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by gstallons
Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:49 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: Debugging a scary moment - steering wheel not in control / broken control arm / WHAT???
Replies: 22
Views: 552

Re: Debugging a scary moment - steering wheel not in control / broken control arm / WHAT???

IDK what is being called a control arm . To the best of my knowledge , you have the steering column , intermediate shaft , rack & pinion assy. , inner & outer tie rods . If each wheel is now independent of each other , that means a tie rod has failed .
can you give more info as you get it ?
by gstallons
Fri Feb 21, 2020 5:41 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: Heater cutting out on turns?
Replies: 3
Views: 97

Re: Heater cutting out on turns?

Have you checked the coolant level ? How much coolant is in the reservoir TODAY ? I'm not being a smartass , I just want to know .
by gstallons
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:58 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: XC90 Oil - What Kind Do You Use?
Replies: 3
Views: 258

Re: XC90 Oil - What Kind Do You Use?

Either oil will be great . I use Mobil 1 synthetic .
by gstallons
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:55 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: Heater cutting out on turns?
Replies: 3
Views: 97

Re: Heater cutting out on turns?

And , have you checked the coolant level ?
by gstallons
Mon Feb 17, 2020 7:53 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: Need help finding a part # for my car
Replies: 9
Views: 164

Re: Need help finding a part # for my car

Contact your Volvo dealer w/the VIN . They will give you the correct part # .
by gstallons
Sun Dec 15, 2019 8:55 am
Forum: Volvo S80 Forum - First Generation 1999-2006
Topic: How to maintain computer memory when changing batteries?
Replies: 5
Views: 699

Re: How to maintain computer memory when changing batteries?

Get the Memory Saver and uce it . This will keep everything in memory while you exchange the batteries .
by gstallons
Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:39 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: Coolant Hose Blew off Thermostat? 2009 XC90 3.2 AWD, 99k miles
Replies: 18
Views: 556

Re: Coolant Hose Blew off Thermostat? 2009 XC90 3.2 AWD, 99k miles

I'm with xheart . The clamp looks too low on the hose and it promoted the hose to come off . The pics of the 3 types of clamps shown in the pics above , I prefer the spring ( constant tension ) type clamp for coolant hoses . I would install a new hose / clamp and use the clamp with a small amount of...
by gstallons
Sun Dec 01, 2019 4:23 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 04' XC90 not starting issues
Replies: 2
Views: 127

Re: 04' XC90 not starting issues

Are you using a scanner to diagnose your no-start condition ?
by gstallons
Mon Nov 25, 2019 5:20 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: Coolant Hose Blew off Thermostat? 2009 XC90 3.2 AWD, 99k miles
Replies: 18
Views: 556

Re: Coolant Hose Blew off Thermostat? 2009 XC90 3.2 AWD, 99k miles

# 1 the outlet the coolant hose attaches to looks to be ribbed . Are these ribs in good condition ? If not replace it . Now I keep spring type hose clamps in stock for most all size heater , radiator hoses . I prefer them over anything else . These maintain CONSTANT tension . I've seen water outlet ...
by gstallons
Thu Aug 01, 2019 7:11 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: Head gasket DIY on a 2005 XC90... Have any tips?
Replies: 5
Views: 289

Re: Head gasket DIY on a 2005 XC90... Have any tips?

why do you think the head gasket has anything to do with oil on the spark plugs ?
by gstallons
Wed Jan 11, 2017 3:08 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: Engine is dead after less then 3 years of use
Replies: 11
Views: 1655

Re: Engine is dead after less then 3 years of use

What year is the auto ? You say almost new engine , what do you mean ?
Please explain more . You give us vague information . Give us more and we will discuss.
by gstallons
Thu Jan 05, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2007 XC90 Key Will Not Move Past Position 1
Replies: 3
Views: 864

Re: 2007 XC90 Key Will Not Move Past Position 1

Can you rotate the steering wheel in either direction ? what is your definition of position 1 ?
by gstallons
Thu Jan 05, 2017 2:56 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: Left turn signal only works in the warm weather?
Replies: 2
Views: 763

Re: Left turn signal only works in the warm weather?

