Need some advises about Volvo maintenance

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Charlie, Sep 18, 2003.

  1. Charlie

    Charlie Guest

    I bought a 1996 Volvo 850 wagen from a dealer in June. It was just
    58,000 miles, good body and runs smoothly.

    Now three months after, I feel I need to do some maintenace on this
    car. So the question is: other than oil change, what else I may need
    to do, for the car of that age, with such millages? I do not have
    records of what the previous onwer have done on this car.

    And I am living in san jose, any recommandations of the good Volvo
    maintenance shop with the reasonable price ?

    thanks a lot

    Charlie, Sep 18, 2003
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  2. Charlie

    AJ MacLeod Guest

    As you say, an oil&filter change. 60,000 mile service also requires Air
    filter change, replace "drive belt" (i.e. alternator & power steering
    belt). Replace PCV (flame trap) if you car has one, check steering,
    driveshafts and brake lines. Replace spark plugs and brake fluid, and
    lubricate the timing belt tensioner. The timing belt interval for a '96
    model is 70,000 miles but personally I would change it now.

    Having done all that little lot, your car should be ready for a good few
    more reliable miles. Or more likely, you'll have a wheel bearing fail or

    As I posted the other day, sign up to and
    you can see the service schedules for all recent Volvos, along with online
    versions of the owners manuals.


    AJ MacLeod, Sep 19, 2003
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