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  1. I have an S80 V8. I had a problem where the park sensors were not working as they should and were barely audible. Combined with this the infotainment centre would not work correctly and only barely played through the dashboard speaker only. Lengthy diagnosis showed that the Power Amp under the drivers seat had stopped working correctly. This amp. had also 'blown' all four of the main door speakers. The parking sensors do play through all of these speakers. Expensive repair = exchange Amp. (from Sweden) and 4 x door speakers. If you go down the Amp. route do take it out and ascertain the two main numbers printed on its underside. These are critical as an alternative Amp. has to perfectly match on numbers. It is not unknown for damp and corrosion to get to this unit and cause problems. Best of luck.
  2. I have managed to arrange some discount for parts and service at a main Volvo dealership. They have branches at Cambridge, Grantham, Nottingham and Milton Keynes but this offer only applies to the Bishops Stortford branch. This is very handy for E.Anglia and surrounding areas. Marshall of Bishops Stortford Volvo (Herts. / Essex border) Stortford Hall Ind. Estate Dunmow Road Bishops Stortford, Herts CM23 5GZ Tel: 01279 945 132. It is situated 5 minutes off the M.11 Motorway at Exit 8 (near Stansted Airport) They currently have a labour charge of £118 per hour + VAT. They are willing to charge T5D5 members :- £80 per hour + VAT for labour Parts generally 15% discount although occasionally it may be a bit less or more depending on the part price to them. They are willing to dispatch parts and that cost would be passed on. Members should quote T5D5 when ordering. This arrangement has been authorised today by Ms. Teresa Grealish, Aftersales Manager Could a Moderator please pin this in the appropriate area.
  3. For all of you racers then this could be the way to go:-
  4. Does it MAT'er
  5. This is a brilliant site for looking up part numbers and getting exploded diagrams, prices (USA) and description:-
  6. Found an interesting article on which I am sure they will not mind being shared here :- This is what Prodrive guru Damian Harty had to say: Strutbrace Q: There is an awful lot of mythology around this stuff that goes back to body-on-chassis beam-axled racers in the 20s - I'm not kidding. There are two effects that are important. Basically, the body structure is like a "fifth spring" between the front and rear suspension. If that spring is not stiff enough then the body relaxes out any redictribution of roll moment that the anti-roll bars were trying to make and so the car is unresponsive to handling balance tuning with springs and bars. However, once the body is "stiff enough" then making it stiffer offers no benefits. A good rule of thumb is that the torsional stiffness of the body (between suspension mount points) needs to be about ten times the roll stiffness of the stiffest suspension end (usually the front). If you chase the numbers through you end up with about 5-7 kNn/degree as the requirement for a body structure. Most modern monocoques comfortably exceed that and the Subaru with its bonded screens both ends does too. Somewhere I have a figure but can't recall it right now. Anything over 10 is good, 15-17 is current "state-of-the-art". So in that case, a strut brace does very little. The second effect is a bit more complicated. The body moves on the suspension but the wheel also moves on the tyre - the tyre is in many ways a "secondary" suspension system. That movement is partially controlled by the tyre and partially by the suspension damper and happens 10 to 15 times a second. The body is a flexible thing that has its own resonances and because of the shape of most cars at the front - they need a hole to put the engine in - it can get quite flexible in just about this frequency region. If the body goes flexible - goes into resonance - then the damper just moves with the body and can't contribute to the control of the tyre and in fact can do something bad called "mass loading" where the tyre is carrying not only itself but also part of the body _while it resonates_ (it's important to separate the static 'weight carrying' from dynamic things in your mind). In those cases, the strut brace can help because if it is a good design then it stiffens the front end usefully. What all of the above means is that the effectiveness of a strut brace is strongly connected to the stiffness of your suspension. So for a Scoob that is fairly standard, the strut brace probably doesn't do a great deal, but as they get modified and stiffened the brace will contribute more to a well controlled feel over less-than-perfect surfaces. The final point about strut braces relates to the emporor's new clothes - having bought a flash one, not many people will admit they can't really tell the difference. Sorry for such a long answer but it isn't straightforward, especially when I'm denied my usual engineering shorthand of "Hz" and "modal damping" and so on..