When you have this symptom again , try your emergency flashers and see what does / does not work . If one corner does not function , look into this and let us know what you find .
by gstallons
Sun Jan 01, 2017 8:17 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: Engine removal/replacement project Topic is solved
Replies: 16
Views: 4182

Re: Engine removal/replacement project Topic is solved

What is the thread pitch of this stripped hole ? Is this hole not accessible w/o engine removal ?
by gstallons
Sun Jan 01, 2017 8:08 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2004 XC90 Check Engine Light & Missing
Replies: 8
Views: 4876

Re: 2004 XC90 Check Engine Light & Missing

To Purple Frog...
You got a full tune-up. Explain what comes in this " full tune-up " .
You got a hose replaced . What hose did you get replaced ?
Your check engine light was / is on . What codes were found ?
The 02 heater is a part of the 02 sensor , if it is bad you replace the 02 sensor.
by gstallons
Sat Dec 31, 2016 11:13 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2004 XC90 Check Engine Light & Missing
Replies: 8
Views: 4876

Re: 2004 XC90 Check Engine Light & Missing

Get a set of spark plugs ( Volvo brand ) and install them . Use a small amount of anti-seize on the threads and dielectric grease in the plug boots . This should take care of your misfire condition. Make sure you reconnect everything so you will not have to take it apart to see what you left undone .
by gstallons
Sun Dec 11, 2016 10:42 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: fireing order for the 04 t6 engine
Replies: 3
Views: 755

Re: fireing order for the 04 t6 engine

What is the need to know for the firing order ? To the best of my knowledge all inline 6 cylinder engines ever manufactured are the same .
by gstallons
Sat Nov 05, 2016 8:30 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: Sunroof and drivers window don't work
Replies: 4
Views: 935

Re: Sunroof and drivers window don't work

Where is this battery/alarm pack located ?
by gstallons
Wed Nov 02, 2016 6:56 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: New XC90 Anything to look out for?
Replies: 2
Views: 845

Re: New XC90 Anything to look out for?

If there is a mountain with a 43 mile descent I can see it happening .
by gstallons
Tue Oct 25, 2016 6:35 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: New Tires - balancing issue
Replies: 3
Views: 680

Re: New Tires - balancing issue

Wheels like these have ( or should ) the weights on the inside of the wheel. These weights can/will mar the wheel and can/will sling off . This much trouble with these tires tell me they are NO good. Get a refund and have them removed. You should know " things do not get better " and this is true wi...
by gstallons
Sun Aug 07, 2016 12:58 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: No power at take off than runs fine.
Replies: 3
Views: 782

Re: No power at take off than runs fine.

What does this do if you manually shift the transmission ?
by gstallons
Mon Jan 25, 2016 4:19 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2007 XC90 V8 Sport - Weird driver door electrical issues
Replies: 5
Views: 1915

Re: 2007 XC90 V8 Sport - Weird driver door electrical issues

There is the same problem posted on swedespeed forum . There is a broken wire in the wiring harness of the driver's door .
by gstallons
Thu Jan 21, 2016 4:32 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: AWD Problem
Replies: 37
Views: 27366

Re: AWD Problem

From the photos cn90 has posted , it appears that it should have had some type of grease in the coupling to keep the rust from eating the splines up and destroying things. I would suggest anti-seize the splines when reassembling ....
by gstallons
Tue Jan 12, 2016 3:31 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: Is it the car or is it the mechanic??
Replies: 23
Views: 4471

Re: Is it the car or is it the mechanic??

The diagram xHeart posted , shows the coolant reservoir ( #4 in the diagram ) is the part I discussed as being a problem or an item needing replacement .
by gstallons
Sun Jan 10, 2016 6:02 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2006 XC90 AWD T6 timing belt replacement
Replies: 7
Views: 2886

Re: 2006 XC90 AWD T6 timing belt replacement

Get the timing belt kit. Belt , tensioner , idler , water pump and be prepared for breaking the bypass pipe/thermostat housing tube.
by gstallons
Thu Jan 07, 2016 5:20 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: Relay switch front windshield wipers
Replies: 2
Views: 669

Re: Relay switch front windshield wipers

Most all vehicles use circuit breakers in the wiper motor circuit to safeguard situations like this . If it has been over 4 hrs. the breaker has cooled & reset. Try it again and see if it works now.
by gstallons
Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:47 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: Is it the car or is it the mechanic??
Replies: 23
Views: 4471

Re: Is it the car or is it the mechanic??

