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Swedish carmaker known for solidly built cars and early adoption of safety features.

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Spark plug broke off in engine - can I drive the car?

I own a 2004 Volvo XC90 T6 2.9L AWD with 6 cyl. (Twin turbo, with catalytic converter.) While changing the spark plugs, one broke-off (all the ceramic below the threads and possibly the metal finger ...
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Can a vehicle be harmed with bad inputs via an OBD-2 port?

I bought a cheap (sub $10) ELM 327 Bluetooth clone OBD-2 diagnostic adapter on a local "ebay-style" market where the seller specializes in car diagnostics and has several thousand positive reviews (...
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Couldn't start my Volvo due to Key Error. Called assistance and he fixed it by hitting the key with a screwdriver. What could be the error?

My Volvo S40 (06) would not start when I turned the ignition key. I got a message that was somewhat like "Key Error, please try again". I tried with both my keys so it wasn't the key itself. I think I ...
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Bump on the floor in the back of sedans

I can close this if it's a dup but my Google-fu didn't find a satisfactory answer. In the middle of the floor of some older automatic transmission sedans, there is a bump (my old 4 dr 2005 Accord, 4 ...
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Hood Unlatches but Won't Pop Up

Okay, I've got a 1998 Volvo V70 that takes two people to open the hood. When you pull the release on the inside, it unlatches but the hood won't pop open the inch or two until it reaches the safety ...
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Cheap tyres on rear of car?

I've bought a car with two worn rear tyres (still legal, but between 3 - 4mm of tread left, so will need replacing soonish) and two brand new (but cheap off brand) tyres on the front. I'm wondering ...
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Aftermarket Exhaust

I have a Volvo c30 D5(2007) and my exhaust has started to rot through from the inside, I obtained several quotes from various part providers and they all said an after market exhaust would be allot ...
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Will never charging the batteries of a hybrid electric plug-in vehicle damage it?

I am likely to be forced to use a Volvo V60 in its hybrid diesel-electric plug-in version for my daily commutes. This is a hybrid system comprising a 2.4l diesel engine with an added plug-in electric ...
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Anyone have experience with a faulty fuel press? Regulator?

I've been dealing with a car that starts and then suddenly dies. I replaced the MAF (Mass Air Flow) sensor with a new one, and now it stays on until I press the gas pedal. The throttle body is clean. ...
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How are fuel injectors controlled?

I took the fuel injectors off of a wrecked Volvo 850 GLT 1996. I was testing them to see if they still worked by simply supplying voltage to them, and they do. I noticed that when I increase or ...
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Sudden performance boost on 2006 volvo s40

It might sound strange to be worried about it - but, quite suddenly my car seems to have a lot more "oomph" from out of nowhere. It started when I was getting on the on ramp a few months ago. It ...
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Brake malfunction indicator turns on, all gauges die off, but engine and brakes still work

The car is a Volvo S80, produced in 1998 for the European market. Under some non-reproducible condition (it is in fact so non-reproducible that it appears random), emergency lights in the dashboard ...
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What is the cause of this strange engine noise and white smoke from the engine?

My car has a problem the engine whistles (Hard to better describe it) white smoke comes out of the engine beneath the fuel filter Two different mechanics could not understand what's happening I have ...
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Brightening dim headlights

The headlights on my car are very dim. When on the normal setting they only illuminate around 2-3 seconds down the road @ about 55mph. The high beams are brighter, but are still very dim. If I have my ...
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Intermittently fluctuating/non-functioning speedometer in Volvo 940. Possible causes?

I have a 1992 Volvo 940. A few months ago, the speedometer started malfunctioning intermittently. Sometimes it would read correctly, other times the needle would wobble around, and sometimes it would ...
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How serious is the Engine System Service Required message on a Volvo V50 2007?

