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Bret Bodas

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I am the Director of the Automotive Group at RepairPal. I have 20 years of experience at the dealership level as a technician and shop foreman. My team is responsible for certifying all the shops in the RepairPal Certified Network and they have many years of experience in all aspects of the auto repair industry as technicians, service writers, service managers and shop owners. I am currently an ASE Certified Master Technician.
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Question Asked: I have a noise coming from the front engine area
April 19, 2017, 05:26 PM
When I start the engine in the morning I hear a rattling noise from the front of the engine. Oil level and belts are OK.
Question Answered: Wht is A volvo xc90 v8 t9?
June 16, 2017, 09:09 AM
Hey Howard, These vehicles are pretty complicated and diagnosing an intermittent no-start is very challenging when you have the car in your shop, but doing so here is impossible. I suggest you have an experienced Volvo mechanic look at this and try to help.
Question Answered: My Volvo is beeping and will not stop even while in drive.
June 16, 2017, 09:07 AM
You may have a bad door switch or an issue with the interior lighting system. This system has door switches which tell the system that the door is closed, and if the switch is bad, the system may think the door is open. You would likely see an interior light on too, but possibly not. There's also the possibility the ignition switch is having problems too. This should be a relatively easy diagnosis for an experienced mechanic familiar with Volvos, so I recommend finding one to help with this electrical issue. Good luck, Bret
Question Answered: check engine on PO194 error (found with scanner) how bad it is that error tks
May 25, 2017, 11:19 AM
Hi, here's some more info on this code: https://repairpal.com/OBD-II-Code-P0194-fuel-rail-pressure-sensor-a-circuit-intermittent-erratic
Question Answered: Car takes many tries before starting
May 25, 2017, 11:11 AM
Hello, can you provide a little more information? Is it making noise when trying to start? Have you checked for stored diagnostic trouble codes?
Question Answered: Engine blew up w/o warning.
May 04, 2017, 03:02 PM
Talk to Volvo. If you have a complete service history with them they may help out. How did a shop charge so much for diagnosis, did they tear the engine apart?
Question Answered: What does message "bulb failure position" mean
May 04, 2017, 03:01 PM
Yep, Dave is correct. Also check to see that you have the same bulbs in the right and left sides (parking, brake and turn signal lights), if they are different types or even different brands of bulb you can get these warnings as well.
Question Answered: My car is vibrating only on accelearation. speed reached and levels out
May 04, 2017, 02:58 PM
I've seen the inner cv joint cause this issue, but it's very hard to diagnose without replacing the joint to know if it was the cause.
Question Answered: Car wont' start don't know if its the battery or the starter/alternator
May 04, 2017, 02:57 PM
These types of problems can be hard to diagnose without seeing or hearing the problem first hand. I suggest you take it to a repair shop and have a mechanic listen to it. Do you need any shop recommendations?
Question Answered: Power steering filter
April 18, 2017, 07:16 PM
Your Volvo doesn't have a power steering filter. Why do you think you need one?
Question Answered: why my Volvo is moving slowly, after change spark plugs , ignition coil & cables
April 07, 2017, 03:17 PM
Double check your work, you may have left something disconnected, connected the coil wires incorrectly or installed incorrect parts.
