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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 bmdubya1198 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 8:53 am

Yeah, the R barely started when I had to swap my Miata into the garage to yank off the ground effects. That battery does NOT like the cold!


2000 V70R Venetian Red/Charcoal M56 Swapped 191k
2000 S70 GLT Mystic Silver/Taupe 2??k
2003 S60 2.4T Silver/Black 108k
2007 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 160k
1993 944 Base Beige/Beige 221k
1992 Miata Mariner Blue/Black 146k
Sold-
1998 V70 GLT Black/Beige 193k
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- Never should have sold it


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

Post by amblerman » Wed Jan 23, 2019 9:41 am

A Pothole got me and my s70
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It destroyed my 2 month old snow tire.. Ruptured in two places...
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And of course my spare was flat. The spare looked brand new so I'm sure it's lost its pressure 15 years ago.

But the story got better. I pulled onto a random street about 1 mile from home and a nice gentleman offered his air compressor to me to pump up my spare... Hi compressor didn't work though. :D

The highlight was that in his garage was a 2015 V60 and we had a nice conversation about how much he loves that car but also plans to get a V90.

He then lent me his V60 to go to a gas station for air. I love those V60s. I find those really comfortable. I like them better than the XC60s.

And then to top it off, my road hazard warranty on the tire got me a brand new one for $12.

-A
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Post by bmdubya1198 » Wed Jan 23, 2019 11:35 am

It's always refreshing to be reminded that there are good people out there! And the Volvo community is the best!
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2000 V70R Venetian Red/Charcoal M56 Swapped 191k
2000 S70 GLT Mystic Silver/Taupe 2??k
2003 S60 2.4T Silver/Black 108k
2007 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 160k
1993 944 Base Beige/Beige 221k
1992 Miata Mariner Blue/Black 146k
Sold-
1998 V70 GLT Black/Beige 193k
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- Never should have sold it


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Post by Danonly55 » Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:09 pm

Today I found out how many miles are actually on my 96 850, A new app called 850 OBDll for android and ios phones. It links up with your existing OBD and tells you more info including ACTUAL mileage. I also installed new shocks and struts. WOW she rides great now. and with a piece of mind.


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Post by E Showell » Tue Jan 29, 2019 5:20 am

And the actual vs. displayed mileage is?


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Post by GlennG2759 » Tue Jan 29, 2019 7:07 am

Success. After 6 mos. of weekend work
and getting NYS inspection done. I hesitantly got in my '94 850 NA 175k
and did a 275 mile trip on NYS thruway, and told the wife to stay close to the phone. The 850 ran fantastic. I was passed by a same year wagon and an absolutely beautiful white sedan. It's
great to see people are keeping these wonderful automobiles alive. A couple more weekends in the spring and I'll consider this one done, although I guess you never (want to be) done. My daughter has put in a request to find her a low mileage C70 black. Thanks to all who run this site and contribute to it.
I wouldn't have been able to perform a lot of the work I've done.



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Post by bmdubya1198 » Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:22 am

That 850 OBD-II app is great, I bought it a couple months ago. It also showed the mileage on my GLT to be a little higher than the odometer says, but it says it's due to downtime from the ABS module. However in my ownership I've never lost the speedometer/odometer due to ABS malfunctioning. My ABS light has been on and off constantly over the past 6 months or so. I really need to get a rebuilt module soon.

Changed the oil on the GLT yesterday. I was going to use Rotella T6 5w-40, but I went with Castrol Edge 5w-40 since I didn't feel like buying two gallons of Rotella (for some reason nobody sells single quarts... maybe they're trying to deter people from using it in gas engines that use less oil?). I just wanted to finish the quart I already had on the shelf, and I didn't want a bunch of extra.

I went with the 5w-40 over my usual 0w-40 because I wanted to see if the thicker oil quieted my whiny oil cooler thermostat. So far, she seems to be running great. I'll report back in the coming weeks on how she's performing with the 5w-40.
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2000 V70R Venetian Red/Charcoal M56 Swapped 191k
2000 S70 GLT Mystic Silver/Taupe 2??k
2003 S60 2.4T Silver/Black 108k
2007 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 160k
1993 944 Base Beige/Beige 221k
1992 Miata Mariner Blue/Black 146k
Sold-
1998 V70 GLT Black/Beige 193k
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- Never should have sold it


Need used parts? PM me!

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

Post by Ocelot » Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:39 am

So a while back I used Carpro Hyrd02. I washed, clayed, and polished the coat before using this stuff and the S70 was like new. Water just slided right of the coat. Now, 1 month later, I'm not really all too happy with the product. The shine is gone, because of the salt on the roads and snow, so I washed the car and dried her of. But the shine is gone, the water doesn't slide of and it looks that the supposed minimal protection of three to six months isn't achieved. Anyone else have experience with products like CarPro Hydr02? Maybe I'm using it wrong, but I highly doubt that because all of the steps I've taken to really clean the coat before using this stuff.


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

Post by Ocelot » Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:40 am

Danonly55 wrote:
Mon Jan 28, 2019 6:09 pm
Today I found out how many miles are actually on my 96 850, A new app called 850 OBDll for android and ios phones. It links up with your existing OBD and tells you more info including ACTUAL mileage. I also installed new shocks and struts. WOW she rides great now. and with a piece of mind.
Clifhanger! Please enlighten us.


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'87 Volvo 340 GL 1.7
'85 Volvo 340 DL 1.4

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

Post by Cookeh » Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:56 am

Ocelot wrote:
Tue Jan 29, 2019 8:39 am
So a while back I used Carpro Hyrd02. I washed, clayed, and polished the coat before using this stuff and the S70 was like new. Water just slided right of the coat. Now, 1 month later, I'm not really all too happy with the product. The shine is gone, because of the salt on the roads and snow, so I washed the car and dried her of. But the shine is gone, the water doesn't slide of and it looks that the supposed minimal protection of three to six months isn't achieved. Anyone else have experience with products like CarPro Hydr02? Maybe I'm using it wrong, but I highly doubt that because all of the steps I've taken to really clean the coat before using this stuff.
I've used Gyeon's WetCoat and CarPlan No1 Super Gloss - same thing different brands. You aren't using it wrong per se - I'll delve into that shortly. Firstly, it is worth noting that this isn't a going to have the same hardness or durability as a properly installed ceramic coating - in the best conditions you'll only get 3-4 months out of it (despite product claims), and this timescale will decrease when its under attack from stuff like salt and strong cleaners. Its quite possible to remove the product entirely by using strong shampoos/snow foams/TFRs/APCs. What did you use to wash the road grime and snow off?

Back to using it correctly, when you had polished the car did you wipe the panels down with a grease/wax remover or similar before applying it? The durability of these products does rely on it being directly on the paint as opposed to on a layer of polish residue/grease/whatever. I'd also like to mention that drying aids or quick detailers like CarPro Reload, Chemical Guys V7, or even formulated shampoos like Gyeons Bathe+ are essential in maintaining the hydrophobic properties and should really be used each wash to get the most out of the durability.

These products are great for quick protection or when you're tight on time but they do not have any great longevity and you should not expect them to last more than a month or so in bad conditions and maybe 2-3 in 'good' conditions with regular washing.
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