There are 7.5 liters of fluid in the tranny, and 3.1 liters will drain via the plug. A helpful link is <A HREF="http://www.volvoxc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=5668&highlight=transmission+fluid" TARGET="_blank">http://www.volvoxc.com/forums/...fluid</A> The plug is 24 mm, and make sure that you only use JWS 3309 fluid. I have flushed an 850 with this method and found it to be simple, effective, and really cheap compared to the dealer, so I plan to do my '01 V70 XC in the near future. Best of luck to you. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
Mobil-3309 ATF is the same as the Volvo JWS 3309 fluid, and much cheaper. Just thought you might want to know. It's hard to find in some areas so you might want to check with your local parts store to see if they have it or can order it before you assume you can get it easily. If you still can't, then post back and we'll try to help you with a place you can order it from.
None of our local auto parts stores in Pittsburgh stocks the Mobil ATF 3309 and were not interested in ordering it for me. I ordered a case of 12 quarts from AVLube.com. It is $48 for the ATF and $11.46 for shipping to PA. This compares to over $16/liter at the dealer for the Volvo product. It's simple math to me.<p>Some have recommended synthetic ATFs such as Mobil or Redline for the GT transmission, but I don't think that just because an oil is synthetic that it is acceptable for any transmission. I believe that there are other characteristics of the ATF that matter in this tranny, and I am sticking with the original ATF specification. I have not seen any negative feedback regarding the Mobil 3309 on any internet forum.
<TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>domevolvo</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">can someone tell me where the cap or dipstick is on the engine where I would actually refill the fliud?</TD></TR></TABLE><p>Ah yes, the dipstick/fill tube that you have to be an anorexic spider monkey with asbestos arms to even get a finger on. It's under the lower radiator hose where it loops over the front of the transmission, and there's nary enough give in the hose to even see it.<br>
Great question. Volvo considers the ATF to be permanent, and seems to discourage owners from even checking the level or condition of the fluid. You may be surprised to learn that there is indeed a bright yellow dipstick on the tranny, although you would never know it from the owner's manual. The dipstick is on the front of the transmission under a number of hoses. Peak around, you will eventually see it. If you check the level when the transmission is hot, wear long sleeves and gloves; it's adjacent to the lower radiator hose in a pretty warm location. You have to depress a little tab to pull it out. I've read that difference between the two hash marks is only 0.2 liters.<p>I have another link to the Volvo XC forums that shows pictures of the little devil: <A HREF="http://www.volvoxc.com/forums/showthread.php?t=7631&highlight=transmission+fluid+level" TARGET="_blank">http://www.volvoxc.com/forums/...level</A><br>Happy hunting!
one must move the hoses to see the little devil, it must be viewed from an angle. there is no good reason for the problem to exist. volvo is getting stupid. period. period. period.<p>is it ford, or, stupidity?<p>sevicability was one of the trademarks of my early volvo cars. <p>evidently it is not now.<p>volvo dumbing down. loosing customer base. car guys will not like volvo anymore.
How do you depress the tab? I was going to check my fluid one day and couldn't get the yellow dip stick to budge...was doing it by feel and didn't "feel" the tab. Since then the dealer checked it and claimed my fluid was "clean as a whistle." Still, at almost 45K miles, I want to be changing the fluid soon myself (dealer won't touch it unless I do just a drain and fill, which isn't good enough for me).
Mr. Japan,<p>The clip holding the yellow plastic dipstick in is attached to the transmission housing on the side toward the front of the car. Get in touch with your inner contortionist and snake your right hand down to the dipstick. With your index finger on the side of the dipstick toward the rear of the car, push the clip away using your thumb and lift the dipstick clear.<p>Using a flashlight and having three hands helps. Once you get a look at the dipstick the rest is intuitive.<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0">
Thanks Steely...I'll get into my hindu trance after saying the special Volvo mantra at least 5 times. That usually grows me a third and sometimes a fourth arm and hand. This way, I can use one hand to hold the flashlight, another to push the hoses out of the way and my third and maybe a 4th hand to reach down and pull the dip stick out. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/sly.gif" BORDER="0">
I actually went out and went through rhe motions again to refine my post. Getting a hold on the dipstick is like drawing an arrow. With the top of your hand toward the rear of the car, the index and second fingers go under the tab at the top of the dipstick; push the clip away from the dipstick with your thumb and draw it towards you.<p>I'm waiting for the laser rangefinder to be delivered so I can get an accurate measurement for draw distances. That and a GPS caliper will allow me to post precise specifications.<p> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/cool.gif" BORDER="0">