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If your Volvo has broken down or you need an important Volvo milestone service or general maintenance in the Birmingham area it can be quite stressful choosing a mechanic familiar with your Volvo model or type of Repairs repair if you haven't had time to build up a relationship with a local garage
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If your Volvo needs an urgent repair, a new timing belt , brake pads or just a general service and oil change and you're looking for a garage or mobile mechanic in the Birmingham area then use our simple form to arrange a quote; Perhaps you need a specialist mechanic or a garage in the Birmingham area experienced with diagnosing common Volvo problems or with the OBD equipment to identify & reset factory service faults and take care of those service warning lights
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Volvo Repairs Birmingham

Volvo Repairs Birmingham

Volvo Parts Supplied and Fitted by local garages

Volvo Alternators
Replacement Volvo alternators fitted

Volvo Electrical Components
Volvo electrical faults repaired using Volvo OEM components - Volvo sensors checked e.g. Lambda sensors, air flow meters etc

Volvo Engines
Volvo Engine repairs, cylinder head skimming, valves & pistons

Volvo Suspension System
Volvo replacement shock absorbers & springs fitted for front or rear suspension problems, broken springs. Custom suspension systems installed, lowering springs fitted

Volvo Gearboxes
Volvo Manual & Automatic gearbox servicing & repair - Fitting a new or reconditioned Volvo gearbox

Volvo Autoelectrics
Volvo electrical faults diagnosed - OBD fault finding - Volvo engine fault codes checked & service lights reset - ECU problems, key coding and CANBUS systems checked

Volvo Tyres
Steel wheels, alloy wheels and tyres repaired and replaced with cheap tyres, run-flat tyres or low profile & performance tyres depending upon your budget and driving requirements. Part-Worn tyres may be available for your Volvo model

Volvo Body Panels
Replacement Volvo panels fitted & sprayed to match - Light Volvo Panel damage repairs

Volvo Brakes
Routine Volvo servicing, replacement Volvo brake pads & discs fitted, Volvo hydraulic pipework and joints inspected, repaired or replaced for a complete braking system overhaul

Volvo Starter Motors
Replacement Volvo Starter motors installed

Volvo EGR Valves
Replacement Volvo EGR valves - ensure the exhaust gas recirculation system is functioning correctly on your Volvo - The EGR valve helps your Volvo burn fuel more efficiently by recirculating a portion the exhaust gas through combustion chamber and helps reduce Volvo engine emissions; a broke or sticking EGR valve can be the cause of an MOT failure due to excessive emissions

Volvo Timing Belt - Volvo Cambelt
Volvo Timing Belts replaced as part of a planned Volvo service or if the Timing Belt on your Volvo has snapped then a full engine inspection for valve & piston damage

Volvo Exhausts
Volvo Engine manifolds, Front box, Back box, catalytic converter and exhaust pipes for Volvo Exhausts fitted & welded

Volvo Clutches
Volvo clutch repairs Birmingham - Checking for leaks and repairing-replacing the clutch master-slave cylinder and fitting a new Volvo Clutch kit

Volvo Oil Change & Filters Replaced
Volvo Air filters, pollen filters; oil filter & fuel filter replaced, engine oil changed - Multigrade or Synthetic oils

Volvo Paint Resprays
Paint resprays for minor scratch damage to the Volvo paint surface or coating; Custom paintwork to make your Volvo different using metallic paints, pearlescent pigments or company colours.

Volvo Cooling System
Replacement Volvo radiators fitted, cooling system pipework inspected for leaks and cooling fluid replaced to keep your Volvo engine at its optimal operating temperature

Volvo Fuel Pumps
Often replaced at a milestone service if the fuel pump is operated by the Timing belt

Volvo Performance Spares
OEM Volvo parts fitted or replaced with alternative performance parts

Volvo Maintenance - Volvo Hydraulic Braking System Servicing and Repair

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure

Modern Volvo braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power

The hydraulic brake fluid is a non-compressible liquid so braking pressure is transferred via the brake pipes to the wheels and operates a slave cylinder piston that forces the brake pads against a brake drum or brake disc

The brake pedal controls the Master Cylinder (a fluid filled hydraulic piston) that transfers stopping power to the brakes

The enforced contact between the brake pads and brake drum or brake disc increases friction to slow down or stop the vehicle

