil light coming on?...no engine oil light.

bmdubya1198 wrote: Sun Jan 15, 2017 6:08 pm(I assume it's a solid lifter car being that it's an RN motor)?
The changeover happens somewhere in the 99 model year. My 99 came with hydraulic lifters.

by j-dawg
Wed Oct 07, 2020 1:45 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 98 v70 t5 m56 motor swap
Replies: 6
Views: 167

Re: 98 v70 t5 m56 motor swap

http://volvospeed.com/vs_forum/topic/14 ... ap-how-to/

02+ motors got new, longer con rods and are supposedly more tolerant of detonation. All else being equal, try to get one of those.
by j-dawg
Wed Sep 30, 2020 9:12 am
Forum: Non-Car Talk
Topic: Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 1017
Views: 26176

Re: Coronavirus Thread

Here in CA the new case count has been dropping pretty rapidly of late, to around a third of what it was a month ago, despite things continuing to reopen. We seem to have put the fight about masks and social distancing behind us and are now finding our way to being a regular functional society again...
by j-dawg
Sun Sep 27, 2020 6:36 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

You should check for rust at the bolt points where the heat sheild above the catalytic converter bolts into the inner footwells. Mine seems to spill over and drain into those holes and one of them rusted out pretty bad. My indie said it's a problem he sees alot with these cars too. Never heard of a...
by j-dawg
Mon Sep 21, 2020 1:17 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Does your dipstick stay seated while you go ham on the throttle? Mine used to eject itself and spray out oil. The rearward port in that image is to insert a special crankshaft locking tool. Foof a fine layer of baby powder onto the block and go for a drive, and you should be able to follow any trail...
by j-dawg
Sat Sep 19, 2020 3:05 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: IPD/FCPEuro, Evaporators & Abandoned Volvos Topic is solved
Replies: 2
Views: 289

Re: IPD/FCPEuro, Evaporators & Abandoned Volvos Topic is solved

For a lot of smaller items - seals, gaskets, trim, hardware, other bits that are best to buy blue box - you might be surprised how reasonable pricing is at the dealer.
by j-dawg
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:27 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Volvo newbie checking in with a couple issues.
Replies: 17
Views: 348

Re: Volvo newbie checking in with a couple issues.

I wanted to make that point because I think the case for the catch can is less obvious if you don't think the PCV system is unreliable. You could save $40 on parts, but you'd have to find a place to mount the catch can, empty it regularly, and subject yourself to the quality of your own engineering....
by j-dawg
Thu Sep 17, 2020 3:18 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Volvo newbie checking in with a couple issues.
Replies: 17
Views: 348

Re: Volvo newbie checking in with a couple issues.

The PCV isn't too problematic if you change your oil regularly. If you can verify that [the passage between the baffle box and sump] and [the tube and nipple between the baffle box and intake] are both clear, a well-maintained car will not give you PCV issues. If it's been neglected, you may need to...
by j-dawg
Mon Sep 14, 2020 5:36 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: RN Swap Question
Replies: 2
Views: 52

Re: RN Swap Question

Pretty sure the C30/S40/V50 engines are not interchangeable with 850 engines. Swapping in the engine from a newer S60/V70 is pretty straightforward.
by j-dawg
Mon Sep 14, 2020 12:34 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Snagged C70 headlights from a junkyard for $75. I'm surprised they were still there - the interior was gone and a few of the headlight mounting bolts had been loosened. So now I need the corner lights. More money. But this was an upgrade I'd had in mind for some time, so I'm happy to have found the ...
by j-dawg
Tue Sep 08, 2020 5:33 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

stuff Freakin cool, those uprights and the bracing look legit. You don't see a lot of home fabrication for these cars. Let us know how the bracing works out, might be something I'd like to try someday. I can't wait to put a new 19t in my car, it's been sitting on jack stands for the past week. This...
by j-dawg
Mon Sep 07, 2020 7:15 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Fixing rocker panel rust - 99 s70
Replies: 35
Views: 1339

Re: Fixing rocker panel rust - 99 s70

Badass. Big ups. I'll admit I didn't think this was gonna happen. Should have had faith.
by j-dawg
Mon Sep 07, 2020 7:06 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

The "EXTRA" was: - COP conversion - P2R Big brake conversion, front and rear. - Built a couple chassis stiffening braces (that are currently off for coating) Super interested in these! - How does the COP conversion work? Presumably you have to teach the ECU how to use the coils. - I love the look o...
by j-dawg
Fri Sep 04, 2020 1:47 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Congrats! Feels good, doesn't it. As others have mentioned, oil in the intake piping is no big deal. It's coming through the PCV system. Some of the oil vapor condenses after getting sucked into the intake, upstream of the turbo. Most makes it to the cylinders and is burned off, as is the system's i...
by j-dawg
Tue Sep 01, 2020 2:35 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Heater Core blew during full throttle. Headgasket leaky?
Replies: 13
Views: 330

Re: Heater Core blew during full throttle. Headgasket leaky?

The "Swedish Auto Parts" unit from eBay has a decent reputation. It's like $40. Supposedly addresses the weak end caps in the design. When my heater core popped under exactly the same circumstances - high revs, steam from the dashboard, bypassed it to get home - I used the Swedish Auto Parts unit fo...
by j-dawg
Mon Aug 31, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Non-Car Talk
Topic: Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 1017
Views: 26176

Re: Coronavirus Thread

I have attached a graph for the US average growth rate for the period of March 3 to August 22, 2020. After very high growth rates early in March, rates declined gradually to a low rate. Then, from late June, growth rates doubled by the middle of July. In recent weeks the US average growth rate has ...
by j-dawg
Fri Aug 21, 2020 9:12 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 V70 AWD misfire cylinder #2 persists
Replies: 19
Views: 459

Re: 2000 V70 AWD misfire cylinder #2 persists

#1 is closest to the timing belt.
by j-dawg
Sat Aug 15, 2020 2:50 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Best modifications made to your P80 Volvo
Replies: 28
Views: 1604

Re: Best modifications made to your P80 Volvo

Quaife diff. The most expensive bolt-on, and the hardest to install. But the best.
by j-dawg
Tue Aug 11, 2020 8:16 pm
Forum: Non-Car Talk
Topic: Relativity question
Replies: 20
Views: 2671

Re: Relativity question

Everything in special relativity is tied together by all parties observing light traveling at precisely c, no matter the source and target. All the weird space travel effects you read about in sci-fi - such as the time dilation effect that plays such an important role in the Ender's Game books - fol...
by j-dawg
Wed Jul 22, 2020 11:24 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: turbo comp chart, core interchangeable? 16t vs 18t vs 19t Topic is solved
Replies: 25
Views: 822

Re: turbo comp chart, core interchangeable? 16t vs 18t vs 19t Topic is solved

i got your response here around same time i got same response from bmdubya, so both of yoal answered my question. Thank you. yes the 18t housing is nowhere to be found. what if i use the 19t housing with 18t chra? The housing has to match the compressor wheel. The CHRA is that cast iron middle bit,...
by j-dawg
Tue Jul 21, 2020 8:59 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: turbo comp chart, core interchangeable? 16t vs 18t vs 19t Topic is solved
Replies: 25
Views: 822

Re: turbo comp chart, core interchangeable? 16t vs 18t vs 19t Topic is solved

You can keep the turbine wheel and lil rusty middle nugget from the 16T. But you'll have to source a compressor wheel and cover for the 18T and those are not easy to find on their own. If you can find an 18T at all, it'll probably be a complete unit. By the time you buy a rebuild kit and get the thi...
by j-dawg
Wed Jul 15, 2020 8:57 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Ideas for parts cars and project
Replies: 13
Views: 270

Re: Ideas for parts cars and project

I believe Hilton Tuning offers a tune-it-yourself package for the 99-00 cars.
by j-dawg
Fri Jul 03, 2020 8:40 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Motorad 160F thermostat
Replies: 2
Views: 84

Re: Motorad 160F thermostat

Fuel out here only goes up to 91, could be part of it.
by j-dawg
Fri Jul 03, 2020 7:29 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Motorad 160F thermostat
Replies: 2
Views: 84

Motorad 160F thermostat

I did a bunch of Googling about this part but didn't find any real details, so here's some info on a thermostat I bought. I installed a Motorad "high-flow" 160F thermostat from Rock Auto in my car today and took it for a drive. Findings: - 80 mph down the interstate, engine temp settles around 180F ...
by j-dawg
Sat Jun 20, 2020 12:13 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Don't buy cheap injectors!!
Replies: 4
Views: 163

Re: Don't buy cheap injectors!!

Looking closer at the eBay item I linked, that auction isn't actually called out as OEM, so i stand corrected on that. But I saw lots of similar listings that were. I looked up one of those videos and the author pointed out that the knockoffs usually have two grooves for the fuel rail clip up top, w...
by j-dawg
Fri Jun 19, 2020 11:09 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Don't buy cheap injectors!!
Replies: 4
Views: 163

Don't buy cheap injectors!!