Problem Reported: Noise From the Front of the Engine
April 08, 2011, 03:20 PM
<p>A whining or buzzing type noise may develop from the timing chain area caused by excess slack in the secondary timing chains. Nissan has issued a service bulletin (NTB09-128) regarding this issue. Replacement of both secondary timing chains and their tensioner shoes will be necessary to repair this concern. As part of this repair, the engine oil and filter should also be replaced.</p>
Problem Reported: SUN ROOF DOESNT CLOSE PROPERLY
January 20, 2011, 06:16 PM
Problem Reported: Engine Starts and Stalls Due to Secutiry System Fault
January 14, 2011, 10:10 AM
<p>The engine may start and stall with the security light flashing. This is commonly caused by a failed <a rel="nofollow" href="/gm-passlock-anti-theft-systems">passlock</a> sensor which is part of the <a id="ce_9561" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/ignition-lock-cylinder">ignition lock cylinder</a>. A secondary cause could be the <a id="ce_9151" class="ct_selected tooltip" href="/ignition-switch">ignition switch</a> itself. Worn contacts inside the ignition switch can cause voltage drop issues which can affect the passlock system. Proper diagnoses should be performed before replacing any parts.</p>
Problem Reported: Hard Shifting, Erratic Shifting and Other Transmission Issues
December 21, 2010, 11:32 AM
<p>Many complaints have been reported regarding Volvo XC90 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation all together to name a few.</p> <p>If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may address this issue so if available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made. After a software update or repair, the shift adaptation needs to be reset. A good quality Volvo repair shop will know how to perform this task.</p> <p>There are several <a href="/technical-service-bulletin-or-recall">technical service bulletins</a> (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the <a href="/automatic-transmission-diagnosis">automatic transmission diagnostic</a> process.</p> <p>Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it here: http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals</p>
Problem Reported: Transmission Will Not Shift Properly
December 21, 2010, 11:30 AM
<p>Many complaints have been reported regarding Volvo XC70 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation all together to name a few.</p> <p>If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may address this issue so if available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made. After a software update or repair, the shift adaptation needs to be reset. A good quality Volvo repair shop will know how to perform this task.</p> <p>There are several technical service bulletins (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the automatic transmission diagnostic process.</p> <p>Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it here: http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals</p>
Problem Reported: Erratic Shifting or Loss of Transmission Operation
December 21, 2010, 11:29 AM
<p>Many complaints have been reported regarding Volvo Cross Country transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation all together to name a few.</p> <p>If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may address this issue. If available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made. After a software update or repair, the shift adaptation needs to be reset. A good quality Volvo repair shop will know how to perform this task.</p> <p>There are several <a id="ce_10733" class="ct_selected" href="/technical-service-bulletin-or-recall">technical service bulletins</a> (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the <a id="ce_10934" class="ct_selected" href="/automatic-transmission-diagnosis">automatic transmission diagnostic</a> process.</p> <p>Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it here: http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals</p>
Problem Reported: Transmission Shifts Very Hard and Erratic
December 21, 2010, 11:27 AM
<p>There are several common complaints regarding Volvo V70 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation to name a few.</p> <p>If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may address this. If available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made. After a software update or repair, the shift adaptation needs to be reset. A good quality Volvo repair shop will know how to perform this task.</p> <p>There are several technical service bulletins (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the automatic transmission diagnostic process.</p> <p>Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it <a rel="nofollow" href="http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals">here&gt;&gt;</a></p>
Problem Reported: Transmission Will Not Shift Properly
December 21, 2010, 11:23 AM
<p>Many complaints have been reported regarding Volvo S80 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation all together to name a few.</p> <p>If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may address this issue so if available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made. After a software update or repair, the shift adaptation needs to be reset. A good quality Volvo repair shop will know how to perform this task.</p> <p>There are several technical service bulletins (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the automatic transmission diagnostic process.</p> <p>Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it here: http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals</p>
Problem Reported: Hard shifting from transmission and other issues
December 21, 2010, 11:19 AM
<p>Several complaints have been reported regarding Volvo C70 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation all together to name a few.</p> <p>If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may fix this issue so if available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made.</p> <p>There are several <a href="/technical-service-bulletin-or-recall">technical service bulletins</a> (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the <a href="/automatic-transmission-diagnosis">automatic transmission diagnostic</a> process.</p> <p>Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it here: http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals</p>
Problem Reported: Erratic Shifting or Loss of Transmission Operation
December 21, 2010, 11:09 AM
<p>Several complaints have been reported regarding Volvo S60 transmission shifting issues. Long shift times between gear shifts, hard shifting, hard downshifting and a loss of transmission operation all together to name a few.</p> <p>If the issue is minor, a transmission software update may fix this issue. If available, the software should be updated before any repairs are made.</p> <p>There are several <a id="ce_10733" class="ct_selected" href="/technical-service-bulletin-or-recall">technical service bulletins</a> (TSB's) available from Volvo that address these shifting issues and they should be consulted by the repair shop during the <a id="ce_10934" class="ct_selected" href="/automatic-transmission-diagnosis">automatic transmission diagnostic</a> process.</p> <p>Regular servicing of the transmission fluid can help with preventing transmission failure, but not in all cases. Follow the suggested fluid replacement interval recommended by Volvo. You will find this in your owners manual, or find it here: http://bit.ly/Volvo_Owners_Manuals</p>
Car Review: 1997 Volvo 850
December 26, 2008, 02:38 PM
I've owned this car for a few years and it has had some of the typical problems associated with this vehicle, ABS control module failed, broken shock mount, broken upper motor mount, leaking turbo return line seals etc. The vehicle is a good daily driver but requires regular maintenance and repairs to keep it in good condition.