Volvo brakes can last for thousand of miles depending on use and regular service

Volvo Hydraulic Disc Brake and Drum Brake Systems

Hydraulic braking pressure forces a brake calliper to press the brake pads against the disc to apply the necessary stopping force

Drum Brakes, if fitted, are usually found on Volvo rear wheels

Volvo disc brakes have a pair of high friction brake pads mounted either side of a brake disc

In hydraulic braking systems, braking pressure operates a slave cylinder

Drum Brakes are an older system than Volvo disc brakes and use two half moon shaped brake shoes that move outwards during use to apply a frictional stopping force against the inside of a brake drum

Volvo Brake Servicing - Volvo Brake Discs and Pads

Volvo Brakes will safely function correctly without the need for replacement for many thousands of miles

If the Volvo brake discs warp then they should be replaced immediately

if the Volvo brakes overheat and are allowed to cool with pressure still applied for m the brake pads/shoes then it is possible for the disc to warp.

Volvo brake discs will wear and need replacing eventually and should be inspected for pitting

The brake pads on your Volvo should wear first

Volvo Brake Servicing & Inspection Birmingham

And carry out the following maintenance of your Volvo braking system:-

Brake pipe Condition

Hand brake linkage condition

Handbrake function and travel

Brake drum condition

Replace Brake Fluid if necessary

General brake disc condition

ABS warning light operation

Clean and remove brake dust and loose corrosion and dirt from drums

Auxiliary handbrake shoes where appropriate

Correct brake pad movement and level of wear

Adjust handbrake

Hydraulic brake pipe fittings and joints for corrosion and leaking

Lubricate Hand Brake Linkages

Top Up Brake and Clutch Fluid Levels or

Brake calliper operation

Wheel cylinder condition

Volvo Steering System

Common symptoms of Volvo steering alignment problems include:-
Vehicle Drift - Your Volvo tends to pull left or right when travelling in a straight line
Modern Power steering and Drive by Wire Systems do not have the same mechanical linkages between the steering column and drive wheels making it difficult to 'feel' how the steering is performing.

The tyre tread is rapidly removed from the inner or outer tyre edge of your front tyres

The tyres will need to be replaced much sooner than necessary until the steering rack is adjusted to bring your wheels into correct alignment

One of the first signs of a potential problem with your Volvo steering system is uneven tyre wear

Volvo steering inspections:-

Correct wheel balance, including spare

Wheel Bearings for wear - play or noise

Steering Condition

Correct Tyre Pressure - inc Spare

Tyre Condition - inc Spare

Steering Rack Gaiter condition

Correct wheel nut torque to manufacturer's recommendations

Power Steering Reservoir Levels and Top Up

Volvo Tyre wear and wheel alignment

Steering Linkages for wear and corrosion

Volvo Brake Servicing: Brake Discs, Pads & Hydraulics

The hydraulic brake fluid is a non-compressible liquid so braking pressure is transferred via the brake pipes to the wheels and operates a slave cylinder piston that forces the brake pads against a brake drum or brake disc.

Brakes can last for thousand of miles depending on use and regular service.

The enforced contact between the brake pads and brake drum or brake disc increases friction to slow down or stop the vehicle.

The brake pedal is attached the Master Cylinder; a fluid filled hydraulic piston.

Modern braking systems use hydraulic links to transfer stopping power.

Braking increases hydraulic brake fluid pressure.

Replacement Volvo Timing Belt or Cambelt

If the timing belt snaps it will most probably cause serious engine damage. The camshaft stops turning with some of the valves left in the open position. In a Free Running Engine there is enough clearance between a fully open valve and the piston head to avoid serious damage. In an Interference Engine there is no clearance and the engine relies upon accurate timing to keep the valves and piston head separated. With a broken timing belt; the inertia helps the crankshaft to rotate freely forcing the pistons to strike the open valves resulting in damaged valves, pistons, and possibly even damage to the cylinder head

Generally Volvo belts should be replaced every 60,000 miles or less. So, if you have just bought a secondhand Volvo that has 40,000 to 80,000 miles then it is important to know if the timing belt has been replaced or needs replacing. Check the Volvo Owner's manual for your model for the recommended changing frequency

High compression diesel engines are normally interference engines

Since Volvo Timing Belts are hidden inside the engine they tend to be forgotten when purchasing a used Volvo

Timing belts must be replaced at a specified manufacturer's interval. The timing belt should also be inspected regularly and replaced immediately if there is any evidence of cracking or fraying cuts or excessive wear