Bought the $130 or so eBay cheapies sold as "OEM" by a million sellers (https://www.ebay.com/itm/142057081390). They're not OEM. Car ran like trash on em, had to crank for ages to start, sometimes could smell fuel, sometimes engine heated up from burning lean. Eventually this killed an O2 sensor. I ...
by j-dawg
Wed Jun 03, 2020 9:10 pm
Forum: Non-Car Talk
Topic: Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 1017
Views: 26176

Re: Coronavirus Thread

I agree. Our response to the virus, this week's protests, we're reaping what we've sown. We have spent decades - centuries, in the case of the protests - setting ourselves up for this.
by j-dawg
Tue Jun 02, 2020 4:58 pm
Forum: Non-Car Talk
Topic: Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 1017
Views: 26176

Re: Coronavirus Thread

We haven't been vigilant. A lesson I hope we'll learn.
by j-dawg
Mon Jun 01, 2020 11:42 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

I took my wagon to the canyons last weekend! I think I need a new O2 sensor, and the motor started to heat up on the climb up my favorite road, so it still needs some work. I had to take it easy on the climb and catch up to my friends on the downhill sections. But the handling was great, even on gar...
by j-dawg
Mon Jun 01, 2020 1:41 am
Forum: Non-Car Talk
Topic: Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 1017
Views: 26176

Re: Coronavirus Thread

It’s painful watching states reopen with case loads growing. Absolute;y Moronic Completely baffling. I've been trying to figure out if there's some new infrastructure I'm not aware of or if I'm the only sane one. I also recognize that I've been getting more lax about social distancing - my personal...
by j-dawg
Thu May 28, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Non-Car Talk
Topic: Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 1017
Views: 26176

Re: Coronavirus Thread

volvolugnut wrote: Mon May 25, 2020 7:46 am It may seem I am the only one posting here. However, I know from the number of views on the screen shots, there are others checking the daily posts. As long as others check these posts, I will keep putting them up.

volvolugnut
I appreciate these posts.
by j-dawg
Sat May 23, 2020 10:27 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Blue Box Radiator Critique
Replies: 13
Views: 417

Re: Blue Box Radiator Critique

All the little damage to the sheet metal vanes looks ugly but aren't relevant. Pro tip for other circumstances - grab a pick and you can open those vanes back up. The damage won't go more than 1/8" into the radiator. Reopening the air passages is tedious, but not hard. It's probably not that benefi...
by j-dawg
Mon May 18, 2020 9:04 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Fixing rocker panel rust - 99 s70
Replies: 35
Views: 1339

Re: Fixing rocker panel rust - 99 s70

Super unusual. I did a rocker replacement on my old Toyota. If you know how to weld it's not terrible, but if the rust goes deep there's a lot of fabrication involved. Once it's through the surface it always goes farther than you expect. Obviously up to you to decide if it's worth repairing but I'd ...
by j-dawg
Sun May 17, 2020 10:24 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: headliner fabric recommendation?
Replies: 17
Views: 372

Re: headliner fabric recommendation?

I went to Jo-Ann Fabric and bought a couple yards of their generic light gray headliner fabric, which looks perfect in the car. About five years later - including three summers in hot, humid Central Texas - it's holding up fine. I used Permatex's headliner adhesive.
by j-dawg
Sat Mar 28, 2020 11:18 am
Forum: Non-Car Talk
Topic: Coronavirus Thread
Replies: 1017
Views: 26176

Re: Coronavirus Thread

Any apolitical takes on the 2 trillion dollar emergency relief bill? Probably at least in part necessary, probably something that would have had less of an impact if we'd spent the last 5-6 years buying down our deficit instead of cutting taxes for people who didn't need it. Most voters aren't capa...
by j-dawg
Sat Mar 14, 2020 3:53 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Help me pick a new rear suspension setup
Replies: 11
Views: 210

Re: Help me pick a new rear suspension setup

An underdamped rear will bounce around, but the rear shocks are easy enough to swap out that I'd stick with what you have and see how it feels before committing to a change. Unlike the struts up front, there's minimal labor savings in changing the spring and shock at the same time out back, so there...
by j-dawg
Thu Mar 05, 2020 11:16 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: solved the 99+ turbo intake banjo bolt installation problem!
Replies: 9
Views: 289

Re: solved the 99+ turbo intake banjo bolt installation problem!

The turbo does not boost all the time. Most of the time the pressure in the intake manifold is less then atmospheric pressure. In short most of the time a turbo charged engine is naturally aspirated. Yes. My guess for that line's purpose is that when the turbo is not making boost the gases can be p...
by j-dawg
Thu Mar 05, 2020 2:17 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: solved the 99+ turbo intake banjo bolt installation problem!
Replies: 9
Views: 289

Re: solved the 99+ turbo intake banjo bolt installation problem!

That's a good point... just how much could that really be doing, anyway? It makes sense to bypass it, especially if you drive your car harder at least occasionally. I think the PCV is more likely to get clogged up due to constant passive driving and low revs than the lack of being warmed by coolant...
by j-dawg
Tue Mar 03, 2020 1:46 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: solved the 99+ turbo intake banjo bolt installation problem!
Replies: 9
Views: 289

solved the 99+ turbo intake banjo bolt installation problem!

We all hate that banjo bolt. It's the worst party of working on any piece of this car. Regularly costs me an hour to remove and another to replace. I bypassed the coolant loop. The common theory seems to be that the warm coolant keeps the PCV system clear; to me that ain't worth the suffering. I'd r...
by j-dawg
Mon Jan 13, 2020 3:08 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: RobertDIY manufacturing new parts (R bumper covers, P80 seat leather)
Replies: 48
Views: 5036

Re: RobertDIY manufacturing new parts

Lseats sells skins at $299 for set. Reviews are mixed, I’m going to try them in Spring I am considering the same if these are better than the Elwood ones. Those don't impress me. I bought and returned Lseat covers for my old 95 E320 coupe. Thin, hard material compared to the thick, plush stuff from...
by j-dawg
Fri Jan 10, 2020 8:36 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Why do you (still) drive a P80?
Replies: 62
Views: 1410

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

j-dawg wrote: Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:05 pm I'd had a crush on them ever since seeing a video as a teenager of a turbo 850 shredding hard, and years later I finally went and bought one.
By the way, this is that video:
by j-dawg
Fri Jan 10, 2020 5:05 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Why do you (still) drive a P80?
Replies: 62
Views: 1410

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

Has anybody seen a rusted out P80? ..... This was the main thing for me, coming from a rusty Toyota. I hated the rust and living in the Midwest these cars stood out to me as apparently rust proof. I'd had a crush on them ever since seeing a video as a teenager of a turbo 850 shredding hard, and yea...
by j-dawg
Wed Jan 08, 2020 6:43 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Why do you (still) drive a P80?
Replies: 62
Views: 1410

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

P80's have some of the smallest turning circles around. 10.2m kerb to kerb is better than most hatchbacks manage, and similar class cars like A4s is 11.6m and A6s are around 12.1m. This has been the opposite of my experience. My W123 and 2x W124s have been much, much more maneuverable than my V70. ...
by j-dawg
Sun Jan 05, 2020 1:56 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: C70 sad story
Replies: 17
Views: 579

Re: C70 sad story

Finally, one of the worst days of my long hobby mechanicing history was putting the two 10 mm bolts in the water pipe behind the number 1 cylinder up against the fire wall. Any tricks on this? - Make sure the gasket is captured when you're installing screws, and make sure it's not in the way of the...
by j-dawg
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:48 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: leaking coolant pipe
Replies: 7
Views: 245

Re: leaking coolant pipe

Much less painful getting everything back together once I'd seen how it came apart. I hit the pipe with 1000 grit to get any crusty junk off, greased up the seal and pipe, and it all went together smoothly. And no leaks!
by j-dawg
Wed Jan 01, 2020 11:31 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: leaking coolant pipe
Replies: 7
Views: 245

Re: leaking coolant pipe

The dealer had just one o-ring, so I should be back in business today. They consistently surprise me with how much weird stuff they have out back. If you have it off, I would be interested in how easily the brass cooling system drain cock releases , too. As much as I'd love to help answer that quest...
by j-dawg
Mon Dec 30, 2019 10:58 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: leaking coolant pipe
Replies: 7
Views: 245

Re: leaking coolant pipe

All right, desperate Google users finding this page years in the future. I knew I wasn't pulling this damn motor again so I set my jaw, cursed at the car more densely than I have in seven years of owning it, and got the pipe slid far enough over to get the o-ring out. It was actually cut into two pi...
by j-dawg
Mon Dec 30, 2019 9:22 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: leaking coolant pipe
Replies: 7
Views: 245

leaking coolant pipe

Just got my engine almost fully hooked up, started pouring coolant in.....and it leaks at the pipe behind the water pump (ie at #16 in the image attached). It's a fast leak. Can't really drive the car like this. I think I replaced the o-ring, but it came in a kit and it did feel a little loose so it...
by j-dawg
Sun Dec 29, 2019 3:10 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: P80s Starting to get scarce at P&Ps
Replies: 8
Views: 242

Re: P80s Starting to get scarce at P&Ps

For what it's worth, I find almost no useful parts on any P80 cars in junkyards anyway. The interior plastics are too brittle to salvage and what engine and electronic parts do wear out should probably be purchased new. There's a Volvo specialty junkyard/mechanic ~30 miles away from me, and that's t...
by j-dawg
Sun Dec 29, 2019 3:05 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Heater Core Firewall Junction/Coupler bypass - DIY write-up
Replies: 34
Views: 9304

Re: Heater Core Firewall Junction/Coupler bypass - DIY write

http://www.matthewsvolvosite.com/forums/download/file.php?id=24577&t=1 Quick update - as part of what ended up being a year-long engine-out project, I replaced the heater core with a new Behr unit, since I got it cheap. Not a single drop of coolant leaked anywhere, the heater hoses are still supple...
by j-dawg
Sun Sep 15, 2019 12:15 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

There's a lot of Volvo owners in the UK using them and they seem happy with how they perform. I was originally going for Koni struts and Eibach springs but replacing every single parts (spring seats, strut bearings, bumpstops...) made it more expensive than BC coilovers, even with Koni orange strut...
by j-dawg
Sat Sep 14, 2019 2:32 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

Goupil wrote: Thu Sep 12, 2019 1:26 pm Just placed my order for BC coilovers, can't wait to replace the whole suspension (Monroe strut with 200k miles stock spring and crappy spring seats on the front, short ebay spring + Meyle strut on the rear :? )
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by j-dawg
Wed Sep 11, 2019 12:23 am
Forum: Events, Car Talk, General Discussion & MVS Forum
Topic: Turbo + supercharger + EV = too much?
Replies: 18
Views: 412

Re: Turbo + supercharger + EV = too much?

