my 01' s60 repair project :sly:
Hi everyone!!! Hope this doesn't turn into a super long post, so I will try to be concise and thanks for any help in advance.
So I have a '01 s60 t5 with 75K. So I decided to keep the car, since I were to loose too much money on a trade in and could not figure out if I really want a different car(
), but this is a long story on its own
... So I got new tires, and took it to an independent volvo place to check everything and let me know what needs to be fixed, replaced, or whatever. For the check they charged me $125 + the tires I bought previously ($500).
The car was inspected, and the verdict was 3 large in parts + labor cost. Featured items include: ball joints, control arms( the bushings only, but it is easier they said to replace the whole thing), inner tie rods, timing belt ( apparently it is cracking and wont make it to the 105K suggestion), brakes( pads + rotors), and the mention of a transmission fluid flush (
). So the guy ended the conversation with "your car is in a great condition"
My extended warranty won't cover sh&*, but the carm bushings. I payed $590 out of $930 to replace control arms, ball joints and inspection cost. Total invested so far is 1G.
HELP NEEDED SECTION: So after much reading over the last two weeks, downloading and installing VADIS( had no idea what that was before this) from some shady place
, and searching sites online for parts cheaper than the stealership ... here is what i figured out and hopefully you guys have can make some suggestions before i spend my hard earned money!
To summarize the repair place wants 2G - timing belt( TIMKIT005), inner tie rods(274179), brakes( pad: 8634921, rotor: 272403), atf flush(321). I should also mention that i am pretty handy, but have 00000 experience with car repair/maintenance.
1) anyone know a trusty volvo repair shop in minnesota( the one I went to is glasgow automotive), that wouldn't charge an arm and a leg, and is cool with customer supplied parts?
2) have read that it makes sense to change the water pump, when goofing around with the timing belt. Are there any DYI for this procedure, or special tools I would need, hmmm or am i better off paying someone. Here are the parts that i found:
3) have also heard that inner and outer tie rods should be replaced at the same time, and if someone said that if there is some grease or something somewhere, the whole rack might need to be replaced. I am a little confused here as to what the rack is and where is the grease supposed to be coming from
4) the atf flush hmmmmm, lots of different opinions on this. So I am very confused as to what to do, or should I even do it. I am aware that IPD sells the fluid and some other necessary tools, but am under the impression that changing it can brake the tranny. ?!?
5) last, but not least what can I do myself, any suggestions for "lifting the car jack" type equipment, or what general tools and where to buy them from... really any tips would help! I am willing to spend to time and effort and pay the money, rather than bend over at the dealership and give them my wallet.
So whateva you can help me with will be much appreciated
thanks, thanks, and thanks
Modified by mispeed at 1:06 PM 3-27-2009