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key stuck in ignition

Please help me get the key out of the ignition. We can't seem to get it out. Have tried the steering wheel lock and yes it is in park...all the way in park. Any other suggestions?

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I found it necessary to try two of the the fixes listed before I solved the problem. Here's what I learned, as it relates to my 2000 V70:

1. The lock button on the shifter WAS stuck in the depressed mode. So I squirted a bit of WD-40 and--presto! It was released. But my problem wasn't solved. On examining the button action a little more, I noticed it it wasn't FULLY freed. So, another squirt of WD-40 and a few more press/releases, and---PERFECT. BUT the problem was not solved.

2. I next tried to "lift" the "shift override" button using pliers with gentle-to-moderate pressure so as not to break the plastic. It did lift a little, but still no solution. So I squirted a bit of WD-40 into the space around the button and pushed the button several times to "work-in" the WD-40. No luck. In fact, the button seemed stuck in a depressed mode even more.

3. Finally, to the SOLUTION! Since I could no longer get a grip on the button, I introduced 2 thin-bladed knives to barely exposed opposing side surfaces and pried the switch-button up. Still, no luck, but going back to the pliers and gentle/moderate pressure, I was able to pull the button up, and----SUCCESS!!!!

Notes: I am surprised at how much travel there was in the button--a good 3/16" it seems.

I don't know what caused the button to seize in the depressed state. I never use it and I don't think that I've ever spilled anything on/in it. But its horizontal position just begs for this kind of problem.

Posted on Jul 09, 2009

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ABS WARNING LIGHT ON VOLVO V70 1997

ABS WARNING LIGHT STAYS ON INTERMITTANTLY,SOMETIMES WORKS CORRECTLY FOR MONTHS.

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ABS light comes on with ignition then should go off when you start the car.
If abs sensor does not turn off after disconnecting the battery, then there is a real problem, a faulty sensor or ABS malfunctioning.
When the ABS led comes on immediately after you start the car and stays on usually is one of the relays.
The main one is called surge arrester relay, if it is faulty usually there have been an overvoltage.
There should be two more, usually located behind the black plastic cover of the ABS.
Testing and changing the faulty relay can fix the problem.

If light turns off on startup, and comes back on when you reach some speed, usually you need to check the wheel sensors. You test them unplugging the sensor located behind the wheel and testing it for continuity with a multimeter.
Use Haynes manual to find locations and specs of relays.
Contact a qualified mechanic if you cannot fix it yourself, problems with ABS may compromise safety of the vehicle.

Posted on Jul 15, 2008

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Volvo V70 xc AWD '98 - fuel filter change

Dear FixYa Team,

I have volvo V70 XC AWD ' 98 and I would like to change the fuel filter and I have a problem to find the location of fuel filter in my car, Please help me with and I would really apreciate.

Regard,
christopher

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Brandonlo168,

The fuel filter can be located under the carpeted cargo storage floor at the rear of the wagon. Remove the four 10mm bolts, remove the cover. You will then see a removeable plate to the right just behind the rear passenger seat. Fuel filter can be seen through hole in hole. Replaced from underneath wagon. Be sure to make sure lines are fully inserted onto filter. Check for leaks. No smoking, extinguisher handy. Note arrow on filter for correct fuel flow.

Ron

Posted on Mar 13, 2009

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1998 Volvo V70 with potential transmission problems?

I drive a 1998 Volvo V70 with 165,000 miles on it.
This morning on the way to work, the transmission warning light (an orange 'up-pointing' arrow), started flashing on & off on the dashboard, as did the 'E' 'S' and 'W' lights on the base of the shift column, and my 'Check Engine' light on the dashboard also came on & stayed on, too. I pulled off the highway, checked the (now hot) transmission fluid, and it was filled right to the top, so no additional fluid was necessary. The car ran smoothly as I turned around and drove the 8 miles back home & parked in my driveway.
I suspect that my transmission needs some work, although it doesn't sound or feel like it does. What do you think?

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Yes, it's the 'pnp' switch (also known as the inhibitor switch) which is on the side of the transmission.

