Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ's)

 1. The AIR quality inspection is due on my Volvo. What should I do?
 2. Where can I find a good used Volvo?
 3. Which front-end alignment service should I use?
 4. How often should I change my oil? I've heard conflicting numbers.
 5. What should I do if the oil light comes on?
 6. What should I do if the temp gauge goes into the red or the light comes on?
 7. What causes my rear wheeled drive Volvo to sometimes run rough in hot weather?
 8. I want a safe car for my teenage driver. Which one should I get?
 9. I've decided to sell my Volvo. Will you buy it or will you suggest were I can find a buyer?
10. If my Volvo stops and needs towing, what should I do?
11. Should I use synthetic oil?
12. I have an 850 Volvo. How often does the timing belt need to be changed?
13. I'm going to buy a used Volvo; can you check it for me?
14. What do you check before you sell a used Volvo?
15. When should I have my Volvo checked-out?
16. Do you have any winter Volvo care suggestions?

1. The AIR quality inspection is due on my Volvo. What should I do?

The Automobile Inspection and Readjustment (AIR) Program inspections are performed at state licensed facilities. We have one here in Boulder on Airport road just off Valmont.

Unless you think there is something wrong with your Volvo, it should pass the inspection. If it fails, they will give you a grace period to have it repaired.

Swedish Motors has registered technicians to perform these repairs and adjustments. Bring it in or give us a call (303) 442-3100 and we can explain your options.

2. Where can I find a good used Volvo?

Look here on our website and give us a call (303) 443-4812.

We keep a list of our customers who want to sell their Volvos.

3. Which front-end alignment service should I use?

Swedish Motors.

We have full alignment service, even for those Volvos requiring rear wheel alignment.

4. How often should I change my oil? I've heard conflicting numbers.

You are safe to follow the mileage or time period in the manual that came with your Volvo.

If your manual is unavailable, call (303) 443-4812 and we can look the numbers up for you.

Since opinions vary between 3000 and 5000 miles we like to adhere to the Volvo manual.

Please, note that if you use synthetic oil the Volvo warranty still requires the normal oil change intervals.

5. What should I do if the oil light comes on?

Do NOT drive. Don't even drive to the next exit.

Turn the engine off as soon as safely possible. The light means the oil pressure is dangerously low.

Without oil (even for a few minutes) the engine starts grinding itself away. Within moments, your precision machine becomes an old car.

Next stop is an expensive engine swap. This is one of those problems that require a mechanics attention before proceeding.

Call us on (303) 443-4812.

6. What should I do if the temp gauge goes into the red or the light comes on?

Do NOT drive. Don't even drive to the next exit.

Turn the engine off as soon as safely possible. The light/guage means the coolant (antifreeze) is dangerously low.

Without coolant (even for a few minutes) the engine starts melting itself away. Within moments, your precision machine becomes an old car.

Next stop is an expensive engine swap. This is one of those problems that require a mechanics attention before proceeding.

Call us on (303) 443-4812.

7. What causes my rear wheeled drive Volvo to sometimes run rough in hot weather?

Earlier Volvos could run rough if fuel vapors built-up in the fuel line from the tank to the engine during hot weather.

A pre-pump inside the tank prevents this.

So, if your Volvo has this symptom, a check of both the pre-pump and the fuel pump are indicated.

8. I want a safe car for my teenage driver. Which one should I get?

Volvo has always lead the way to safety in automobiles.

In the US the 240 Volvo had no fatalities from 1994 to 1998.

Call us and we can help you choose a good used Volvo that will be a safe auto.

9. I've decided to sell my Volvo. Will you buy it or will you suggest were I can find a buyer?

We often buy Volvos that need repairs or that can be used for parts.

And we have a bulletin board on which you can place you 3x5 inch ad.

Just give us a call (303) 443-4812 to make arrangements.

10. If my Volvo stops and needs towing, what should I do?

Call us first at (303) 443-4812. Often we can get you going over the phone.

On earlier Volvos it could be as simple as a blown fuse.
There are several other simple causes that can quickly be eliminated over the phone.

If not, then we can help with your search for a towing service.

11. Should I use synthetic oil?

We have found three situations where synthetic oil helps.

1. Volvos that are driven very little (few miles per year),
2. Volvos that are driven a great many miles per year (over the road sale); and
3. 850 Volvos with sticky lifter.

12. I have a Volvo. How often do I need to change my belt?

Changing the Volvo timing belt at the recommended interval is important.

Call us on (303) 443-4812 and we can tell you when it is due for your model.

The timing belt broke on a Volvo of one of our customers who didn't have it checked on time. Most of the valves bent and the repair bill was $3500.

13. I'm going to buy a used Volvo; can you check it for me?

Yes, we often do pre-purchase check-ups on used Volvos.

Call us at (303) 443-4812 and we can tell you how much it will cost based on the model.

14. What do you check before you sell a used Volvo?

We do a full inspection and repair what is broken or is a major safety problem.

If there are worn parts that we feel have enough mileage left, we will list them for you.

We feel this saves you money without sacrificing your safety.

15. When should I have my Volvo checked-out?

Your manual will have the recommended intervals listed. If you have questions, call (303) 443-4812 about your model and year.

The 10,000 (older models) or 15,000 (newer models) mile check-up is done about once a year and is intended to catch most problems.
The tires should be rotated during this check-up since front wheel drive Volvos wear them differently than the rear tires. We can do this for you for a fee or, in most cases, your tire store has included this fee in the purchase of the tires. They will thus do it at no additional expense.

The 30,000 mile or three year check-up is more thorough and involves changing the fluids and filters.

Finally, you can bring it in for a quick check-up before going on a long trip or before summer heat or winter cold.

16. Do you have any winter Volvo care suggestions?

1. Before you turn on your wipers in the morning, make sure that they are not stuck to the glass. Turning the wipers on before this is done will strain the linkage to the wiper motor. Heavy snow can also do this.

2. To avoid a build-up of condensation, keep your fuel tank at least half full at all times. This condensation can possibly freeze.

Swedish Motors, Inc.
2500 47th Street, #6, Boulder, CO 80301
Phone: 303.443.4812 - Toll-Free: 800.421.4812

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