I got a 2007 Volvo V50 last week and the "Engine System Service Required" message has appeared. how serious is that message and can only a Volvo garage do the diagnostics? It has done 41000 miles. I ...
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Volvo XC90 8V AWD car speed to piston revolution speed ratio changed after repair

I have a 2007 Volvo XC90 V8 AWD. I noticed driving on a flat highway the 6'th gear the ratio of SUV speed in miles per hour to the piston revolution speed in thousand rotation per minute is 40, ...
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Driving without oxygen sensor

I am getting my oxygen sensor replaced today and the mechanic gave the car back so I could do errands while the part is being delivered, which will take several hours. In the meantime, the car's ...
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What steps can I take to keep my car (V70, driven primarily for short commuting) in good condition?

I have a '06 Volvo V70 that I use mainly for commuting to and from work (about 10 km each way), with the occasional longer trip of up to several hundred km every few months or so. I drive maybe 7000-...
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Do I have to get another Volvo?

I live in Florida and have mold allergies. Multiple times my 2008 Sienna van has a bad AC smell develop which makes me cough my head off. The dealer has cleaned the evaporator and ducts and the ...
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Jump starting when boot is locked Volvo bifuel v70

I can't jump start my Volvo V70 as my boot is locked.I have been told that I can jumpstart it on the engine ,but where? Battery is in the boot..it's a bifuel estate.
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Identify parts I need from a supplier catalog

I'm French and I own an old Volvo V70 car whose automatic gearbox sounds seriously tired. In Europe an specially in France, automatic gearbox is not usual as it may be, say in USA, so it's not easy ...
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Car bounces back and forth after shifting

I've been having this issue for a while on my 1999 Volvo V40 T4 manual. Whenever I shift and release the clutch quickly, the car often does a nasty bounce. Let me try to describe it with much detail ...
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Volvo S80 II 2.4 D5 DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) regeneration conditions

What are the conditions required for the DPF (Diesel Particulate Filter) regeneration? Is it only exhaust temperature or speed and RPM also? I'm wondering if DPF can regenerate while car is at ...
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Volvo automatic windows won't stay closed

The automatic windows on my 2005 Volvo XC90 roll back down after they have closed. Does the computer think that something is stuck in the window, and roll it down? It doesn't roll both of the ...
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volvo ignition key

I've got a problem with my 2001 Volvo S60 ignition key. One key will start the car no problem. Most recently, however, the other key will turn and the engine just grinds but won't start. Put the other ...
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Car feels like it's filling up with fumes

I bought a used 2000 volvo s80 with around 93k on the odometer. I was driving the other day and I felt sort of sick. At first I thought it was some dirt on the floor that got into the air. But upon ...
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Why couldn't I shift into 1st gear with car not stopped in my Renault, but my Volvo lets me do it?

I used to have a Renault Laguna (model year 2000) until I got a Volvo V70 (model year 2006) to replace it. One of the things that annoyed me somewhat about the Renault was that, if I was e.g. ...
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Volvo V70 turn light activator

The left stick behind the steering wheel is missing a piece as you can see here: I was wondering if this is replaceable and if so what the part number would be. Thanks in advance.
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Volvo s40 Oil Pressure light

My fiance was driving our S40 to work this morning and saw a bit of smoke rolling from under the hood, she decided to let the smoke dissipate then limp the car home. On the return trip the car kicked ...
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Smoke coming out of oil fill port

I've been reading up on this smoking oil dipstick tube/oil port for Volvos and they all seem to stem around a clogged PCV system as being the root cause. We're looking at a 2005 Volvo S80 5cyl 2.5L ...
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Reading ABS diagnostic codes on a Volvo 940

I want to read any fault codes stored in my 1992 Volvo 940's ABS module. I've tried the procedure described in the popular 700/900 series FAQ without success. That procedure involves plugging the car'...
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Why does my 2005 Volvo S60 make a clicking sound when accelerating from a stop?

