As the proud owner of a Volvo, you know better than anyone just how versatile, safe and fun these cars are to drive. But just like with any other make or model of vehicle, the Volvo does run into its common repair issues. Having a trusted mechanic on your side who is well-versed in virtually all Volvo problems can give you great peace of mind.
Here’s a look at 10 of the most common Volvo repair issues.
1. Volvo S60: Power Steering Leaks
Easy power steering is one of the most comfortable advancements of the modern vehicle. However, with the Volvo S60, it’s been known to develop problems with the power steering system, whereby the hose that carries the hydraulic fluid to the system can leak.
2. Volvo 240: Blown Fuses
The Volvo 240 is a popular model, but it’s known for its tendency to blow fuses. That’s because the fuse box in this model isn’t situated in the best spot. It’s under the dashboard, making it easier for exterior water to make its way in and get into the fuse box. As a result, corrosion can occur, which can lead to blown fuses.
3. Volvo XC60: Cooling Fans
Cooling fans keep the engine cool in conjunction with the air conditioning system. This model is prone to malfunctioning cooling fans, which can overheat the car and lead to the need for major repairs. While it doesn’t involve hardware changes, your technician can simply update the necessary software to control the fan’s speed.
4. Volvo V70: Transmissions
The gearbox for this model can cause erratic gear shifting, which can strain the vehicle. A software update may be needed, or the transmission fluid may need to be replaced. That said, it’s important to regularly check and change transmission fluids on a regular basis. If you continue to shift hard, you will put undue force on the transmission system, which can lead to large and expensive repairs later.
5. Volvo XC90: Premature Tire Wear
Uneven tire tread reduces gas mileage and increases the risk for dangerous accidents while driving brought on by a blown tire. Some drivers encounter completely deflated tires at the 12,000-mile mark.
6. Volvo XC90: Transmission Failure
Some drivers report that their Volvo transmission started to fail at the 100,000-mile mark, predicated by weird noises coming from the transmission system. Some failures occurred while on freeways and going up steep inclines. Replacement of the transmission is the suggested remedy, which can cost up to $4,000. If you have to have the driveshaft replaced, you’re looking at $8,000.
7. Dashboard Indicator Lights
One general complaint with Volvos is that the dashboard indicator lights – such as the check engine light and other warning lights — come on frequently. This happens even when there is nothing physically wrong with the car. Be sure to check levels of all fluids regularly and top them off. Then, if you see a coolant or low oil light pop up, you know it’s an issue with the sensor rather than an actual lack of fluid. However, any time a light comes on the dashboard indicator, you should take it seriously, as the one time you don’t heed that light, there could be something seriously wrong. This could put you and your passengers at risk on the roadways.
8. Malfunctioning Air Conditioner System
Some Volvos can have a malfunctioning temperature sensor, which unexpectedly shuts off the AC before the cabin has reached optimal temperature. Or, the AC can even start producing heat instead of cool air. Have your mechanic check the compressor or compressor clutch for proper functioning.
9. Oil Clogs and Leaks
The Flame Trap System inherent in Volvos can cause oil to clog or leak, which can lead to engine damage. The importance of regular oil changes cannot be understated. If you notice a rough-sounding engine idle, this could signal a drop in oil pressure. Have it checked out immediately.
10. Headlight Burnout
In general, Volvo headlights have a shorter lifespan than other cars’ headlights. Therefore, headlight burnout can become an issue with many models. You will need to change the bulbs regularly – you can do this at home if you’re handy. If not, your mechanic can get this done in no time. If you notice, however, that the same light goes out again and again, this could signal an issue with the electrical system itself.
Contact Rick and Ray’s Auto Plaza
Need a repair for your Volvo? You can trust our experienced technicians. To schedule an appointment or get a free quote, contact us in Fort Worth at 817-335-2073.