This vehicle was sent to us by another repair shop with the concern that it did not start, or would only start intermittently. The battery, starter, and finally the key switch were replaced in an attempt to get it to start. In fact, the starter was replaced twice. Then it was towed to our workshop. Mystery? Had the battle is recreating the problem, which it did here. Mystery? Not really for the Atlantic Motorcar Service Team, we see these cars day in and day out, we specialize in knowing, not just guessing. And when you do the same thing again [...]
We've seen this before, this car presented with engine oil leaks from nearly every seal. Using our special Volvo diagnostic tool, it was easy to confirm a severely clogged engine breather box. Not an easy job, but one that needed to be handled. This was not a regular service customer car, we find this type of clogging on cars which have been subjected to "quick lube" oil changes, or maintenance has not been carried out according to the factory schedule. In the photos below, you'll note the heavily clogged ventilation ports, both in the black breather box, and in the [...]
A simple repair, costing less than $75, could have saved this owner from a nearly $1,900 repair bill, and potential accident. A protective rubber boot, one is located on each side of the steering rack, had split, and over several months, had allowed water to enter into the sealed and lubricated surfaces of the power steering assembly. The water quickly did its damaged on the polished and machined surfaces of the steering rack and pinion gears, as well as contaminating the power steering fluid system. The resulting damage caused in rapid wear to the steering rack assembly, excessive play in [...]
This car has was diagnosed with a defective turbocharger unit. Note the large amount of oil build up on the pressure side of the turbo, especially in comparison to the new turbo on the left. This oil is then drawn into the engine, resulting is severe smoking from the exhaust, high oil consumption, and even damage to the catalytic converter. Note the Volvo replacement turbo box, we always use factory parts for reasons of longevity and proper fitment. On late model car turbo failures are uncommon if the vehicle is cared for properly. Indeed, with proper care service life of [...]
Defective evaporator core requires removal of the dash and center console. Quite a project, the dye stains on the evaporator core provide confirmation of the leakage. Although this part often fails from age, its cheap insurance to keep the cabin air filters clean and free of dirt and water, water and debris will enter and will cause corrosion to the evaporator core. Although a V70 is pictured here, the procedure is the same on the Volvo 850 and S70 models.