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P2 Volvo Oil & Filter Change Tutorial

The pics are of my 2001 S80 T6. This P2 oil change DIY applies to the other Volvo P2 cars:

Tools and supplies you will need:

  • Jack and jackstands.
  • 12mm socket and ratchet.
  • Oil Filter Wrench (band type or special Volvo tool).
  • 17mm socket and ratchet or 17mm end wrench.
  • Oil drain pan.
  • New filter with o-ring
  • New drain plug aluminum crush washer (optional but recommended)
  • 7 quarts of oil (for a T6 – others may take less).
  • Paper towels or rags.
  • Funnel.
  • Small screwdriver.
  • Torque wrench.

Oil Change Procedure

  • Begin by chocking the wheels, jacking up the front of the car, and placing the jackstands so the car doesn’t fall on you while you’re under there working.
  • Now use the 12mm socket and ratchet to remove the 7 bolts holding the undertray to the bottom of the car:
  • (5)-1.jpg Drop the tray down and slide it out of the way.
  • Use the 17mm wrench to loosen the oil drain plug located on the back of the oil pan:
  • Use the 17mm socket and Ratchet to Loosen the Oil Drain Plug.jpg Use the 17mm socket and Ratchet to Loosen the Oil Drain Plug. Place the oil drain pan under the car and unscrew the drain plug the rest of the way by hand. Hold onto the plug if possible – if not, you’ll have to fish it out of the used oil. This shot shows the plug removed with the crush washer on it and the magnet on the end with some metal filings:
  • Drain Plug Showing Crush Washer and Magnetic Tip.jpg Drain Plug Showing Crush Washer and Magnetic Tip. Use the paper towels or a rag to wipe off the plug and washer (if you’re going to reuse it). Slide the new washer on the plug if you have one. Wait until the oil stops draining out of the oil pan, then wipe off the crush washer mating surface on the back of the oil pan. Screw the drain plug back into the oil pan and tighten with the wrench to 26 ft-lb. Do not overtighten or you will live to regret it when you can’t get the plug out for your next oil change.
  • The next pic shows the oil filter cover and the dished-out area in the subframe that allows you to use a conventional spin-on filter wrench:
  • Oil Filter Cover and Subframe Dish Locations.jpg Oil Filter Cover and Subframe Dish Locations. Use the oil filter wrench to loosen the cover by turning counterclockwise:
  • Use the Filter Wrench to Loosen the Cover by Turning it Counterclockwise.jpg Use the Filter Wrench to Loosen the Cover by Turning it Counterclockwise. NOTE: If you can’t loosen the cover with the conventional wrench, buy the special Volvo tool, available here: … ory_id/136
  • DO NOT drive a screwdriver through the cover to remove it – you will be buying a new cover for $15 and your car will be down until it arrives.
  • Move the drain pan under the filter cover and unscrew the cover the rest of the way by hand. Hold onto it and turn it upside down over the drain pan to drain the remaining oil out of it. Pull the filter out of the cover.
  • Here is a pic showing the new filter and o-ring, old filter and filter cover:
  • Old vs. New Filter Comparison.jpg Now use the small screwdriver to pry the old o-ring up and out of its groove:
  • (24).JPG Roll the o-ring up and off of the cover and remove it:
  • (27).JPG Roll the new o-ring onto the cover and down into its groove:
  • (28).JPG Use the paper towels or rags to wipe out the inside of the cover. Make sure you remove any gunk that may have accumulated at the bottom. Now take the new filter and place it into the cover. Push it down until it slides over the center post in the bottom of the cover:
  • (31).JPG If you worry about having oil pressure the maximum amount of the time, pour some oil into the cover while holding it upright. Now slide back under the car and screw the cover back into place. The cover says to torque it to 25 N-m (19 ft-lb), which is fine if you have a torque wrench, but if not just tighten it with the wrench until it is screwed in as far as it will go. The o-ring makes the seal, so you only need enough torque to keep the cover from unscrewing. Also, it takes some torque to force the filter over the center post up in the engine. Make sure you get it in far enough that the o-ring is engaged in the housing or you will have a major league leak.
  • Open the hood and remove the oil filler cap:
  • (35).JPG Insert the funnel and add the appropriate amount of high-quality oil (I like the full-synthetics like Mobil 1 and Castrol Edge) per your owner’s manual (for my T6, 7 quarts). If you added oil to the filter cover before you put it on, make sure you account for that. I usually add about 1/2 quart less than specified, then check the level after I run the engine and top-up as needed.
  • (36).JPG Pull the oil dipstick out to check the level. Wipe the end of the dipstick off, then reinsert it into the tube and pull it back out to get an accurate reading.
  • (48).JPG The oil level should be between the two lines on the end of the dipstick:
  • Oil Dipstick Level Marks.jpg Oil Dipstick Level Marks.jpg (98.23 KiB) Viewed 27268 times Replace the oil filler cap and start the car. Make sure the oil pressure light goes out within 30 seconds – if it doesn’t, shut off the engine and investigate what is wrong.
  • Check under the engine for leaks from the drain plug or filter cover. If you have no leaks, shut the engine off and reinstall the plastic undertray.
  • Remove the jackstands and lower the car to the ground. Check the oil level and top-up if needed. If your Engine Service Light was on, reset it. You’re good to go for another 7500 miles.
  • Make sure you dispose of your used oil in an environmentally-friendly way.

S80 Oil and Filter Change
Oil & Filter Change Tutorial

More on the Volvo S80

The Volvo S80 is an executive car produced by the Swedish manufacturer Volvo Cars from 1998 to 2016 across two generations. It took the place of the rear-wheel-drive S90 as Volvo’s flagship sedan.

The first generation (1998–2006) was made available for the 1999 model year. It has since been built at the Torslanda Works in Gothenburg, Sweden, with a few 1999 model year cars for the North American market built at Volvo’s Halifax Assembly plant. Unlike most Volvo models, it did not have a station wagon version for its first generation.

The second generation (2006–2016) was released in 2006 as a model year 2007 car. It has an estate version, the third generation of the Volvo V70. In June 2007, the S80 scored the highest “good” rating in the Insurance Institute for Highway Safety (IIHS) crash test performance for frontal, side, and rear impacts, earning it the IIHS Top Safety Pick.

The model was replaced by the second generation S90 in the later half of 2016.

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