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Can't say I did anything too special when it comes to exhaust, I wanted a more throatier sound so I went with a Magnaflow muffler with 4" black exhaust tips. The sound is pretty much what I was after but I know if I decide to put a downpipe on it, it will sound a bit better.
I suspect anything would be better than the stock sound!
 

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Well the ravages of 11 years had made my Start button a little tatty, and the use of hand sanitizer over the past months just about finished off the lettering, so with out too much research I bought one of these on Wish for $12



Now it;s just a piece of plastic that sticks on to the existing button with a small piece of double sided tape supplied... looks much better but of course you can’t see the backlight anymore...

on further research I found the switch itself is only $20 from Volvo... thinking about getting one, but not sure if it just pries out or if I need to dismantle and rebuild the car around the new switch... anyone know offhand, if not I’ll fire up Vida tonight and answer my own question
 

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Well the ravages of 1 years had made my Start button a little tatty, and the use of hand sanitizer over the past months just about finished off the lettering, so with out too much research I bought one of these on Wish for $12



Now it;s just a piece of plastic that sticks on to the existing button with a small piece of double sided tape supplied... looks much better but of course you can’t see the backlight anymore...

on further research I found the switch itself is only $20 from Volvo... thinking about getting one, but not sure if it just pries out or if I need to dismantle and rebuild the car around the new switch... anyone know offhand, if not I’ll fire up Vida tonight and answer my own question
I used one of these. You remove the old button and push in the new one. Simple and the light shines through. You can also get them in black and red.

https://www.ebay.com/itm/402175669197

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Don’t like blue or red... less than 8 bucks cheaper than the whole switch and weeks to get here... I’ll just order the switch to pick up at my dealership, pry off the button cover from the new one and put it on the existing one, then I’ll have a spare if it ever goes wrong... looks like the button/key holder can be accessed by removing the instrument cluster, which I can do if necessary but would rather not if I can avoid it
 

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Don’t like blue or red... less than 8 bucks cheaper than the whole switch and weeks to get here... I’ll just order the switch to pick up at my dealership, pry off the button cover from the new one and put it on the existing one, then I’ll have a spare if it ever goes wrong... looks like the button/key holder can be accessed by removing the instrument cluster, which I can do if necessary but would rather not if I can avoid it
You don't need to remove anything to get the button out, you just need a butter knife and about 11 seconds of free time. The part you actually press is separate from the actual switch.

You definitely don't need the whole switch to change out the button, but for $20 you might as well get it all.

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Yeah, I got one from Aliexpress, took a few weeks but works fine. Swap them out in a minute.
 

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Yep, mine from Amazon as well.

It comes off immediately with a tug of putty, as it's only held in with two plastic retention hooks molded to the plastic button. Takes literally seconds.



I still have my black button somewhere around here.
 

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Took advantage of the unseasonably nice weather to wash and wax (well, ceramic spray coat) my car. Didn't feel like doing the full clay bar treatment, but will do that in the spring again. Also vacuumed the interior (so much dog fur and kid crumbs), cleaned the leather seats and steering wheel, wiped down all other surfaces with 303 aerospace protectant. Feels good to have a very clean car - just in time for fall/winter :p
 

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Took advantage of the unseasonably nice weather to wash and wax (well, ceramic spray coat) my car. Didn't feel like doing the full clay bar treatment, but will do that in the spring again. Also vacuumed the interior (so much dog fur and kid crumbs), cleaned the leather seats and steering wheel, wiped down all other surfaces with 303 aerospace protectant. Feels good to have a very clean car - just in time for fall/winter :p
Ha, I did my wife's car today. Bought a DA polisher on Amazon and today was a nice weather day. Her paint was trashed. I worked on it with Meguiar's Ultimate Compound, and it's well... better, but I also only worked on it for about an hour. Followed up with hand wax and buff. My body hurts, but I have to do my car tomorrow as it will probably be the last time prior to weather going bad again... ugh.

EDIT: did mine today. Polished up with Meguiar's Swirl-X and then some Meguiar's Cleaner Wax using my cheap DA I just purchased from Amazon. I'm a newbie at using a DA but it was simple and the results came out pretty well for an hour and a half's work.





 

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Carbon and matt black Volvo letters:

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Ha, I did my wife's car today. Bought a DA polisher on Amazon and today was a nice weather day. Her paint was trashed. I worked on it with Meguiar's Ultimate Compound, and it's well... better, but I also only worked on it for about an hour. Followed up with hand wax and buff. My body hurts, but I have to do my car tomorrow as it will probably be the last time prior to weather going bad again... ugh.