Also , the tank that holds the radiator cap can crack and leak . I don't know how these heater cores are as far as reliability is concerned , you will have to get others to chime in..... You need to make sure the coolant tank is full...run the engine with the cap off , idling for about 20 mins. to a...
by gstallons
Wed Jan 06, 2016 7:32 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: Is it the car or is it the mechanic??
Replies: 23
Views: 4471

Re: Is it the car or is it the mechanic??

This coating / fogging of the windshield is indicative of a heater core leaking. Not an affirmation but an indication.
by gstallons
Sat Jan 02, 2016 3:39 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2005 xc90 Finding the correct alternator debacle
Replies: 6
Views: 1590

Re: 2005 xc90 Finding the correct alternator debacle

Can you find a alternator/generator rebuilder around you help you with your problem ?
by gstallons
Sat Jan 02, 2016 7:18 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: Volvo XC90 Front Brake Job
Replies: 56
Views: 44369

Re: Volvo XC90 Front Brake Job

I am sure you have installed more rotors / brake drums than I have . I have been doing this for 40+ yrs. You want an optimum mating surface for pad / rotor contact . That is why you resurface brake rotors . A new pad is going to contact an old rotor surface at best 50% until the contact surfaces end...
by gstallons
Fri Jan 01, 2016 5:20 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: Volvo XC90 Front Brake Job
Replies: 56
Views: 44369

Re: Volvo XC90 Front Brake Job

#1I do NOT compress brake calipers w/o loosening the bleed screw and expel the fluid out the bleeder . This does not allow fluid back into the hydraulic system . This ensures no problem w/contaminated fluid going back into the ABS components. #2 Also , where the pad slides are , I clean up this segm...
by gstallons
Wed Dec 30, 2015 4:16 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: Is it the car or is it the mechanic??
Replies: 23
Views: 4471

Re: Is it the car or is it the mechanic??

I assume the engine coolant is full ? My vehicle runs in the center of the temp. scale . I have not noticed my cooling fans making that much noise. Have you checked for missing blades and does the noise sound like it is the left or right side fan ?
by gstallons
Wed Dec 30, 2015 4:14 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: Is it the car or is it the mechanic??
Replies: 23
Views: 4471

Re: Is it the car or is it the mechanic??

Does the radiator fan come on as soon as ( or sometimes after) the car starts up ?
It sounds like you need a new car or a new mechanic . Where are you located & are there any other Volvo owners that can give you advice on where their vehicles repaired ?
by gstallons
Sun Dec 27, 2015 6:11 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 04 T-6 AWD radiator replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 1062

Re: 04 T-6 AWD radiator replacement

What was wrong with the radiator you took off ?
by gstallons
Sun Dec 27, 2015 6:07 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: '04 XC90 2.5T AWD no start
Replies: 13
Views: 2529

Re: '04 XC90 2.5T AWD no start

You should Google an independent shop to see before going to Volvo . Do some research to find a reputable shop .
by gstallons
Sat Dec 26, 2015 8:12 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: '04 XC90 2.5T AWD no start
Replies: 13
Views: 2529

Re: '04 XC90 2.5T AWD no start

#1 do you have another key you can try this procedure with to start the vehicle ?
#2 If not , take the car to a shop / mechanic with a proper scanner that can diagnose & repair your problem .
by gstallons
Tue Dec 01, 2015 5:52 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: LED Dash Bulb/Centre Console Replacement 2003 XC90
Replies: 1
Views: 602

Re: LED Dash Bulb/Centre Console Replacement 2003 XC90

Look on YouTube for R & R procedure for the operation .
by gstallons
Sat Nov 28, 2015 11:43 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2006 XC90 T6 AWD strong smell of petrol when tank is full Topic is solved
Replies: 9
Views: 2801

Re: 2006 XC90 T6 AWD strong smell of petrol when tank is full Topic is solved

Does yours have 3rd row seats ? You could Google fuel pump replacement or rear seat removal . Mine has 3rd row seats and it was a monster to do . I removed just about every bit of plastic , metal , carpet and foam to get to the pump . The pump is on one side and an auxiliary fuel level sender on the...
by gstallons
Wed Nov 25, 2015 4:19 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2007 XC90 dealer said I need a new transmission
Replies: 10
Views: 2316

