Volvos have problems, like any car brand. It’s anything but fun when something on your Volvo breaks, but this site is here to help you find, fix and solve the problem, hopefully saving you money by doing it yourself rather than taking it to the dealer to be fixed.
There are two ways to consider the large number of VRD entries: by Volvo model, which is self-explanatory, and by category, where you are now.
Categories are “buckets” that break down VRD entries by the type of repair, tutorial, advice or modification. Categories are best explained by examples: “Engine“, “Climate Control“, “Interior“, etc. Those are just three of the dozens of categories. Below are all of them.
32 postsHow many miles per gallon are Volvo owners getting in the city? On the highway? MPG talk is here. Compare your Volvo to other Volvo owners’ fuel economy.
How to Use This Website
11 postsTips, tricks and tutorials on how to get the most out of MatthewsVolvoSite.com
Body, Trim & Exterior
53 postsExterior bits that make our Volvos pretty and functional: Body, Exterior Trim, Wipers, Glass, Bumpers, Mudguards, etc.
Engine – Head, Cams, Cylinders & More
203 postsEverything about our Volvo engines from air delivery to turbo wastegate: Internals, Turbo, Wastegate, Air Delivery, Airbox, Air Filter, Camshaft, Valves, Head, Pistons
Volvo Interior: Seats, Switches Etc.
107 postsVolvo Seats, Carpet, Cup Holders, Switches, Controls, Dash, Surfaces
Volvo Climate Control: Heat & AC
69 postsEverything to do with climate control on Volvos – switches, air conditioning, pollen filter, evaporator, heater core, AC recharging, heat, vents, flashing/blinking climate control lights.
122 postsEverything that holds your wheels to your Volvo’s frame – wheel hubs, struts, control arms, tie rods, sway bars, springs, spring seats, Nivomats, Bilstiens
Exterior Lights: Headlights, Tail Lights, Indicators, Etc.
51 postsHeadlights, Xenons, HIDs, jewel headlights, projector headlights, brake lights, turn signals, bulbs, fog lights, etc… Everything on the outside of your Volvo that illuminates.
110 postsA category devoted to the devices that make our Volvos go forward, backward, and remain still – Volvo transmissions.
21 postsVolvo exhausts, catalytic convertors, mufflers, tips and downpipe discussion, answers and DIY tutorials.
53 postsInformation on fuel additives, oil additives and extenders, grease, lubricants, head gasket sealer, radiator sealers and more
31 postsEmissions system on our Volvos: EVAP valves, purge valve, air pump, oxygen sensors etc. Catalytic converter topics are in the Exhaust category.
99 postsWhat to look for in a new or used Volvo and how to negotiate with dealers. Also, this category features buying tips for tools, Volvo parts, and tires.
45 postsVolvo Drivetrain: AWD Systems, CV Joints, Bevel Gear etc., discussion, answers and DIY tutorials. These are the pieces that move your Volvo forward and backward.
Volvo Car Company
36 postsDiscussion and opinions about Volvo Car Corporation, or Volvo Personvagnar AB.
Electronic Throttle Module
16 postsETM — Volvo’s “fly-by-wire” module that does the work a throttle and throttle linkage used to do
Volvo Radiator Etc.
26 postsEverything having to do with keeping the Volvo engines at the correct running temperature.
3 postsWhen Volvo contacts you to bring your Volvo in to the dealer for fixes, it’s a recall.
Capacities, Measurements, Standards & Statistics
18 postsThis category includes posts about numbers. Numbers that define various Volvo models’ appetite for oil, transmission fluid, steering fluid, brake fluid, coolant, and the like… things that Volvo engineers gave their spawn when they was born. When the Volvo model was born, not the engineer.
Reference & Volvo Documentation
19 postsAll about Volvo maintenance documentation including owner’s manuals, service schedules, diagnostics and reference.
Spark, Spark Plugs & Wires, Ignition, Rotor, Coils
25 postsSpark Plugs, Wires, Rotor, Cap, Ignition, Coils
Belts, Hoses & Lines
36 postsInfo and tutorials on Volvo belts, hoses and vacuum lines… the various engine accessories that keep our engines running
Engine Breathing – PCV, EGR, Etc.