I own 2 Volvo 960s (3 litre automatics) which are similar in many respects ... and have that flashing arrow. It's a well known fault and you don't have much to worry about.

Rather than write it all here, you can read what I wrote as an ebay guide about it at http://reviews.ebay.co.uk/Volvo-960-Automatic_W0QQugidZ10000000003233806

I did put similar info on my website at http://www.glennsmart.btinternet.co.uk/volvo960.html with photos

Though the ebay guide is better ...

If you haven't got time to read it ... forget the flashing arrow and put a bit of black tape over it ... My wife's car has (192,000 miles) had that arrow flashing for 3 years. My car (100,000 miles) has had that flashing arrow since I bought it 1 year ago.

I did change the pnp on both cars ... but you also need to have the computer error reset by Volvo to have the light extinguished. Don't worry ... keep driving.

Posted on May 17, 2009

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volvo v70 pcv valve change?

volvo v70 pcv valve change?

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On these cars it's more of a system than just a valve. This will walk you through it. http://www.volvoforums.com/forum/showthread.php?t=33970

Posted on Oct 20, 2009

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BRAKE VACUUM PUMP

BRAKE VACUUM PUMP IS MAKING A LOT OF NOISE.

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Volvo has issued a recall on the brake vacuum pump which can be viewed at www.automallusa.net/2000/volvo/s40/recalls.html that involves water invading the pump, which would cause noise and braking problems.

Hope this helps, and good luck.

Posted on Jun 07, 2008

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There are 4 codes I need to know about P0810,

There are 4 codes I need to know about P0810, P1132, P1618, and P1633, 2001 Volvo V-70 24T

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810 neutral check, incorrect connection

  • Check the transmission and control module connectors. Check for contact resistance and oxidation according to Checking wiring and terminals. Permanent faults
  • 1132 front o2 sensor signal too high
    1618 dtc is in another module
    Volvo does not provide information regarding DTC P1633 for many of their models.
    However, it has been reported that various Volvo engine control modules will produce this code. The code is associated with a missing or inaccurate vehicle speed signal from the ABS control module and may be accompanied by DTC P0722 or P1618.

    Possible causes:
    - Defective vehicle speed signal to the ABS control module
    - CAN connection problem
    - Defective ABS control module
    - Defective engine control module

    Manufacture codes associated with this P code may include ECM-510f, 530d.

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    1998 Volvo v70 check engine light stays on always

    On starting the 1998 Volvo v70 , the 'check engine' light comes on and then stays on. Dealer said it is due to water condensation some where and suggesed replacing some tubing with a $800+ cost. Dealer said if this is not fixed then this may ruin catalytic converter, eventually costing even more. Does this sound normal?

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    Go to your local auto zone the will tell you what is wrong and why the engine light is on >>
    > Using a Code Scanner <
    and the best part it is free

    Posted on Jan 30, 2009

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    98 Volvo V70 Turbo engine oil leak

    I am trying to determine where it is leaking oil so I took off the top panel cover of the engine which exposes the spark plug wires and I saw alot of oil. Near the third wire, there was a hole in the metal that looks like there should be a plug. It is not the pcv tube which is installed near the 1st wire. Also, I see old oil around the turbo area which might be coming from this leak or not. Any ideas?

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    It may be the gromet for the PCV valve or it could be the spark plug rubber seal located in the valve cover if it is the type of engine that has the wires and spark plugs that go down through the valve cover, if this is the case buy a valve cover gasket with the rubber gromets that are located around the base of the hole where spark plugs fit through and install.

    Posted on Jul 08, 2009

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    2000 Volvo V70 2.5 TDI excessive black exhaust smoke

    My 2000 Volvo V70 2.5 TDI has been stood for approximately 4 months. On returning to service the car was properly serviced I've noticed there is excessive black smoke from the exhaust. It can be seen when using engine braking (no throttle) then on opening the throttle black smoke covers the road behind. This can happen with only light use of the throttle. Help please?

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    black smoke( too much gas)
    blue smoke( burning too much oil)
    white smoke( burning coolant)

    Posted on Jun 24, 2009

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