Often it is prudent to replace a combination of items associated with the timing system. Most of the needed Volvo parts can be obtained as timing kits containing the appropriate timing components; such as: Volvo timing belt
timing belt tensioners
timing belt tensioner idler roller
front lower crank shaft seal
water pump gasket

The toothed belt connecting the engine crankshaft to the camshaft is known as the Cambelt or Timing belt

The Timing Belt synchronizes the camshaft to the crankshaft position ensuring the valves open and close at the correct time in relation to the piston. Some vehicles use a cam chain in place of the belt or a timing gear system instead

Volvo Clutch Operation

Disengaging the clutch acts on heavy-duty release springs to isolate the pressure plate so that the disc is no longer pressed against the flywheel

When the clutch is dis-engaged the clamping force is removed so the clutch disc spins with the flywheel and no power is transmitted

Volvo Clutch failure often occurs when one or more of the high friction surface materials wears out on the disc. Even when the pressure plate is engaged and a clamping force is applied, there is no longer sufficient friction to transmit power without the clutch slipping. Normally the Volvo clutch disc and pressure plate are replaced. Replacing the Volvo Clutch is a major operation and it is sometimes advisable to replace a number of items, often supplied as a Volvo Clutch kit:-
Volvo clutch disc
pressure plate
release bearing
pilot bearing - bushing (when required)
internal Volvo clutch slave cylinder

Engaging the clutch forces the clutch against the flywheel transmitting power from the crankshaft to the transmission shaft

The centre of the clutch disc has a spline pattern that matches splines on the power input shaft of the transmission system

The pressure plate comprises heavy-duty release springs, a metal pressure ring acting as a high friction surface to interact with the clutch disc, a thrust ring (or thrust fingers) for the release bearing, and release levers

The Volvo clutch disc is, not surprisingly, a disc with each side covered in a high friction material. It is designed to engage with the high-friction surfaces of the pressure plate and flywheel. It is also designed to transmit power to theVolvo transmission system

Volvo Fuel Injection Systems

EFI - Electronic Fuel Injection
The Volvo fuel injection system is controlled by a mini-computer or Electronic Control Unit (ECU) that assimilates data from a series of temperature sensors and oxygen or lambda sensors providing feedback to help optimise fuel efficiency and power under a variety of conditions

Volvo Re-Mapping Birmingham
The Volvo ECU can be replaced with a programmable ECU or re-mapped to electronically alter the engine performance characteristics

Volvo Engine Mapping
The Volvo ECU controlling engine performance is pre-programmed with software containing embedded data on engine performance for different combinations of engine speed and acceleration

LPG Petrol or Diesel Metering
Fuel Injection systems have replaced carburetors for the accurate mixing and delivering of petrol, lpg or diesel fuel in modern Volvo vehicles

Volvo Fuel Injection
Fuel injection systems mix fuel with just the right amount of air for optimal combustion & energy release in an internal combustion engine

Birmingham Maintenance - Volvo Oil Change

Oil Change Masterclass
Keep a small amount of the engine oil used in your next oil change in a sealed container; then when you check your oil level with the dipstick you can compare the lubricity or lubricating properties of the oil against your fresh oil:- If the oil on the dipstick seems thin compared to your reference oil sample; it may be time to get an oil change to keep your Volvo running smoothly

Oil Composition
Engine Lubricating Oil is composed of hundreds of chemicals; some can interact chemically, polymerise, oxidise and break down with the extreme conditions of temperature & shear forces pulling the oil molecules apart in your Volvo engine thus, changing the lubrication properties.

Synthetic Oil Change - Birmingham
Modern synthetic oils can last longer than old petroleum based multigrades because they are more inert with a laboratory designed molecular structure and fewer natural catalytic impurities that increase oil breakdown compared to the cheaper engine oils

Oil Change Frequency
The mechanics rule of thumb with traditional multigrade engine oils used to be "change the oil every 3000 miles" but many vehicle manufacturers indicate 5000 to 7000 miles. Initially, follow the Volvo recommended oil change guidelines to ensure you validate your warranty.

