Volvo Repair and Maintenance

A guide to problems, costs, maintenance and repair for your Volvo

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Volvo Problems

Radiator may crack without visible leak

As the vehicle ages, the plastic end tanks on the radiator may crack and cause a coolant leak. Because of the placement of the radiator, the leak may not be visible in the engine bay or underneath the vehicle. A radiator replacement would be required to fix this condition.

EVAP system faults due to purge valve, tank pressure, and gas cap

The evaporative emissions system has problems with the purge valve, tank pressure sensor, and the fuel cap. All of these failed components will cause the check engine light to illuminate. To prevent turning on the check engine light accidentally, make sure the fuel cap is installed correctly after re-fueling

Volvo Extends Warranty on ETM Due to High Failure Rate

The electronic throttle module (ETM) has a higher than normal failure rate. There is a possible extended warranty and/or a software upgrade offered by Volvo for this problem.

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Volvo Questions

why is my alarm light flashing even when the car is not locked? (1 answer)

CAR ALARM LIGHT KEEPS FLASHING EVEN IF i HAVE IT UNLOCKED Any ideas why?

Also does shining light from the rear make the alarm active? My taillights act up (flash) when I come up at night with the lights on.

I recently tuned my 96 850 Turbo, now it starts to lope when I put it in gear (1 answer)

It runs great out on the road, and it idles good too, but when I put it in gear or turn the AC on it starts to lope like it has a racing cam in it..it has a recent full tune up.. I can unplug the idle control sensor and it kills the engine, same with the mass air flow sensor..any clues?

Heater core bypassed,new water pump and thermostat,coolant clean but overheating (2 answers)

The radiator hoses when squeezed and car is off they put make the reservoir gurgle. The car is over heating and spilling coolant from the reservoir once its heating up. No leaks anywhere.

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Volvo Recalls

Automatic Closing Function Of Sunroof Can Be Accidentally Triggered

The automatic closing feature of the sunroof may be tripped accidentally because of how the sunroof switch is mounted in the overhead console. Dealers will perform a software upgrade that disables the auto-close function free of charge to resolve the concern.

Engine Starter Fails During Automatic Engine Stop Restart Function

The auto stop / start feature of the engine may fail, as the starter motor fuse may blow and the engine may not restart. Dealers will replace the starter motor fuse with a higher amperage fuse free of charge to resolve the concern.

Third Row Side Curtain Air Bags Do Not Inflate Fully

The third row side curtain air bags may not inflate fully when deployed in an accident. This could cause increased risk of occupant injury. Dealers will modify the D-pillar interior panels to allow full inflation of the third row air bags free of charge to resolve the concern.

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Volvo Reviews

When its behavior issues are fixed it is amazing. It likes to eat strut mounts the most... If you buy one get it cheep because people dont maintain these well. If you keep up on maintenance you will be ok.... Definitely buy a icarsoft 906i scanner and the necessary tools to work on this car. If you have no clue it will cost a bit more.....
Bought 2009 Volvo s40 2.4i 5cyl in summer of 2009 Houston TX... Full time driver, 40 hrs, personal vehicle... Next month will be 7 year mark. I have had 0 "brake downs" to this day. 240,000 miles -Major issues with AC clutch, compressors. -Major problems with catalytic converters, holes in flexpipe before cat -lower ball joints, control arms front suspension have also had many repla...
I LOVE this little wagon!!! All leather, turbo, beautiful body, silver in color with tinted windows. I've only seen three others on the road since buying mine. I bought it almost exactly a year ago from a Swedish Auto Clinic in Torrance, CA. At that time it had about 140K miles on it. Peter, the owner of Swedish Auto Clinic is Swedish and knows the cars inside and out. He buys a lot of his cars...

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