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What did you do to your Volvo today?

Help, Advice and DIY Tutorials on Volvo's extremely popular car line -- Volvo's 1990s "bread and butter" cars -- powered by the ubiquitous and durable Volvo inline 5-cylinder engine.

1992 - 1997 850, 850 R, 850 T5-R, 850 T5, 850 GLT
1997 - 2000 S70, S70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70, V70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70-XC
1997 - 2004 C70

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

Post by Rattnalle » Fri Aug 23, 2019 2:48 pm

E Showell wrote:
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Use proper summer and winter tyres respectively and you won't have that issue. And you'll have more grip to go around as well. All season is a pure marketing ploy, only good enough of you haven't tried the alternative.
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I'm not so sure that's the case. The Michelin compound still goes rock hard after about 30 K miles. Even if I go to dedicated snow tires, when I put the Michelins back on in the Spring after 30k miles, they'll still be rock hard and have abysmal wet weather traction. So, I might not have poor snow traction, but I'll still be slipping all over wet roads in rain (unless somebody makes dedicated rain tires).

Don't get me wrong, I loved that MIchelins lasted forever, I just hated that they had poor traction (and a noticeably harsher ride) after a while.
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I've run two sets of their summer tyres down to two millimeters or so without having any issues apart from what you get when the tread is that worn when driving in deeper water. Energy Saver Pluses both sets.

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

Post by June » Fri Aug 23, 2019 3:25 pm

E Showell wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:47 pm
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Use proper summer and winter tyres respectively and you won't have that issue. And you'll have more grip to go around as well. All season is a pure marketing ploy, only good enough of you haven't tried the alternative.
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I'm not so sure that's the case. The Michelin compound still goes rock hard after about 30 K miles. Even if I go to dedicated snow tires, when I put the Michelins back on in the Spring after 30k miles, they'll still be rock hard and have abysmal wet weather traction. So, I might not have poor snow traction, but I'll still be slipping all over wet roads in rain (unless somebody makes dedicated rain tires).

Don't get me wrong, I loved that MIchelins lasted forever, I just hated that they had poor traction (and a noticeably harsher ride) after a while.
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That's because you were not using a summer tire for summer. The Michelin Primacy 3 was a summer tire and was wore out at 30K. Same sticky rubber throughout the tread. All Season tires are different than Summer tires. June
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Post by WhatAmIDoing » Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:12 pm

E Showell wrote:
Fri Aug 23, 2019 1:47 pm
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Use proper summer and winter tyres respectively and you won't have that issue. And you'll have more grip to go around as well. All season is a pure marketing ploy, only good enough of you haven't tried the alternative.
[/quote]

I'm not so sure that's the case. The Michelin compound still goes rock hard after about 30 K miles. Even if I go to dedicated snow tires, when I put the Michelins back on in the Spring after 30k miles, they'll still be rock hard and have abysmal wet weather traction. So, I might not have poor snow traction, but I'll still be slipping all over wet roads in rain (unless somebody makes dedicated rain tires).

Don't get me wrong, I loved that MIchelins lasted forever, I just hated that they had poor traction (and a noticeably harsher ride) after a while.
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I use to love Michelin as well, but the last 3 sets of Michilin touring tyres I've owned all got downright scary after 30k miles in the rain. I have a pair of Durals on my T5 right now I bought used at half tread and they still have 50% life left and do great in the rain 4 years later. In terms of performance, tread life, and cost, Nokian has become my go to tire. They are on my work van right now and still functioning well after 45k miles. One of my friends only buys nokian tyres for his Volvos and claims to be getting over 80k miles when rotating every oil change. I'll be buying Nokians next time I need tires.
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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today? (now Sticky)

Post by June » Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:29 pm


Can't get this video to attach properly, but the Youtuber is Engineering Explained, and he does a great job explaining the three types of tires from a engineering perspective Winter/All Season/Summer tires. If a moderator can get the video to link I would appreciate it. June
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2002 S80 T6 ordered totalled
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Post by kallekula » Fri Aug 23, 2019 4:38 pm

I tried plastdip to rejuvenate old belt moldings
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Also used this dope c4 trim restorer on some motor plastic
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Post by mrbrian200 » Fri Aug 23, 2019 5:20 pm

Not my car.. Sis' XC90. Brought the DIM back to life. Replaced board mounted voltage regulator, capacitor, inspected board for NFO/cracked solder joints: saw a couple that looked suspect and reworked them by hand with a fine pencil iron. It was probably the voltage regulator.
Does anybody know.. on the MY04, the voltage regulator has a crazy big aluminum heat spreader 'assembly' attached to it, but lacking thermal conductive transfer tape or paste that I'd normally expect to find between parts of this nature (I also work on/repair computers up to some light board level repairs such as this). Is that what they changed on the later years that aren't as prone to this problem (they added thermal paste/tape?). I'm wondering if I might want to perform a 'preemptive strike' on the DIM on my own 2006 S60, which would involve taking the DIM apart to apply thermal paste as I did on Sis' DIM when I reassembled it to prevent a similar failure down the road.

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Post by bmdubya1198 » Fri Aug 23, 2019 6:30 pm

Interesting, it sounds like it's not too complicated of a fix!

Tagged the '03 S60 today, took it on its maiden voyage to the junkyard. It drives well, but it definitely needs a suspension refresh and the B4 servo cover update/ATF change. It shifts a little weird, and once it's up to temperature, it has a BAD flare into 3rd gear. I plan on taking care of that ASAP.
2000 V70R Venetian Red/Charcoal M56 Swapped 197k
2003 S60 2.4T Silver/Black 113k
2007 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 171k
1991 944 Turbo Dark Green/Beige 174k
1992 245 Base White/Beige 249k
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1993 944 Base Beige/Beige 221k
1998 V70 GLT Black/Beige 199k
1998 S90- Silver/Gray 207k
1995 850 GLT Tropic Green... crushed
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Post by Peevarino » Sun Aug 25, 2019 5:15 pm

Swapped out some nasty end links yesterday
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Post by ndphotonl » Mon Aug 26, 2019 10:46 am

Those were ready for replacement :P
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Post by bmdubya1198 » Mon Aug 26, 2019 7:23 pm

Sold the S90 today... I wasn't really expecting to sell it, but it gives me one more driveway space and some cash for a new turbo for the R.

But let's be realistic... I'll probably somehow end up with another Volvo on the driveway by the end of the week :lol:
2000 V70R Venetian Red/Charcoal M56 Swapped 197k
2003 S60 2.4T Silver/Black 113k
2007 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 171k
1991 944 Turbo Dark Green/Beige 174k
1992 245 Base White/Beige 249k
2006 BMW 330i
1999 BMW 528i
Sold-
2000 S70 GLT Mystic Silver/Taupe 253k
1993 944 Base Beige/Beige 221k
1998 V70 GLT Black/Beige 199k
1998 S90- Silver/Gray 207k
1995 850 GLT Tropic Green... crushed
2001 S60 2.4T Black/Black 230k
1988 744 Turbo M46 Beige Metallic/Beige 188k

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