Anti Oxidants
Preventing internal engine oxidation in your Volvo motor is the job of sacrificial anti-oxidants present in the lubricating oil; Anti oxidants are sacrificed to protect your engine and will eventually be depleted making it necessary to change your oil regularly

Oil & Filter Change
A new Volvo oil filter and oil change shouldn't need a specialist Volvo engineer and is minimal compared to the cost of an Engine Rebuild; with regular maintenance and routine servicing working out cheaper than disaster recover when your Volvo engine fails

Moisture Scavengers - Detergents - Acidity Regulators
Moisture scavengers, detergents and acidity regulators prevent all kinds of contaminants degrading and abrading the internal moving surfaces of your Volvo engine minimising the effects that water, particles, and fuel combustion residus can have on Volvo performance
Once they have absorbed the maximum amount of water and other contaminants; the risk of corrosion and failure in your in your Volvo engine increases

Volvo Replacement Exhausts Birmingham

The Volvo exhaust system allows poisonous gases from the fuel combustionto vent into the atmoshpere away from the driver and cabin

The exhaust pipework helps muffle and deaden the noise from the fuel combustion process

Explosions from the instantaneous ignition of the compressed fuel and air igniting in the combustion chamber creat a lot of noise that needs to be silenced in the urban environment

Corroded exhaust pipes allow fumes and noise to escape; increasing the risk of poisonous carbon monoxide entering the cabin and significantly increasing noise making detection an easy task

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Volvo Models

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  • Volvo S40
  • Volvo S60
  • Volvo S80
  • Volvo V50
  • Volvo V70
  • Volvo XC70
  • Volvo XC90

Birmingham Tyre Fitting

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  • Uneven Tyre Wear?
    Volvo Tracking adjustment
  • Volvo Wheel alignment
  • Volvo Tyre Fitting
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  • Pirelli
  • Dunlop
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  • Kleber
  • Riken
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Volvo ABS - Anti-lock Brakes

  • ABS Ecu
  • ABS Pump Modulator Combined
  • ABS Control Unit
  • ABS Pump
  • ABS Sensor
  • ABS Modulator

Volvo Aircon (Air Conditioning)

  • Volvo AC Compressor
  • Volvo AC Receiver Drier
  • Volvo AC Condenser
  • Volvo AC Pump
  • Volvo AC Evaporator
  • Volvo AC Fluid Top Up
  • Volvo AC Radiator

Volvo Filters

  • Volvo Fuel Filter
  • Volvo Transmission Filter Kit
  • Volvo Air Filter
  • Volvo Cabin Air and Pollen Filter
  • Volvo Oil Filter

Volvo Sensors

  • Volvo Oxygen Sensor
  • Volvo Temperature Sensor
  • Volvo Air Flow Mass Meter

Volvo Electrical Systems

  • Volvo Fuel Pump
  • Volvo Water Pump
  • Volvo Electronic Control Unit
  • Volvo Fog Lights
  • Volvo ECU Mapping Remap
  • Volvo Tail Lights
  • Volvo Ignition Coil
  • Volvo Window Motors
  • Volvo Starter Motor
  • Volvo Oxygen Sensor
  • Volvo Headlights
  • Volvo Eibach Pro Kit
  • Volvo Alternator
  • Volvo Bulbs
  • Volvo Thermostats
  • Volvo Heater Blower Motor
  • Volvo Parking Light
  • Volvo Antenna
  • Volvo Lambda Sensor
  • Volvo Heater Core
  • Volvo Cooling Fan
  • Volvo Spark Plugs
  • Volvo Spark Plug HT Leads

Volvo Wheel & Axle

  • Volvo Ball Joints
  • Volvo Axle Assembly
  • Volvo Tyres
  • Volvo Alloy Wheel Repairs
  • Volvo CV Joint Boot Kit
  • Volvo Control Arm

Volvo Brake Parts

  • Volvo Brake Compensator Valve
  • Volvo Brake Servo
  • Volvo Brake Calipers
  • Volvo Brake Drums
  • Volvo Brake Slave Cylinder
  • Volvo Brake Discs
  • Volvo Brake Rotor
  • Volvo Brake Pads
  • Volvo Brake Master Cylinder

Volvo Clutch Fitting

  • Volvo Flywheel
  • Volvo Clutch Pressure Plate
  • Volvo Dual Mass Flywheel
  • Volvo Clutch Slave Cylinder
  • Volvo Clutch Master Cylinder
  • Volvo Clutch Kit
  • Volvo Clutch Cable
  • Volvo Clutch Pedal

