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2001 Volvo S80 Question: 2001 Volvo S80 Oil change?

 

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MigS80, 2.9L 6 Cylinder, Stratford, CT, August 12, 2010, 09:34
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Hello,
i just bought a used 2001 Volvo S80 from original owner with 108K miles, and i want to do an oil change immidiatley, what is the best oil to use?

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    Bret Bodas from RepairPal Test Shop, August 12, 2010, 12:36
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    Use the recommended oil from Volvo, find it in your owners manual or online here>> http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals
    Make sure the timing belt has been replaced, otherwise it needs to be done asap. It's supposed to be replaced at 105,000 miles and if it's not it will eventually break and cause major engine damage!

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    MigS80, August 12, 2010, 12:49
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    Ok Thanks! how can i tell if it was changed recently, i mean i know what a recently replaced timing belt looks like but where is it located? this is my first Volvo and i LOVE it...

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    Bret Bodas, August 12, 2010, 14:15
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    There are a few ways to possibly determine if the timing belt was replaced.
    Ask the original owner, hopefully they supplied you with the repair history of the vehicle.
    Check in the engine compartment, look for a silver sticker (3"x3") it will have the date and mileage the timing belt was replaced.
    Check the owners manual to see if the service history is added to the back of the book.
    If you know where the previous owner serviced the vehicle call them and see if they know.
    Pull the front cover off the engine (single bolt, 10 or 12 mm socket needed) and see what the belt looks like.
    You're going to want to do a few things if you do have the belt replaced. Replace the belt tensioner and idler pulleys (mandatory) and replace the water pump (not mandatory but recommended).
    If this were my car I would take it to the Volvo dealer and have them update the software in the entire vehicle so everything is up to date. I would also have them inspect the vehicle (this should've been done before buying it) to see what condition it is in. These items can be done at a good Volvo Independent too.
    Here are some Volvo shops near you: http://repairpal.com/directory?address=06615&car_brand_names=Volvo
    Volvo 4 Life!

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    MigS80, August 13, 2010, 05:43
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    Ok, thanks a lot. the person i bought it off of was a senior, it was her husbands car and he passed away, she couldnt find any service records at all. it is in extremely good shape (interior, exterior, new tires) so i just assumed the car was kept up to date so i took a gamble, but i will def take it to the dealer to have it checked although i am sceptical about dealers as they tend to imbelish problems for profit... what do you think a job like that would cost? (timing belt, water pump and software update?)

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    Bret Bodas, August 13, 2010, 08:49
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    I agree with you about some Dealers, the techs and service advisors can benefit greatly from upselling work, so be wary. You can always get a second opinion, and whenever a shop recommends additional work have them explain and show the evidence they found that led them to their suggestions.
    The cost to replace the timing belt, water pump and tensioners can run upwards of $700-$800 so I suggest you really try to figure out if this has been done or not. You'll save if you find a good Volvo Independent shop to do this type of work for you. I'm not sure of the software cost, but somewhere in the $100-$200 range is my guess. Labor is the big cost on all these repairs, and labor costs are generally lower at an Independent, but the dealer will have the tools, equipment and training needed to address the more sophisticated computer systems on your S80.

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