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Samson Kwong, Technician, is born and raised in San Francisco and has been with Popular Mechanix for three years. He went to San Jose State University to purse a BS degree in Computer Engineering which turned out to be the ideal background for modern automotive repair, so it was natural to attend Wytoech (aka Sequia Institute) of Fremont for Automotive theories and concepts to enter the field of automotive repair. Samson has earned his Master Technician certification from the National Institute for Automotive Service Excellence (ASE) by passing his exams in all 8 areas. On his free time, Samson can be found tuning and modifying his track driven car in his garage or he could be found driving on world class tracks such as Laguna Seca and Infineon Raceway and am a proud member of NASA (National Auto Sports Association), NC racing (Northen California Racing) and SCCA (Sports Car Club of America).
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Question Answered: removing connector from low beam headlight bulb
May 03, 2011, 05:59 PM
This requires some wiggling and gentle pulling, that plastic housing will crumble and break off the terminals but you can purchase that piece at the local Volvo dealership for a reasonable price or eBay:
Question Answered: what does a solenoid shift malfunction code mean
May 03, 2011, 05:55 PM
Do you have the P0XXX code? Thanks -Sam
May 03, 2011, 05:54 PM
You must remove the cat assembly off the two turbo assembly, (total of 8 bolts) then the two bolts near the muffler, then lower it down as a whole. It's an involved process and have a lot of patients with those exhaust bolts and lot's of penetration oil.
Question Answered: floor wet behind passenger seat
May 03, 2011, 05:53 PM
Volvo has a service bulletin regarding this issue, there is a "water intrusion behind the windshield" That's the exact phrase they used. Bring it to a Volvo specialize shop to have it repaired, this is an involved process. Tell them this service bulletin number: RTJ14545-2008-10-07
Question Answered: seat latch lock stuck
May 03, 2011, 05:50 PM
Sounds like the "plastic" piece your pushing has popped off the metal lever underneath. This requires some maneuvering but you can remove that plastic piece by removing all the Torx screws then gently remove the fragile plastic trim. Once you remove all the plastic over the seat, see if you can put the seat back upwards, if not then you might need the lock mechanism or try to lubricate it as best as you can. Oh make sure your seat belt isn't locking in place thus impeding your seats from locking. :-) -Sam
Question Answered: i cant find where to fill my windshield wipers with water
May 03, 2011, 05:46 PM
Great question, it's located under the hood, pull the hood release it's right by your left foot where your parking brake pedal is located. After that you'll hear a pop, then approach the hood, there is a secondary hood lock, the release is located on the driver side or to your right. Pull up on it while pulling the hood upwards, The washer solvent fill neck is located to your left, right next to the belts and hose, just make sure you don't have the engine running while performing any thing you think your not comfortable with. If you still need help go to a local gas station I'm sure someone will help you there. Good luck, -Sam
Question Answered: Noise when turning
May 03, 2011, 05:42 PM
Does it sound like a low power steering noise, while you turn the steering wheel it growls or groans?, if so check the power steering fluid level, if it's full sometimes if you look carefully in the reservoir you might see a little metal sleeve sticking out of the return hose (upper hose), if you do see that then the reservoir is causing the power steering air cavitation thus the growling noise. Good luck -Sam
Question Answered: Instrument Cluster stopped working...all guages and dashboard signs...
May 03, 2011, 05:38 PM
Usually when I hear that only the Driver's Information Module (DIM) aka cluster, comes on then goes off after a few seconds, it tells me that there is a CANbus related issue with the DIM and the central electronic module CEM. I suggest getting to a Volvo specific dealer or independent then have them hook it up to VIDA (Volvo's special scan tool) to pull for codes. Usually it turns out to be the DIM itself. If you can't get to a Volvo shop then try a CANbus reset, by taking the two battery terminals out off the battery lugs then put the two battery positive and negative TERMINALS together for 10-30 seconds, then put everything back together. Hopefully it clears the "bug". Thank You, Sam
Question Answered: volvo 1995 850 valve or ring problem, smoking sometime
May 03, 2011, 05:33 PM
Check the flame trap box for any restriction first before tearing into the valve stem seals or piston rings. The best way to check if it's restricted is to have the engine run and pull out the engine oil dipstick and see if there are puffs of smoke coming out like a chimmy stack. If so then try a flame trap box first. Also is this a turbocharged 850?
Question Answered: Engine smoking
May 03, 2011, 05:28 PM
I suggest checking your a sticky PCV valve or restricted PCV system. Also it's also possible for the oil to leak through the valve stem seals and collect in the cylinder before you start the Highlander. Make sure you change your oil at regular intervals to ensure preventive problems like this. Thank you, Sam
Problem Reported: Loss Motion Spring noise, after having it recalled.
May 03, 2011, 05:25 PM
Problem Reported: The Fuel Filler Door May Not Open
December 08, 2010, 01:00 PM

Fuel filler door may not open. Revised fuel fill push lifter is available from Honda to correct this issue.


Car Review: 2001 Toyota Camry
May 03, 2011, 06:40 PM
Great car for a student but it didn't really met to my grocery getter expectations. :-)
Car Review: 1990 Ford Ranger
May 03, 2011, 06:38 PM
Great junk hauler! wish it was more reliable...
Car Review: 2002 Mazda Protege5
May 03, 2011, 06:36 PM
Very sporty wagon for family transport!
Car Review: 2004 Acura RSX
May 03, 2011, 05:22 PM
Excellent track car after all the modifications I made to it. Plus it's a gas sipper, but gas guzzler when I step on it. :-)
Car Review: 2009 Honda Fit
May 03, 2011, 05:19 PM
Very fun daily driver vehicle! Excellent gas mileage!
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