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  1. Well, I thought I'd just start the swap when my...

    Well, I thought I'd just start the swap when my wife arrived home from work yesterday evening, but I was able to complete the entire swap in just over an hour! My goal was to remove as little as...
  2. I was wondering that myself - my previous BMW...

    I was wondering that myself - my previous BMW 535i had an issue (on every car with that engine) where the oil filter mount gasket seeped oil which ran down the front of the engine and softened the...
  3. Well, I contacted the manufacturer of the overrun...

    Well, I contacted the manufacturer of the overrun pulley and received a great response (pasted below). Bottom line is that it's not "re-greaseable" and I should change the pulley and use a new cap....
  4. Remove alternator without removing intake manifold?

    Had the "loose screw" issue on the alternator pulley on my wife's 2009 XC90 3.2 and dutifully replaced the overrun pulley, which involved removing the intake manifold, etc. Two weeks later and I had...
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    AFAIK, the 3.2 I6 (which is the one I bought)...

    AFAIK, the 3.2 I6 (which is the one I bought) uses the V8's 6-speed ASIN transmission, which doesn't have a transmission fluid dipstick. I read a thread on how to flush the 3.2 transmission that...
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    So far, so good - the idle vibration...

    So far, so good - the idle vibration is...interesting, but not unexpected as per the forums. It idles quite low, which is good for fuel economy. The shift from 3-4 is right on the border of our speed...
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    Well, I appear to still be in the XC90 club;...

    Well, I appear to still be in the XC90 club; picked up the vehicle today with a decent trade for the damaged one. Same colour, same everything - just a few more features. The BLiS system works well,...
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    I will definitely try to take some pics of the...

    I will definitely try to take some pics of the crack in the housing and post here. I checked out the Canadian salvage yards personally yesterday, and there isn't a transmission that is ready to ship,...
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    Thanks for the suggestion, but yes, I have two...

    Thanks for the suggestion, but yes, I have two people at two different repair shops searching salvage inventories. So far, no luck! The best one person found was a rebuild from a transmission shop...
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    Well, after over a week of waiting, I finally...

    Well, after over a week of waiting, I finally heard back from Volvo, and they are sorry to inform me that they will not provide assistance with this repair. Two reasons: 1) the 'defect' is not one...
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    Well, given the 'extreme' nature of the...

    Well, given the 'extreme' nature of the transmission damage (without any external factors whatsoever), I took the advice of the forum members and have opened an 'inquiry' with Volvo asking for repair...
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    Thanks for the perspective - it's nice to hear...

    Thanks for the perspective - it's nice to hear that someone else would make the effort to hold onto the vehicle.

    It pains me greatly to part (or think of parting) with the XC90. I do like to keep...
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    I love posting on the XC forums and proudly...

    I love posting on the XC forums and proudly display my volvoxc.com sticker on the back of my wife's XC70 - thanks for all the views and suggestions!

    In the end, it appears that we can purchase a...
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    Cracked Transmission Housing!?

    Looking for some advice on what appears to be an unusual issue on our 2004 XC90 2.5L (190,000 km)

    Was driving to the store - noticed that the transmission flared a bit, then about 5 minutes later...
  15. Thanks for looking on the positive side of...

    Thanks for looking on the positive side of things! I still don't know if I'll need an alignment after replacing the stay - I didn't think that the rear toe was adjustable, plus it depends on what...
  16. ARRRRG - Wife pulled out of the snow by lower control arm!

    Hoping that someone on the forum can provide some advice...

    My wife was at her friend's house in the country with our 2004 XC90 and ended up having to park on the road - little did she know that...
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    I did this a long time ago to my wife's XC70. I...

    I did this a long time ago to my wife's XC70. I think I just pulled back the rear inside panel, pulled the solenoid back manually and disconnected the wiring harness to the solenoid.

    P114 of this...
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    Starting and momentary loss of all power

    So cold weather has arrived, and now my 04 XC90 has an intermittent issue that doesn't seem to be causing any harm - but it is unnerving.

    When I start the car first thing in the morning, it turns...
  19. Ok, I'll answer my own question; according to a...

    Ok, I'll answer my own question; according to a friend here at work, the coolant reservoir containers are prone to warping over time, which can cause them to be very difficult to remove, as the...
  20. Hmmm - maybe I didn't provide enough information...

    Hmmm - maybe I didn't provide enough information in my question. In my XC90, the coolant reservoir and power steering reservoir are connected, but have a small gap between them and are easy to slide...
  21. Idiotic question - how do you remove the coolant reservoir?

    After a successful timing belt change on my 2001 XC70, I've discovered a hairline crack in the coolant reservoir that is causing some coolant leakage. I think I caused the crack when I tried to...
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    Ok, my XC90 supposedly has IAQS, but I don't see...

    Ok, my XC90 supposedly has IAQS, but I don't see (or smell as the case may be) any difference between that and the non-IAQS in my XC70. Is the system dependent on an activated charcoal filter? I'll...
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    The value of performing your own maintenance

    Just in case anyone is debating the value of changing your own oil or carrying out your own repairs - read on.

    Based on forum articles I decided to change oil and flush the transmission myself on...
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    I forgot to ask another important question:...

    I forgot to ask another important question: according to the owner's manual, the timing belt should have another 50,000 kms left on it, but I'm thinking that I should change it as well. It appears...
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    Water Pump Leak - but from Where?

    Good day Volvo enthusiasts,

    I have a 2001 V70XC with 115,000 Kms that started requiring coolant top-ups in Summer without any apparent leak. Now, there's a definite leak (visible on the garage...
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