Tag Archives: Volvo

Giving up the ghost

The Grey Ghost, that is.

After spending more time in the shops than out over the last couple weeks, and a couple thousand on credit cards that I will be paying for for a long, long time to come, the Volvo was still not right and I think someone will finally get around to actually doing that compression test that I asked for after it overheated.… Read the rest

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Gear Shifter Light!!!

Yesterday, I replaced the gear shifter light. This involved removing two concealed bolts and popping some plastic tabs. I used these instructions and the job was done in maybe 20 minutes. I involved the Nexus 7 tablet that I received for Christmas in the process, propping it up between the dashboard and the windshield.… Read the rest

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Side Marker Light Installation DIY

Side Marker Light Installation DIY.

Dear, Matt.
Please check if these lights work.
Love,
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Volvo Lights, Phase 1, Complete!

w00t!

  • Headlight switch seems to only have one light on and could possibly have two. There are five bulbs in the radio! There could easily be two in a headlight switch!! There are two bulbs in here. One for headlights, one for parking lights.
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    Light

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    Very Small Lights.

    Here is a link to a great write-up on removing the switch from the dash, the bulb from the switch and then the bulb from the housing! At $0.59 each, I am good with just replacing the entire bulb and housing.… Read the rest

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    Volvo Lights

    The radio and dash switch lights arrived last night. They are tiny tiny. I will grab a picture tonight as I start replacing burned out bulbs. I don’t think I’ll get as far as the radio tonight, but the dash switches shouldn’t be that difficult.… Read the rest

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    Volvo and Child Safety Seats

    Hmmmm…

    If you have a child who needs to ride in a carseat, you will love Volvo. You will want to kiss the designer of the seatbelt buckle, because it has a locking clip built in. For the first month and a half, the only car either my wife or I had ever installed a carseat in was our S70, and we never understood the stigma of locking clips.

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    More Volvo Stuff

    Sick of hearing about my car yet?
    I never realized how broken down it was until now!

    Center console rear panel is Volvo 9164054. Need to figure out exactly what color, but that number will get me in the ball park.… Read the rest

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    Shedding More Light II

    Started putting together a…wait for it…spreadsheet 😀 for all the different bulbs with OEM #, cost from the dealer, costs (and links) for third party vendors and discussed in forums alternatives. Started to see some trends.
    The dash switches, like TRACS and the defroster, and the radio bulbs can all be replaced with bulbs that cost $0.59Read the rest

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    Shedding More Light

    Sat in the car tonight and made a list of all the lights I could see were not working.

  • Headlight switch seems to only have one light on and could possibly have two. There are five bulbs in the radio! There could easily be two in a headlight switch!!
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