I do agree that the T8s will probably be less durable in the very long term than our well-cared-for 850s, just as they themselves are less durable than were the 240s. But most 850s have been scrapped by now, due to busted timing belts, popped heater cores, neglected PCVs, etc. The median 850 probabl...
by j-dawg
Sat Sep 07, 2019 9:58 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Rear swaybar 850 turbo.
Replies: 7
Views: 198

Re: Rear swaybar 850 turbo.

Can't comment on the 850 chassis in particular, but generally, adding more anti-roll to one end of a car (independently of the other end) will tend to reduce grip, transferring load to the other end. Adding rear stiffness while leaving the front alone will increase the car's tendency to oversteer. T...
by j-dawg
Mon Aug 19, 2019 12:46 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

Hope we buy the awful Pilot Sport series which are crap... ! I have to step in here and defend the Pilots. I had Pilot Super Sports on my old Fiesta and they were great tires...for sporting applications. Lots of grip, good wet performance, decent treadwear for soft tires, quiet enough on the highwa...
by j-dawg
Sun Jul 28, 2019 1:13 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Oil - What weight do you use? (Please forgive me for asking...)
Replies: 31
Views: 691

Re: Oil - What weight do you use? (Please forgive me for asking...)

I'm not sure the controversy over what constitutes a "full synthetic" motor oil matters. Seems like a semantic distinction. The "group 3" synthetics are synthesized from crude oil; that the base from which they're made happens to be what comprises conventional oil seems pretty irrelevant to me. Ever...
by j-dawg
Sun Jul 21, 2019 11:34 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: engine not sitting right in engine bay
Replies: 10
Views: 460

Re: engine not sitting right in engine bay

The steering rack you used is the only variable. A cursory glance at a couple pics show that they *might* be able to mix them up, but they are not listed as interchangeable. The 93-00 P80 cars all use the same rack. The 01-04 cars use a different one. Yeah, this is what I'm worried about. I ordered...
by j-dawg
Sun Jul 21, 2019 12:44 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: engine not sitting right in engine bay
Replies: 10
Views: 460

Re: engine not sitting right in engine bay

Still stumped. Anyone have any experience with this? I'm probably like $200 into replacing engine mounts and the engine is still crooked. I've now replaced every mount except the one under the transmission and it still isn't sitting right. I did replace the steering rack, which the rear mount bolts ...
by j-dawg
Thu Jul 18, 2019 11:29 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

What size hoses do you need for the 302mm upgrade? Looking to do it on my 850 soon - especially since my insurer doesn't classify it as a modification. People get away with the standard hoses. The 302mm hoses are a smidge longer to account for the caliper now being a little farther away from the br...
by j-dawg
Tue Jul 09, 2019 1:35 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Manual Transmission Sloppy Shifting Topic is solved
Replies: 7
Views: 271

Re: Manual Transmission Sloppy Shifting Topic is solved

The factory shifter is garbage. The Snabb short shifter is, like, required. If I had an 850 with three wheels and four pistons, I'd probably order the short shifter first.
by j-dawg
Fri Jul 05, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: engine not sitting right in engine bay
Replies: 10
Views: 460

Re: engine not sitting right in engine bay

I actually have both parts, lol. The discrepancy between them is in the front/rear axis: one of them has the mounting holes farther forward on the subframe, but in the same position laterally. Not sure what the intended applications of the two separate mounts are, or why I ordered a replacement for ...
by j-dawg
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: engine not sitting right in engine bay
Replies: 10
Views: 460

Re: engine not sitting right in engine bay

Per the page linked below it seems like all you'd need to do in that corner of the motor (see item 1E on his list) to swap an RN motor to an 850 is install the old-style bracket. This suggests that the mounting points on the block are in the same spot, and since I was able to swap the mount from my ...
by j-dawg
Thu Jul 04, 2019 6:36 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: engine not sitting right in engine bay
Replies: 10
Views: 460

Re: engine not sitting right in engine bay

I'm looking for what those subtle differences might be. All the mounting brackets from my old motor bolted straight onto the new one so I'm not sure where there would be a mismatch. Unfortunately the old motor is gone so I can't compare them in person.
by j-dawg
Thu Jul 04, 2019 5:50 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: engine not sitting right in engine bay
Replies: 10
Views: 460

engine not sitting right in engine bay

Hi all, this has been baffling me for a few weeks and no amount of muscling parts around seems to be resolving it. I'm in the midst of dropping a 2002 motor into my 1999 V70 T5 and the engine refuses to sit correctly in the bay. It sits cocked at a slight angle (clockwise as viewed from above), and ...
by j-dawg
Mon Jun 03, 2019 11:46 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: When it's time to move on (and what did you buy?)
Replies: 78
Views: 2818

Re: When it's time to move on (and what did you buy?)

the N54 isn't known as the German 2JZ for no reason! I've never owned either, but I'd really love a 135i with the N54. They are tough as nails and can hold crazy amount of power. This is what gets me about 'em. The 335 is the modern Supra - plain wrapper, easy power, except there's way more 335s ou...
by j-dawg
Sun Jun 02, 2019 10:12 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Sellers not interested in selling...A little venting here...
Replies: 21
Views: 783

Re: Sellers not interested in selling...A little venting here...

The flip side of all this is when people come to hustle you. I went to sell my dad's old broken 380SL years ago, listed for 700 firm. Lots of calls, lots of interest. The first guy who came to see it said he wanted it but berated me for like twenty minutes for not lowering the price or including a s...
by j-dawg
Wed May 29, 2019 11:30 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Rear main seal change/clutch removal -850 Manual
Replies: 16
Views: 16038

Re: Rear main seal change/clutch removal -850 Manual

While we're here, how much sealant should one use and of what type? I put a sensible drop of blue Permatex thread locker on the bolts and torqued per spec. I didn't realize those holes were a potential leak point or I'd have used an unreasonable amount. Has anyone else used just a drop of Loctite on...
by j-dawg
Thu May 23, 2019 12:04 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: How do you prevent wheel/ tire theft?
Replies: 14
Views: 475

Re: How do you prevent wheel/ tire theft?

In LA, but that colleague was in Chicago.
by j-dawg
Thu May 16, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1999 V70 T5 DIY Front Caliper 8111102 8111101 DIY in 50 minutes!!
Replies: 16
Views: 3172

Re: 1999 V70 T5 DIY Front Caliper 8111102 8111101 DIY in 50 minutes!!

abscate wrote: Thu May 16, 2019 4:19 am I still that upgrade just new caliper brackets and rotors (. 280mm To 305mm)?
I think the factory big bois are 302mm. Brackets, rotors, and hoses. Super easy upgrade when it's brake time, unless your hoses are seized in place like mine were.
by j-dawg
Wed May 15, 2019 11:07 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1999 V70 T5 DIY Front Caliper 8111102 8111101 DIY in 50 minutes!!
Replies: 16
Views: 3172

Re: 1999 V70 T5 DIY Front Caliper 8111102 8111101 DIY in 50 minutes!!

How are the calipers holding up?

Worth noting: the factory big brakes use the same calipers and pads as the standard items. Makes for an easy upgrade.
by j-dawg
Tue May 14, 2019 10:34 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: How do you prevent wheel/ tire theft?
Replies: 14
Views: 475

Re: How do you prevent wheel/ tire theft?

Wheel locks won't stop someone who really wants *your* wheels, but nobody's cruising the streets looking for wheels off a 20 year old Volvo. Theft of non-flashy wheels is theft of opportunity. You know what they say - you don't have to be able to outrun the bear, you just have to be able to outrun y...
by j-dawg
Tue May 07, 2019 1:20 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Swedish car parts and Legacy manufacturing
Replies: 7
Views: 684

Re: Swedish car parts and Legacy manufacturing

There are a few online services that will 3D print or CNC parts at relatively reasonable prices based only on a CAD file and maybe a print if you have special requirements. Their machines are much more capable than the typical <$1000 desktop printer. A friend just bought a brand new reproduction mir...
by j-dawg
Mon May 06, 2019 12:51 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Hilarious take down of the 850/S70
Replies: 16
Views: 621

Re: Hilarious take down of the 850/S70

I love Regular Car Reviews. I think the point is more to entertain the audience than to convey useful information; nobody is tuning into Regular Cars so that they can make an informed decision.
by j-dawg
Wed May 01, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: New to me 99' S70, base, 5-speed, 209k
Replies: 92
Views: 3417

Re: New to me 99' S70, base, 5-speed, 209k

A small spot will take a few minutes. Forgot to mention - wash and clay bar the area first so you're not grinding grit into the paint. When you're claying and sanding at the coarsest grit you should feel whatever you're rubbing on the surface become smooth once all the high spots are knocked down. T...
by j-dawg
Wed May 01, 2019 3:07 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: New to me 99' S70, base, 5-speed, 209k
Replies: 92
Views: 3417

Re: New to me 99' S70, base, 5-speed, 209k

This is very interesting. Would you basically suggest wet sanding the whole top of the car? I will look more into this, maybe I'll try a little area on the roof first. Are you sure about the 800 grit to begin with, that is still very course. The most conservative way is to start with the finest you...
by j-dawg
Wed May 01, 2019 9:18 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: New to me 99' S70, base, 5-speed, 209k
Replies: 92
Views: 3417

Re: New to me 99' S70, base, 5-speed, 209k

Getchu some sandpaper. A bit of high-grit paper (start at like 800 and work your way up to 2000) will chomp through those scratches, the buffer alone won't do it. Take it slow and be willing to repeat the cycle, and you won't eat through the clear coat.
by j-dawg
Wed May 01, 2019 1:37 am
Forum: Events, Car Talk, General Discussion & MVS Forum
Topic: POLL: How did you buy from FCP?
Replies: 34
Views: 2248

Re: POLL: How did you buy from FCP?