  7. Hi I don't have pictures of mine but I was inspired by this thread. Read through all of the pages as it not only tells you how to do it but has photos as well:-
  8. Hi I have fitted the very latest LED Volvo rear light units to my 2007 S80. If the light failure warning applies to the light you are thinking of eg. rear lights etc then the answer is yes you can fit LED's. However I had to fit appropriate resistors into the wiring . These brought the lower consumption LED up to the same consumption as the original bulbs. These resistors can be bought on eBay such as the link attached (just an example of the TYPE I used not necessarily of the correct value) :- The resistors can get very warm or hot as they are consuming the wattage that the bulb would normally consume. They need to be away from other wires and anchored somewhere safe out of the way. Mine has been running fine now for 6 months with no warning lights or problems. If the LED's are going into eg. the number plate illumination unit then these bulbs are not on the ' Bulb out ' warning so no problem or need for resistors.
  9. From April 24th this year, speeding fines are set to dramatically rise in an attempt to deter motorists from driving dangerously. Following on from tougher punishments on drivers who use mobile phones while driving, magistrates will now punish drivers according to harsher guidelines if they’re caught above the limit. Here’s all you need to know about the change in speeding fine sentences and how it will affect you if you’re caught. What’s changed? As part of the changes, magistrates are now being instructed to be much tougher on those who commit the most serious speeding offences. The new fine structure is ranked into three alphabetically categorised bands, with the least severe being Band A, while the most severe is Band C. Band C fines are reserved for speeders who commit serious offences, and Band C fines carry an absolute minimum fine of 150 per cent of the offender’s weekly income. What exactly is a ‘serious’ offence? It depends on the speed limit, but it’s understood to be an offence where the driver is driving excessively faster than the posted speed limit. In a 30mph zone, that means travelling 51mph or above, while in a 70mph you’d need to be travelling at least 101mph for a Band C fine. For a full breakdown of the speed limits and the different fine bands, refer to the information from the Sentencing Council for England and Wales in the image below: How much do I have to pay if I’m caught? Given that the fines are calculated according to how much the offender earns, it varies. Band A fines start from 50 per cent of an offender’s weekly income, while Band B fines start from 100 per cent. The most severe Band C fines have a minimum penalty of 150 per cent of the driver’s weekly income. So, as an example, if you earn £25,000 a year then the absolute minimum that a Band C fine will cost you is £720. This will increase or decrease depending on what your salary is, but magistrates are instructed to cap fines at a maximum of £1,000 or £2,500 if the driver happens to be caught excessively speeding on the motorway. As a result, anyone earning more than approximately £47,000 probably won’t have to pay more than the maximum, leading some to claim that the sentencing changes will disproportionately punish drivers on lower incomes. Is there any wiggle room in how much I’m fined? Yes there is, but it works both ways. A magistrate can decrease your fine due to mitigating factors, but on the other hand they can choose to increase it based on other factors. For example, a magistrate could choose to charge a driver more than the mandatory amount if they display a history of previous driving convictions, or if they’ve been caught speeding while on bail. On the other hand, mitigating circumstances like a clean criminal record or proof that the driver was in a genuine emergency will be taken into account, and the magistrates could choose to be much more lenient. Magistrates could also in certain circumstances choose to reduce the fine if the defendant is seen to be cooperating with the authorities or pleading guilty to the offence. Are fines the only punishments speeders can get? Depending on the severity of the offence, a magistrate could also choose to discipline drivers in other ways as well as fining them. Speeding drivers could be disqualified from driving either temporarily or permanently, while they can also choose to add points to your driving licence. However, for less severe offences drivers with clean licences can still opt to attend a speed awareness course in order to avoid penalty points.
