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I'm finally ready to start maintaining and detailing my car myself, but I'll need the right tools and supplies. For basic maintenance (brake pads, oil changes, spark plugs, etc.) and mod installation (strut brace soon ;) ), what tools will I definitely need? Obviously some jack stands and a good ratchet set, but what types/sizes and are there any Volvo specific tools I should have around? Additionally, which jobs are low-risk enough for a zero-experience mechanic taking a wrench to their 35,000mi Volvo?

As far as detailing, I hear ArmorAll products aren't all they're cracked up to be. What do y'all use to keep your P1's looking good as new inside?
 

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The stickies at the top of the main 2005-Current pages will be you're best friend.

http://forums.swedespeed.com/showth...t-Cuts-Quick-Launch-How-To-Information-thread

Lots of great information on the Brake pads, oil changes and sparkplugs. And more.

So far, the only unique tool I had to use is a 36mm socket for the oil filter cap. Also with that a universal joint, and 10 inch extension bar to get to it.
Other than that, I personally have not had enough time with my car.

Best of luck!
 

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this tool you can do the front and rear brake pistons when you change out the pads.

http://www.amazon.com/OEM-27111-Dis...qid=1353980625&sr=8-1&keywords=oem+brake+tool

this to take off the rear caliper
http://www.amazon.com/Wera-Hexagon-...F8&qid=1353980675&sr=8-2&keywords=7mm+hex+key

this to take off the compress bypass valve (cbv) if you want to do it.
http://www.amazon.com/Klein-Tools-J...8&qid=1353980722&sr=8-17&keywords=5mm+hex+key
http://www.amazon.com/EKLIND-18605-...8&qid=1353980729&sr=8-25&keywords=5mm+hex+key

the strut brace job is pretty easy. i used an adjustable crescent wrench to do it.

19mm long socket to change out the lugs if needed.

this to change out the oil filter. you also need a 12inch extension with a wobble at the end to do this job.
http://www.amazon.com/K-Tool-Intern...980921&sr=8-2&keywords=36mm+oil+filter+socket

here's a video on how to do the job. i highly recommend the ipd skid plate because you don't have to take off the plastic splash guard from the bottom to do the oil change. also, getting an injen or typhoon makes the oil change even easier
 

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get metric wrench set and torx set.
 

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this tool you can do the front and rear brake pistons when you change out the pads.

http://www.amazon.com/OEM-27111-Dis...qid=1353980625&sr=8-1&keywords=oem+brake+tool

this to take off the rear caliper
http://www.amazon.com/Wera-Hexagon-...F8&qid=1353980675&sr=8-2&keywords=7mm+hex+key

this to take off the compress bypass valve (cbv) if you want to do it.
http://www.amazon.com/Klein-Tools-J...8&qid=1353980722&sr=8-17&keywords=5mm+hex+key
http://www.amazon.com/EKLIND-18605-...8&qid=1353980729&sr=8-25&keywords=5mm+hex+key

the strut brace job is pretty easy. i used an adjustable crescent wrench to do it.

19mm long socket to change out the lugs if needed.

this to change out the oil filter. you also need a 12inch extension with a wobble at the end to do this job.
http://www.amazon.com/K-Tool-Intern...980921&sr=8-2&keywords=36mm+oil+filter+socket

here's a video on how to do the job. i highly recommend the ipd skid plate because you don't have to take off the plastic splash guard from the bottom to do the oil change. also, getting an injen or typhoon makes the oil change even easier
did you make that video? That is not the lower radiator hose, that is the charge inlet to the intercooler.
 

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did you make that video? That is not the lower radiator hose, that is the charge inlet to the intercooler.
no, my car is red. wanna know how i know it's red? because it says so in my sig. LOL
 

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All these are great starters...

I would highly include one or two size torque wrench. That is by far the tool that will save you a lot of "oh sh#t" moments when you over torque bolts and nuts from their specifications!
I have a large one. It has helped me 80% of the time but I'm short of a smaller one that fits in tighter spaces.
I use it all the time from removing wheels to replacing brake components or spark plugs.

I have something like that. Very durable but not the best to read the markings.
http://www.amazon.com/Pittsburgh-Pr...&qid=1354057112&sr=1-2&keywords=torque+wrench
 

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Just ordered the EST strut brace, a metric ratchet set, and a whole bunch of Meguiar's stuff. It occurs to me that I haven't checked my jack/tire iron since the car was stolen, and considering they took the manual, my registration, parking permits, and my shoes from the trunk, I may very well need that torque wrench sooner rather than later...
 

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It occurs to me that I haven't checked my jack/tire iron since the car was stolen, and considering they took the manual, my registration, parking permits, and my shoes from the trunk...
Seriously! now we are not even protected from that owning a Volvo . . . :p
 

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Don't use ArmorAll on your car.. It dries out and cracks leather prematurely. I use AutoGlym (not sure if you guys can get it in the states), if you can't get it.. Mothers, or Meguairs are definately your best bet.
 

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Seriously! now we are not even protected from that owning a Volvo . . . :p
Oh it sucked beyond words. The whole story is in my intro thread, but I was carjacked 3 weeks after buying the car. I'm pretty sure the replacement owner's manual I bought on e-bay was my own.
 

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for polish - Zaino.
 

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Start with something Simple . Plugs If it has over 30,000 miles get some - Denso's

Please make Sure get the Correct ones - see our Stickies .

Any Leather Stuff - really watch - doing in Cold Weather , as it all must have some water in it .
 

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Start with something Simple . Plugs If it has over 30,000 miles get some - Denso's

Please make Sure get the Correct ones - see our Stickies .

Any Leather Stuff - really watch - doing in Cold Weather , as it all must have some water in it .

Too funny that you say "Cold Weather" As he is from Delray Beach, Florida. :-D
 

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Any Leather Stuff - really watch - doing in Cold Weather , as it all must have some water in it .
I'm not totally clear. Should I make sure to do it or not to do it in cold weather? Doesn't matter really, it's only ever between 70-80 here in November.
 
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