43 postsExhaust Gas Recirculation (EGR), Postive Crankcase Ventilation (PCV), Idle Air Control Valve (IAC), and their related components that perform ventilation duties on our Volvo engines
Performance & HP
103 postsHow to get more performance out of your Volvo, how to increase horsepower and torque, turn sharper and stop quicker
Volvo Keys, Remotes & Keyfobs
22 postsVolvo keys, remote fobs, unlocking doors, locks, setting and disarming car alarm, ignition switch, tumbler
Paint, Detailing, Wash & Wax
10 postsPaint, paint codes, paint touch up tips, clay bar instructions, detailing kits and more
28 postsRoof racks, mud guards, dog barriers, headlight protectors, instrument gauges and the thousand other items we can choose from to install into or on our Volvos.
Fuel, Gasoline, Fuel Filter, Injectors, Etc.
43 postsEverything fuel and gas related: Fuel Pumps, Gas Tank, Fuel Supply, Fuel Filter, Fuel Lines, Fuel Injectors and Gasoline Itself.
18 postsThis category covers anything related to our Volvos’ instrument cluster, like odometer, speedometer, boost gauge, tachometer, instrument bulbs, how to get to the instrument cluster, and more.
Matt’s Volvo Blog
43 postsMatt’s random writing about Volvo topics that don’t fit into any other category.
Diagnostics – OBD & Codes
31 postsHow to read Volvo codes, what they mean… codes discussion, answers and DIY tutorials. OBD, OBD II, VIDA, DiCE, VADIS.
11 postsWhat you should expect after an accident — insurance claims, insurance work, estimates, “totalling”, body shop work, etc. This category holds posts about all aspects of the claims process.
12 postsDoors, door handles, door hinges, check straps… everything door-related except windows, glass and keys
12 postsThe things that make our Volvos safe: airbags, Side Impact Protection System (SIPS), side impact curtains… general safety.
10 postsVolvo software controls more and more functions of our Volvos today. This category addresses that aspect of Volvo maintenance – software updates.
Recent MVS User Amazon Purchases
2 postsWhat Volvo owners buy at Amazon with the MVS-Amazon link that helps this site.
Brakes, Pads and Rotors
48 postsEverything to do with slowing, stopping, or keeping your Volvo stopped… Volvo brakes.
35 postsIf you’re starting fresh with DIY Volvo maintenance, you need the basics. This is them.
9 postsAll non-functional “upgrades” on Volvos… trim, wheel caps, spoilers, fuzzy dice, etc.
How to buy Volvo Parts
24 postsHow to buy parts for your Volvo. Tips, vendors, deals and discounts save you money on Volvo parts.
22 postsA category for the devices that provide the push for the coolant moving through Volvo engines.
10 postsCategory for sensors found on Volvos like mass airflow sensor (MAF), throttle position sensor (TPS) and others
16 postsOpinions on Volvo parts brands — which are worth the savings and which brands to avoid.
Boost, Turbo & Intercoolers
41 postsTopics concerning boost: fuel-air mixture, psi, air temperature, turbo models and brands, turbo lag, vacuum hoses…
Gaskets & Related Pieces
19 postsVolvo repairs that include Gaskets, O-Rings and similar joiner, separators and surface sealers.
Towing and Hitches
6 postsTowing, Hitches and hitch wiring for Volvos… what to expect, what to buy, how to tow correctly with your Volvo.
21 postsCars 101 category is all about the fundamentals of cars. Not just Volvo, but all cars.
38 postsChips, tunes, exhaust, suspension mods… this category contains posts about how to make your Volvo accelerate faster, stop shorter, and turn sharper.
Volvo Repair Documentation
88 postsPosts in this category are all detailed Volvo DIY tutorials or repairs with photos.
4 postsWhich tires are best for your Volvo? This category features discussion and opinion on what rubber to install on your Volvo.
Volvo V40 (2013+)
5 postsThis category features the Volvo V40… a small family car, available in five-door hatchback form, that was unveiled at the 2012 Geneva Motor Show. It has been on sale in mainland Europe since 2012, and the US since 2013.
V70 & XC70 2008+
5 postsDiscussion and DIY Tutorials on the current (third) generation Volvo V70 wagon and XC70 crossover.
ECU, TCU, PNP & Modules
38 postsVolvo Engine Control Unit (ECU), Transmission Control Unit (TCU), Park Neutral Position Switch (PNP), and other various modules.
Glass, Windshield, Windows, Moonroof
17 postsAll the glass on Volvos, windshield, windows, moonroof, etc.
1 postsPaintings, photographs, sculpture and any other form of art that features Volvo cars.