I've been buying small parts - gaskets, fittings, bolts, etc - at a Volvo dealer that opened a mile or two from my house. Prices are the same as online stores and I usually get what I need right away. Definitely unexpected, but volvopartswebstore and other dealer-affiliated sites show similarly comp...
by j-dawg
Tue Apr 30, 2019 12:16 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: DIY USB charger + cell phone mount
Replies: 4
Views: 3778

Re: DIY USB charger + cell phone mount

And it comes with leads that'll solder nicely, and it'll be easier to mount to the hidden side of the dash pocket. Ordered one, that'll be a good rainy-day upgrade. Thanks for the tip!
by j-dawg
Sun Apr 28, 2019 11:16 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Recommended phone holder?
Replies: 38
Views: 1219

Re: Recommended phone holder?

I always plug my homemade jawn when this question comes up. Some fabrication required, but it's been working great for four years and does everything I want.

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by j-dawg
Sat Apr 27, 2019 5:03 pm
Forum: Events, Car Talk, General Discussion & MVS Forum
Topic: POLL: How did you buy from FCP?
Replies: 34
Views: 2248

Re: POLL: How did you buy from FCP?

Car forums are generally in decline with the recent rise of Facebook, Instagram, and other social media feeds that bring relevant #content right into things we click through anyway. Too, advertisers can now splash their ads on literally any website we visit - I see ads from FCP and eEuroParts for th...
by j-dawg
Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:35 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Los Angeles - running 1993 850 going to the dismantler?
Replies: 40
Views: 952

Re: Los Angeles - running 1993 850 going to the dismantler?

A few thousand miles? According to the study I've cited you need to drive 150K miles to break even (co2 vise) buying a new car which consumes 30% less fuel than my 850. Citing myself; According to this article the manufacturing of a Ford Mondeo generates 17 000 kg co2. https://www.theguardian.com/e...
by j-dawg
Fri Apr 26, 2019 1:01 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Los Angeles - running 1993 850 going to the dismantler?
Replies: 40
Views: 952

Re: Los Angeles - running 1993 850 going to the dismantler?

Tailpipe wise Are cars are almost as good as anything else getting 25 mpg, but I agree we should be honest and say we drive them because we like them , first. From a CO2 emissions-per-mile standpoint I agree, but other tailpipe emissions are pretty strictly regulated in the USA and they've gotten p...
by j-dawg
Fri Apr 26, 2019 12:35 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Los Angeles - running 1993 850 going to the dismantler?
Replies: 40
Views: 952

Re: Los Angeles - running 1993 850 going to the dismantler?

as lob pointed out; mining, paint dry ing and plastics being formed and transport from Asia negate all emissions benefits. I'm pretty particular about refuting this when I hear it: there are environmental costs to building, transporting, and scrapping a car, but the vast majority of a car's environ...
by j-dawg
Thu Apr 25, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Considering buying an S70 with some seat damage
Replies: 3
Views: 158

Re: Considering buying an S70 with some seat damage

You may be able to have it repaired by an upholsterer. I bought good used driver's seat leather on ebay, but it cost something like $300 for the seat back and bottom.
by j-dawg
Wed Apr 17, 2019 10:15 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 13t boost questions
Replies: 99
Views: 3633

Re: 13t boost questions

You can also get a new compressor wheel and housing from ARD, Kinugawa, or a number of other companies to convert your 13G to a "bigger" TD04HL turbo. They all share the same turbine and center assembly. You'll want a rebuild kit while you're in there. It's not a hard job, but getting the turbo out ...
by j-dawg
Wed Apr 10, 2019 9:52 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Switching out the whole rear end of my 1999 volvo v70xc. AWD TO FWD?'s
Replies: 15
Views: 2461

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

Why not just take everything and change 100% of everything that wears? New hoses, new fuel pump, new squishy bits for the suspension, etc. Probably cheaper, definitely easier, you'll have all new parts in there, and you won't have to think about it for the next 150k miles. You'll take it out of your...
by j-dawg
Sat Apr 06, 2019 6:48 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: '98 caliper
Replies: 10
Views: 301

Re: '98 caliper

Cardone rebuilds the original calipers, which were made by Ate. The caliper you've received is what your Cardone once looked like, before it wore out, was poorly rebuilt by Cardone, and wore out again.
by j-dawg
Sat Apr 06, 2019 1:38 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: P80 heavy braking smell, measured rotor temp 200F
Replies: 27
Views: 1917

Re: P80 heavy braking smell, measured rotor temp 200F

My Fiesta's brakes used to get so hot after a session on track that it was almost painful to hold your hand at the face of the wheel. None of my friends' brakes got this hot, but the Fiesta would use the brakes to arrest wheelspin coming out of corners, so the brakes got considerably more heat. I ca...
by j-dawg
Mon Apr 01, 2019 3:38 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: headlight pigtail question 98 v70 na
Replies: 7
Views: 688

Re: headlight pigtail question 98 v70 na

I did not have the pigtails and my headlight connector crumbled. Soldered in a new high-temp ceramic harness and all is well. I think you get to decide between good lighting and harness crumblage, a long-life OEM headlight harness with dimmer lighting, or good lighting with chintzy ebay parts. I wen...
by j-dawg
Sun Mar 31, 2019 2:15 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new jack stands
Replies: 20
Views: 899

Re: new jack stands

I throw the tire I'm removing under the car next to the jack stand. Mostly cause it keeps the tire out of the way - I'm not really worried about abrupt catastrophic jack stand failure - but it would probably serve as enough of a support.
by j-dawg
Thu Mar 28, 2019 11:04 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new jack stands
Replies: 20
Views: 899

Re: new jack stands

Definitely get the shorty. I accidentally bought the regular size one and it's too tall.
by j-dawg
Wed Mar 27, 2019 5:38 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new jack stands
Replies: 20
Views: 899

Re: new jack stands

I'm very happy with my single ESCO jack stand. I'd have a full set if they weren't so pricey, but it sounds like that doesn't trouble you much. Big steel pin securing the post, nice wide platform so you don't ding up your floor pans, very stable tripod base with thick, flat steel feet.
by j-dawg
Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:29 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

I also need to diagnose a low boost issue. No reason my Hilton tune should only be pushing 10 PSI! I'm betting the IC hose isn't seated fully on the ETM. Although even 10 PSI feels pretty fast! How did you like working with Hilton? I'm thinking of getting a tune from him at some point, probably wil...
by j-dawg
Sun Mar 24, 2019 6:27 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

Pulled the steering rack yesterday. This has been by far the worst job in this current adventure, superseding rebuilding the CVs, and that's *including* pulling the engine. I'd rather pull the engine again than pull the steering rack, and that's with the engine and transmission *removed*. I'm not sa...
by j-dawg
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:59 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1999 S70 M56 Manual transmission shaft seal 9143911 6843481 size question
Replies: 8
Views: 2016

Re: 1999 S70 M56 Manual transmission shaft seal size question

Oh - you're talking about axle seals. I think, regarding the 41mm vs 44mm question, that you may be looking at input shaft seals.
by j-dawg
Sat Mar 23, 2019 11:57 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1999 S70 M56 Manual transmission shaft seal 9143911 6843481 size question
Replies: 8
Views: 2016

Re: 1999 S70 M56 Manual transmission shaft seal size question

I found no resolution to this besides measuring the seal that comes off your car. The input shaft seal on my 99 T5 was 41mm. Not sure if the input shaft changed at some point or what. You do have to pull the gearbox off the engine and remove the slave cylinder to measure the old seal, so if you want...
by j-dawg
Mon Mar 18, 2019 1:33 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Bent T-5 Wheel
Replies: 4
Views: 242

Re: Bent T-5 Wheel

Check Ebay. I smashed up a Perfo wheel on a pothole and it was about $100 for a replacement shipped.
by j-dawg
Mon Mar 18, 2019 10:42 am
Forum: Volvo Classifieds
Topic: 1999 S70 300k TX $2000
Replies: 29
Views: 2087

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

https://austin.craigslist.org/cto/d/austin-1999-volvo-s70-t5/6841810057.html for price comparison. In your area, working gearbox, a third the miles, clean interior. Unfortunately these cars are worthless to most buyers, a curiosity but not something to buy except if it's throwaway money cheap. You m...
by j-dawg
Fri Mar 08, 2019 9:11 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

I think Volkswagen proved that visual inspections, OBDII emissions, and sniffer tests don't really work. I think they proved that, when the team that designs the car for compliance with regulations chooses to cheat, the rules can be defeated. I don't think they proved that the tests "don't really w...
by j-dawg
Wed Mar 06, 2019 6:53 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

I get what they're trying to do, but the restrictions on modifications are just ridiculous. I mean, it's not like everyone is going to be modifying their cars. I get that "every little bit counts" for reducing emissions, but I don't think Joe Shmo who just drives his car to work and the store and w...
by j-dawg
Tue Mar 05, 2019 8:54 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

We do safety every year for $21 which includes all OBDII emissions equipment working, but no sniffing like CA CA doesn't require a sniffer after a certain year, I think 2000. They just check for codes. But many smog places actually do the visual inspection to verify that everything from the intake ...
by j-dawg
Tue Mar 05, 2019 5:58 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Performance and tuning
Replies: 4
Views: 254

Re: Performance and tuning

I doubt you need that much. The 465cc injectors that came on later R models plug right in and can probably handle 17psi. I have the 390-ish cc blue injectors that came stock with the T5 and it doesn't throw codes on about 15psi.
by j-dawg
Sun Mar 03, 2019 11:47 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: All Turn Signal lamps solid, not blinking 2000 V70
Replies: 10
Views: 2433

Re: All Turn Signal lamps solid, not blinking 2000 V70

What's your bulb situation? On older cars the signal flash rate is tied to current through the circuit. The current heats up a spring-steel reed in the flasher, which "snaps" into a position that closes the circuit, sending lights to the bulb. The current through the bulb is lower and the Reed cools...
by j-dawg
Sun Mar 03, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1999 V70 T5 oil cooler hose replacement DIY 31104688 30676906V
Replies: 10
Views: 1624

