Frequently Asked Questions
Q. Do I have to have my Volvo serviced
at the dealer to keep my warranty valid?
A. No. You must maintain your Volvo as
outlined in your Volvo maintenance booklet to keep your warranty
valid. We perform the services, stamp your book and provide an
itemized receipt for this purpose, exactly as required.
Q. Why should I service my Volvo when it doesn’t need it?
A. Car manufacturers have spent
millions of dollars studying the life expectancy of the parts in
their vehicles. This is how they determine their warranty
coverage. If they recommend replacing a part at a specific
mileage, they have information to back it up.
Q. Why should I use a Volvo Oil Filter?
A. Volvo’s unique design uses a rubber
check valve to keep the oil in the engine, not in the oil pan.
Therefore, your engine has instant oil pressure on initial start
up when most engine wear occurs. This is one reason for Volvo’s
legendary engine longevity.
Q. What is a Scheduled Service?
A. For most Volvos, the major scheduled
services are at 30,000 and 50,000 mile intervals. These services
begin with a detailed inspection of your Volvo from front to back.
We inspect battery and charging system, all fluid levels, brakes,
steering, exhaust, tire pressure as well as road testing and
resetting the service reminder light. We pay particular attention
to the components below.
The 30,000 mile interval service also includes replacement of
engine oil and filter, engine coolant, spark plugs, air filter,
and valve adjustment if applicable. Additionally, at the 60,000
mile interval, fuel filter, flame trap, and transmission fluid are
replaced. The 50,000 mile internal service also includes
replacement of the engine timing belt, front engine seals and
We can provide a schedule of service content (exactly as required
by Volvo to maintain your new car warranty) and pricing for your
specific Volvo on request.
For our do-it yourself Volvo Owners, we recommend the Haynes brand
workshop manuals — 240 and 740/760 editions ($20.00 or less at Pep
Boys). For the serious do-it yourselfer, the Robert Bentley 240
repair manual ($49.00) goes into more detail with factory
specifications, etc. These manuals are available from the Volvo
Club Of America.