“Do not touch any chinese pump brand…”
This is just a warning echoed more than once here at MVS Forums. Be careful what parts you buy for your Volvo. That doesn’t mean every little thing has to come from the dealer, but rather important parts should be carefully considered.
MVS Forums member gcha8e (novice/mid wrenching level) shows the results of his control arm removal effort, and the unfortunate boot tear suffered during his first ever try. Car: 2005 S60 2.5T AWD. As you can see in his video, he plans to sneakily flip the bump stop. 😉 Hello again! I finally borrowed a car […]
Volvo Parts Numbers Don’t Change… The numbers stay the same and the parts change. Check out Neil’s post about a Volvo evap pump part #31392490 for his 2006 XC70: In my last post I asked if anyone could confirm that the part I purchased from Volvo was the correct part as it looked different to […]
MVS Volvo Forums member Martin Calva details his attempts to find the right Volvo part number, and install rear mudflaps on his V90.
I thought for sure that we had a writeup on control arms but we sure don’t. I would like to say that it is just 3 bolts and you are done but it is never that easy. The Haynes manual is pretty good there but I guess I need to do a writeup on the next one that I change. That doesn’t help you now.
With all of the fat boiled away it really is a matter of removing three bolts, removing the control arm, and then bolting the replacement back in but there are some “Gotchas” along the way.
There seems to be something else going on with OEM parts supplies since the new ownership. I went to my favorite inependent Volvo repair shop the other day and they told me that they now see more and more blue box parts coming from — you guessed it, China.
MVS partner VolvoCountryParts.com is offering deeper discounts after switching the way they price parts. They were coming down from list, now they’re going up from cost.
Which Brand of Tie Rods Should I Buy? If you come across TRW then grab them, those are original for most Volvos. Febi, Moog and Beck Arnley are probably pretty good. Raybestos makes a “professional grade” that might be good but I have no experience with it. If they are selling a tie rod for […]
It hit me yesterday: we don’t have a dedicated (sub) Volvo forum to discuss parts themselves, only Volvo models, mechanics, parts dealers and shops, performance and the rest. Not parts-only place where we can warn each other about bad parts (or manufacturers) and recommend great parts which may be useful across Volvo models. Thus the […]
What parts can I skimp on? Which must I buy as OEM Volvo? Which parts must be top quality? Which may not be?
Replace your upper engine mount bushings with polyurethane The 850’s upper mount is designed to hold the engine in place. Without it, the engine would thrash back and forth in the bay and damage everything near it. Overtime, these bushings hold on to that engine every single day. It’s a tough job. Eventually, they wear […]