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Volvo Maintenance and Repair



  • arigatoarigato Posts: 3
    Thank you! I concur with the spring seats comment. I ordered 2 yesterday for $18 from
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,897
    no problem. good luck with the repair.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • 02hockey02hockey Posts: 3
    I am looking at replacing my 1991 passat that my wife went deer hunting with. I have checked reports on the Passat and have read horor stories on repair bills when timing belts break. Are there any models that do not have huge bills when the belt breaks. On my 1991 I broke 2 belts and nothing happened, was I lucky or did this problem just arise in newer models. I live in Manitoba Canada where it gets quite cold. I have read some forums that volvos have problems in cold weather. Also I drive about 45,000 km per year. Most of my driving was all highway as I drive 40 mile to work every day. Are there S40 models that have manual trans?? I am not favoring one car company over another, I just want some honest opinions. What is the best car out there for my needs. I am looking at something in the 2000 to 2001 model year. I read that Volvo has been taken over by Ford. If they make a product like the 1981 Mercury Lynx than we are all going to be happy. I had 475,000 km on it and never touched the clutch or adjusted the carb. The head cracked and I had to park it at the farm where it still sits. I look forward to hearing from experience owners in this matter, I need to find something in the next month.
  • Hi,

    We have an S80 2.5T we recenlty purchased used, and it is our first Volvo. Very nice it is too.

    Has anyone had a problem with a remote key control not resetting the seating position when you unlock the car? My wife and I are the only drivers, she uses her key and I use mine. The car responds to her key and sets her seat position when she unlocks the car, but my key does not. Has anyone had this issue? The dealer told me there is a routine to programming the car, but I've tried it and it made no difference. Wondered if you folks had a solution?
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,897
    you'd be better served asking your VW questions on a VW board.

    I never heard of volvos having a problem in cold weather. I was under the impression they are specifically designed for the cold mountain weather of Sweden.(??)

    The new S40 has a manual trans option, both with the base engine and the higher-performance T5 model. I don't believe the previous generation S40 had a manual option.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • i have a 1990 760 turbo 4 cylinder, and the 2nd cylinder from the front is not firing. my dad and i changed the plugs and wires, and the distributor cap, and we are still having the same problem. we came to the conclusion that this cylinder isn't firing because the old one was fouled and the new one reeks of raw gasoline. the engine runs extremly rough, but the timing is correct according to the owners manual. any ideas???
  • MrShift@EdmundsMrShift@Edmunds Posts: 43,648
    compression test!
  • 02hockey02hockey Posts: 3
    In the last week I have narrowed it done to one of these 2 choices. A 2002 s60 T5 with a 5 spd and 54,000 or a 2003 s60 with a AT trans with 47,000. Any case history of problems with these two models??
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,897
    not that I know of. Nothing to worry about, anyway.

    I don't think that's a contest. GET THE T5!! ;)

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • athiker1athiker1 Posts: 1
    I have a chance to purchase a used 1997 850, 220K miles, everything seems ok and works. Question is do these last much beyond that mileage ?
  • Yes, some do. And they are in Guinness Record's book.

    Why do you want such an old (mileage wise)
    car? There was nothing special about 850, you can get much lower mileage 740 or 960, probably for less money.
    As an example, I bought very clean used 1990 740 just under 100K for $4000 in 2001. Pretty much the same age difference.

    I think, 220K miles warrants a spot on "longest lasting" car list @
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,897
    How much $$?

    Lev is right, of course. There is just no reason to buy one with those miles, unless we're talking $500 and everything works well as of this moment.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • vtdogvtdog Posts: 163
    I have a '93 850 with about 125k miles that I have owned since new. It has just started leaking oil in an odd place and I can't locate the source and am looking for assistance.

    The oil (it is engine oil) is see on the cross bar just behind the radiator (between radiator and engine). I cannot find a source for the leak "higher up", nor is there any potential source nearby. It only leaks a very small amount of oil.

    Any suggestions would be appreciated-Thanks
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,897
    check that its not blowing out the top of the dipstick. I would think you would see it elsewhere if this is the case, but you never know. The reason it would do this is a clogged flametrap/pcv (i'm not sure which is on your 850). The way I was shown to check this is to remove your oil filler cap and then run the car until it starts getting hot. If you see smoke coming from the oil cap opening, this means your flametrap/pcv is clogged and needs to be cleaned or replaced. If you let this go, the pressure that is building up and pushing oil out your dipstick can blow out major engine seals.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

  • vtdogvtdog Posts: 163

    Thanks, I will check
  • vtdogvtdog Posts: 163
    I checkeb both oil and tranny dip sticks-no luck. I have to bring it in next month for state inspection ane will look further when it is on lift
  • davmesshdavmessh Posts: 3
    :D My wife has a Volvo 940, about 17 years old, and a warning light has appeared on the dashboard which looks like an upside down Y in a green triangle surrounded by orange. As there is no handbook I don't know what it is. Any-one help please? :sick:
  • volvomaxvolvomax Posts: 5,274
    Man thats old. :)
    I think that is the Lamba Sond light.
    Means an issue w/ the o2 sensor.
  • davmesshdavmessh Posts: 3
    Thanks! :)
    So any ideas what needs fixing as my local mechanic was puzzled.
  • qbrozenqbrozen Posts: 16,897
    Means an issue w/ the o2 sensor

    in other words ... replace the o2 sensor.

    '13 Stang GT; '86 Benz 300E; '98 Volvo S70; '12 Leaf; '08 Town&Country

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