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Diagnostic Codes And How To Read Them

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We in the 850 family who have 1996 and 1997 model years have it easy. Check Engine light comes on? We just plug in our diagnostic code readers and a magical system called OBD-II tells us what code(s) are causing the CE light. Same with 1998 model year Volvos, like S70, V70 and XC70 models. […]

Strut Replacement: A How To

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So, you want to change your struts but don’t want to pay expensive labor? For strut replacement, you’ve come to the right place! Why throw away your hard earned money when you can do it yourself! This vehicle in the guide is a Volvo 850, but any cars with MacPherson Struts will have similar setups. […]

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 […]