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Volvo Lights: Beyond the Bulb

Volvo Lights: Beyond the Bulb

Advanced materials and technology play a leading role in Volvo lighting systems. Through the years Volvo’s lighting systems have changed significantly. From the basic bulb lights, front and rear, to halogen, xenon, and now LED. In this article we will go over the...

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Two Vexing Volvos Violate Validated Valvetrain Viewpoints

Two Vexing Volvos Violate Validated Valvetrain Viewpoints

We can get lost very quickly if we are not savvy to the fact that the engine is the actual modulator for the computer controlling it. Wow. Sometimes in the world of diagnostics, we run into some extremely hard to solve technical problems. Most of the time these days,...

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Resealing Volvo XC90 V8 Front Engine Cover

Resealing Volvo XC90 V8 Front Engine Cover

An oil leak or burning smell might indicate a leak from the front engine cover. Here's the procedure for resealing front engine covers. You might have a customer that comes in complaining about an oil leak or maybe a burning smell. On the Volvo XC90 V8, the front...

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P1 Volvo Oil Separator (Oil Filter Housing) Replacement

P1 Volvo Oil Separator (Oil Filter Housing) Replacement

Driving with the oil filter housing plugged causes the engine to break down oil seals. When this happens, the cam seal, rear main seal and valve cover can all start to leak. How will you know when to replace an oil filter separator or oil filter housing on a Volvo?...

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Volvo Steering Column Lock (SCL)

Volvo Steering Column Lock (SCL)

The steering column lock probably won’t be a problem until it is. The steering column lock locks the steering wheel in place when the vehicle has been shut off and the key or fob is removed. Different from the conventional key and tumbler, the steering column lock is...

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Volvo Fuel Injectors

Volvo Fuel Injectors

Volvo has been using fuel injection on their cars as long as we can remember. The designs have changed over the years, but the basic idea has remained the same. History Volvo first used fuel injection on the P1800 series cars in 1970. Volvo used a Bosch-designed...

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Volvo MIL Codes and Faults

Volvo MIL Codes and Faults

Codes or No Codes: That is the question. Here's how to deal with MIL codes and faults. In this article, we will go over MIL codes and faults and how to deal with them. We will also go over Volvo no-code diagnosis, and how to approach vehicles that come into your shop...

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Four Common High Mileage Repairs

Four Common High Mileage Repairs

Different terrain, temperatures, and road conditions affect vehicles differently. Here are some common problems found in high mileage Volvo vehicles. Like all cars, as Volvos get older and start to clock a lot of miles on the odometer, some common problems can start...

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Understanding Volvo Start/Stop Systems and How They Work

Understanding Volvo Start/Stop Systems and How They Work

The automatic start and stop systems will be part of the way car makers are meeting the tighter emission standards for the foreseeable future. Whether you like the Start/Stop feature or not, you should get to know these systems because the automatic start and stop...

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