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Volvo Transmission Problems

The transmission is a sophisticated assembly of precision gears and shafts designed not merely transmit motion but also to perform many other tasks. It is able to vary the gear ratio to suit different road situations. For example, when ascending a climb, it can shift to a lower gear so that the speed of the vehicle reduces and the load on the engine decreases, and vice versa. Owners who encounter Volvo transmission problems often have questions and would prefer the services of Experts for advice and solutions. Read below where Experts have answered questions regarding the transmission in the Volvo.

Could a bad sensor keep a Volvo S80 stuck in low gear?

When a Volvo has a transmission error it will slip by default into limp mode as a protective measure. In limp mode nothing higher than 2nd gear will engage. Transmission errors can be created by a number of factors including low fluid level, multiple sensor errors, low transmission flow etc. Normally limp mode is accompanied by a fault code which is stored in the transmission control unit. To diagnose the fault the code will have to be read with the proper equipment.

What is wrong with a Volvo 850 GLT which has quit completely with a P-0740 code stored?

From the description this transmission is in need of a rebuild. Also the clutches appear worn out and will need to be replaced, all part of a rebuild.

Where is transmission fluid filled on a Volvo V70?

On the driver’s side between the radiator and transmission under the lower radiator hose there is a short dipstick with a yellow plastic handle. The dipstick is protected by a metal spring latch on the front which has to be pushed aside. To add fluid a long funnel is needed, long enough to reach the opening. With some cars the wiring harness and radiator hose might have to be pushed aside to reach the dipstick.

What is the reason for the Volvo transmission fluid on a new car to burn and smell?

If the transmission fluid/transaxle fluid is becoming discolored and emitting an odor it is a sure sign of internal failure in the transmission. It indicates that the material of the clutch plates is wearing because of slippage, causing excessive heat to be generated and the fluid to burn. The transmission needs either re-built or replaced.

Can a transmission range sensor on a Volvo be self-replaced?

Follow these steps to replace the sensor:
• On the left side of the transmission disconnect the wiring connector
• Remove the bolt and loosen the center nut
• Pry the sensor off the shaft
• Install the new sensor and adjust it so the backup light works and the car starts only in park and neutral
• Tighten the bolt and nut

Always use Volvo transmission replacement parts as aftermarket sensors are known for early failure.

Diagnosing vehicle problems is difficult for the uninitiated, more so when the problems relate to vehicle transmissions issues. Many owners put their faith exclusively in Experts secure in the knowledge that they will receive the best possible advice at the cheapest cost.
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