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#1327 of 1807 Suspension / shock absorber adjustment?
Aug 07, 2005 (7:35 am)
My mother is a longtime Volvo owner. She has back problems and has long enjoyed the Volvo ride. She has recently upgraded from a 1989 240 DL to the 2005 S40 and finds the ride to be too "tight" and the firmness of the leather seat, combined with the "bumpier" ride is aggravating her back problems. She has asked the dealer what can be done to soften the ride without much success. The leather seat apparently cannot be substituted for a cloth seat. The tiresw ere over inflated, which helped a bit but not enough. Is there a way to adjust the shock absobers / suspension to soften the ride? Any thoughts, comments or suggestions are greatly appreciated. She is considering replacing the S40 but would prefer staying with Volvo.
Many Thanks in advance!!
#1328 of 1807 Re: Suspension / shock absorber adjustment? [dlennox]
Aug 07, 2005 (4:14 pm)
Leather can be substitued with the T-tec fabric.
Aug 08, 2005 (8:19 am)
Just bought a 2005 S40 T5 AWD and need a car cover. Local dealer wants $325 for one and they would have to order it. My dad's cover for a 2003 S40 will not fit (he doesn't use his). Any ideas where to get one quickly? Have lots of birds in my trees.
Also, I do a lot of highway driving and concerned about rocks being kicked up from trucks ahead of me. Any ideas on hood/bra protection for this model and where to get them? Local dealer doesn't carry anything.
#1330 of 1807 Re: Suspension / shock absorber adjustment? [dlennox]
Aug 08, 2005 (8:49 am)
Going from leather to cloth won't change the ride or the feel in the seat.
Perhaps some sort of seat cover or padding might work, as long as it is kept clear of the seat airbag.
To my knowledge, nobody makes cushier springs and shocks for the S40.
If she has an S40 w/ the sport pkg then perhaps you could get the standard shocks and/or springs.
Sounds like she really ought to be in an S80.
#1331 of 1807 2004.5 Important Campaign Notice
Aug 08, 2005 (6:50 pm)
I have not heard anything from Volvo. What did the software upgrade accomplish?
Other than my radio mysteriously shutting down on two occasions (& working after restarting the engine) I have had no problems in 4 months.
#1332 of 1807 Ignition/stalling problems
Aug 08, 2005 (6:58 pm)
While traveling to work on my 2000 S40, I went to gas station to gas up. I turned the ignition off, fueled up, paid for the gas, and got back into the car, and the car would not start. I waited a few minutes, and tried again, and it started. It does this every blue moon. Does any one have a clue to what could be causing this.Plus, the car stalls and will not stay idle.
#1333 of 1807 Re: Ignition/stalling problems [newvolowner2]
Aug 08, 2005 (7:40 pm)
If the car has an engine immobilizer, the key usually has an inbuilt chip. At times if the key ring is on top of the key when u try starting, it may not start (i guess coz the chip is made of metal or something so thats why). The manual should mention this too probably.
Aug 08, 2005 (8:27 pm)
Mr. T or somebody! Please Help!
My engine works after a long time running. However, after I turn the engine off, it takes maybe 10 minutes for it to start again. Mr. T suggested that it may be caused by electical interference at the engine speed sensor. Someone please help me understand this problem. Where is the engine speed sensor.
#1335 of 1807 05 vs 06
Aug 17, 2005 (8:57 am)
2005 S40 2.4M with Climate Package.
final price after all discounts(no frieght, before tax): $19622+$78.50fees
$2500 down $347X60 months
1. Did I get a good deal?
2. Is steering wheel audio-control the only change between base 2.4?
3. Why 2005 more than 200LBs less than the 2006?, according to the chart.(the buttons on the steering wheel? )
4. Is 89 acceptable to this engine or I have to pay for 91 octane?
5. How do I break-in for a new generation Volvo? (my big family all drove Volvo's: 240's, 760's, 740's)
6. Is "check engine " light a concern? (it was on during the test drive but they fixed it later on. I was told the tank cao was loss)
#1336 of 1807 Re: Ignition/stalling problems [newvolowner2]
Aug 19, 2005 (8:29 am)
I have a 2005 S40 and have had the same problem - get in the car, turn the key - nada. They checked the readout, and the ignition switch barrel was faulty. It has been replaced and worked fine for 1 1/2 months, but now I have the same problem. They are looking into it, I'll keep you posted with results.
By the way, I have found that if you lock and unlock the car (from the outside) and/or wait several minutes, then it will start.