2001 V70 T5 197,000 miles:
Today I removed the rest of the PCV hose and box and cleaned out the block ports. They were not plugged, but had hard sludge at the bottom. I took the opportunity to clean the valve cover, head and block on the front visible areas. I found the small hose from intake banjo fitting to the box area was pulled out of the elbow. I saw this before removing the hose and intake manifold. I must have knocked it off last summer while working on ETM. That had to be a small vacuum leak. The glove test do not fail, but it was limp.
Several days more of part time work on the PCV system. I cleaned up the intake manifold and more of the valve covers. The intake manifold had some kind of yellowed coating. Alcohol softened it and it cleaned up. No performance or operation improvement from this, but it looks better. I cheated and did not clean the underside.
I started reassemble with new parts. The banjo bolt on the end of the head is a bear. I dropped the inner copper ring about 5 times. I finally removed the lift hook bracket and moved it and hoses and wires out of the way enough to get a hand in to start the bolt. Sometimes, more disassembly if worth the time and effort to make access room.
During the disassembly I found two things that may be helpful to others. On the left side bottom manifold bolt, I used 10mm 3/8 drive socket, universal joint, about 8 inch extensions and ratchet. The universal joint wants to flop on the end of the extensions, so I wrapped masking tape in one or two layers around the joint. This made the joint stiff enough to stab on the bolt while watching from the top. The other thing I did while removing the manifold was tilt the right side down to get clearance to remove from the steel fuel line that snakes through the manifold. This might seem obvious, but somehow I struggled to find a way to get the manifold removed. This also works to replace the manifold on the fuel line. I did not remove the ETM, but did remove all air intake tubes.
Complete assembly will wait until I get the improved manifold banjo bolt with check valve. I ordered it and other parts from FCP.
I thought I had a disaster today. I was cleaning some crud from the vent hole in the top of the valve cover with a Q-tip. Somehow I dropped it into the hole!. I got the flashlight and could see it in the valley of the cam area. I got my ever handy part grabber and went fishing. It came back out! No disaster.
If you do anything to your vehicle, even change the oil, get two tools: the fingered part grabber on a flex stick and the magnet on a flex stick. They often save the day.
Well, I had to get the '06 v70 towed 15 miles, the driver did an excellent job, hooking/dragging and pulling the car onto the flatbed towtruck. The gear selector was stuck in park. I pried the cover off and looked inside, checked all the fuses, disconnected the battery to restart, looked at the brake gear selector sensor, opened up the circuit board directly underneath the gear selector, basically tried to troubleshoot by reading my Haynes manual, watching videos, reading the forum. I settled on buying a new gear selector shifter knob, the button on the existing one is broken. I am hoping this will solve the problem and I will be able to shift through the transmission. The other problems which I need to solve is that the digital odometer is not working, ( speed sensor, DIM, ECM?) and the message center does not display any text. I plugged the obd2 diagnostic code reader in, however, it doesn't show any faults. I would think that there would be fault codes showing since, transmission stuck in park, and odometer not working. I'll need to look into this.
While waiting for other parts for 2001 V70 T5, I replaced timing belt, tensioner and idler pulley. I removed the vibration dampener pulley but wish I had not. Now I need a tool to hold it while I torque the bolts.
I used a combination of several posts as guidance for the timing belt. The advice to use tie wraps was very helpful. I also used tie wraps to hold the cam pulleys for limited rotation. To hold the belt in the grooves at the crank pulley, I jammed a wood clothes pin between the rubber stopper under the pulley and the belt. Tensioner was not set in these photos.
I was going to change axle boots on 2001 V70 T5. One boot was torn and others were cracking. The axle seemed ok. When I removed the axle I tried to disassemble the outer CV joint using the horseshoe shaped puller. I pulled the axle end bolt up tight and beat on the inner ball race using brass punch and 3 pound hammer. No go. I got a longer ratchet bar and tighened some more. I had to retighten the clamp on the shaft to keep it from slipping. Then I noticed the puller was getting distorted. I decided I needed to buy new axles - this one was not coming apart. This was a cheap replacement axle from 30K miles ago. Finding the boots to fit was going to be hard anyway.
Continued Maintenance work on 2001 V70 T5. After about 3 hours fighting the under intake manifold banjo bolt install, I removed the alternator. With everything out of the way for PCV work, the alternator removal took maybe 20 minutes. With the alternator out of the way, I could get two hands down under the manifold. Still took half hour to get the bolt in and tight, but I was able to get it done.
New left axle installed easily. New left strut reassembled, but not installed yet. I reused the bearing plate (after relube), spring,cross nut, and the rubber washer. Other strut parts were replaced. OTC clamshell spring compressor works great.
A couple more afternoons of 2001 V70 T5 maintenance. Replaced the alternator that was removed for banjo bolt assembly. Also, got more practice installing the auxiliary serpentine belt. Reassembled the right front strut. Replaced the brake disc and pads. Soaked the bleeder screw in preparation for brake fluid flush. Installed the fan and connected some of the related wiring. The plastic intake hose at the turbo outlet is partially crushed. I will need to make a sleeve to insert in the tube so it will not leak when the clamp is tightened.
Axle and strut ordered for the right side. I was hoping there would be a Memorial Day sale on IPD or FCP, but it did not happen.