Spark Plug Replace — First Gen. XC90

CN90: My “new” 2005 XC90 2.5T with 82K still has factory spark plugs as the P.O. never replaced them. Since I have had good success with NGK Iridium BKR6EIX in my 1998 BMW 528i, I decided to use these NGK Iridium BKR6EIX spark plugs in my XC90.

Article Notes

Who MVS Forums Contributor cn90 does what he does best: explain how to do maintenance and repairs on Volvo cars and SUVs. He follows this spark plug change DIY five years later with a report on if it was wise to use NGK Iridiums. What do you think he’ll say? What Spark plugs (NGK Iridium BKR6EIX) Which 2005 XC90 2.5T (5 cylinder) with 82K

DIY: 2005 XC90 2.5T Spark Plugs using NGK Iridium BKR6EIX

To read about the antiseize debate, torque values, and how much torque needed to destroy the spark plug in a junk engine test etc., see the BMW threads below:

BMW E39 Spark Plugs thread (antiseize debate, torque values etc.):
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showth … p?t=533613

Antiseize debate thread:
http://www.bimmerfest.com/forums/showth … p?t=405805

Replace Spark Plugs in a Volvo XC90

2005 XC90 Maintenance — Spark Plugs are a 60k Recurring Item

Service Operation
Schedule of Services
All 2005 Modelsmiles x 10007.51522.53037.54552.56067.57582.59097.5105112.5120127.5135142.5150
km x 10001224364860728496108120132144156168180192204216228240
Engine
PCV, inspect, clean nipple and hoses (Turbo Models Only except S40/V50) **** X X
Engine oil and filter, replaceXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Service Reminder Indicator (SRI), resetXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Fuel lines, check for damage/leaks X X X X X
Fuel filter, replace* X
Exhaust system/ check for damage leaks X XXXXXXXXXXXX
Air filter cartridge/ replace** X X X X
Spark plugs/ replace X X
Coolant level, check / adjustXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Battery, check fluid level, mounting*** X X X X X X X X X
Auxiliary drive belt, replace X
Timing belt, tensioner & idler pulley, replace***** (6 cylinder) X
Timing belt, tensioner & idler pulley, replace***** X

* Fuel filter is not replaceable on models identified by engine VIN codes 38, 39, 64, & 68.
** May be necessary to change more frequently when driving in dusty/dirty areas.
*** Check more frequently when driving in severe climates.
****Service interval for engine VIN codes 52, 54 and 59 is 120,000 miles or 192,000 kilometers. Service interval after first service for all turbo models is every 45,000 miles / 72,000 kilometers. No service required on engine VIN code 68.
***** Models identified by engine VIN codes 39 & 64 sold in California, Massachusetts, Vermont, New York and Maine are classified as PZEV vehicles. The timing belt and tensioner replacement interval for these vehicles only is 15 years or 150,000 miles / 240,000 kilometers.
Maximum replacement time interval for all engines except engine VIN code # 39 & 64 is 10 years.
For service intervals beyond 150,000 miles, consult your authorized Volvo retailer.
Service Operation
Schedule of Services
All 2005 Modelsmiles x 10007.51522.53037.54552.56067.57582.59097.5105112.5120127.5135142.5150
km x 10001224364860728496108120132144156168180192204216228240
Steering, Front and Rear Suspension
Power steering fluid level, check/adjust XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Steering/front suspension, check XXXXXXXXXXXXX
Rear suspension, check for wear XXXXXXXXXXXXX
Transmission, Driveshaft and Differential
Automatic transmission fluid level, check/adjust**
Bevel gear, visual inspection† X X X X X X X X X X
Driveshaft joints, check for wear/play XXXXXXXXXXXXX
Driveshaft, check boots XXXXXXXXXXXXX
Propeller shaft, pilot bearing and universal joints, check wear† XXXXXXXXXXXXX
Controls and Lighting
Washer fluid level, check/adjustXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Check all wiper blades XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX

**Check automatic transmission fluid level only if an external leak is identified.Volvo recommends changing automatic transmission fluid every 52,500 miles/84,000 kilometers, only on vehicles used for towing, or when a message displays in the Instrument Panel Text Window.
† All-wheel drive models only.
Service Operation
Schedule of Services
All 2005 Modelsmiles x 10007.51522.53037.54552.56067.57582.59097.5105112.5120127.5135142.5150
km x 10001224364860728496108120132144156168180192204216228240
Body
Cabin air filter, replace** X X X X X X X X X X
Brake System
Brake fluid level, check XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Brake fluid, replace*** X X X X
Parking brake, check/adjust X X X X X X X X X X
Brake pads, check XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Brake hoses and lines, check for damage/leaks X X X X X
Wheels and Tires
Tires, check pressure, wear and condition **** XXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXXX
Tires, rotate
General
Check and replace parts or software, as required by Volvo Cars of North America, that are covered under the terms of the Volvo New Car Warranty.

** Recommended to replace at least once a year or more often in heavy traffic or dirty/dusty areas.
*** Recommended to replace every two years or 37,500 miles (if driven in mountainous areas or humid climates – every one year) at owner’s request.
**** Check spare tire pressure every two years.

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