My daily driver is a Volvo s40, I’ve had it for close to 5 years now and I have to say It’s been a solid machine. It’s never broken down on me. The most serious thing that’s come up is an oil leak coming from a bad seal on the turbo, it was under warranty so it didn’t cost me a thing to get it fixed. Aside from that other then routine oil changes, etc. I really haven’t had to do anything to it, it just runs. Well as a result it doesn’t get a whole lot of attention from me.
Well the s40 is getting up there in mileage now 130k miles and I really need to give it a good maintenance session. Just over 100k I guess it’s pretty imperative to change the timing belt and while I’m at it I should also change the water pump and timing belt tensioner. I’m also due for some new tires, brakes and rotors. I really want to keep this car as long as I possibly can so I’m going to focus on knocking some of these items off my list this weekend.
I found this recently on eHow.com, I think I’ll use this as a guide moving forward.
1. Volvo S40s should undergo certain basic maintenance every 7,500 miles. Your first basic service will occur at 7,500 miles, followed by more detailed service at 15,000, 30,000, 45,000, 60,000, 75,000 and 90,000 miles. All services require checks of the wiper blades, brake pads, tire pressure and an oil change. Volvo Care’s 7,500-mile and 22,500-mile services will also include tire rotation. The 15,000-mile service includes a check of battery fluid levels, engine coolant levels, lights and controls, cabin air filter replacement and a lubrication of door hinges and trunk hinges. The 30,000-mile service includes everything that the 15,000-mile service includes, plus a fuel and brake inspection and a check of your spare tire’s air pressure.
Other recommended Volvo S40 services include an air cabin cartridge change at 37,500 miles and 75,000 miles, spark plug replacement at 60,000 miles and brake fluid replacement every 37,500 miles.
2. For Volvo S40s that have more than 100,000 miles, maintenance is recommended every 7,500 miles, starting with 105,000. Major maintenance occur at 105,000 miles, 120,000 miles and 150,000 miles. Beyond 150,000 miles, major service occurs every 30,000 miles or as recommended by your mechanic.
The 105,000-mile maintenance will include standard oil and filter changes, plus fuel filter replacement and inspection of parts such as the drive axles and suspension. Your 120,000-mile service will include major repairs and service such as brake fluid replacement, spark plug replacement and auxiliary drive belt replacement. Your 150,000-mile maintenance will also include spark plug changes, brake fluid flushing and changing of additional auxiliary drive belt parts.
3. In addition to major mile-based maintenance and upkeep, it’s important to carry out basic self-maintenance on a monthly basis. Monthly maintenance includes checking tire pressure during cold months, ensuring fluid levels are between the minimum and maximum markings and battery terminal inspection. The Volvo S40 manual also recommends simple fix-ups each time you refuel your car, such as checking the engine oil level and wiping down your windshield, wipers, headlights and taillights.
Change your oil and oil filter every 7,500 miles. During oil changes, have your battery inspected, coolant levels checked and topped off and tire air pressure checked.
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