Car Review: 1992 Nissan Pathfinder
September 23, 2008, 08:14 AM
This vehicle has had a few problems in the 10 years I have owned it, transmission failure, exhaust manifold leaks, and a few misc. electrical problems. It works great in the snow and off road too. Overall, this has been a great vehicle and I am very happy with it!
Comment: My Car Won't Start
June 16, 2017, 02:22 PM
Hello, Thanks for reading our article on common No Start issues. You all have great questions but unfortunately this is not the best place to get responses, it's primarily meant for comments. To ask your question and have professional mechanics from around the country respond, please go to https://repairpal.com/questions. Please provide as much detail as you have about the symptoms you're experiencing and any other details about repairs you may have tried thus far. Thank you, Bret
Comment: How Does My Car’s Cruise Control System Actually Work?
March 30, 2017, 11:01 AM
Hello Vince, The fuel mileage can vary quite a bit when you're not using cruise control depending on how you drive. The key to lowering fuel mileage is to avoid rapid acceleration or braking. Cruise control avoids these rapid speed changes and will lower fuel mileage compared to a person who is heavily accelerating or braking.
Comment: Should You Have to Pay for Diagnostic Fees?
October 14, 2015, 02:36 PM
"So explain to me why autozone will run the scan as a free courtesy?" There is a difference between someone showing you the diagnostic codes stored in your car, and performing the appropriate diagnosis to identify exactly what is causing the problem. For every code stored there are several possible solutions. So, having the code narrows it down considerably, but it is not a "diagnosis".
Comment: Should You Have to Pay for Diagnostic Fees?
July 14, 2015, 04:40 PM
Hello, as a customer of a dealership or independent shop, I suggest you ask for as much of the diagnostic info they can provide. Anytime they recommend a repair/service, they should have some fairly concrete evidence for their recommendations, and they should provide that to you. Evidence may be a printout, but it may also be a reading on a measurement tool, a visual clue (broken, sign of wear etc.) or technical info from the car manufacturer. In short, always ask them, "What led you to make that recommendation".
Comment: Customer Feedback: All 'bout RepairPal Canada – Eh?
July 11, 2013, 11:44 AM
Hello Canada, What is it about our current version of RepairPal you would like to see changed/updated to accommodate Canada? Thank you, Bret Bodas RepairPal Director | Automotive Professional Group
Comment: Does Technology or the Economy Affect Our Driving Patterns?
October 27, 2011, 01:33 PM
I had a Volvo 850 with an on board computer that showed my average MPG and actual MPG. Paying attention to these changed my driving habits quite a bit, just like your friend. Of course, the expensive gas prices were also a factor. Cruise control helped to keep from rapid acceleration/deceleration and to keep a steady speed, all of which helped to achieve better gas mileage.
Comment: Should You Have to Pay for Diagnostic Fees?
August 02, 2011, 08:53 AM
Warranty work doesn't always include diagnostic fees. Aftermarket warranties sometimes require you to pay the diagnostic fees. Manufacturer warranties will cover the diagnosis charges.
Comment: Should You Have to Pay for Diagnostic Fees?
March 14, 2011, 02:08 PM
@jonelsr - This isn't much different than a doctor providing a cat scan or a dentist taking x-rays. The test should be seen as part of the service, but the real value comes from a professional examining the test results. You wouldn't want me looking at your cat scan and providing any kind of diagnosis, nor would you want a doctor telling you why the check engine light is on. Both require years of experience to properly read and interpret the results from such equipment. So in the end, you are paying for a service, along with expensive equipment and personnel training.
Comment: Customizing Your Vehicle Settings
January 26, 2011, 01:22 PM
On my 2010 Nissan Xterra, I was able to configure the auto lock settings and prevent the horn from honking every time I locked the doors. They're little things, but I like the driving experience much more now.
Comment: Locked Out of Your Car? Here’s What to Do
September 08, 2010, 02:12 PM
I keep an extra key in my wallet, it has saved me several times.