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Spark Plug Change: A How To

Volvo’s 5 cylinder engines obviously take 5 spark plugs, and the debate rages as always as to whether Bosh Platinums are better than Champion or NGK. I think that matters less than if they are changed regularly, and gapped correctly. Your Volvo will thank you more for that than putting in one brand of spark […]

Fix Rear Speakers: A How To

FIX REAR SPEAKERS: A HOW TO I had a nasty rattle coming from the rear speakers on my 98 s70. It seemed like even a little bass would set off the rattle. So on a sunny Saturday I set about to “investigate” the cause for this rattle and possibly look at replacing the stock speakers […]

Volvos Expensive To Maintain? Pros & Cons

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Historically, Volvo has ranked well in “total cost of ownership” surveys for popular models. Several models, like the XC60 (premium compact SUV), lead the segment in cost of ownership. At what point does your Volvo become too expensive to maintain? MVS member potroast says “buy the parts online and do the work yourself.” Sure, there […]

How To Check For Leaking Fuel Injector

It’s possible that one of the fuel injectors is leaking. Normally, pressure is maintained in the fuel system after engine shutdown. Because of this pressure, a leaking injector would discharge fuel to its cylinder until the pressure was near zero. Burning off that excess fuel would lead to the black smoke on startup. Also, because […]

Classic PNP Switch Shifting Fix

MVS forum member JM has a potential PNP switch shifting issue with his 1995 Volvo 850. It won’t shift out of first gear when the car is cold. In this Volvo Forum post, he is calling upon other members to help come to the rescue. If you’re in the know on this subject, please take […]

Rear Wiper Maintenance

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The rear wiper blades sweep water away from the windscreen and rear window. Together with the washer fluid they clean the windows and ensure visibility for driving. The windscreen wiper blades must be in service position when they are to be replaced. The wipers return to their starting position when you briefly press the START/STOP […]

How to Diagnose Stalling Problems

MVS forum member NateR documents a recent experience he had while commuting. He talks about his 89 Volvo 740 Turbo having issues with sudden drops in rpm. The car never actually stalled but came close. How can we come together to diagnose stalling problems with our Volvos? Chime in to add to this great discussion.

Hardwire Your iPod to Your Volvo

Aside from listening to the sound of your Volvo engine, equally as appealing is the sound of your preferred music. We all enjoy music while we drive and being able to access albums and playlists from an iPod takes the experience to the next level. This post holds a discussion on the act of how […]

How to Test Oxygen Sensors

MVS Forums member bluenote 27 feels like his Volvo 240 isn’t getting its maximum km per L of gas and he has a hunch that it might be related to the vehicle’s oxygen sensors. He raises many important questions relating to the issue. One of which is aimed at the cost of a single wire vs […]

Speaker Wiring Diagram

There are many resources available online to help aid you in your Volvo speaker wiring needs.Whether your an expert Volvo mobile electronics installer, Volvo fanatic, or a novice Volvo enthusiast with a Volvo, a Volvo car speaker wiring diagram can save yourself a lot of time. Automotive wiring in Volvo vehicles are becoming increasing more […]

Fix Cracked ABS Module and Save Money

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Having a problem with Abs module and Traction control is not a rarity on a Volvo. It is a common and expensive problem caused mostly by the Abs Module. The right way to fix this is to get a new one put in. It does not come cheap though, it’s over $400 for a new […]

Broken / Worn Spring Seats – Photos & Description

Volvo owners often complain about knocks, squeaks, rattles and clunks. Common failures that can create these noises are worn spring seats or worn out upper rear shock mounts. Volvo front wheel drive models commonly develop a clunk in the front suspension that can be caused by worn out upper spring seats. This can occur in […]