Volvo OEM Amp Install in a 1998 V70

1998 Volvo V70 part #9452029 Amplifier Install

As an audiophile, I can tell you that the sonic benefit is well worth the effort. If that quote isn’t enough to spur you to seek out a part #9452029 amp for your P80 Volvo, I don’t know what will. This a good post with helpful photos incorporating instructions on installing a Volvo amp in […]

Parts Review: No Love for Cardone Brakes

I purchased the Cardone rebuilt ultra calipers for about the $32 per corner (Rock Auto) – hard to beat that price. I was quoted 30 per corner locally for just a used part. Here are my thoughts on the units I received. The ultras are powder coated which is nice – no rusting. The paint […]

Stage 0 and So Much More… Fix List for a V70

MVS Contributor Sledddriver goes on an multi-month blistering repair & fix odyssey, taking his 1998 V70 T5 from the edge of roadworthiness to 100% functional and reliable… all for not even $1000.  This is Stage 0 and way, way more. Following up on Tryingbe’s theme [of restoring to 100% a P80 Volvo], here’s a list of sled-work […]

Identify Steering Rack Type from Data Plate

How to identify your 850, S70 or early V/XC/C70 steering rack as either made by SMI or TRW. SMI Is 5 and TRW is 4 Data plate right side in engine bay inner fender… Also look at the rack itself (duh): Totally worth it to just take a look at the boots, the TRW racks […]

Hand Brake — Fix and Adjust DIY — V70 1998

Parking Brake Cable Adjustment -

Hand brake is not really working. When I got the car, it was not working at all. So I opened the rear brakes, detached the discs, the hand brake pads were gone. Ordered new ones, replaced. Adjusted the “spacers” (?) inside the disks and the screw behind the hand-brake lever in passenger cabin. Used the car for few months. Did not see a real improvement. So I thought the cables are bad and replaced those. Still no improvement.