7 Volvo Mistakes You Should Avoid Today
1.Don’t purchase a used Volvo without the Owners Manual.
Every once in a while, a customer will call to find out why the low tire pressure warning light is illuminated.
The reason why is because you added the wrong tire pressure, 32 psi (pressure per square inch) and not the correct pressure, 38 psi (tire pressure information is usually located inside the fuel filler door). If you don’t have an owners manual, you can call 1.800.258.6586 to order a new owner’s manual or download a copy from volvocars.com website. You also need to get the radio code.
2. Don’t get emotionally attached to your old car because it’s been in your family forever.
Rule of thumb:the economics law of diminishing returns also applies to your Volvo. Applying this to an old model Volvo means that at a certain point, the cost of keeping the old car going will outstrip it’s benefit to you economically. You have to let the car go or it will cost you a fortune to maintain, unless off-course you can do the repairs yourself and save on labor costs. if you are capable of doing your own oil changes, struts, brakes, engine mounts, CV joints, axles etc. Then by all means, keep your car running.
3. Don’t neglect routine or regular maintenance service.
The best thing you do for your car is to give it regular oil changes and tune up’s. We often see cars with oil sludge problems because customer disregard oil changes. Check out clogged PVC Box system on Volvo forums and see for yourself.
4. Don’t latch the passengers seat belt into the driver’s just to immobilize the warning sound. I haven’t personally observed this myself. But I had a conversation with a Volvo owner on linkedin, a social media website, and he told me that in Europe this is a common practise.
5. Don’t go shopping around for the cheapest Volvo shop. Jumping from shop to shop will only get you taken advantage of — the mechanics will look for everything that’s wrong with the car under the sun.
It is recommended to get one good technician who will get to know your Volvo like the back of his/her hand. And once you develop a good relationship, the mechanic will do some stuff for you for free and he/she can recommend what you have to get taken care of immediately and what can wait.
6. Don’t purchase a used Volvo without getting a Pre-purchase Inspection. Ladies, beware of buying a used car based on good faith. Always hope for the best but be prepared for the worst. When buying a used car get that carfax report, get it inspected by a mechanic you trust and make sure the car has passed the state inspection. Watch out if the radio is not working and says CODE, this means the car was jump started recently and could indicate a bad battery among other things. When buying from a used car dealer, make sure the car is a certified used car with at least one year warranty.
7. Don’t purchased an off the shelf Scan Tool or code reader that loads into your laptop. The code reader that you downloaded onto your laptop is designed to only read current codes and clear codes, it may be very limited in scope and will only give you generic codes as opposed to what Volvo uses — VIDA. Vida is a Volvo Diagnostic tool that gives Volvo specific DTC codes as well as diagnose the problem codes. Save your money and time, get a precise diagnostic reading from the dealership. And you don’t want to download a virus into your vehicle.
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