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Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

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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I am a (blank) Mechanic

Poll ended at Wed Sep 14, 2016 4:46 pm

O Rivers - I can't even pump my own gas (with apologies to NJ residents)
1
1%
1 River or Beginner - I can perform monthly checks of dipstick, coolant level, PS level
1
1%
2 Rivers - Basic - I can do an oil change, Change a tire, wiper blade, fuse, relay, lights
5
6%
3 Rivers - Mechanic I can do a full brake job, driveshaft, PCV, fuel pump
45
57%
4 Rivers - Advanced - Top end of motor, bottom end of motor, drivetrain - can often find better ways to do things than 'the book'
25
32%
5 Rivers - Expert - You know who you are. The few, the proud - mike, jimmy....and less than 10 others..and not me.
2
3%
 
Total votes: 79

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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by abscate » Thu Jan 26, 2017 7:22 am

This past year I added to my understanding of fuel trim and how to use that info to diagnose.

It solid 4 material, but I don't have the intuition to reach 5 IMHO

I did have the fleeting glimpse of 5 with my intuition about shockwaves fuel pump, but that was promptly cancelled by putting in my airbags backwards
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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by abscate » Tue Apr 24, 2018 1:06 am

I had a good couple of years on Volvo’s since this poll including a driveway clutch job and a grind through a vacuum leak.

I’m still a solid 4 as whenever I read a jimmy post I think...

‘I didn’t know that, and I probably should know that...”
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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by erikv11 » Tue Apr 24, 2018 4:53 am

Engine swaps, a couple rear main seals, head swaps and trans swaps (autos), all the suspension jobs and lots of fuel and other system repairs, I can flash an ECU but won't meddle with the tune, not good enough at troubleshooting but regardless it is a very long ways off to 5 rivers. I don't think you get there without training or other full time effort ...
'95 854 T5-R, Motronic 4.4, 185k
'96 855 NA, 145k
'98 S70 NA, 220k (living out west)
'98 V70, T5 tune-injectors-turbo, LPT engine, 286k
'06 S60 R, 167k
'99 Camry V6 :shock: 125k
gone: '96 NA 850 210k, '98 NA V70 182k

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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by abscate » Tue Apr 24, 2018 5:40 am

It’s that 10,000 hours thing.

I did have the fleeting glimpse of 5 with my intuition about shockwaves fuel pump, but that was promptly cancelled by putting in my airbags backwards
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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by WhatAmIDoing » Tue Apr 24, 2018 9:36 am

After 2 years of working on my Volvo, definitely think I've moved from a 2 to a 3. That emergency weekend brake job last summer was fun. Sights are set on 4, but that's still a long way off.
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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by Rattnalle » Tue Apr 24, 2018 10:37 am

I'm a solid 3.

The 4 stuff listed is stuff you should never have to do to a car unless you're working some old classic or something. If I ever get there I'll get rid of it :-P

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Unwilling 4!

Post by 850TurboTurtle » Fri Apr 26, 2019 6:17 pm

I wish I was a 3, but when the motor blew, and then the tranny blew a year later, I learned how to do a top end, tranny swap, rebuild, lower, front axles, rear shocks, water pump, and more than I ever wished. Then again, I saved enough to buy my used S80, so thank you forum for all the help!!

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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by abscate » Fri Apr 26, 2019 8:21 pm

The best part of being a 4 is talking 3 into doing things they wouldn’t do otherwise.
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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by Goupil » Sat Apr 27, 2019 3:44 pm

I'm a 3 as long as I have an internet connexion :mrgreen:

Might get into level 4 if I have to, but I'd rather not :roll:
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Re: Rate your skills - the official MVS poll

Post by WhatAmIDoing » Mon Apr 29, 2019 3:17 pm

I've upgraded from a 2 to a 3, and after this summer I think I can call myself a 4.
'98 S70 T5M - 282,000+mi - forever a project
'99 S70 "AWD" - 220,000+mi - part out :cry:
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