DIY Ser­vic­ing: Volvo S70 2.4 petrol

The last of the square­cut Volvos of­fer a lot of car for your money, but don’t pun­ish you by be­ing that dif­fi­cult to ser­vice. Richard Gunn shows us what’s in­volved.

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It takes a lot to kill an old Volvo. That’s why we’ve re­turned to one of the mar­que’s el­der mod­els for this is­sue. Al­though it’s been 21 years since the Volvo S70 was launched, there are many sur­vivors still go­ing strong.

In re­al­ity, the S70 isn’t much more than a mildly up­dated 850 sa­loon, with more rounded lines and a new name. So most of what is found here will also ap­ply to the 850, as well as the first­gen­er­a­tion V70s and C70s.

We’re look­ing at the front-wheel drive vari­ant here, not the all-wheel drive ver­sion. Be­cause it’s based on older tech­nol­ogy, from the days be­fore Ford took over Volvo and started in­ject­ing Blue Oval com­po­nents, there’s lit­tle com­plex­ity to these cars. They’re spa­cious, so there’s plenty of room to work, and ev­ery­thing is sen­si­bly laid out. Only the rear disc brakes, which use a rather an­ti­quated sys­tem of pins and clips to hold the pads, of­fer any real chal­lenge to any­one with a ba­sic me­chan­i­cal knowl­edge.

Our ex­am­ple is a 2.4-litre ver­sion, with 110,000 miles on the clock, which still feels like a healthy and strong ex­am­ple of its type – and cur­rently for sale, for £750 if you’re in­ter­ested. If you do, at least you won’t have to ser­vice it for a while and, when that time comes, you’ve al­ready got the per­fect guide here in your hands.

Thanks to in Stam­ford, Lin­colnshire for its help. This busi­ness has been serv­ing the lo­cal com­mu­nity for more than 20 years and is the largest in­de­pen­dent ve­hi­cle work­shop in the area. It is happy to work on all cars. For fur­ther de­tails, phone

or visit West Street Garage Un­der­bon­net lay­out BRAKE/CLUTCH FLUID RESERVOIR 01780 762196 www.west­street­garage.com POLLEN FIL­TER (un­der cover) COOLANT RESERVOIR AIR FIL­TER HOUS­ING SPARK PLUGS x 5 (un­der cover) POWER STEER­ING FLUID RESERVOIR EN­GINE OIL FILLER CAP BAT­TERY AUX­IL­IARY DRIVEBELTS SCREEN­WASH RESERVOIR EN­GINE OIL DIPSTICK

To find out more about this par­tic­u­lar S70, cur­rently for sale near Gran­tham priced £750, please call 07585 228351.

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