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My beloved V70 is on its last legs-- it was our Family car/my car in High School and needless to say, it got pretttttty beat up. we've since replaced it, (with a 2009 XC70! I rarely get the pleasure of driving it however.). When I say pretty beat up, I'm talking beat up like De La Hoya after a title fight. (Thankfully the exterior is in pristine condition)<p>My dad told me to write it off, however I am stubborn. I mean, this is the car I learned to drive in and flaunted in the school parking lot. ALOT of sentimental value. I want to use this as a learning tool, so I can take the next step in being a true Volvo enthusiast (and tell Don Beyer Volvo to shove it) by being able to do my own repairs. <p>I'm in college, I have no summer job, and awash in free time. Y por eso, I am making it my summer project to get this car up and (beyond!) running.<p>To get to that point, I need to tackle these tasks/Address these concerns (Please forgive me if I sound like a n00b, I'm just copying my dads notes from the dealer):<p>1) Replace Ignition Coils<p>2) AWD Seal and Transmission Differential are starting to go<p>3) Cowling drain holes--Clogged<p>4) Air Intake needs to be overhauled<p>5) Timing Belt replacement<p>6) 'Struts and/or Axle need work'--Alot of clanking sounds going over bumps, clicking sounds turning the steering wheel<p>7) New Brakes<p>8) New Hand Brake<p> I have always loved working on my car, sadly because of school/jobs/lack of resources, I have been unable to devote the amount of time needed to learn the fine art of Volvo maintenance. This car is going to be my learning car/project car--this is where you come in SwedeSpeed members! I would <U> <I> <B> sincerely, utterly, ecstatically appreciate any and all hints, tips, recommendations, and help whatsoever</B></U></I>. Also, Feel free to ask me questions!<p>First question: ....Where do I even start?! (Slash what am I looking at time/money/skill/effort/everything-wise). I need the insight of the learned and battle-tested. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/confused.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><br>PICS/VIDS COMING SOON.<br>
 

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Re: 1998 V70 XC IN NEED OF HELP!! (pcf817)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>pcf817</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"><br>...ALOT of sentimental value....<p><B>If you're in college why is it you can't spell?<br>A LOT TWO WORDS</B><p>1) Replace Ignition Coils<br><B>1 COIL ON A 98, VERY EASY</B><p>2) AWD Seal and Transmission Differential are starting to go<p><B>WHAT IS A TRANSMISSION DIFFERNTIAL THE BEVEL GEAR?</B><p>3) Cowling drain holes--Clogged<p><B>10 MINUTES</B><p>4) Air Intake needs to be overhauled<p><B>HUH?</B><p>5) Timing Belt replacement<p><B>NOT THAT HARD TO DO, A COUPLE OF HOURS IF YOU HAVE TALENT</B><p>6) 'Struts and/or Axle need work'--Alot of clanking sounds going over bumps, clicking sounds turning the steering wheel<p><B>SWAY BAR LINKS TO START WITH, COULD BE SPRING SEATS, COMMON ISSUES</B><p>7) New Brakes<p><B>AEE ABOVE</B><p>8) New Hand Brake<p><B>PIA JOB TO DO A TOTAL REBUILD</B><p> <br></TD></TR></TABLE>
 

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All standard repairs on any hi mileage XC<p>The AWD needs to be accurately diagnosed. There are a variety of potential problems. The first question would be, have you maintained the tires over the life of the car? letting the tires wear unevenly front to back, and to a lesser extent l/r will definitely damage AWD components.<p>Axles are easy to replace, along with the control arms that you probably need. <p>The next question is, what tools do you have at your disposal? Start with a Haynes or equivalent manual to get acquainted with the general mechanical layout BEFORE you take anything apart.<p>98 Xc's are great cars, learn to fix it! <br>
 

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Re: 1998 V70 XC IN NEED OF HELP!! (pcf817)

That is quite a list but nothing out of the ordinary. Get yourself a repair manual and check out websites like matthewsvolvosite and volvospeed bay 13. Best to prioritize your list and start tackling the items.<p>
 

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Hah, I guess the thread's grammar auditor caught me, my apologies. Force of habit when typing. *A lot.<p>The feedback I've received so far has given me a little perspective. The set of fixes I gave you were copied from my dads notes he took @ the dealer--hard to decipher from his scribble. Some words may have been lost/butchered, ha. <p>The tires on the car now are fine, we replaced all 4 in December. However the previous sets were commonly 'pushed past their recom. mileage'. <p>It has been sitting in my driveway for about 2 months, since we bought the '09xc. I turn 98 on and let it idle for a bit a couple times a week, though the sounds and smells are not what they should be (to my dismay). We've taken it in to mechanics a fair amount for suspension issues, no real engine problems 'til now.<p> I going to do an exact inventory of what I have tool-wise when I get a game plan set up for tackling the car. This is a good starter list of tools i have:<p>-hand tools-- the basic hammer, screwdriver, wrenches, socket sets, powertools, lugwrench, et al.<br>-2 hydraulic jacks+stands<br>-oil pans, transmission flush, multitools, funnels, 360 ratchet<br>-no cool electronic diagnostic tools...yet!<p><br>Good call on the manuals and sites--Bay 13 I was looking at earlier today, alot of great info. I have a decent understanding of the mech. layout of the xc, need to reinforce. <br>Probably will strategize more tomorrow, again, need/appreciate greatly the input of the experienced!<br>Pics and video of start up coming soon!
 

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I suppose this doesn't have to be a priority depending on how badly you want/need the AWD right this moment, but I would start with a function test of the AWD system. A good Volvo tech should be able to complete this in 15 minutes and they might not even charge you just to diagnose the AWD woes.<p>If aside from the leaks the angle gear still function and the viscous coupling is functioning to spec and the prop shaft isn't making noise then that's a huge battle won.<br>If any of those parts are malfunctioning it may be worth either finding working used parts or temporarily pulling the prop shaft and using it as a FWD for a while until you can save up for the needed parts.
 

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Haha, I live in the suburbs--the only time I really need AWD out here is when it snows and the overconfident SUV drivers come out to play/fishtail about. The AWD sounds like a pain and a half to repair, but I'm going to get under there soon so I take a look from the business side of the car, see what I may be up against.
 

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You could (as I understand) just remove the rear drive shaft and make the car FWD. Most folks around here seem to do that.
 
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