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Volvo ProblemsConvertible Tops May Have Problems With Micro-Switches/Potentiometers
The convertible top may have problems with the micro-switches and potentiometers that help control the raising and lowering of the top.
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.
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.
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.
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
There have been problems with the climate control system not working at times. Volvo has made a Software upgrade for the AC control module is available that can correct certain climate control system faults.
Volvo QuestionsWhere can I locate the vehicle speed sensor part number 9495008 (1 answer)
The diagram I found shows it on the back side of the transmission but I have looked from the top and under the car and canny seem to locate it I am getting a P0502 code vehicle speed sensor A circuit low input
First the car started cutting off. then the knocking noise began
Horn blows going down road without touching it horn blows and parking lot when I'm not in the car
Volvo RecallsAutomatic 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.
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.
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.