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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 brunocerous » Thu May 30, 2019 5:53 pm

abscate wrote:
Wed May 29, 2019 8:30 am
I've actually got my eye on a cheap '99 S70 AWD right now.
:lol: :lol: :lol:

Last night - drove my T5 through the thunderstorms and Tornado warnings in North NJ...yikes
That's brave! I drove home in the downpour and could barely see, ended up turning down the wrong street. :shock:

I found a cheap Napa rear winter wiper for a couple of bucks and installed it, just in time for the tornado warnings in NJ.
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Finally ended up swapping a full set of OE Volvo/Hella-branded headlamps and corner lights from the '99 XC donor car into the Silver Bullet ('00 V70) after driving around in torrential rain with only one working headlight. (Probably part of the reason I missed my turnoff.) There was quite a difference in construction of the Taiwanese headlamp (PO had installed it) and the OE version.

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The dulled reflector is visible here, compared to the one off the XC. Both are OE.
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2000 V70, base, MT, 'The Silver Bullet'
1998 V70, base, AT, 'Blue Steel'
1998 V70 T5, AT, project
1999 V70 XC AWD, AT (RIP)
1998 S70 T5, AT (RIP)

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

Post by WhatAmIDoing » Thu May 30, 2019 9:52 pm

Did some work on my T5, so she doesn't feel too neglected. Rotated the tires, replaced my broken driver's side turn signal (held on with tape), checked all the fluids (need to buy more oil to add), installed and stashed an emergency hood release cable, and did another partial flush of the power steering fluid (ATF). Also painted and installed a new license plate bracket on the back with chrome acorn nuts. The old bracket was rusting away into nothing. While it was off, I cleaned up, polished, and waxed everything behind the plate. Not that anyone will ever see it, but at least I'll know (pride of ownership and such).


'98 S70 T5M - 270,000+mi - forever a project
'99 S70 "AWD" - 218,000+mi - project
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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today? (now Sticky!!)

Post by abscate » Fri May 31, 2019 4:42 am

Wait. People wax their cars without removing the license plate? Savagery.

Add another item to the used car inspection list.

The attachment of the rear plate on the p80 is an engineering beauty. The two screws recess into the trunk/tailgate lid so they don’t corrode


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

Post by Cookeh » Fri May 31, 2019 4:48 am

WhatAmIDoing wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 9:52 pm
(...) installed and stashed an emergency hood release cable (...)
Tell me more?



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

Post by abscate » Fri May 31, 2019 4:53 am

Bruno ... make sure you don’t have those resistance pigtails in your headlight circuit. Then add a spare bulb to your glovebox or spares kit

When I send a car to college it’s gets new headlights and the working ones go as spares


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

Post by Rattnalle » Fri May 31, 2019 6:11 am

abscate wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 4:42 am
Wait. People wax their cars without removing the license plate? Savagery.

Add another item to the used car inspection list.

The attachment of the rear plate on the p80 is an engineering beauty. The two screws recess into the trunk/tailgate lid so they don’t corrode
I've got my plates stuck on with adhesive. Low profile and no stuff sticking out or ugly holes in the plate. So it does stay on.



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

Post by Chuck W » Fri May 31, 2019 7:20 am

I thought about my Volvos while I'm on the other side of the planet from them.

Would rather be wrenching on and driving them.



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

Post by 850 LPT » Fri May 31, 2019 9:05 am

Decided to take a break from the driving light installation on my S70 and finally start driving the thing. Other than an idle problem it runs beautifully.
Will hook this up to Vida soon to see what I've got and maybe attempt another emissions test.


96' 850 sedan, base, auto, pewter/charcoal, 111k miles
99' S70, base, 5-speed manual, nautic blue/ tan, 213k miles
04' V70, auto, ash gold/ tan, 225k miles, daughters car
05' V70, 5-speed manual, loaded, mistral green/ tan, 146k miles
79' Ford Capri S, Euro Spec 2.8 V6, T9 5-speed manual
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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today? (now Sticky!!)

Post by WhatAmIDoing » Fri May 31, 2019 12:38 pm

abscate wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 4:42 am
Wait. People wax their cars without removing the license plate? Savagery.

Add another item to the used car inspection list.

The attachment of the rear plate on the p80 is an engineering beauty. The two screws recess into the trunk/tailgate lid so they don’t corrode
The threads on my screws weren't corroded, but the heads sure were. Couldn't even tell what they were suppose to be: torx, hex key? Had to turn them out with a vicegrips.

Forgot to mention, I also sanded the rust and applied touchup paint to the area around the holes for the screws. Do I get a prize for waxing behind the plate? :D
Cookeh wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 4:48 am
WhatAmIDoing wrote:
Thu May 30, 2019 9:52 pm
(...) installed and stashed an emergency hood release cable (...)
Tell me more?
I used galvanized electric fence wire looped around the hole in the release tab. Then snaked it down between the inner and outer fender, and secured a loop with duct tape to the charcoal canister. Hidden and out of the way, but easy to grab in an emergency. Will try to get pics later.

OOOOOH and big news for today. I may have just secured a full set of used ABM projectors for $200!!
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'99 S70 "AWD" - 218,000+mi - project
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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today? (now Sticky!!)

Post by bmdubya1198 » Fri May 31, 2019 5:41 pm

WhatAmIDoing wrote:
Fri May 31, 2019 12:38 pm
OOOOOH and big news for today. I may have just secured a full set of used ABM projectors for $200!!
Good deal!


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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