  10. I wrongly posted this in 'Discussion' the other day, its really better here;- The article can give links to other areas but I have sorted and attached these here. Much of this may be basic for us but there is no such thing as bad knowledge - may be something we don't know. Car Tuning Guides:- German Diesel Tuning Guide:- Fast Car guide to Turbo Components:- Beginners Guide to Tuning Turbo Engines:- Top 5 Oil System Modifications :- Car Induction Guide:- Stage 2 Induction Guide:- Fast Car Static Suspension Guide:- Fast Car Tyre Guide:- Fast Car Exhaust Guide:- Fast Car Brake Guide:-
  11. Came across this article which may be of interest. We seem to be keen on mechanical modifications but not paying too much heed to the Aerodynamics.
  12. Sorry forgot to mention :- Follow the links on the main article as there are additional articles on Turbos, Wastegates, Suspension, Brakes etc etc. Some of it is basic and known to many of us but good for new members etc with possibly less experience.
  13. YES. I do agree. We get snippets re the recent excellent one on race engines, this one on aerodynamics , water / meth. inj.etc.. These have a relevance across all models and variations but can easily be missed if placed in one specific car model section. Perhaps one of the ' Mods. ' to consider.
  14. Rather than worrying about seats :- Alternatively leave your wallet with a trusted friend . That should lighten the car substantially.
  15. Working out from the lecture notes Series 1. If the driver can loose 3.9 Stone (55 lbs) of weight then that is an effective power increase of 5 BHP in the car. Does the Forum have a recommended diet for members :- ie. reduce some foods ( pie and chips) and with a change of diet ( lettuce and fish salad) then there is a potential improvement in MPG and a power gain.
  16. Well done Greg I found the article to be very informative. The link did not lead me on to the 2nd lecture about Engine Tuning etc. Following on from your excellent links I have attached the 'follow up' second lecture :- When Racing a Street Vehicle - Session II.pdf
  17. The lengths some people go to:-
  18. Hi Maarten Welcome to the forum Love the colour blue that your car is I was always told that a complete stainless steel exhaust system can be noisy through 'drumming' in the system and for that reason many people choose mild steel. Others on here will not doubt have other views. Happy motoring Bes wishes Peter
  19. Have used Rica on a previous car and never again. Have run an excellent MTE system from Don @ Kalmar Union Approx 300 - 330 bhp on an S60T5 for over 100K miles and not a hint of a problem. OK you do need to have access to an older version of Windows on a lap top but that the only downside. Although I have never used them I have had conversions with 'Shark Tuning' and they seemed to know their stuff. Best of luck in your decision making.
  20. Copied from UK POLICE ONLINE and forum member " explodJP":- Brief answer according to that site is NO. 16. No vehicle, other than an emergency vehicle, shall be fitted with- (a) a blue warning beacon or special warning lamp, or (b) a device which resembles a blue warning beacon or a special warning lamp, whether the same is in working order or not. The blue neons if they emeit a blue light to rear (2) No vehicle shall be fitted with a lamp which is capable of showing any light to the rear, other than a red light, except- (a) amber light from a direction indicator or side marker lamp; (b) white light from a reversing lamp; © white light from a work lamp; (d) light to illuminate the interior of a vehicle; (e) light from an illuminated rear registration plate; (f) light for the purposes of illuminating a taxi meter; (g) in the case of a bus, light for the purposes of illuminating a route indicator; (h) blue light and white light from a chequered domed lamp fitted to a police control vehicle and intended for use at the scene of an emergency; (i) white light from a red and white chequered domed lamp, or a red and white segmented mast-mounted warning beacon, fitted to a fire service control vehicle and intended for use at the scene of an emergency; (j) green light and white light from a chequered domed lamp fitted to an ambulance control vehicle and intended for use at the scene of an emergency; (k) blue light from a warning beacon or rear special warning lamp fitted to an emergency vehicle, or from any device fitted to a vehicle used for police purposes; (l) amber light from a warning beacon fitted to- (i) a road clearance vehicle; (ii) a vehicle constructed or adapted for the purpose of collecting refuse; (iii) a breakdown