To start off, I had my oil changed at the dealship last month. The dealer told me that the car needs new joints and control arm bushings. Recently, I've noticed that sometimes there is a click that ...
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Low beam headlights failing every 3-4 weeks

I have Volvo XC90 2006 and for the past few months every 3 - 4 weeks changing low beam light. Last time even did not last 5 days. Any recommendations why this light is failing?
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Volvo V60 Daytime Running Light - what is the bulb type? Instructions to replace bulb? Or what relay/fuse to replace?

That ^ is a 2010 Volvo V60, UK, with one daytime running light that doesn't work. (The one on the other side is fine). So I want to replace the bulb rather than drive to the Volvo dealer (which isn't ...
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How to diagnose ABS problem (ABS light on) on a 1992 Volvo 940 turbo diesel estate?

The ABS light came on after car was not used for a few weeks and a new battery fitted. The ABS light is now on all the time. The garage can't find the diagnostic plug. Any ideas on either of the ...
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Where is positive and negative terminals under hood of 2006 Volvo S60?

I need to jump start a 2008 Ford Focus and I am using my wife's 2006 S60 Volvo. This Volvo has the battery in the trunk and the owner's manual says not to use that for jump starts. Instead, it ...
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Can I disable my 2009 Volvo S40's remote key fob panic button?

The panic button on the remote key fob is very sensitive and sets off the alarm accidentally all the time, for example, when it's in my pocket and I move a certain way. Is there a way to disable the ...
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s60 won't start, no lights, nothing at all

I accidentally left my keys in ignition overnight - and now nothing. Have charged battery and tried spare key, but neither fixed the issue.
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Volvo won't start - “Immobilizer - See Manual” [duplicate]

My 2004 Volvo XC90 refused to start tonite, occasionally displaying the message "Immobilizer - See Manual". I searched for solutions, and came across two suggestions: lock & unlock the door 5 ...
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Viability of replacing engine 1996 Volvo?

I have a 1996 Volvo 850. It runs well, but the engine is 20 years old and I am concerned it may not last forever. The coolant is brownish, so I am afraid there might be a cross-contamination between ...
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Volvo Turn Signal Light Problem

My dad has an old Volvo V70 from 2001. One of the blinkers (that yellow light that you turn on if you go left or right) is not working properly. Sometimes it works, sometimes it doesn't. We opened ...
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volvo s40 2005 key error message

my volvo s40 2005 will not start and has message key error any idea what may be causing this problem . I have fitted a new battery and have changed the battery in the key fob but no change
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Parking Light on 1990 Volvo 240 Not Working,

The driver's side parking light on my 1991 Volvo 240 is not working. Bulb is ok. Turn signal and head lights working fine. Mechanic says it is most likely a corroded wire inside an "assembly" or "...
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'00 Volvo S40 Idle surging

The idle surges when in neutral and park, but there is no noticeable surge in gear or reverse. The car has an automatic transmission, if that makes a difference. I have to this point replaced the ...
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Volvo V40 (2001) driver door won't lock

My 2001 Volvo V40 has just developed an odd fault. When I lock it, it appears to do all the right things, but trying the drivers-side door not only opens that door, but appears to unlock the whole car ...
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Volvo V40 wont start, red led light on speaker flashes rapidly

My Volvo V40 will not start. When I put the key to position 2, the red LED light on the left speaker on the dash flashes rapidly for 15 seconds. When I turn the key to position 3 the lights on the ...
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Sound system on Volvo V40 MY 2013

Has anyone on the Continent managed to upgrade a factory installed "Performance" sound system on a Volvo V40 MY 2013 to "High Performance" ? EDIT: (Included from comments) Volvo supplies several ...
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98 Volvo S70 Manual Climate Control to Automatic

I own a Volvo s70 with the Manual Climate Control AC Control Unit. Is it possible to simply install an Automatic Climate Control Unit? Or does this require additional work? (Not just drag and drop ...
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Why is my 2005 Volvo S60 losing its power steering fluid?

Last year, I bought a 2005 Volvo S60 for my wife to drive to her job. The car had 103,000 miles on the clock, so a few weeks ago, I installed a new timing belt, tensioner, idle pulley, and water pump....