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DIY: 2005 XC90 Heater Core Replacement

2005 XC90 Heater Core DIY

Overview CN90 continues his documented DIY tear with this fine 2005 XC90 Heater Core Replacement piece. The cabin heater in his XC90 was blowing lukewarm air. Now it’s hot again. UPDATE, outside temp today was in 32F. Normally, it is lukewarm with the OLD heater core. With this brand-new Heater Core, it is so HOT… Read the full article…

MVS Newsletter – Volvo News – March 2018

Mvs Newsletter March 2018

Volvo News – March 2018 The biggest news in the Volvo world is of course the Volvo XC90 Uber test vehicle that struck and killed a pedestrian in Arizona ten days ago. Polestar 1 hybrid supercar is available for preorder for $2500. It’s only available as part of Volvo’s new subscription-based ownership model named “Care… Read the full article…

P3 XC70 Dog Taxi LOL

P3 Volvo XC70 with "DOGTAXI" license plate

My friend in Santa Fe, New Mexico, checking out a P3 XC70 Volvo wagon (see P2 or P3 XC70? for more) with “DOGTAXI” on the plates! And a Sweden flag sticker. Awesome!

Volvo News – Feb 2018 – MVS Newsletter

Mvs Newsletter Feb 2018

This email newsletter went out on February 27th. Not subscribed? Get on the list here.   New V40 Spied? Is this the upcoming V40? http://teknikensvarld.se/nya-volvo-v40-sa-blir-den-586294/ We’ll see Volvo’s small, flexible CMA platform move beyond the new XC40 in 2019, when they debut the new V40. The brand new V40 will replace the then-seven-year-old predecessor V40. T6 Twin Engine “With the… Read the full article…

Replace steering rack on a Volvo 850

Steering Rack4

My car is 18 years old, and most of the bolts I removed were untouched since new. Furthermore, the lower U joint, where the steering column connects to the rack, is probably corroded together because Volvo put an aluminium U-joint on a steel spine. This means you will need to remove a lot of stuff to get the rack out, far more than the factory manual suggests. Finally, you have to jack the engine up off its side and rear mount and drop the crossmember at the same time because the engine is supported on the steering column and you have to drop the crossmember to wiggle the rack out. I found an engine support stand and some chains really helped because I could work under the car without a jack or axle stand being in the way. Penetrant and a good impact gun are your friend.

Volvo L3314 Laplander

Volvo L3314

The Volvo Laplander was a military vehicle built by Volvo in the 1960s and 1970s, and used by a variety of countries’ militaries. Ownership and use of these trucks eventually trickled down to civilians, and now private owners use, show and maintain Laplanders worldwide. In the early 1950s Volvo received an order to develop a new utility… Read the full article…