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A Buyer’s Guide to the 2011 Volvo S40
When you think of Volvo, safety undoubtedly comes to mind first, and that’s exactly what the 2011 Volvo S40 is all about. Of course, it’s also comfortable, refined and features a pretty high-performing engine, to...
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Hazard lights don't work
Hi, thanks for writing in. The hazard warning lights and turn signal lights utilize the same flasher unit, but with different wiring connections. It appears the hazard warning portion of the flasher unit (internals) has failed. I would recommend a...
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The shifter is stuck in the neutral position and I can't turn off the car.
Your shifter has three main components. The shift lever itself, the shift cable and the transmission lever that is part of the transmission. Any of these three components could be jammed. The best course of action is to separate them...
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Intermittent not starting
The important thing to understand is that bad connections are the culprit with symptoms such as this. A connection may look good on visual inspection, but could still be faulty. Your Volvo has several factors that must be considered. Your...
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Car won't start but will turn over - 2007 Volvo S40
Hi there. If the belt broke, then it may have damaged some of the wiring. When the belt breaks, it can hit the wiring going to the crankshaft position sensor which will keep the vehicle from starting. I usually check...
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My not select gear
Hello. From what you describe it would appear that your vehicle is having issues shifting. The first thing I would do is check the transmission fluid to see if it may be low or dirty. Low, or excessively dirty fluid...
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Code p0420
Hello. P0420 could be due to a variety of faults including even a fuel pump that is not supplying sufficient fuel, causing a lean condition, and hence "fooling" the O2 sensors (pre and post) as to the status (i.e., efficiency)...
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Smoke from exhaust still after new PCV and turbo
Hi there, thanks for writing in. I am sure that you have driven your car far enough (since repairs) to rule out residual oil in the exhaust system. The P0015 "cam retard" code may be a cam sensor, oil control...
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Best place for brakes?
Hi there. I'll be glad to help you on your brake question for your 2006 Volvo. You are right, even if you have not looked at your brakes frankly (you should be a Mechanic!). That is, you cannot just throw...
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02 Volvo s40 turbo. Engine was knocking then died. Now it spins really fast won't start
This sounds much like a potentially blown head gasket. I would recommend performing a compression leak down test if you have the proper tools. All cylinders should read at least 180-215 psi. The knocking may have been related to anything...
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time belt
Unfortunately it is impossible to even guess how far or long you can drive the vehicle for. If it is the timing belt itself making noise, then odds are it is because it has stretched and/or frayed considerably. If that's...
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I hear a click sound when making a sharp left turn I just put new cv axles on both sides?
If they just put 2 new axles in, I would certainly take it back and ask them about it. What you're describing sounds like a CV type noise There are a great many companies remanufacturing axles for the service market,...
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Car will not start - 2006 Volvo S40
Hi and thanks for your question. There are three things that could cause this situation. Your vehicle could have a failed starter, a failed fuel pressure regulator, or a break in the wire from the ignition switch to the starter...
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Battery Light
Hi there: In most cases when the battery light comes on, it's an indicator that the alternator is faulty or starting to show signs of wearing out. If this occurs only when the RPM is revved high, it might be...
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Shift lever locked - 2006 Volvo S40
Hi there. The shifter in your vehicle has a lock solenoid that locks the shifter in Park until the key is in the ignition and the power is turned on. You will need to remove the shifter from the vehicle...
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How many miles more will my 2003 Volvo S40 sedan last for?
Hello there, how long your 2003 Volvo S40 lasts is determined by many different variables. If the vehicle is maintained properly it will last much longer than a vehicle that is not maintained. It is impossible to predict how many...
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How far can you drive your car if you need a catalytic converter
Hi there. It's very common for a bad or failing catalytic converter to cause multiple engine performance issues ranging from sluggish performance to potentially damaging seals and other internal engine components. It's very difficult to tell you exactly how...
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Car won't start, says key error. This is the first time it ever happened
Hello. The key error message you are experiencing can be caused by a few different things. The most common causes are an issue with the immobilizer system, or with the steering column. The immobilizer system is the vehicle's security system....
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A scanner found the code P02B4, what does it mean?
That is an interesting code since your engine only has 4 cylinders. It is possible that the vehicle has the wrong information stored in the computer and is throwing a code for a V-8 engine. I recommend having your computer...
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When coming to a stop i get a jerk on the drivers side.
If the jerking reaction is something related to pressing the brake pedal, this may suggest a faulty brake caliper. If your vehicle pulls to one side when you apply the brakes it typically means that you have a braking imbalance...
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My 2001 Volvo s40 males a loud thud every time I put it in drive. What could it mean?
The CV axle joints should be inspected for wear and/or damage. Putting the transmission into drive suddenly loads the joints and if there is looseness in those joints, as the play is suddenly taken up you can hear a thud....

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