Re: 1999 V70 T5 oil cooler hose replacement DIY 31104688 30676906V

I did these a couple years ago and IPD was the only vendor that had them. They still have them on their website, though they're listed as 3-day lead rather than in stock. https://www.ipdusa.com/products/6652/114469-engine-oil-cooler-hose https://www.ipdusa.com/products/6649/114470-engine-oil-cooler-...
by j-dawg
Mon Feb 25, 2019 1:23 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: White/Blue Smoke from the Tail Pipe 97 R Wagon
Replies: 47
Views: 1696

Re: White/Blue Smoke from the Tail Pipe 97 R Wagon

I just ordered a rebuild kit for my 16T. About $55 plus expedited shipping from gpopshop. Worth a go. Mark the shaft and compressor wheel before you disassemble it and you can probably get away without rebalancing it.
by j-dawg
Thu Feb 21, 2019 12:24 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: When to replace injector o-rings
Replies: 7
Views: 356

Re: When to replace injector o-rings

They're cheap and easy. I got some from eBay for a few bucks - o-rings are highly standardized parts made of very standard materials - and they've held up fine for five years so far. If you have any question about their condition, just do them.
by j-dawg
Mon Feb 18, 2019 6:19 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: White/Blue Smoke from the Tail Pipe 97 R Wagon
Replies: 47
Views: 1696

Re: White/Blue Smoke from the Tail Pipe 97 R Wagon

Do you especially notice this after coasting in gear?
by j-dawg
Thu Feb 14, 2019 3:04 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 400hp Volvo 850 platinum edition wagon
Replies: 16
Views: 2056

Re: 400hp Volvo 850 platinum edition wagon

Get yourself a set of Pilot 4S, you won't regret it. I made the step up from good AS tires to Pilot Super Sports and it was a massive improvement.

What have you got going on for dampers?
by j-dawg
Tue Feb 12, 2019 12:06 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

Started working towards my LSD install yesterday. I have the diff out, just need to pull the bearings and measure the diff to see if I need to shim the new bearings on the Quaife. If you're an engineer, or work with mechanical stuff, or even just like machines, take apart a transmission. I'm blown a...
by j-dawg
Mon Feb 11, 2019 1:25 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Sheared water pump bolt
Replies: 25
Views: 1199

Re: Sheared water pump bolt

A quick note on Click-Type Torque Wrench , I used to like it, it is fine but requires calibration etc. This type is good for tight space when you just want to hear a "click" but again it can be mis-calibrated. I now use Dial-Type Torque Wrench , it is low-tech but reliable. For sensitive applicatio...
by j-dawg
Sat Feb 09, 2019 7:28 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: heads up Valeo heater cores= OE Behr Topic is solved
Replies: 33
Views: 2045

Re: heads up Valeo heater cores= OE Behr Topic is solved

Not only did my heater core arrive in just two days, it came with a chocolate bar!
by j-dawg
Sat Feb 09, 2019 1:03 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1999 V70T5M Oil Cooler and seals 30637339 (Biscuit style on rear/RHS of engine
Replies: 15
Views: 3400

Re: 1999 V70T5M Oil Cooler and seals 30637339 (Biscuit style on rear/RHS of engine

abscate wrote: Mon Apr 30, 2018 3:07 am You do have to be a bit careful they stay in place by keeping pressure on the bíscuit forward until you have a torx in
I used a few little blobs of moly grease around the rings to hold them in the grooves while I assembled the cooler to the sump. They stayed.
by j-dawg
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:03 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: heads up Valeo heater cores= OE Behr Topic is solved
Replies: 33
Views: 2045

Re: heads up Valeo heater cores= OE Behr Topic is solved

Impulse bought. I have all the coolant out of the car right now and, while my eBay core is working fine after four years, the Behr core will definitely work fine for fifteen. Thanks for the tip!
by j-dawg
Sun Feb 03, 2019 5:21 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: CV Axles Topic is solved
Replies: 15
Views: 1156

Re: CV Axles Topic is solved

I just bought these. https://www.ebay.com/itm/10-Pcs-Universal-Adjustable-Axle-CV-Joint-Boot-Crimp-Clamps-Large-Small-Kits-/123067644968 These are the same style as comes with the inboard EMPI clamps. I couldn't get the supplied Oetiker-branded clamps over the OEM boots on the outer CV. These are ch...
by j-dawg
Sun Feb 03, 2019 10:51 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: P80 850 rear bumper bracket bolts (982831, M10x130mm)
Replies: 48
Views: 1311

Re: 850 rear bumper bracket bolts

To expand on abscate's point: "M14" refers to a bolt that has a 14mm thread; the designation is independent of the head size. Volvo used lots of nonstandard fastener heads in these cars, so if you find one that'll fit the hole at a hardware store or similar, you may end up with a bolt that needs a d...
by j-dawg
Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:41 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1996 850 GLT Split Front Seat Covers, OPTIONS.
Replies: 20
Views: 1235

Re: Split Front Seat Covers

For what it's worth, I bought a set of seat covers from Lseat for my old E320 coupe and was displeased enough with the quality to return them. The Mercedes seat covers incorporate foam padding and have smooth, soft leather. The Lseat covers were stiff, flat, and coarse by comparison. OEM Volvo seat ...
by j-dawg
Thu Jan 31, 2019 12:36 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: outer CV removal - where is the circlip?
Replies: 30
Views: 14008

Re: outer CV removal - where is the circlip?

Per the Haynes manuals I have, the inner CV being a ball/cage vs a tripod is dependent on manual vs auto transmission on the S60 as well as the S70. The text is exactly the same in both manuals, though, so it may have just been copied over without any verification.
by j-dawg
Mon Jan 28, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: outer CV removal - where is the circlip?
Replies: 30
Views: 14008

Re: outer CV removal - where is the circlip?

There are other axle changes with 99 cars too, so it's not surprising that that's the year the CVs change to the newer style.
by j-dawg
Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:27 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: outer CV removal - where is the circlip?
Replies: 30
Views: 14008

Re: outer CV removal - where is the circlip?

Update: yeah, just hammer it. Here's the circlip holding that CV joint together. It's entirely contained within the inner race of the outer CV joint, and there no access hole for it. Nothing to do but whack the race until the ring squishes in and let's the CV slide. It didn't take a ton of force. I ...
by j-dawg
Sun Jan 27, 2019 1:00 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: New 12" brakes on '96 850 R
Replies: 14
Views: 9119

Re: New 12" brakes on '96 850 R

You need 16" wheels for this, and I'm also not sure all 16" wheels will fit. My Perfo wheels ('98+ T5 16" wheel) are so close to the caliper on the 302mm bracket that the ~1/16" thick stick-on wheel weight barely clears. I believe I've read that the big brakes don't fit under the older 16" wheels fr...
by j-dawg
Wed Jan 23, 2019 1:48 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: outer CV removal - where is the circlip?
Replies: 30
Views: 14008

Re: outer CV removal - where is the circlip?

Dead thread revival - I'm baffled about this on my V70's axles. 99 T5 manual, which seems relevant because there are some changes between years, engines, and transmissions, though I seem to share most in common with erikv11's 850, which, if it's one of the ones in his signature, is an older NA car. ...
by j-dawg
Fri Jan 18, 2019 1:30 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Cleaned ETM and now my 1999 S70 won't start
Replies: 14
Views: 864

Re: Cleaned ETM and now my 1999 S70 won't start

How specifically does it "not start"? Does it crank and not fire, or does it not even crank?
by j-dawg
Sun Jan 13, 2019 10:48 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Safety of S70 vs newer cars
Replies: 45
Views: 2462

Re: Safety of S70 vs newer cars

The only car that i would consider safer than 20 year old Volvo is a brand NEW Volvo. Crash results on a paper for other new cars don't bothers me...since real life situations are totally different things. I would always feel safer behind of wheel of an 20 year old Volvo than behind the wheel of a ...
by j-dawg
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:15 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Safety of S70 vs newer cars
Replies: 45
Views: 2462

Re: Safety of S70 vs newer cars

Maybe a better summary here. According to the IIHS, all else being equal, a bigger, heavier car is safer. I agree with that. The video's point is that "all else" is not at all equal between older and newer cars. A smaller, newer car is often safer than a larger, older car because of that "all else"....
by j-dawg
Sat Jan 12, 2019 8:10 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Safety of S70 vs newer cars
Replies: 45
Views: 2462

Re: Safety of S70 vs newer cars

An even longer rant ahead. I am passionate about this subject because of how wrong the conventional wisdom about this stuff is. (1) This video was not sponsored by Renault. The presenters say they purchased the Renault for the 4500 GBP on the used market. There's no evidence that it was sponsored be...
by j-dawg
Sat Jan 12, 2019 2:59 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Safety of S70 vs newer cars
Replies: 45
Views: 2462

Re: Safety of S70 vs newer cars

It's there. You can see it. I also agree that driver aids are not a substitute for paying attention, and that bad visibility is worse than good visibility. But there is no way you can demonstrate that older cars are safer. It's not true. We cannot operate by feelings and anecdote when the facts are ...
by j-dawg
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:04 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Safety of S70 vs newer cars
Replies: 45
Views: 2462

Re: Safety of S70 vs newer cars

And despite the massively increased distractions and steady population increase, deaths on the road are flat or down. Whatever we think about plastics and mass and rollovers, if they really made us less safe, we'd see more deaths on the road. We don't. I agree about the distractions, but they don't ...
by j-dawg
Sat Jan 12, 2019 9:23 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Safety of S70 vs newer cars
Replies: 45
Views: 2462

Re: Safety of S70 vs newer cars

I do cringe at all the peopletravellingin tissue paper thin hybrids at 80 mph. design is important but mass is your friend in physics of collisions, too. All else being equal more mass is better, but an S70 (3100-3200lb, depending on trim) weighs only 2-300 lb more than the aforementioned Corolla. ...
by j-dawg
Sat Jan 12, 2019 1:10 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Safety of S70 vs newer cars
Replies: 45
Views: 2462