vehicle; (iv) a vehicle having a maximum speed not exceeding 25 mph or any trailer drawn by such a vehicle; (v) a vehicle having an overall width (including any load) exceeding 2.9 m; (vi) a vehicle used for the purposes of testing, maintaining, improving, cleansing or watering roads or for any purpose incidental to any such use; (vii) a vehicle used for the purpose of inspecting, cleansing, maintaining, adjusting, renewing or installing any apparatus which is in, on, under or over a road, or for any purpose incidental to any such use; (viii) a vehicle used for or in connection with any purpose for which it is authorised to be used on roads by an order under section 44 of the Act; (ix) a vehicle used for escort purposes when travelling at a speed not exceeding 25 mph; (x) a vehicle used by the Commissioners of Customs and Excise for the purpose of testing fuels; (xi) a vehicle used for the purpose of surveying; (xii) a vehicle used for the removal or immobilisation of vehicles in exercise of a statutory power or duty; (m) green light from a warning beacon fitted to a vehicle used by a medical practitioner registered by the General Medical Council (whether with full, provisional or limited registration); (n) yellow light from a warning beacon fitted to a vehicle for use at airports; (o) light of any colour from a traffic sign which is attached to a vehicle; (p) reflected light from amber pedal retro reflectors; (q) reflected light of any colour from retro reflective material or a retro reflector designed primarily to reflect light to one or both sides of the vehicle and attached to or incorporated in any wheel or tyre of- (i) a pedal cycle and any sidecar attached to it; (ii) a solo motor bicycle or motor bicycle combination; or (iii) an invalid carriage; ® reflected light from amber retro reflective material on a road clearance vehicle; (s) reflected light from yellow retro reflective registration plates; (t) reflected light from yellow retro reflective material incorporated in a rear marking of a type specified in Part I Section B of Schedule 19 and fitted to- (i) a motor vehicle having a maximum gross weight exceeding 7500 kg; (ii) a motor vehicle first used before 1st August 1982 having an unladen weight exceeding 3000 kg; (iii) a trailer having a maximum gross weight exceeding 3500 kg; (iv) a trailer manufactured before 1st August 1982 having an unladen weight exceeding 1000 kg; (v) a trailer which forms part of a combination of vehicles one of which is of a type mentioned in a previous item of this sub-paragraph; (vi) a load carried by any vehicle; or (u) reflected light from orange retro reflective material incorporated in a sign fitted to the rear of a vehicle carrying a dangerous substance within the meaning of the Dangerous Substances (Conveyance by Road in Road Tankers and Tank Containers) Regulations 1981[16] or the Road Traffic (Carriage of Dangerous Substances in Packages etc) Regulations 1986[17]
  21. On my S60T5 (P2) then I do run a BSR full exhaust without any problems. Marco of MTE did a Stage 2 ??? programme for me so guess somewhere around 300 - 330 bhp. I was told that he could produce that result with standard fuel pump and standard injectors. I had already purchased a set of Bosch Green Injectors and he had no problem adjusting the programme accordingly. Approx 100 K miles on that set up and not a single blip.
  22. Has anyone lowered an S60R with 4C suspension using Eibach ( or similar 30 mm lowering) springs. Any problems experienced with the reliability or functioning of the standard shocks. I do appreciate that the ride will generally be a bit firmer.
  23. Thanks for all the advice which has been listened to and will be obeyed. It was actually for my S80 V8 Sport which I guess is the same advice. Enquired about S60R as assumed more would have (or not) tried it. Have to live with the car sitting highish. Later non sport models did have lower suspension but not 4C.
  24. Been thinking about it. I seem to remember one sensor was for the Air. Con. gas pressure and the other was for the water temperature. As I recall a fault in either will induce your condition as I outlined above.
  25. With respect to the constant fan and lack of power. I did have a problem where power was reduced drastically and the car went into 'limp' mode. At the same time as this happened then the cooling fan was on constantly and revving like it was trying to be airborne. If my memory serves me correct;- There are two sensors, one in the cooling system and one in the air-con. If either of these sensors fail then it automatically goes into limp mode and fan is on constantly.