Why not a Chinese Water Pump on the 3.2?

Water Pump Genuine Volvo 31219000 -

“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.

Boot Rip During Control Arm Swap

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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 […]

2006 XC70 Evap Pump Volvo Part

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 […]

Volvo 850, S70, V70, XC70 Control Arm Replacement

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.

Tie Rod Brands: Which Will Last Longest?

V70 Tie Rod End

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 […]

New Forum — Volvo Parts

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 […]

Replace Upper Engine Mount w/ Polyurethane Bushing


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 […]