Re: Safety of S70 vs newer cars

Modern cars are dramatically safer than older cars. Much, much more so. Fatalities per mile in an 850, far and away the best in their time alongside only the Lexus ES300, are considerably better than its contemporaries, and would rank only around average today. For all the reasons stated above it's ...
by j-dawg
Wed Jan 09, 2019 10:27 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

Congrats! How long did it take? About three days of work up to this point. Now that all the plastic clips are broken and most of the screws are lost, it'll probably go faster next time. Jdawg....if that engine is headed for scrap , could you give that brass stopcock othe back cooling pipe a twist t...
by j-dawg
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:48 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

thanks! it kept blowing out seals and dipsticks, and it burned a ton of oil, even after a PCV overhaul. I figure the rings are toast. not sure how that happened as I don't recall letting it run low on oil; plausibly the several months to a year of dirt road driving around work with a giant hole in t...
by j-dawg
Wed Jan 09, 2019 12:30 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: removing axle from hub
Replies: 8
Views: 348

Re: removing axle from hub

Oh snap, good call. I'll get those on order too.
by j-dawg
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:05 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

Last night. I've never pulled an engine, so this is a milestone for me.
by j-dawg
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:02 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: removing axle from hub
Replies: 8
Views: 348

Re: removing axle from hub

Yep, I heard the "clang" of metal breaking - or at least of lots of stress being released - right before the axle started moving. After that I was able to drive the axle out with my little battery powered impact wrench. Slightly better picture from today attached. I've got two new hubs and bearings ...
by j-dawg
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: removing axle from hub
Replies: 8
Views: 348

Re: removing axle from hub

Very plausible that it was rust sticking the parts together. Both sets of splines were rusty, and this car has lived most of its life in the Northeast. I don't know why the driver side axle wasn't greased up, though. The grease on the passenger side was doing its job after probably 100k miles, since...
by j-dawg
Sun Jan 06, 2019 4:25 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: removing axle from hub
Replies: 8
Views: 348

removing axle from hub

You know how they sometimes get stuck? No, you don't. Not like this. I actually sheared splines from the hub getting the driver's side out of my 99. I'm a very lucky boy to have not sheared them off the driveshaft, given how rare OEM axles have become. I've heard they Loctited the splines on the dri...
by j-dawg
Sun Dec 30, 2018 2:02 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1997 850 T-5 Control Arm Questions
Replies: 23
Views: 718

Re: 1997 850 T-5 Control Arm Questions

When you torque the bolts to the subframe, do you jack the spindle up first? You need the control arm in its rest position before torquing those, so you should. Have you already torqued the ball joint pinch bolt by then?
by j-dawg
Sun Dec 30, 2018 1:33 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Speed wagon checklist
Replies: 11
Views: 528

Re: Speed wagon checklist

I don't have one, but it's hard for me to imagine the RIP kit is anywhere near worth the money it costs. I'd skip it and get some handling upgrades instead - good tires, dampers, anti-roll, etc.
by j-dawg
Wed Dec 26, 2018 4:09 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: The timing belt tale
Replies: 9
Views: 414

Re: The timing belt tale

I suspect it's more to do with factors driving maintenance schedules - regulations, marketing, etc - and, at some point, engineering agrees to stretch the maintenance schedule by 20,000 miles and go from 99.99999% reliable to 99.9999%.
by j-dawg
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:50 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Do rear hatch springs have a life?
Replies: 13
Views: 621

Re: Do rear hatch springs have a life?

Mine made it about 16 years - Stabilus only for replacements. For what it's worth, I'm 3.5 happy years into my Uro units. I usually avoid Uro, but on parts of minimal consequence I give them a chance. I'm sure they won't last sixteen years, but which us knows he'll have his car for even four? That ...
by j-dawg
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:41 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

https://www.dps.texas.gov/rsd/vi/Misc/faq/faq_obdii.htm
For vehicles year model 1996 – 2000, we allow two (2) non-continuous monitors to be Not Ready and still pass the test, but three (3) or more Not Ready's will cause the vehicle to fail.
by j-dawg
Sat Dec 15, 2018 1:39 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

Many states allow one or two "NOT READY" monitors to pass. I believe Texas allows one.
by j-dawg
Sat Dec 08, 2018 7:16 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Motul oil doesn't burn
Replies: 59
Views: 3105

Re: Motul oil doesn't burn

Can you drive a car like one of these photos? I have ridden in a factory equipped 426 hemi Plymouth Road Runner in yellow back in the 80's. He wouldn't let me drive it though... the slam you in the seat feeling was a real rush! Too many years seeing Nascar on the tv. I suspect those cars are hard t...
by j-dawg
Sat Dec 08, 2018 12:24 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Motul oil doesn't burn
Replies: 59
Views: 3105

Re: Motul oil doesn't burn

My 02 motor has the grates, my 99 motor does not. Get out there on a track! SCCA has a traveling event called Track Night in America, which is a relatively cheap and easy way to get some track time. Local Porsche Club of America chapters have Driver's Ed events which are a better way to get good - b...
by j-dawg
Sat Dec 08, 2018 3:49 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Motul oil doesn't burn
Replies: 59
Views: 3105

Re: Motul oil doesn't burn

I've done 3-5k mile oil changes over the last 40k miles with non-synthetic oils off the Walmart shelf, and I've got no crud built up anywhere. There was nothing gunked up over the lifters when I pulled the cams maybe 10k ago. The previous owner (30k or so, I believe) was not using synthetic oil eith...
by j-dawg
Fri Dec 07, 2018 1:46 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

I've had 5/8" brass 90 degree hose barbs connecting two heater hoses through each hole in the firewall for about four years now. No clips, no o-rings, no leaks. I'd guess the original design is an artifact of the vehicle assembly process, or maybe to accommodate different hose routing for turbo and ...
by j-dawg
Thu Dec 06, 2018 12:07 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Do V70's have more or less problems than 850's
Replies: 30
Views: 3488

Re: Do V70's have more or less problems than 850's

I'm torn on whether the turbo is a good thing to have, on balance. The insurance and gas costs are marginally higher if at all, and they're worth it for the turbo noises alone. I don't get into boost often, but it's fun times when I do. What a difference a few years makes. Now I'm deep in boost all...
by j-dawg
Thu Dec 06, 2018 10:48 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Over filled oil after ran with low oil...
Replies: 19
Views: 961

Re: Over filled oil after ran with low oil...

Theory: maybe, via the PCV, you blew your intake full of the excess oil down to the appropriate level and have just been burning off residual oil since then. The reduced volume of smoke is an indication that you've nearly finished burning it off. If no seals are leaking and there's no oil / coolant ...
by j-dawg
Mon Dec 03, 2018 1:56 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: change your oil regularly, folks!
Replies: 15
Views: 650

Re: change your oil regularly, folks!

Ah, I see. The [round port that couples to bottom of the plastic baffle box] connects to [the square port in the sealing surface of the oil pan] as part of [a tube that terminates in that round port after the bend in the sump]. It's a straw from the bottom of the baffle box to the liquid volume of t...
by j-dawg
Mon Dec 03, 2018 12:02 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: change your oil regularly, folks!
Replies: 15
Views: 650

Re: change your oil regularly, folks!

You mean this port? It's an open hole into the bulk volume of the sump.
by j-dawg
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:37 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Timing alignment marks
Replies: 7
Views: 282

Re: Timing alignment marks

To phrase it using the language of the original question: in the power cycle, the first and second rotations of the crankshaft to which you refer are geometrically identical.
by j-dawg
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: change your oil regularly, folks!
Replies: 15
Views: 650

Re: change your oil regularly, folks!

And a question - what's the bottom of the PCV channel in the oil pan supposed to look like? It's clogged on mine, so I've got it soaking in acetone. Where is it supposed to drain into the pan? At the bottom?
by j-dawg
Sat Dec 01, 2018 6:14 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: change your oil regularly, folks!
Replies: 15
Views: 650

change your oil regularly, folks!

Or else you get this nightmare. Allegedly 121k on this '02 T5 motor. I have to wonder if the previous owner *ever* changed their oil. The bearings all feel fine but you bet I'm going to check compression as soon as I can.
by j-dawg
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:48 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: The official "Ive driven to Moon" Thread for P80.g.and P2 (221,753 miles) .and anyone else.
Replies: 26
Views: 3657

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

99 V70 T5 manual, 273k and counting, bought at around 229k. I'm currently prepping an 02 motor for it, during which time I'll also add an LSD, IPD sway bars, and do all the maintenance and repair work I can forward of the wing mirrors. It's turning out to be very pricey, but it should get me ready f...
by j-dawg
Fri Nov 30, 2018 2:46 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Carplay Head Unit
Replies: 5
Views: 485

Re: Carplay Head Unit

Missed a few Black Friday sales on those. I saw AA/Carplay units for $250 or so.
by j-dawg
Fri Nov 16, 2018 2:04 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Oetiker project stopper. Zip tie instead?
Replies: 15
Views: 1033

Re: Oetiker project stopper. Zip tie instead?

Can you not fit a worm drive hose clamp in there? That's what I use for pretty much every boot I install, never had a problem with them.
by j-dawg
Tue Nov 13, 2018 1:23 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Need a transmission
Replies: 8
Views: 517

Re: Need a transmission

Buy a Haynes manual. I got mine for $6 or so used and it's got detailed instructions for each procedure.
by j-dawg
Fri Nov 09, 2018 12:32 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: any P80 valve stem seal kit
Replies: 12
Views: 1776

Re: any P80 valve stem seal kit

Anybody know if there's an equivalent kit for 6mm valve stem seals? I got an '02 engine and would like to do this while it's out of the car. For that matter, do I even have to do this for an '02 motor? Or did they ever switch to a more durable seal?
by j-dawg
Sun Sep 23, 2018 11:17 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

We picked this up the other day for my brother. It's automatic right now, but it's also a 1.6 so that will all change soon. It's a clean chassis with only 142k miles, so that was the appeal to me! Just ignore the red beast in the background... :D And to top that off, I'm picking up a '99 Miata 5 sp...
by j-dawg
Sat Sep 15, 2018 11:10 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Volvo wiring diagrams ...where to find....
Replies: 49
Views: 11594

Re: Volvo wiring diagrams ...where to find....

