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10K Mile Roadtrip – What to Bring?

I am planning a spring trip from RI to Alaska, returning by way of CA and the southern route. The trip will probably be close to 10K miles. I want to have on hand critical, show stopping devices that would be hard to come by without ordering and waiting for parts. My List so far includes a good set of tools, oil, oil filter, fuel filter, air filter, radiator hoses, coolant, cell phone, cap, rotor, plugs and wires and transmission fluid. This is a 98 V70, early model low-pressure turbo AWD.

Fix Your Floor Jack

DIY: Floor Jack O-ring Rebuild MVS Contributor CN90 — author of well over a dozen DIYs in the Volvo Repair Database — writes another outstanding DIY, this time…

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DIY Smoke Tester Tool

Long ago someone, somewhere, discovered that vacuum leaks can found more quickly by using smoke. Smoke will be pulled into a crack on a vacuum line. Just run the engine, create smoke, and watch for it getting pulled into the affected area. Whoa, things just got easier. (Read about other ways to find vacuum leaks.)

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OBD-I LED Code Reader & DIY Instructions

Volvo Forum Contributor and all-around DIY uberguru Ben850 fabricated an OBD-I code reader. OBD-I cars are typically model year 1988 to 1995, and have a more crude way to display codes… by displaying a series of light flashes (like Morse code) rather than storing and outputting codes in a more “human readable” fashion that OBD-II does.

These OBD-I cars diagnostic boxes are small and black, and found in front of the shock tower on the driver’s side (LHD markets).

Tool Talk: Gearwrench 21mm Ratcheting Wrench

My video review of the Gearwrench 21mm Ratcheting Wrench. Bonus! 10 Interesting Volvo Facts In Latin, the word Volvo means: I spin. Today however the nearest meaning is “I roll”.…