SwedeSpeed - Volvo Performance Forum banner

1 - 6 of 6 Posts

·
Registered
Joined
·
4 Posts
Discussion Starter · #1 ·
So I went to the dealership to have them give me a quote on a new radiator because it was leaking coolant in the summer. For some reason they decided to pressurize the system making the problem 1000x worse. Now I have a puddle under my car until I can get it fixed. I ordered the cooling system refresh kit from FCP Euro yesterday but I still don't have any tools or jackstands / ramps. If this goes well I will also want to put in new struts next. Do you guys have any recommendations for mechanic tool sets..something where I will have everything I need but not completely overkill. I am also Iffy on jacking my car up vs ramps. I was leaning towards getting ramps for this project. Do you think there will be enough room to drop the radiator out the bottom?
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
173 Posts
This is the man you want to consult, Robert!
He has made dozens of videos about this generation of Volvos.
He usually explains the tools and process needed.
Ramps are fine. Go to Harbor Freight and buy one of their all-in-one mechanic sets,*like this. Of course unique situations may require special tools, these will be a good start.
https://www.harborfreight.com/225-pc-mechanics-tool-kit-62664.html

Having been working on 1998 volvo for past few months, the first piece of advice I will give you is to become familiar on how to work on old/ rusted bolts. The last thing you want to do is start breaking or stripping bolts.
Get some of this and soak any bolts that look rusted at least a couple of hours before working on them.
https://www.amazon.com/Blaster-16-PB-Penetrating-Catalyst-11-Ounces/dp/B000I2079E

 

·
Registered
Joined
·
74 Posts
I believe the proper way to do it is to lift the radiator out of the engine bay. Here this should help https://youtu.be/2G1QurcieVU he will explain every tool and the procedure on how to do it with a visual aid so you don’t get confused. Any further repairs in these cars I would suggest checking YouTubeand reading the forums. If you are mechanically inclined you can do most repairs yourself on these cars. Also, I was in the same boat as you regarding tools. However, recently my girl bought me this kit and it has been a major game changer https://youtu.be/VCkEQU4j3_k good luck man


Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
17,304 Posts
I prefer jack stands. Put them on the subframe bolts and give the car a shake before working under it.

As for the radiator replacement, it should be taken out the bottom. It CAN be taken out the top but a lot of extra parts have to be removed and it does not go nicely.

Cooler stack is bolted in from the bottom and together from the front.

as for tools to work on these cars:

TORX 25! Nearly everything has torx fasteners besides main engine bay components.

7mm, 10-19mm, 22mm for strut top nuts, 30mm for crank.

Deep 7mm, 10-15mm

T25, T40 long

Oteker clamp pliers
 

·
Registered
1998 V70 T5 with factory m56h; 18t, Green injectors, 50% e85
Joined
·
2,436 Posts
Also, it’s nice to have a helper when doing the radiator.
 

·
Registered
Joined
·
7,612 Posts
I prefer jack stands. Put them on the subframe bolts and give the car a shake before working under it.
This. Better to shake the car and have it fall before you get under it.
 
1 - 6 of 6 Posts
Top