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    Today, 09:48 AM
    This is a 2013 XC70 T6, out West, virtually no rust, 114K miles. Over the past year, the fuel level sensing has gone flaky. After filling the...
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    05-23-2020, 07:55 PM
    pbierre replied to a thread Gooday From Aus in 2009+ XC60
    Is it true that brake pads last longer by virtue of traffic circle intersections? I loved driving in AU.
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    05-15-2020, 12:35 PM
    One idea is to drive to a very quiet place, and then listen for the "hiss" sound of a vapor leak under pressure. Have a mirror handy, and probe...
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    05-13-2020, 02:38 AM
    I had the same 2004 XC70, and the angle gear box had gear oil seepage through the casing seam. There was not any oil deposit on the stone guard, so...
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    05-02-2020, 02:21 PM
    At one point I looked for statistics on timing belt failures for these rubberized fiber belts. I couldn't find any. All I can suggest is to...
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    03-29-2020, 08:25 PM
    pbierre replied to a thread 09 XC70 DTSC issue in 2008+ XC70
    You need to get the ABS code(s) read out. You'll need a scanner like DiCE/VIDA that can retrieve ABS codes. Any Volvo shop can do this. It's...
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2013 XC70 T6 flamenco red, sandstone beige interior, 2015 XC70 T6 Seashell Metallic, light beige
Pleasanton CA USA
My wife and I are Volvo lovers the past 34 years. We're driving our 12th and 13th used Volvos (never bought any brand new car).

I can do minor repairs and maintenance, and use a Volvo-specific ODB-II scan tool. Repairs I have performed over the years...
Replace fuel tank (240)
Replace Central Unit fan (240)
Replaced fuel pump (240)
New radiator (850 wagon)
Replace PCV suction J-hose (S60 & V70)
Replace brake pads and rotors, batteries, MAFs
Replace auto door lock (V70)
Repaired SRS crash sensor wires severed by rodent
Repaired flattened radiator fins on P3 XC70
AWD Service (XC70s)
Transmission service (S60, V70, XC70)

and harder jobs, such as front headlight bulb replacements (V70 & S60)
Scientific programming (Java), 21st century math education, flying big jets on flight simulator
semi-retired. Was scientific software & biotech robotics team lead.


2013 XC70 T6 Flamenco Red (hers)
2015 XC70 T6 Seashell Metallic (his)
past: 13 Volvos going back to '74 242 sedan


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