Today we’re having a blast talking about the Volvo 850 and S70/V70… how they’re similar and how they’re different. We want to hear from you. If you’re a member, log in and share your thoughts. If you’re not a member, share your thoughts anyway! Just register for the forum. It’s absolutely free, and I don’t […]
Perhaps this may be obvious to the seasoned DIY’er’s or even some regular guys like me but after mulling it over and with the help of a couple of links I decided to tackle the Water Pump replacement by removing only the Hydraulic Tensioner. There were many other excellent links in the various Volvo forums (this one included) that some may find to be more helpful but the following provided me with the larger picture of what I needed to do.
MVS Member darylrobert recently provided a description with photos of an automatic to manual transmission swap on his 1998 V70t. In replacing the M56 gearbox, he removed the drive shafts along with the hub, opting not to use the manual drive shaft due to it not being in great condition. His photos in the […]
This link provides a great How-To guide with photos and step-by-step instructions for replacing the air conditioner evaporator in Volvo 850 series vehicles. The guide can also be used for V70 and S70 series as the layouts are similar with only a few minor differences. Doing this replacement on your own can save you upwards […]
Last Saturday I flushed my power steering fluid with Pentosin CHF202 and the noise has gone away.
CHF202 is the new an improved version of CHF 21S, and it is cheaper too. I bought it at O’Reilly for $16 per bottle (1 liter).
Flushing this system can be done by one man, but if you have an extra pair of hands available use them. When flushing, the fluid comes out very fast and it is only 1 or 1,5 liters you have to get out. It just took a few seconds. You need to have 2 new bottles of CHF 202 ready to fill. All together I used 1 and 3/4 of the new CHF 202.
I finally realized today that despite my constant worrying about the Volvo, the fact that things rattle and shake and get stuck and go out of whack and there always seems to be some part that cost as much as a used Honda Civic to repair going bad on it, and it seems to be such a hodgepodge of parts, part Italian part Japanese part Swedish, and God only knows how it all works together, and the fact that the aluminum engine is constantly subject to a bad tensioner bearing or something destroying the whole thing, and that it is in general every bit as finicky as a high end BMW and not nearly as pretty… that I love it and all that stuff has somehow become a source of pride. I feel like I must protect it from those who would not keep it running. My baby ain’t going to no junk yard.
I admit I often think about buying a brand new VW (Volvo doesn’t offer anything I can afford & that I like) and taking a break from the Owner-Volvo contract. But that offers very little satisfaction, plus it’s all downhill from the day I’d roll off the dealer lot: entropy (#5) is, to make a terrible pun, alive and well.