I find that information useful for my wiring projects.
by j-dawg
Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:50 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Volvo wiring diagrams ...where to find....
Replies: 49
Views: 11594

Re: Volvo wiring diagrams ...where to find....

So you're saying if I were to post links to the '00-04 wiring diagram (also likely similar if not identical to the '99 cars), or to the 98 cars' wiring diagram, or to the 850 wiring diagram, that'd be okay?
by j-dawg
Fri Sep 07, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Will Volvo kill the stick shift? Audi has
Replies: 16
Views: 617

Re: Will Volvo kill the stick shift? Audi has

With any type automatic the gear selection can be controlled when driving at lower load to allow the throttle and cam timing (and valve lift if that system is also fitted) so that emissions go down and fuel economy goes up. Most persons driving manuals will not "lug" the engine and use more throttl...
by j-dawg
Fri Aug 31, 2018 2:15 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: p2 P80 2015 emission readiness rules for CA
Replies: 10
Views: 1338

Re: p2 P80 2015 emission readiness rules for CA

I actually looked this up and found a way more promising set of results than I remember seeing before I moved here. https://www.arb.ca.gov/msprog/aftermktcat/aftermktcatdbase.htm lists all the cats that are allowed, but not in a super-helpful way. These are all universal fits, but there are a few I ...
by j-dawg
Thu Aug 30, 2018 2:42 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: p2 P80 2015 emission readiness rules for CA
Replies: 10
Views: 1338

Re: p2 P80 2015 emission readiness rules for CA

Unless I am a victim of a scandalous obfuscation scheme from dynblyn, the source material is from the California Bureau of Auto Repair. California's emissions control rules are themselves a scandalous obfuscation scheme. Cars older than 2000 must pass a tailpipe sniffer test, but the state also req...
by j-dawg
Sun Jul 22, 2018 9:49 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Front seat replacements
Replies: 10
Views: 680

Re: Front seat replacements

Those ST Recaros are amazing. I did not get them on my old Fiesta, which was a mistake. They were $2000 but I bet I could have gotten every dollar back when I sold it.
by j-dawg
Fri Jul 13, 2018 9:07 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Refurbish/rechrome the t-5r emblem?
Replies: 12
Views: 668

Re: Refurbish/rechrome the t-5r emblem?

3M also sells a liquid adhesive specifically for installing emblems and trim on car exteriors.
by j-dawg
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:51 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 99 s70 t5 auto to manual swap
Replies: 2
Views: 284

Re: 99 s70 t5 auto to manual swap

Hydraulic clutch.
by j-dawg
Sun Jul 08, 2018 10:47 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1998 S70 T5 turned into a brick
Replies: 20
Views: 1149

Re: 1998 S70 T5 turned into a brick

Check all your fuses and connectors too.
by j-dawg
Sat Jul 07, 2018 2:22 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Glove still blows up after PCV repair.
Replies: 27
Views: 1437

Re: Glove still blows up after PCV repair.

Yep, a teaspoon or a half cap. Just enough to wet the perimeter of the piston rings. If you're pouring from the bottle directly into the cylinder, definitely too much.
by j-dawg
Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:46 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Glove still blows up after PCV repair.
Replies: 27
Views: 1437

Re: Glove still blows up after PCV repair.

How much oil did you put in? What were you doing when the smoke was coming out? From what you're saying, I'd guess that 300+ psi was the result of hydrolocking the gauge (petrolocking??), or at least dramatically reducing the volume of gas being compressed. If your other cylinders were reading diffe...
by j-dawg
Sat Jul 07, 2018 12:33 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: s70 replacement headlight assembly question
Replies: 18
Views: 1223

Re: s70 replacement headlight assembly question

never had a set of factory fogs I thought were useful for anything, except on my W123 and W124 Benzes. those had "fog lights" integrated into the headlamp unit, and they were just really bright low beams that didn't point at other driver's faces. actually useful for driving through the dark. actuall...
by j-dawg
Sat Jun 30, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Re-Torque Head Bolts that were too loose?
Replies: 6
Views: 720

Re: Re-Torque Head Bolts that were too loose?

Seems to me if you're already going in there you might as well replace the gasket. It'll be minimal extra work, and you'll know the gasket in there is good, whereas if you just retorque you have no idea what that thing's been through.
by j-dawg
Wed Jun 27, 2018 1:41 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Seat Skins S70 code trim 3990
Replies: 9
Views: 725

Re: SEAT SKINS s70 code trim 3990

https://www.lseat.com/categories/genuine-leather/volvo.html I don't see the s70 listed but I will call them. Thanks don't do it. I bought a set of covers from them for my old 95 E320. I'd rather have cracked and torn leather, the quality of material and fit was that bad. their refund policy is roug...
by j-dawg
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:59 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Please help me read the transmission dipstick... Am I being an idiot?
Replies: 10
Views: 1512

Re: Please help me read the transmission dipstick... Am I being an idiot?

Boosted40 wrote: Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:46 pm The fluid looks dirty. I don't think the issue is volume, but fluid quality.
Agree that the fluid itself is the first solution to pursue.
by j-dawg
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:55 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: '99 V70R Front end clanking
Replies: 8
Views: 579

Re: '99 V70R Front end clanking

Check the bolt holding the CV axle into each hub. You can get to it by removing the dust cap from the center of the wheel. These can work their way loose. A revised bolt from Volvo uses a squishy washer to keep everything tensioned up...i guess. Google "axle ping" for more info. It's a noted problem...
by j-dawg
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:40 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Please help me read the transmission dipstick... Am I being an idiot?
Replies: 10
Views: 1512

Re: Please help me read the transmission dipstick... Am I being an idiot?

Add 400mL and see if it helps! I had a Mercedes with an automatic that shifted entirely wrong when filled "correctly" on the dipstick and entirely right when I added a little extra. (More precisely, I'd added the correct amount per the service manual and it read a quart and a half too high on the di...
by j-dawg
Mon Jun 18, 2018 11:24 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: cooling system help needed. Stuck at work.
Replies: 14
Views: 718

Re: cooling system help needed. Stuck at work.

Could just be a leak. A leak will (a) put coolant on the ground if it's big enough, and (b) prevent pressure buildup in your coolant system, allowing it to boil.
by j-dawg
Mon Jun 11, 2018 11:34 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Volvo S70 '99 Cruise control surging / pulsating, headache!
Replies: 27
Views: 1791

Re: Volvo S70 '99 Cruise control surging / pulsating, headache!

I noticed recently that mine handles moderate grades at about 65mph very poorly. It seems incapable of generating a moderate amount of boost on hills - it goes straight from 0 to 4 psi or so. Then I tried it with my own foot and realized that I myself could barely moderate the throttle to keep the c...
by j-dawg
Fri Jun 08, 2018 10:35 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Issue with FEQ axles
Replies: 23
Views: 1365

Re: Issue with FEQ axles

What's the deal on 99-00 axle quality from the aftermarket? Mine are fine but it's a recurring nightmare on mine that I break one and end up swapping aftermarket axles every six months for the rest of my life. Will Raxles rebuild a 99 manual axle if I mail it to them?
by j-dawg
Sun Jun 03, 2018 10:03 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

Rings. That's the same stuff my cars does, and it passes the glove test flying colors. Does your car also blow clouds of blue smoke after coasting down a hill on a hot day? If yes, likely your piston rings are toast and you're blowing combustion gases past on hard acceleration. My first signs were a...
by j-dawg
Sun Jun 03, 2018 1:24 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: P80 Aluminum Radiator and DO88 Radiator feedback
Replies: 9
Views: 1325

Re: Aluminum Radiator

BTW, not all 100% Al rads will crack. I know there are some much more expensive ones that may have thicker gauge tanks and some shaping for more strength. Possible. I've heard good things about the Do88, I guess, though I don't know how long it's been available. But I think the factory radiator is ...
by j-dawg
Fri Jun 01, 2018 4:49 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: P80 Aluminum Radiator and DO88 Radiator feedback
Replies: 9
Views: 1325

Re: Aluminum Radiator

Never heard of an aluminum Volvo radiator that didn't crack at the tanks. At least the plastic tanks do it in ten years rather than five.
by j-dawg
Fri May 25, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Goodbye 98 V70
Replies: 29
Views: 1524

Re: Goodbye 98 V70

There may have been workmanship issues, but the material in the o-ring has been called out as a flight risk when launching in cold weather.

https://en.m.wikipedia.org/wiki/Roger_Boisjoly
by j-dawg
Fri May 25, 2018 2:28 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Goodbye 98 V70
Replies: 29
Views: 1524

Re: Goodbye 98 V70

That said, for static sealing applications o-rings are my first choice. Easy, cheap, effective.
by j-dawg
Fri May 25, 2018 2:26 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Goodbye 98 V70
Replies: 29
Views: 1524

Re: Goodbye 98 V70

It was the o-rings. Launching in cold weather, they could not seal between the sections in the SRBs. Some plumes escaped through the leak and started breaking stuff. It's visible in ground camera videos.
by j-dawg
Sun May 20, 2018 12:27 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Code reader needed in Laguna CA tomorrow 19 May? Topic is solved
Replies: 4
Views: 304

Re: Code reader needed in Laguna CA tomorrow 19 May? Topic is solved

Autozone, Advance Auto Parts, etc will read your codes for free.
by j-dawg
Mon May 14, 2018 11:25 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

