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So, today Im driving to the bank to cash a check and I notice a woo woo woo (in rapid secession) coming from my engine bay. WTF, I think to my self. So I make my way over to O'Reileys Auto Parts to talk to my buddy who works there and ask him about it. <p>He walks outside and quickly finds that the problem....<p>You guessed it, PCV hose... (ohhhh boy! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">) is pretty much completely dry rot through and its straw like part of the hose just breaks off when he prods it with his finger. So, I grab what I came for - 6qts of Mobil 1 synthetic and the "expensive" oil filter - lol - and make my way down to the local Volvo Stealership. <p>Oh yea, they've got the hose and its only $32... BUTTTT, they tell me the whole thing is gonna need to be replaced as this is a VERY common problem and the part that needs to be replaced is $110. God only knows what installation would cost. <p>So I take my chances for now, and just buy the full rubber (redesigned) PCV hose and make my way to the shop to get the oil changed (hoping this might aid the problem - as I am told that this PCV problem tends to occur when the oil gets too dirty). <p>1hr later, the oil is changed and I start in to change out this dreaded hose. I get all the bolts out of the intake manifold except for ONE!!! Of course I break the 10mm socket driver on the last one! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>So I have to get a friend pick me up and take me to get another 10mm socket.... <p>20 min later.... <p>All bolts are off and the upper part of the intake manifold is removed. I get the old hose out (it broke into 4 different pieces with almost no pressure) and put in the new one, clamp it on tight and re-install the manifold. Connect all the vac lines and sensors (so I thought) and started the car up... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>At this point in time my car idles erratically and I get this message (which was previously not there):<p><B>"Reduced Engine Performance" and "Engine System Service Required"</B><p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I turn the car off and look under the hood and see that the MAF sensor and vac line ARE NOT connected, so I quickly attach them andddd.....<p>there goes the woo woo's again! Just as loud as before! <p>"Well," I say to myself, "I gotta get home at some point tonight..." so I make my way home hoping that these messages might either go away or not cause too much stress (on me) cause I def. hooked everything up right (obviously <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> ). So I pull out onto the street and the car stalls... I re-crank it and proceed 25mph (with great effort on the engine, as I can tell by the way its driving) all the 1/2 mile home. <p>So, long story short, Im stressed as F*** about this cause Im already a broke college kid and cant be dealing with this right before Finals. <p>Luckily, I found this via the Search function, do think this might cure my problems????<p><IMG SRC="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3438/3292095648_d8e47bc3a8_o.jpg" BORDER="0"><br><IMG SRC="http://farm4.static.flickr.com/3157/3292077902_272aa98e3d_b.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p>Any advice is welcomed!<p>F My Life! ( <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0"> )<p><br>PS - if you work for Volvo and read this, please dont tattle on me... <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcocktl.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Bad day just got a little worse... (s40boy)

this is far too troubling. i would think a recall is in order. volvo should fix it before it becomes an issue of inconvenience. bad volvo, bad.<p>my friends who work at volvo, torslanda, told me to buy an '06 or '07 v70 as that will be the last true volvo, swedish designed car.<p>volvo has been ok for us. but they have nothing for us in the in box.<p>dump the s40/v50 series. they will not be in the new line up i think. def not a keeper.<p>edit; good luck, like it was said above, it will be covered i hope.
 

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Re: Bad day just got a little worse... (s40boy)

if i'm not mistaken, there was a recall for some cars, and an extended warranty offered to others. i'm not sure if ALL volvos were covered. <p>if you arent, then oh well, if you are, i'd be worried that the dealer will give you trouble for a warranty repair since you attempted to fix the problem yourself already
 

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Re: Bad day just got a little worse... (max power)

<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>max power</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">if you arent, then oh well, if you are, i'd be worried that the dealer will give you trouble for a warranty repair since you attempted to fix the problem yourself already</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Thats what I was thinking, but they have been pretty reasonable about other things that I have done to the car myself and usually just dont ask, dont tell policy is applied. <p>We'll see, as I am going to call Volvo Care this morning. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Bad day just got a little worse... (s40boy)

