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Since I just bought the car and don't know what's been done previously, I'm gonna change fluids and a few other things. A few questions though...

1. Timing Belt: wasn't planning on it originally, but it's 7 years old. Any SPECIAL TOOLS required. I've replaced timing belts before, but just want to make sure it didn't require any Volvo specific tools.

2: Gear oil: haven't studied the car underneath much yet, but how much fluid is required for each assembly? Recommendation on fluid? Trying to save money wherever possible.

3: coolant will be changed. I'm guessing you guys aren't still using Volvo coolant? Gonna flush it out and use Prestone with water wetter.

Other recommendations?


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Well, usually CamRy's don't need this much consideration...I suggest you post a picture prior to moving on this discussion because looking at your past post history, I don't believe you even have an R ;).
 

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Make sure you check the muffler bearings, and blinker fluid. Both of those are problem areas on R cars.
 

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Since I just bought the car and don't know what's been done previously, I'm gonna change fluids and a few other things. A few questions though...

1. Timing Belt: wasn't planning on it originally, but it's 7 years old. Any SPECIAL TOOLS required. I've replaced timing belts before, but just want to make sure it didn't require any Volvo specific tools.
Check the S60R V70R Modification sticky at the top for a guide on timing belt. I had mine changed @ 100k when it was 6 years old and it looked fine.. others have had it fail at half the rated mileage..

2: Gear oil: haven't studied the car underneath much yet, but how much fluid is required for each assembly? Recommendation on fluid? Trying to save money wherever possible.
Also a nice complete fluid change post in the R forum launch point sticky.

3: coolant will be changed. I'm guessing you guys aren't still using Volvo coolant? Gonna flush it out and use Prestone with water wetter.
I still use Volvo coolant and I'm sure there are alternatives but I haven't looked into it..
 

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I still use Volvo coolant and I'm sure there are alternatives but I haven't looked into it..
I did a complete fluid change shortly after I got my R that included Engine Ice coolant. Can't say I noticed any difference, but they have numbers to back that up lol.
 

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What about plugs, mounts, and filter?
 

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IMO, I'd do plugs along with oil + oil filter. Which mounts are you referring to?
 

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Well, I just ordered fluids for the trans, aoc, ag, and rear diff, along with a tune up kit (plugs, coil packs, fuel filter, oil filter, air filter) timing belt kit with the Gates blue racing belt. Got eurothane bushings for the lower trans mount (both bushings), subframe eurothane bushings. Gonna put in Mobil 1 oil, and flush the coolant system. Not going with Volvo coolant, I'll find something else.

Guess I'll see how much trouble I get into in the next few weeks changing all this stuff.

Does the car have to be level when raised up to change all the fluids??? Never could find an answer to that one.

Prob gonna order an oil pump just to make it easier. U guys talked about a Mita oil pump? Where's the best place to get one?


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My mounts were shot st 40k upper engine and lower trans. So just a good upgrade. Also might want to check the cabin filter.
 

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My mounts were shot st 40k upper engine and lower trans. So just a good upgrade. Also might want to check the cabin filter.
Be warned - you may feel more vibration coming into the cabin if you renew the mounts. I renewed mine, and felt no difference except a tighter feel through steering, but many have reported vibes.
 
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