EDIT: did mine today. Polished up with Meguiar's Swirl-X and then some Meguiar's Cleaner Wax using my cheap DA I just purchased from Amazon. I'm a newbie at using a DA but it was simple and the results came out pretty well for an hour and a half's work.






Looks good, and I’m glad to hear it’s not that difficult to get decent results. I’m thinking about getting one, so we can teach ourselves todo correction on my brothers 98 S90 before moving on to the cars we’d feel worse about f’ing up.
 

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Reasonably productive day: got my new ignition switch (turns out the one on sale for $20 was not right for my Vin, so I got the $30 that was... popped the button out of the switch and swapped it with the one in my car... nice black button with backlight :)

drained and flushed my coolant... a painless but time consuming thing... the petcock is a little tricky but there’s YouTube video that shows exactly how it works... flushed it with about six gallons of distilled water... filled with genuine Volvo fluid mixed 50/50 with another gallon and a bit of distilled water... got a coolant low warning while braking going downhill on my round the block test drive... topped it off - couldn’t repeat... carrying a gallon of 50/50 mix in the trunk for the next few days at least, just in case...

Started to look at transmission fluid drain and fill... but stopped in my tracks when I discovered how rounded the T55 fill plug is... it’s not going to come out without a fight, so I ordered a new plug since it’ll be needed if I do get the old one out.... anyone got any hints tips or tricks for getting it out?

Oh yeah... and while waiting for the coolant to drain I had a go at restoring the headlights with the Turtle Wax kit people have mentioned around these parts... definitely got rid of quite a bit of the hazing, nowhere near “good as new” but encouraging enough to consider giving it another go with my full attention.
 

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So to answer my own question: daily doses of PB, a T55 screw extractor, a hammer, several bouts of loud cursing and significant quantities of sweat, but I got it in the end :D

 

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Yeah, removing that thing is a lot harder than it should be, I mean it's just a fill plug. Is this the first time you're changing on your S60? What miles?
 

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First time for me... previous owner may have done it, not sure... certain someone at some point had at least tried to take the fill plug out because it didn’t come pre-rounded from the factory...

I’m at 191,000. 100,000 of that added by me in the last year and a half. Arguably at the point where it might be better to leave well alone, but hoping to get this one to the moon - which I will hit around this time next year, if it continues to run... at this point I’ve had what I needed to get out of it - even if it breaks tomorrow it doesn’t owe me anything, but I’ll be happy if I can get another year out of it. I had been planning to do the transmission much earlier in the year, but just like for everyone else nothing much has gone according to plan this year.

Will certainly be interesting to see what drains out of it this afternoon
 

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First time for me... previous owner may have done it, not sure... certain someone at some point had at least tried to take the fill plug out because it didn’t come pre-rounded from the factory...
Our '16 XC70 has a cable guide blocking direct access to the fill plug. Perhaps someone attempted plug removal with the T55 at an angle.
I’m at 191,000. 100,000 of that added by me in the last year and a half. Arguably at the point where it might be better to leave well alone, but hoping to get this one to the moon - which I will hit around this time next year, if it continues to run... at this point I’ve had what I needed to get out of it - even if it breaks tomorrow it doesn’t owe me anything, but I’ll be happy if I can get another year out of it. I had been planning to do the transmission much earlier in the year, but just like for everyone else nothing much has gone according to plan this year.

Will certainly be interesting to see what drains out of it this afternoon
That's on my schedule as well tho, at ~33k miles, ours shouldn't look too bad :fingers crossed:
 

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Will certainly be interesting to see what drains out of it this afternoon
I did it on my '15 XC70 (106k miles) a few months ago - drain and fill twice, used 8 quarts of fluid, level set, reset fluid counter, etc.

The fluid that came out of mine was definitely dark but it wasn't burnt or anything.

Pretty sure it was the first time it had been done on mine and it definitely shifts smoother afterward. I used to get a little hitch as it downshifted from 3rd to 2nd at around 37 mph that is now gone.
 

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First drain very black, but smelt/felt OK... second like dark chocolate with a hint of red if you looked at it long enough, kind of like that Ember Black metallic color... third was still dark brown, but I’d run out of time and energy at that point so I fired up Vida, reset the counter and warmed it up for the level... finally the color of the pint or so I got out when setting the level started to look like transmission fluid:

 

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Looks great. Were you experiencing any shifting issues prior to changing it?
 
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