Re: 2007 XC90 dealer said I need a new transmission

Can you find a independent transmission shop you can get a second opinion and help you with making a good decision ?
by gstallons
Sun Nov 22, 2015 7:46 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2006 XC90 T6 AWD strong smell of petrol when tank is full Topic is solved
Replies: 9
Views: 2801

Re: 2006 XC90 T6 AWD strong smell of petrol when tank is ful Topic is solved

If you check w/Volvo on the fuel pump recall , and it is not covered you can Google fuel pump module leak repairs . I had to replace mine and if I had to do it again I would do the epoxy job instead of swapping the pump . The module can leak out the top and there are procedures you can repair this p...
by gstallons
Fri Nov 20, 2015 9:35 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2006 Volvo XC90 Why does it have 2 fuel pumps
Replies: 1
Views: 562

Re: 2006 Volvo XC90 Why does it have 2 fuel pumps

Question #1 What is the fuel pressure KOEO & KOER ?
Question #2 Why do you think the fuel pump is going to fix your problem ?
Question #3 Have you ever replaced the pump in a XC 90 ?
by gstallons
Sun Sep 06, 2015 3:49 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2004 xc90 T6 Turbo whisle/whoosh under load
Replies: 1
Views: 428

Re: 2004 xc90 T6 Turbo whisle/whoosh under load

Can you access the inlet portion of the turbo and spin the fan to make sure the turbo is not locked up..
This is a job , so make sure you want to do this .
Does your scanner indicate if the turbo is being "activated" ? I have not tried this w/my scanner so I don't know what is displayed.
by gstallons
Thu Sep 03, 2015 7:52 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2007 XC90 Costly Engine Service Dilemma...Your Thoughts?
Replies: 6
Views: 902

Re: 2007 XC90 Costly Engine Service Dilemma...Your Thoughts?

Have them remove the accy. drive belt to see if the noise goes away .
When did you start hearing this sound & what noises are you hearing ?
by gstallons
Wed Sep 02, 2015 2:59 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2008 XC90D5 Much beter fuel consumption with no propshaft
Replies: 7
Views: 1006

Re: 2008 XC90D5 Much beter fuel consumption with no propsh

You took poor advice . Period . Now that you replaced the tires , have you reinstalled the driveshaft ?
The result of the poor decision is the Haldex unit is now worn out .
by gstallons
Tue Sep 01, 2015 3:07 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2016 xc90 engine cannot start
Replies: 7
Views: 2552

Re: 2016 xc90 engine cannot start

The 1st thing you should do is learn how to turn YOUR vehicle's headlights off before you exit the vehicle . 2nd thing is to learn responsibility. How is it Volvo's fault your vehicle's battery went down ? 3rd , you should not call Volvo because they will think you are disturbed for calling them w/t...
by gstallons
Mon Aug 31, 2015 7:31 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 05 xc9o t5 need help reassembling motor
Replies: 2
Views: 576

Re: 05 xc9o t5 need help reassembling motor

How did he decide the engine had a burnt valve and how many cylinder heads are on a 6 cylinder engine ? Why were the pistons removed from the engine with a burned valve ? These are complicated engines and need competent people working on them. The only advice I can give you is to have a professional...
by gstallons
Mon Aug 31, 2015 5:10 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2008 XC90D5 Much beter fuel consumption with no propshaft
Replies: 7
Views: 1006

Re: 2008 XC90D5 Much beter fuel consumption with no propsh

Did this noise come before or after you did this ?
It is a poor decision to not replace all 4 tires at the same time & keep a documented tire rotation . You can measure the circumference of the new/old tires ( off the ground ) and decide what is right .
by gstallons
Sun Jul 12, 2015 6:48 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: Differential drivetrain/2006 XC90
Replies: 2
Views: 502

Re: Differential drivetrain/2006 XC90

Could you explain your question ?
by gstallons
Sun Jun 28, 2015 6:56 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: New battery causes CEL to STAY off!
Replies: 2
Views: 701

Re: New battery causes CEL to STAY off!

