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There was a problem with porous cylinder head castings that allowed oil to leak into the coolant. The low oil pressure light would come on intermittently due to low oil level and excessive oil could be found in the coolant reservoir. A new cylinder head would be needed.
There was a problem with porous cylinder head castings that allowed oil to leak into the coolant. The low oil pressure light would come on intermittently due to low oil level and excessive oil could be found in the coolant reservoir. A new cylinder head would be needed.
Low oil pressure at idle or illumination of the oil pressure warning light may be caused by the oil pressure relief valve. If the oil level is good and the low pressure is verified with a gauge, the repair may involve disassembling and cleaning the relief valve.

A new overrunning alternator pulley often helps with drive belt squealing or fraying. Pulley alignment should also be inspected when the belt frays or squeals.

Inspect for pulley alignment if the drive belt is damaged on the inside edge. The crankshaft pulley may become loose on the crankshaft and should be inspected for fit.
If the vehicle has been parked for an extended period, and the transmission takes a few seconds to engage when shifting into gear from park, it may be caused by the torque converter draining back into the transmission. If the fluid level is correct, a "drainback relief valve" is available that installs in the oil cooler pressure line.

Oil seepage can occur at the speed sensor or speed sensor gear adapter (speedometer adapter). A redesigned speed sensor is available and the adapter may need to be replaced.

Internal leaks in the speed sensor or speed sensor gear adapter (speedometer adapter) are common. A revised speed sensor (white in color, old versions are black), used in production since November of 1993, solves the problem. If leaks develop between the sensor and the adapter or between the adapter and the transmission housing (transfer case if 4WD), a revised speedometer adapter is available.
Software updates can solve problems with interior and accessory functions.
Many software updates are available for the different computer systems, but if the vehicle is out of warranty, it may cost money to receive the updates (unless it is a recall). Some updates may be dealer-only, but a well-equipped independent shop can usually provide updates as well.
Software updates are available to address erroneous illumination of the "Service 4WD System" warning light and other issues (e.g. shifting, performance).
The "Bypass Air Control Valve" can fail causing a low engine idle and possibly stalling.
Clunking noises from the front suspension may be caused by the top front shock mount, which has been redesigned.
Valve cover oil leaks are common on the 2.8L engines.
On some models the fuel fill door does not open far enough to clear the body. A special designed fuel door spring boot from Honda will fix this issue.
Failure is very common in the ignition module, causing intermittent stalling or a "No start" condition.
A buzzing noise at freeway speeds can be caused by the engine and transmission resonating through the transmission shift cable. The Power Control Module (PCM) must be replaced to stop the resonating noise. 
Installing a foam pad between the inner door panel and the door can repair a buzzing caused by the door speaker.
When shifting from Drive to Reverse (or vice versa), worn outer CV joints may cause a clunk or clicking noise. A loose axle nut can cause the same symptoms.
Dodge issued a recall for fuel leaks. Dealers will reinforce the fuel rail to prevent cracking and replace the O-ring seals on the fuel rail and fuel injectors.

Vibration problems from the rear brake rotors are common and require replacement of the pads and rotors, and the installation of special shims. The symptoms often occur when the brakes are used heavily from repeated braking, braking from high speeds, and braking while going downhill. The entire vehicle can vibrate and shudder, like it is being driven over train tracks.

Vibration from the rear of the car when braking can be caused by corroded rotors, especially when braking going down hill. The rotors will need to be replaced and special shims installed from Volvo to prevent this from happening again.

Cup holders break easily, especially if sticky liquids are spilled into the cup holder mechanism.
Spilling beverages around the cup holder may cause the lid to stick or bind.
If the cup holder lid will not stay closed, a lid spring was released so replacing the entire assembly should not be necessary.
Spilling beverages around the cup holder may cause the lid to stick or bind. To fix the problem, remove and wash the cup holder with dishwashing soap and water and apply lubricant to the sliding mechanism.
Excessive gear noise can indicate differential bearing failures.
A short circuit in the shift interlock cable solenoid can cause various symptoms—the speedometer needle may jump or vibrate when the brakes are applied, a fuse can blow in the fuse panel, or the brake warning light may illuminate. The shift interlock cable may need to be replaced.
Wind noise at the front of the car and water leaks at the vent wing are typical problems on Targa models.
Using the correct oil for this engine is critical. Improper engine oil can foam in the high pressure system and not develop enough pressure for operation. Symptoms of this can be hard starting, long cranking time before start, rough engine idle, and a lack of power. Another sign is tiny bubbles in the oil on the engine oil dipstick after the engine is shut off. The additives in the correct oil that protect against foaming can still break down, so changing the oil at the correct intervals is important.