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  1. I miss the old 850 where all I did was replace the column stem. Can I assume that the bluetooth OBDII reader isn't going to cut it for pulling these kinds of codes?
  2. Ah, bummer. But at least I won't be disappointed if I still have a leak once I replace the windshield weather stripping. (It is almost completely gone at this point and so is adding a lot of wind noise, so I'm going to replace it anyways.)
  3. Thanks. I was afraid of that, although, I guess it's better to know it's a simple fix (relatively) and self-contained than one that I have to track down. (I did the same replacement in other cars and those new stereos never went out, so I guess I just got a bad used one this time around.)
  4. I had a ton of water in the passenger floorboard last winter and after inspecting my weather stripping, figure that has to be it. Basically, everything along the sides of the windshield is old and brittle, with most of it having cracked away. The rubber triangular(ish) pieces at the bottom corner are also brittle and cracked. However, when I go through a car wash, I don't see any water coming in, so maybe I'm missing something. But anyway, it's probably time to refresh all this stuff. (I keep the under-hood drainage vents clear, so I don't think it was that that caused the leaking issue last year, but I could be wrong. My sunroof also needs to be repair/replaced (on of the tracks is all messed up) but when I look at the seal, it does not appear to be letting moisture in, nor does it during car washes, so I think I can rule that out.) My questions are: 1) Is this something I can do myself? 2) If so, where is the best place to order weather stripping? 3) Can I assume that stock is the only way to go? I see lots of aftermarket stuff, but am assuming the stock stuff fits the best, unless you folks tell me otherwise. Thanks in advance. It seems like I've always had leak issues with my Volvos so trying to hit this one head on and get it taken care of. Houston
  5. The stereo in the wife's XC70 is skipping around between source, running through the FM 1, FM 2, FM 3 and AM. It just scrolls through for a while and then lands on one and plays for a little while. It then randomly cycles through again and lands where ever it wants. I had this problem in my old 850 and a simple stereo replacement fixed the issue. I have already replaced the stereo once in this car (about 2 years ago) so I am wondering is this just a stereo issue? Is it happening again simply because the used stereo I installed is having the same issue, or is there something else I should be checking? ...also, how do I change my signature line? My cars have a changed a little bit and I want to update it.
  6. The cruise control doesn't work in my 2005 XC 70. I have tried the trick with pulling up on the brake pedal (or whatever that trick is - I followed those instructions a while ago but to no avail.) When I press the cruise control button on the steering wheel, "cruise" shows up on my dash, so clearly it is getting some power. However, it does not work other than that. 1) Is this something that is commonly fixed by replacing the controller that is on the steering wheel or is it more common that it is a different issue/fix? 2) How hard is it to replace the controller on the steering wheel? 3) Am I better off replacing the whole steering wheel with a used one (with a working cruise control?)
  7. Damn yellow Volvos! Here I am ready to sell one of mine (I still haven't seen one with as few miles; mine has 80,600) and all of a sudden everyone is selling theirs. I did some work to mine (new axles, hubs, struts/shocks, plus fixing lots of little things) and want to get back at least what I paid but don't want to list it until some of the others are gone. It is like a freakin' yellow sell-off! that dude in LA with one for $2,200 is unreal. I can't believe there is nothing major wrong with it but am still tempted to go grab it just because...well, because it is so damn cheap.
  8. Installed Koni's, IPD anti-sway bar, lowering springs, 302mm brake kit and IPD strut brace...oh ya, and front O2 sensor while I was at it. The strut brace actually went on about two weeks ago and I am really surprised at how much better the car felt. After installed the IPD sway bar I don't know which one made more a difference in stability. I only added the brace because it came free on a junker car otherwise I wouldn't have bothered but DAMN, I am going to install them on all my cars now. The Koni's and springs went easy; I have done that job before. The brakes went pretty easy too; I painted my brackets and calipers silver to kind of match the Pewter colour of my car. They look freakin' awesome against the Volan wheels and the tinted windows. I also painted the Koni's silver even though they are barely seen but I hate anything that stands out...like yellow shocks or red calipers on a silver car. The sway bar wasn't too bad although I could only get the car a little ways off the ground and my driveway is gravel so my back and sides and arms are all bruised now even though I used pads. oh well. The hardest part was the O2 sensor and not the fitting but the electrical connector. Without being able to get close it was very hard to figure out how the hell you opened it....without breaking it. I finally figured it out although it still seemed a bit weird. It looks like it is meant to be snapped open and close but the only way I could figure out how to open it put stress on the plastic tabs. They didn't break but they easily could have. Anyway, glad I did it while I was down there. I don't notice any difference but hopefully my fuel economy will improve. I started at about 9am and didn't finish until 9pm. Damn I could use a lift!!! Working on the ground is a serious pain in the arse.