I've never driven one of these with any suspension mods, but the P80 chassis feels like it can handle really well. Even my stock GLT on the 195 tires (which I just changed out for 205s on Columbas) feels really good on the local twisty back roads. That's what I really want to do with my R now. I'm ...
by j-dawg
Sat May 12, 2018 6:44 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

That sounds like so much fun! Out of curiosity, how fast we're you able to go before noticing the issues you mentioned? I wasn't watching the speedometer, but parade lap speeds weren't higher than 60-70 at the end of the longest straight. The alignment issues and awful tires really hampered turn-in...
by j-dawg
Thu May 10, 2018 7:01 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

took it out for the parade laps at Harris Hill Raceway yesterday! having sold my Fiesta, I pulled out of the actual event, but the parade laps are open to all. WOW my car is not ready for track use. worn all-season tires, alignment issues, open diff. I could barely keep up even in a no-helmet sessio...
by j-dawg
Tue May 08, 2018 9:38 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

Made the Volvo my one-and-only again. In the last three days I sold my Mercedes and my Ford. Now the Volvo has to last at least 1600 miles to my new home, and likely 2500 by the time I buy a less-broken daily. But I think it'll make it. Something is loose in my steering rack, causing ~1/8" of play i...
by j-dawg
Sun May 06, 2018 11:13 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

I've gotten a wrong part from FCP in recent months. But I didn't notice for a few months after ordering it and they were super accommodating about the replacement, which I appreciated. My experience buying Mercedes parts from them has been less good than buying Volvo parts. They've got a great selec...
by j-dawg
Thu Apr 26, 2018 1:13 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Heater Core Total Failure Quick Fix
Replies: 4
Views: 339

Re: Heater Core Total Failure Quick Fix

i had this happen two days before i had to drive to an interview. pittsburgh to detroit in october with no heat. don't forget to pull all your carpets and squeeze the coolant out of the padding underneath. it won't just dry out. i pulled the rear carpet a year after the core popped and it was soggy ...
by j-dawg
Mon Apr 23, 2018 7:15 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

Jd...check your motor mounts to make sure nothing is loose. I wrapped My oil cooler hoses with exhaust bandage to protect them. That divot isn’t bad yet, those hoses are thick. I might have my old ones as spares..let me know if you want them as backups. I would take a P80 seat on a trip over anythi...
by j-dawg
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:59 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

I had that same split on mine, a little smaller and with surprisingly little impact on performance. Didn't even notice it until I was digging around in there for something else. Speaking of issues discovered while looking for something else, I discovered this freaky thing just now. Oil cooler hose r...
by j-dawg
Sun Apr 22, 2018 10:06 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 V70R parts car - worth buying and fixing up? Topic is solved
Replies: 22
Views: 7605

Re: 2000 V70R parts car - worth buying and fixing up? Topic is solved

if you're going to run it as an FWD automatic, start with a working T5, and spend the time and money on making it faster instead of making it a working car. Yeah, I've come to the same conclusion with the help of you guys. What you suggested is definitely the better approach. Well, to backtrack a b...
by j-dawg
Sun Apr 22, 2018 9:39 am
Forum: Volvo Classifieds
Topic: (not a volvo) 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 coupe - $5k - TX
Replies: 2
Views: 246

Re: (not a volvo) 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 coupe - $5k - TX

Unfortunately I only have records from 2008, so I don't know exactly when the harness was replaced. But the date code on the harness suggests that it has been replaced, and the parts used do not have the biodegradable insulation. So it's good to go. Beautiful car to drive, and the interior plastics ...
by j-dawg
Sat Apr 21, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Volvo Classifieds
Topic: (not a volvo) 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 coupe - $5k - TX
Replies: 2
Views: 246

(not a volvo) 1995 Mercedes-Benz E320 coupe - $5k - TX

For your consideration, my other European boondoggle: https://waco.craigslist.org/cto/d/1995-mercedes-benz-e320-coupe/6560710932.html This car will never win the Amelia Island Concours, but nor will it embarrass you, stain your driveway, or leave you stranded. Best daily or weekender W124 you will f...
by j-dawg
Sat Apr 21, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 2000 V70R parts car - worth buying and fixing up? Topic is solved
Replies: 22
Views: 7605

Re: 2000 V70R parts car - worth buying and fixing up? Topic is solved

not worth it. if you're going to run it as an FWD automatic, start with a working T5, and spend the time and money on making it faster instead of making it a working car. I've always thought the Rs are a little overrated. given how many of them are FWD by now, there's not much advantage over the T5 ...
by j-dawg
Wed Apr 18, 2018 11:29 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: How many high mileage cars do we have here?
Replies: 12
Views: 4422

Re: How many high mileage cars do we have here?

269k, pulls hard and no grinding on shifts but needs a new motor.
by j-dawg
Tue Apr 17, 2018 9:53 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

If AvE says it's bad, well, he's got much higher standards than I think most "home gamers" really would benefit from. But if he says it's good, I trust it's legit good.
by j-dawg
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:31 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Inner Tie Rod Manufacturer
Replies: 9
Views: 1068

Re: Inner Tie Rod Manufacturer

Also, for what it's worth, a few weeks after that post I got an actual alignment done and found that I wasn't really all that close to spec. But it was close enough to not destroy my tires.
by j-dawg
Thu Apr 12, 2018 12:25 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Inner Tie Rod Manufacturer
Replies: 9
Views: 1068

Re: Inner Tie Rod Manufacturer

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The first guide, which I wrote, will get you good enough to drive to the alignment shop. The second will probably get you a good alignment.
by j-dawg
Sun Apr 08, 2018 9:17 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: End link
Replies: 9
Views: 592

Re: End link

I installed a jam nut when I did the end links on mine a couple of years ago. Haven't had issues with them backing off.
by j-dawg
Sun Mar 18, 2018 10:28 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 99 V70 ETS light is on
Replies: 42
Views: 11110

Re: 99 V70 ETS light is on

Any new technology will have its teething period. Luxury car buyers are signing up for it. For us, it's the electronic throttle.
by j-dawg
Fri Mar 16, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

If a Volvo mechanic can't find $500 of parts in this thing to use on his customer's cars, I'd bet there's $0 worth of parts past the headlights. If the headlights and corners are a ~$300-value set and scrap value is $300, I'm barely past breaking even. Throw in 200+ miles round-trip to Mesquite and ...
by j-dawg
Thu Mar 15, 2018 8:08 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

ZionXIX wrote: Sun Mar 11, 2018 12:47 pm
j-dawg wrote: Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:59 am
Do you know if he's willing to part it out? I'd be interested in some of the bits and blobs off of it, local enough to make the trip.
I dont know but its worth calling him to find out.
He doesn't want to part it out :c

I guess those headlights and that steering wheel will have to wait.
by j-dawg
Mon Mar 12, 2018 7:58 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Front end shaking hard under acceleration
Replies: 10
Views: 622

Re: Front end shaking hard under acceleration

Check your CV joints while you're down there. Give em a wiggle. Play in and out is fine if it's springy but you shouldn't have any radial movement or hear any rattling.
by j-dawg
Sun Mar 11, 2018 11:59 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

If anyone is interested my Volvo mechanic Mark is selling a C70 project car in Dallas. It looks like the body panels are in perfect shape. https://dallas.craigslist.org/dal/pts/6503299546.html Do you know if he's willing to part it out? I'd be interested in some of the bits and blobs off of it, loc...
by j-dawg
Sat Feb 24, 2018 7:22 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

Thinking about renting a roof tent (or buying a used one), just to try. Any folks on here have experience with them? I would be doing camping outside of regular campsites, or pretty basic sites. No paved 5 star 'luxury' campsites for me :D. I now have a really cool traditional tent, but the downsid...
by j-dawg
Sun Feb 11, 2018 11:01 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: The best thing about driving an older Volvo that nobody talks about
Replies: 20
Views: 7091

Re: The best thing about driving an older Volvo that nobody talks about

sleddriver wrote: Sat Feb 10, 2018 12:18 pm Your premis isn't valid here in Tx. Blowing by a 'pack' at that speed will indeed get you a ticket!
Got the only ticket of my life in my Volvo like a month after moving to Texas.
by j-dawg
Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:47 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: What did you do to your Volvo today?
Replies: 4624
Views: 404981

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

I have a set of Lloyd Mats mats in my E320. Good tailored fit, decent material, and you can order sample chits to match your carpet color. They also came with little clips to keep them from sliding around. Not exactly a $2 steal, but if you need mats for an obscure car, it's not a bad choice. They a...
by j-dawg
Mon Jan 08, 2018 7:31 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: N/A V70 power and mileage improvements
Replies: 5
Views: 409

Re: N/A V70 power and mileage improvements

for what it's worth, the turbo system in my T5 has been super dependable. the maintenance and repair costs are negligibly higher, if at all.
by j-dawg
Sun Jan 07, 2018 1:12 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: P80 cordless Bosch lug nut tool 125 or 500 ft lb version?
Replies: 26
Views: 7180

Re: P80 cordless Bosch lug nut tool 125 or 500 ft lb version?

I had a 1300 in-lb impact driver that never cracked a single lug nut. My Ryobi impact wrench claims 300 lb-ft. It can take a bit of hammering to loosen a lug, but it gets there within a few seconds. It's cracked a few old crank pulley bolts too, just took a few more seconds of hammering. After maybe...
by j-dawg
Sat Jan 06, 2018 3:31 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Front end wheel wiggle from 0-70mph (left-right tick-toc)
Replies: 8
Views: 2648

Re: Front end wheel wiggle from 0-70mph (left-right tick-toc)

That's a tie rod. "End link" typically refers to the sway bar connection to the strut.

To evaluate tie rod play, lift one side of the car at a time, so that the other is still sitting on the ground.
by j-dawg
Fri Jan 05, 2018 9:13 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Volvos in North Korea
Replies: 8
Views: 435

Re: Volvos in North Korea

Oh wow. Didn't know it would embed the NPR page. Click the title and it'll take you to the text if you'd rather read it.