Volvo Maintenance FAQ for Volvo 7xx/9xx/90 Cars
This list was developed for the owners
of Volvo 7xx/9xx series cars who are interested in maintenance tips that are
not generally available in commercial manuals. It was compiled from Brickboard
and specific websites with useful information. Items which appeared to be of
lasting value to 7xx/9xx/90 series owners were excerpted and copied to this
file. Sincere thanks to all those who took the time to answer others' questions
and contribute to this public discussion. Because these remarks represent
contributors' personal opinions, users need to exercise caution about any advice
given; indeed, some of the comments are contradictory. Those who rely on opinions expressed on this website do so entirely at their own risk. As these opinions are available free-of-charge, there is no contract between any contributor and anyone who relies on these opinions. As a result, there is no warranty of any sort, expressed or implied, on the soundness or suitability of any of these opinions. This list is current
as of the revision date below and was compiled by Steve Ringlee, who is NOT
a consulting mechanic but only recording secretary. The html code is courtesy of Bob Isaac, webmaster of the UK Volvo Owners Club and creator of their excellent site. While this public domain
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Buying a Used Volvo 700/900?
See Buying Used and Keeping Your Car Rolling: Vehicle
Preventive Maintenance for tips, trouble spots, and items to look for.
Note: If you are having
specific driveability problems (no start, poor idle, etc.) with your
Volvo, start your search with the Engine
Tune and Performance; Symptoms section where many common symptoms are described
and diagnosed. Other driveability problems are described in Electrical:
Ignition System, Electrical: Engine Sensors,
Etc, Engine: Fuel Injection and other
If you need help or consulting advice,
several Internet sources exist. Visit the Brickboard Rear-Wheel Drive Forum
and post a message. You can reach this at http://www.brickboard.com/RWD/.
If you are in the UK, the UK Volvo Owners Club at http://www.volvoclub.org.uk/
has a high quality series of forums arranged by Volvo model. A US distributor
of Volvo parts, RPR in Berkeley, maintains a technical advice forum at their
website: http://www.rprusa.com. Another
good source of basic help is the Swedishbricks mailing list, found at http://www.swedishbricks.net/contents.htm This is a closed list and requires that you join in order to participate.
You will receive good, unbiased advice very quickly at any of these forums.
If you have a 200-series car, there is an excellent FAQ by Bob Scheer, now maintained
Here is a short testimony from someone who benefited from Brickboard:
"I would just like to thank the wonderful
people on the Brickboard who helped me fix my car. I was about to sell the car
because I couldn't fix it and couldn't afford to take it in to a shop. But the
wonderful people who helped saved me by finding the problem and helping me fix
it for $5. Thanks again! Charles."
This is typical. See Don't Panic for a similar tale which, without Brickboard and the FAQ could have turned out much worse.
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Many of the engine
and transmission systems on your cars are identical to those on 740/940 cars
of the same vintages. These notes selectively apply to you as well.
Have an 850/40/60/70 Series FWD Car? Visit other sites such as Volvospeed for tips on these front-wheel drive cars.
The US uses the old English (not Imperial!) system of measurements.
- One inch= 2.54 centimeters
- One foot= 12 inches
- One pound= 0.455 kilograms
- One quart=.946 liters
- One US gallon=3.784 liters
- One foot-pound=1.356 Newton-meters
- 1 psi (pound per square inch)=0.069 Bar=6.89kPa=0.068 Atm
For more conversion tables see Online Conversion or Google's Calculator.
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Update version: 9.0 Date: 1 Jan 11