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#1180 of 1197 THIS IS WHY I NEED A HUSBAND :(
Apr 19, 2012 (4:39 pm)
I am really in need of some sound advice (and from a real Volvo expert and not some guy at O'Reilly's who just wants to get in my pants...).
Ok- I bought my 2000 Volvo S70 SE last year as a way to eliminate car payments so I could pay off my student loans for awhile. It was either buy this junk or get on a pole... And mama didn't raise a pole dancer...
So here I am, one year later, with a car that is so tempramental I'm wondering which one of us is the real bitch here. About 6 months ago the ABS and Check Engine lights would come on every now and again, but usually, they would just come on briefly. About two months ago they just stayed on. The car started to shake pretty bad if I was stalled at a light and would kinda jerk when I gave it some gas. I took it to my local dealership and there were a lot of signals that were coming back to them when they hooked it up to the computer, so they cleared it out so that they could identify exactly what was wrong. Two weeks later the ABS light and Check engine light came back on, and they explained that I needed a new ASB Control Module - which would cost me close to $2k. The damn car is only worth $3200. I googled ABS Control Module and got the idea to kinda wedge a piece of plastic between it and the box next to it (I got the idea from this website http://www.carinstructions.com/volvo-s70-v70-abs-module/). It was running much better for about two more weeks, but now my car is really acting PMS'y.
Now, the car barely wants to start, and really whines before it decides to actually ignite. I sometimes have to push the gas to rev it up a bit. Three times it has stopped while I was driving (like from a stop position) and just died in the middle of the intersection. I have to shut it off and start it again. Today - and this is the scary part- it seemed like it didn't want to brake when I hit the brakes and then I smelled a strong gas odor. She sputtered and sputtered until I put her in park and once it was in park I saw the gauge on the transmission thing go from 1 to 8 -- AND I WAS IN PARK WITH NO FEET ON ANY PEDALS! After I came back from my appointment, she started up fine. The trouble is, the damn car started shaking again just as I was pulling into my driveway. I called a buddy of mine who suggested it may be a throttle body issue - but from my research - that has nothing to do with the ABS stuff.
I know it sounds like my poor little car is a piece of $#!t, but it's mine -- and she's all I got. Until I get squared away with ole Sallie Mae, I really want to preserve her. I like my car and she looks pretty good -- but as you men know -- there are a lot of hot girls out here with messed up insides, and my poor Volvo is one of them.
PLEASE HELP!!! I just need to know what to expect or how I can do this myself. I'm a broke, recently graduated young woman and Im surrounded my incompetent men who know nothing about cars - especially Volvos. Any ideas are appreciated!!
#1181 of 1197 Re: THIS IS WHY I NEED A HUSBAND :( [vivicavolvo]
Apr 20, 2012 (6:16 am)
You have 2 different problems here. The ABS has NOTHING to do with how the car runs (quite likely, however, the shaking of the car corresponds to the ABS light because the ABS light is caused by cracks in the board of the module, which are opening up as the car shakes). And, yes, you need to replace the module. HOWEVER, you don't need to pay $2k. There is a gentleman who rebuilds them better than new for less than $200.
And... actually, while searching for that fellow, I came across this place. So $100 for the service. You do have to remove and mail it, but the instructions are right there on that site. You can drive the car without the module, BTW, you will have brakes, just not antilocks, so be careful.
Your buddy is on the right track on the poor running issue. The 2000 S70 has a notoriously bad MAF sensor (just like a notoriously bad ABS module). However, it also has a poorly designed ETM, which is quite a bit more expensive.
Where did you get the car diagnosed. Was it a volvo shop? It doesn't sound like it. Next time, you need to go to a volvo dealer or specialist. It takes very specific and expensive software to properly read all the codes on your car.
The first thing you can try is unhooking your battery for 30 mins. During that time, also unhook your MAF. If, upon rehooking up your battery and starting the car, it runs better, then you need a new MAF. Again, you can drive your car this way, but don't do it for long. It will run with an improper Air-Fuel mixture, causing poor mileage and poor conditions for your plugs, O2 sensors, and catalytics.
If it doesn't clear up, then you are very likely in need of an ETM. For a temporary fix, check out this video. And, just like the ABS module, there are places that will rebuild the ETM for far cheaper than replacing it (not to mention replacing it also requires a trip to the dealer to code the new unit to your car ... so avoid that and have yours rebuilt).
#1182 of 1197 Re: THIS IS WHY I NEED A HUSBAND :( [qbrozen]
by Kirstie@Edmunds HOST
Apr 20, 2012 (6:26 am)
Wow. I seriously wish these forums had a "like" or "thumbs up" option. Thanks for taking the time, q, to provide such comprehensive and money-saving advice!
#1183 of 1197 Re: THIS IS WHY I NEED A HUSBAND :( [kirstie_h]
Apr 20, 2012 (7:09 am)
no problem. I just hope its enough.
vivica, the S70 really can be a great and reliable car. It has a couple of common problem areas, which I believe you are currently experiencing. Once those are sorted, it could last quite a while longer.
You didn't state how many miles it has, though. Please also be aware that you HAVE to change the timing belt and tensioner every 75k miles. The manual states you can go longer, but I wouldn't risk it. Like just about any modern car, it will destroy your engine if it breaks.
#1184 of 1197 volvo s70 1998 is it a turbo?
Apr 22, 2012 (8:40 pm)
volvo s70 1998 is it a turbo? How can i find out, i have been to 2 different mechanics and they don't know.
i need to replace the neutral safety switch but the parts are totally different on the turbo and non turbo models. I have a four door sedan , automatic.