Volvo Exhaust Systems

  • Volvo Exhaust Pipes
  • Volvo Muffler
  • Volvo EGR Valve
  • Volvo Catalytic Converter (Catalyst)
  • Volvo Exhaust Box
  • Volvo Exhaust System Complete
  • Volvo Tailpipe
  • Volvo Exhaust Manifold
  • Volvo Silencer
  • Volvo Oxygen Sensor
  • Volvo Lambda Sensor
  • Volvo Exhaust

Volvo Engine Repairs

  • Volvo Distributor Cap & Rotor
  • Volvo Timing Chain Kits
  • Volvo Fuel Injector
  • Volvo Cylinder Head Gasket
  • Volvo Engine Mounts
  • Volvo Ignition Coil
  • Volvo Timing Belt Kits
  • Volvo Pistons and Cylinder

Birmingham Gasket Fitting

  • Volvo Valve Cover Gasket
  • Volvo Cylinder Head Gasket

Volvo Lubrication System

  • Volvo Oil Pump
  • Volvo Oil Cap
  • Volvo Oil and Hydraulic Fluid
  • Volvo Oil Sump and Plate
  • Volvo Fuel Cap
  • Volvo Oil Filter

Volvo Misc

  • Volvo Hood Emblems
  • Volvo Struts
  • Volvo Serpentine and V Belt
  • Volvo Power Steering Pump
  • Volvo Bonnet Latch and Strut
  • Volvo Throttle Body & Cable
  • Volvo Steering Rack
  • Volvo Tie Rods
  • Volvo Windscreen Wipers
  • Volvo Power Steering Hoses
  • Volvo Radiator
  • Volvo Radiator Pipes
  • Volvo Wiper Blades
  • Volvo Shock Absorbers

Volvo Suspension

  • Sway Bar
  • Rubber Bushes
  • Rubber Grommets
  • Spring Condition
  • Pitman arm - Rear Wheel Drive Suspension
  • Suspension Strut Pivots
  • Volvo Additional Suspension Components
  • Struts
  • Suspension Struts
  • Tie Rods
  • Idler arm
  • Control Arms or Blades
  • Shock absorbers operation, evidence of Volvo bush wear
  • Volvo Timing Belt or Cambelt
  • Shock Absorber performance
  • Ball Joints
  • Inner and Outer Tie Rod ends

Common Volvo Problems

  • Clutch slips if revved hard
  • Volvo keeps stalling
  • Engine Misfires
  • Volvo check engine light on
  • Knocking sound
  • Fuse keeps blowing
  • Engine Overheating
  • Slipping when cold
  • Power steering feels stiff
  • Engine Pings or Knocks
  • Seatbelt Locked
  • Vacuum Leak
  • Low Brake Pedal
  • Steering Pulls To One Side
  • Brakes Pull To One Side When Braking
  • Blocked Fuel injectors
  • master cylinder leaking
  • Spongy Brakes
  • Tyres vibrate
  • Air Conditioning Not Working
  • Clutch juddering
  • Dim headlights on engine idle
  • Timing Belt Loose
  • Heater Not Working
  • Cylinder head leaking
  • Engine Stalls
  • White Smoke From Exhaust
  • Front Tyres wearing quickly
  • Clutch slips at high revs
  • No pick up for first gear
  • Noisy Brakes
  • Warning Lights On
  • Engine Idle Surge
  • Excessive oil consumption
  • Engine Oil Warning Light On
  • Window stuck
  • slave cylinder leaking
  • Fails Emissions Test
  • Corroded Brake Pipes
  • My Volvo Won't Start
  • Tyre outside edge wears quickly
  • Engine Temperature Warning Light On
  • Leak in coolant system
  • Poor Fuel Economy
  • Can't get into gear
  • Automatic Locks Not Working
  • Engine Won't Start
  • Volvo Immobiliser
  • Flywheel Vibrating
  • Blue Smoke From Exhaust
  • Engine Idles Rough
  • Volvo Radiator fan not working
  • Volvo Lights not working
  • Loud Engine Noise
  • Thrust bearing worn
  • Tyre inside edge wears quickly
  • Injection System Warning Light
  • Volvo Headlights not working
  • Clogged Volvo air filter
  • Battery Keeps going flat
  • No Power When Accelerating
  • Clutch Won't work
  • Clutch pedal on floor
  • Volvo Check Engine Light On
  • My Volvo Does Not drive Straight
  • Judder when braking
  • Coolant Leaking
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