Yeah not sure how they will react that you fixed it yourself. I would reset your fault codes and then restart the vehicle to verify they are permenant. Then although probably a pain, id make sure that all 5 of the rubber gaskets on the bottom of the intake plenum are in place and none of them fell out causing a vacuum leak. <p>Usually when the hose breaks its time to get the oil seperator replaced as well. For most this is an install that they could do themselves with a small tool kit. Not as advanced as some may think. Just as long as you have a way to clamp the new hoses and the ones you removed a standard tool kit would suffice <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Bad day just got a little worse... (ForceFed Motorsports)

Besides unhooking the battery, how do I go about reseting the fault codes?<p><br><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>ForceFed Motorsports</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote"> Then although probably a pain, id make sure that all 5 of the rubber gaskets on the bottom of the intake plenum are in place and none of them fell out causing a vacuum leak. </TD></TR></TABLE><p>Its not really a pain, just unscrew 8 of the 10mm bolts and disconnect all the vac lines / sensors and it comes right off. <p>But yea, I already went back and checked to see if the gaskets were ok... and they are. Other than that, I dont know what in the world happened. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Bad day just got a little worse... (s40boy)

Make sure the vacuum line underneath the right side of the manifold is connected. Its easy to miss right behind the throttle unit on the 90* bend before the plenum.
 

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Re: Bad day just got a little worse... (ForceFed Motorsports)

I never disconnected that one, just rotated the manifold so that I could access the hose...<p>Any more ideas as to what might be causing this horrific problem? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Bad day just got a little worse... (s40boy)

Without reading the fault codes its hard to say. Other than having open vacuum sources or a loose/disconnected connector not really sure what you could have caused by merely removing the plenum.
 

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Re: Bad day just got a little worse... (ForceFed Motorsports)

Youre telling me... its soo frusterating! Im gonna crank it up tonight when I get home and see what the deal is. <p>Dealership guy told me I'm good to drive there to drop it off for service... even with these warnings and how its driving. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/zeroforum_graphics/screwy.gif" BORDER="0"> But Ill take his word for it! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: Bad day just got a little worse... (s40boy)

When the CEL is lite its due to an emmissions failure. It very well may be alright to drive it in however obviously if the car is running so bad that it dies might be kinda sketchy.
 

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Re: Bad day just got a little worse... (ForceFed Motorsports)

Well I found that driving it GT mode makes the car NOT stall. So Im safe in that manner. <p>Im pretty sure this "Reduced Engine Performance" is also known as "Limp Mode", right?<p>Also, I do not have a CEL.
 

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Re: Bad day just got a little worse... (s40boy)

It can be depending on what code set. Thats why i said to reset the fault codes because its the codes that put the car into limp home mode. Figured you might be able to get it out of its funk since it may be due to the fact that you had the MAF sensor connector off.
 

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Re: Bad day just got a little worse... (ForceFed Motorsports)

So (I asked previously) how do I go about reseting the codes?
 

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Re: Bad day just got a little worse... (s40boy)

There should be a 5amp ECM fuse in your engine bay that will reset them. If it doesnt specify ECM or is maybe a 15amp then pull the ignition system fuse. Otherwise i beleive that removing the negative battery cable will but im not certain as ive never done it that way.
 

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Re: Bad day just got a little worse... (ForceFed Motorsports)

Pulling the neg cable will reset them but they still stay stored and the dealer can still read them. It'll likely just clear the CEL temporarily unless you've got something going on.
 

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Re: Bad day just got a little worse... (ForceFed Motorsports)

Awesome! Ill check it out when I get home!<BR><BR>
<i>Modified by s40boy at 9:35 AM 4-16-2009</i>
 

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Re: Bad day just got a little worse... (s40boy)

So Im sitting in the dealership right now and they are getting to work on it. No probing questions so far and the Service Manager was supper cool too (amazing, I know <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> )! We'll see how it all turns out in about 2.5 hours! <p>I drove here at a crawling pace of 20 - 25mph and the car stalled 6 times!!!! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/eek.gif" BORDER="0"> I am a nervous wreck! I felt like my engine was gonna blow up or something, but after the 20 min drive of all 5.6 miles I can now sit back and look forward to my car finally being fixed...<p>I'll keep ya posted! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/rolleyes.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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