BÄD has New, Lower Pricing on P2 XC70 2″ Lift Kits

Lift Kit

Hey all – I’ve managed to get a lower price out of the manufacturer of the P2 XC70 2″ lift kits – (color change to red) – so, I’ve been able to lower the price.

And, I’ve got three sets of BÄD Swede 52mm (2″) lifts on eBay for a great price – one is an unused return and the others are trade show demos. They have paint blemishes but are perfect otherwise. Forum members save some $$$! (Still on as of 5/8/13).

Reflecting on 1992-2000 Volvo 850/S70/V70/XC70 Family

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.

DIY: 1998 S70 Hood Cable Replacement

If you keep any car long enough, chances are the hood cable will break at some point. Mine just broke the other day. New Volvo Cable for my 1998 S70 is Volvo PN 9444027, $36 at dealer.

Only after I did this job that I realized that this can be done for $3 using a bicycle cable with diameter approx. 1.0 mm (and much less time than because you remove nothing doing it this way)!

CBV Install on AWD P80 Volvos DIY

“Yes this first rate individual designed the CBV bottom bolt to be virtually un-accessible due to the cooling pipe running off the back of the engine. He could have allowed at least 3mm more clearance on the pipe to make it easy as I see the pipe has plenty of clearance in the surrounding area for at least 1 addition inch of clearance in there.

The sharp edges of the trans wiring hardness and other edge makes for a scene from the Van Damme movie Blood sport when he is punches a bowl of glass with his hands for training.”

Inner/Outer Tie Rods DIY – S70, V70, 850, XC70

Longtime MVS Volvo forum member 98T5 tells us how to DIY-yourself some inner and outer tie rods on a P80 Volvo. Note this is identical to P2 Volvos in concept. He shares some excellent tips and tricks. “I used the Inner Tie Rod tool, but it only worked for the passenger side since I have a […]

Installing 850, S70, V70, XC70 Cabin Air Filter

It’s possible that it has been replaced but I don’t ever recall having this done.
This car was service by Volvo regularly up until 2008 when they gave us a $3500 list of
things required to pass inspection. I’m starting to realize I can do many of them
for a fraction of the cost (not fraction of the time) with help from this site. I will
have to look through my very large pile of Volvo dealer invoices.

AWD System Fluids Crush Washer

The Angle Gear, Haldex and Rear Diff are all Volvo part #11998 copper crush washer. This is what Volvo Specialists used for these applications on my V70 R’s 90k service. Crush washer #11998 for Angle Gear, Haldex and Rear Diff

Head Gasket Change Parts List

You want to do the valve seals while you’re at it. This is not an overkill because they are probably nearing the end of their life cycle and will develop oil seepage (just to make you feel regretful one day that you have to redo the gasket).
On another note, have you ever overheated the engine? Even if you haven’t, the mating surfaces for the head gasket need to be planed. There is usually a reason for the gasket to fail (and not always an apparent one).

2001 V70 Too early airbag deployment?

Airbags Deployed, Good Volvo is Now Scrap One month ago my wife had a little crash into the back of a other car during “take off” on a traffic light. No other visible collision damage than few scratches on the front/tail bumper but… all air bags and belt tensioners fired, what means for me, that […]