If your Service Engine Soon light will come on in the key on position and goes off when the vehicle is started you are in good shape.
by gstallons
Sun Jun 14, 2015 6:30 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2005 XC90 first purchase 3800.00 with 130K
Replies: 10
Views: 1419

Re: 2005 XC90 first purchase 3800.00 with 130K

You have asked a very open question . Have you purchased it yet ? Have you looked up a Carfax report on this vehicle ? Which engine is in the car & is it FWD or AWD ? What is your mechanical ability ? These cars need a lot of attention to keep them running & you happy .
by gstallons
Wed Jun 10, 2015 3:18 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2004 Volvo XC90 Transmission Oil Leak
Replies: 18
Views: 6111

Re: 2004 Volvo XC90 Transmission Oil Leak

You can purchase a dye to add to the fluid to see where the leak is. You use a UV lamp to find the leak after a few days . This will show up in a high-vis green color.
by gstallons
Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:20 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2004 XC90 RHD model Evaporator sensor replacement
Replies: 3
Views: 2817

Re: 2004 XC90 RHD model Evaporator sensor replacement

What issue are you having ?
is it the passenger or driver temp sensor ?
by gstallons
Tue Jun 02, 2015 6:17 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2004 XC90 PCV (I Think) Leaking Oil
Replies: 2
Views: 672

Re: 2004 XC90 PCV (I Think) Leaking Oil

I assume the 2.5 has a pcv system similar to the 2.9 . Google or search here for pcv maintenance. The oil is inside all the intake piping causing this . It is a result of the pcv system not working properly. If , after watching the videos you do not feel comfortable doing this , search for a compete...
by gstallons
Thu May 21, 2015 6:14 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2004 XC90 T6 Broken Thermostat Nipple Upgrade
Replies: 17
Views: 5261

Re: 2004 XC90 T6 Broken Thermostat Nipple Upgrade

The metal pipe looked like a good idea but made in India quality .
by gstallons
Thu May 21, 2015 5:56 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: pcv repairs
Replies: 0
Views: 351

pcv repairs

I am doing the PCV maintenance on my XC90 w/6 cyl. After getting it all tore down , I am cleaning the ports that go back into the engine & I cannot get the bottom port clean. I can blow air through the upper & the one off to the side . I have used compressed air & a shop vac to get it to open up . H...
by gstallons
Tue Mar 24, 2015 7:08 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 06 XC90 Fuel filter
Replies: 1
Views: 556

Re: 06 XC90 Fuel filter

Have you looked on Youtube for a video on this procedure ?
by gstallons
Sun Mar 15, 2015 6:08 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2004 xc90 T-6 It's time to re-tire
Replies: 2
Views: 605

2004 xc90 T-6 It's time to re-tire

I am going to install new tires on my car soon & want input on your tire of choice . This vehicle has the 18' wheels if it matters. There are no normal weather conditions where I live .No one knows what each season is going to be . Dry , wet , hot or cold . It will be maximum conditions no matter wh...
by gstallons
Fri Mar 13, 2015 11:07 am
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2006 xc90 door unlock switch issue
Replies: 2
Views: 615

Re: 2006 xc90 door unlock switch issue

If you press the lock button will the doors lock ?
by gstallons
Sat Mar 07, 2015 6:02 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2005 XC90 T6 2005 - Centre prop shaft support bearing
Replies: 10
Views: 5240

Re: 2005 XC90 T6 2005 - Centre prop shaft support bearing

Both C.V. u-joints need fresh grease. You can remove and install C.V.joint grease in the joints to stop this ANNOYING racket. I don't know if there is any vendors that sell the dust boot that will be shot when you do this. Don't worry about cleaning the old grease but add new grease and work it into...
by gstallons
Wed Jan 07, 2015 4:53 pm
Forum: Volvo XC90
Topic: 2004 xc90 T6 no passenger side rear lights after fuel pump r
Replies: 3
Views: 930

Re: 2004 xc90 T6 no passenger side rear lights after fuel pu

Do you mean the exterior light on the right rear ? What all did you remove / disconnect in this procedure ? Does this xc have 3rd row seats ?
I assume you have checked the bulb(s) too ?