#1185 of 1197 Re: volvo s70 1998 is it a turbo? [cjust]
Apr 23, 2012 (6:07 am)
There are several ways:
1. the badge on the trunk.
2. the sticker under the hood.
3. look at the engine itself. Look at this pic of a turbo engine. The large black hose going over the top-right side of the engine comes from the turbo back to the intercooler. If you don't have that hose, you don't have a turbo. You can also look at the back of the engine where that hose begins and see the turbo down there.
Here is what appears to be a standard 2.4 non-turbo:
By the way, there are 2 possible turbo '98 S70s: a GLT, which is a light-pressure turbo 2.4 liter 5-cylinder, and a T5, which is a high-pressure turbo 2.3-liter. Your parts may be different between those, as well, so check that underhood sticker to see if its the 2.3 or 2.4.
Oh, and finally, FIND NEW MECHANICS!!! The fact that they can't tell is just.... WOW!!!
May 11, 2012 (8:31 am)
I'm looking at getting new tires for my 1999 S70 GLT. Does anyone have any recommendations? I'm in Oklahoma so there's a lot of rain and occasionally a bit of snow and I'm looking for an all season sort of tire. Thanks for any help!
#1187 of 1197 Re: New Tires? [milady1812]
May 11, 2012 (9:47 am)
Jun 11, 2012 (2:42 pm)
My 1998 Volvo S70's A/C stops blowing cold air after about an hour. When I turn off the A/C and turn in back on 10 minutes later, the air is cold again. I took it in for servicing and had the freon checked, no leaks. The mechanic told me that the compressor may be failing, repair estimate $1100. Does this sound right? Could it be fixed without replacing the whole compressor?
#1189 of 1197 Just joining, with quite a list of issues, some resolved.
Jul 23, 2012 (10:09 am)
Just bought a 2000 S70 GLT on Long Island with a bit under 98,000 miles. Paid just less than $4000; I figured I'd put a few thousand into it, and still have a great car for a buncha years and another 100,000+ miles. After 400 miles, she really reminds me of my favorite all-weather Highway Beast, an '88 Eagle Premier (FWD), America's most misunderstood vehicle, 'cept my Eagle had even better seats, and a bigger trunk. And the rear windows went all the way down.
Put a quarter-million miles on 'er, joke is: went through only two sets of tires and original brakes; heck the only time they touched pavement was in a parking lot. (Actually, six sets of tires)
Here's where we're at with the New Beast:
1. Timing Belt, Idler and Tensioning pulleys, and Water Pump scheduled for this week. Serpentine belt too, while they're in there.
2. Brakes all around, including reman calipers and new hydraulic lines.
3. Struts, mounts, bearing plates, spring seats, stabilizer linkages. Rear Shocks replaced.
4. Oil change, of course.
Unresolved, as yet, issues of priority: (HELP !!)
1. Headlights lousy. I mean like as bad as running at night with DRLs (Daytime Running Lights) only.
Blindly spent $60 for 55w Xenon Bulbs to little avail, then found same on eBay for $10-20....
Is it worth getting crazy and gettin' 100w bulbs with HID ballasts and stuff ??? HELP !!
Hey, when the Turn Signals and Parking Lights put out more Lumen stuff than the Headlights, sumptin' ain't right. Bulbs seein' 12V engine off; 14V running.
Disabled the DRL function wit da little screw on the Headlight Switch; that seems to help some, but not nearly enough. Lens and particularly reflectors a bit dull, but I've seen way worse that pump out mucho more light onto da road. Even at the Dealer's lot.
Researching aftermarket replacement headlight assemblies, I found one site that even had a decent installation video:
How To Install Replace Headlight and Bulb 98-00 Volvo C70 S70 V70 1AAuto.com
Metallic coatings of plastic reflectors have evolved quite a bit over the last 12 years, so $350 OEM assemblies, even with the typically Glass Lenses, don't seem to be a prudent expenditure. Even $125-150 aftermarket and crashed-up car parts places (used to call dem "Junkyards") Imma not jumpin' at.
Made the same era; same mediocre reflector coating.
Learning to re-aim them myself; bought the 2000 Volvo Service manual on CD for twenty bucks, installed the .vmx viewer, but itsa wantin' me to be a Service Manager/Salesman instead of giving me schematics and diagrams and drawings and stuff. HELP !!
2. Engine sometimes surging a bit at 30-35 mph at minimal load/rpm's. Similar surge, and even hesitation at 5 mph and coming off the line gently. Like in a parking lot or from a Stoplight. ETS light (Electronic Throttle Sensor ??) came on for a bit once, then went out; the inexpensive code reader of the nice guy that I bought New Beast from showed no codes to be read/confused over.
First thought was perhaps intermittently clogged fuel filter ?? Don't even know where it is yet.
Then, readin' through about 15% of these Posts, vacuum leak is added to my list, which also includes O2 sensor possibilities. HELP!! Is "MAF" some sort of Mixture: Air/Fuel chip ?? What's the Part # ?? Where is it ??
3. Front Cup Holders are nearly worthless. Doesn't seem to be anyplace else to put one. Currently getting by with one designed to wedge between seats; got it between seat and center console; any other suggestions ???
4. New tires all around at end of Summer. Original Michelins from Costco ?? Someone posted Continental DWS or GWS, but any other recommendations ?? Slightly bigger diameter or width ??
Anything else I should put on my list of stuff schedule and to budget for ???