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Volvo C30 (2007-2013) Technical Articles

Welcome to our Volvo C30 Technical Articles section. We've gathered a vast collection of useful articles to help you perform many repairs and upgrades on your Volvo C30. Save money by doing your own work and perform the repairs using the information we've provided here. Can't find what you're looking for? Try our Search Engine at the top of the page, or hop over to one of our Technical Bulletin Boards - focusing on repairs for all Volvo cars! If you'd like to support the site and submit your own Technical Article, contact us here!
 Basics & Essentials
Air Filter Replacement
Keep your engine running clean with a new air filter.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Cabin Air Filter Replacement
The cabin air filter is an often overlooked piece that can cause a moldy smell in the cabin. Here's how to change it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Oil Change
This article goes over everything you need to when changing the oil in your C30
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Jacking Up Your C30
This article shows you the correct way to jack up your C30
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
 Engine
Compression Test
A compression test is a good way to gauge the overall health on your engine.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Variable Valve Timing Solenoid Replacement
This article covers the replacement of the variable valve timing solenoids.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Engine Management Systems
This article goes over the basics of engine management systems for the C30.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Replacing Engine Belts and Tensioners
A broken belt can leave you stranded. Here's how to change them.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Timing Belt Replacement
Replacing the timing belt is an important part of maintenance on the Volvo C30. This article shows you how to do it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Engine and Transmission Mount Replacement
Mounts wear out overtime, it's a fact of life. Here's how to replace them.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Turbo Compressor Bypass Valve Replacement
The compressor bypass valve acts as a safety check valve for the turbo system. If it fails, it can cause driveabilty problems. Here's how to replace it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Turbo Control Valve Replacement
The turbo control valve is used to operate the wastegate. A failing TCV can cause problems with the system. Here's how to replace it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Turbo Replacement
Replacing the turbo can be a daunting task. Here's what you need to know.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-10)
VVT Unit Removal
The VVT Units control the valve timing independently of the camshafts. Certain jobs require you to remove them from the engine. Here's how it's done.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-10)
Harmonic Balancer Replacement
A failing harmonic balancer can eventually cause damage to the engine. Here's how to replace it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-10)
Camshaft Removal
Removing the camshafts can be a tedious process. Here's what you need to know when performing this job.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Cylinder Head Gasket Replacement
Replacing a blown head gasket is never a fun job. In this article I'll go over the steps involved with performing this job on your own.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Oil Cooler Replacement
A leaking oil cooler can cause a variety of engine problems. Replacing it is easy. Here's how.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Oil Pressure Sender Replacement
A faulty oil pressure sender can leak or fail to illuminate the oil light in an emergency. Here's how to replace it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Oil Filter Housing Replacement
The oil filter housing contains the PCV valve, which tends to get clogged over time. Here's how to replace it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
 Fuel Injection
Mass Air Flow Sensor Replacement
A failing MAF sensor can cause all sorts of problems. Here's how you replace it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Throttle Body Cleaning
Carbon and oil sludge can cause the throttle body to stick. Here's how you clean it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Camshaft Position Sensor Replacement
The camshaft position sensor is used to determine the camshaft timing and ignition. Here's how to replace a faulty one.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Air Filter Housing Removal
The air filter housing must be removed to access a variety of different items. Here's how its done.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Knock Sensor Replacement
The knock sensors are an important part of the fuel injection system. Here how to replace them.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Coolant Temp Sender Replacement
The coolant temp sender is an important part of the fuel injection system. A faulty one can cause all kinds of problems. Here's how you replace it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Upper Intake Plenum Removal
The upper intake plenum must be removed to access a few components on the engine. Here's how it's done.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Lower Intake Plenum Removal
The lower intake plenum must be removed to access a few components on the engine. Here's how it's done.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Fuel Injector Replacement
Over time, fuel injectors should be either cleaned or replaced. Here's how to remove them from the car.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Intercooler Removal
The intercooler is susceptible to damage from oncoming rocks and road debris. Here's how to remove and replace it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Intercooler Hose Replacement
The intercooler hoses are subject to a lot of abuse from heat and pressure. Here's how to replace them.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Fixing Common Vacuum Leaks
Leaking vacuum lines can cause all sorts of engine problems. Here's a short overview of the common areas that leak.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Boost Pressure Sensor Replacement
The boost pressure sensor determines the lever of boost in the intake. A faulty one can cause a variety of problems. Here's how to change it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Reading Fault Codes
This article goes over the basics of extracting diagnostic trouble codes from your car.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Crankshaft Position Sensor Replacement
The crankshaft position sensor is used to provide the computer with a reference for the car's ignition curve. If it fails, the car will not start. Here's how to replace it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Oxygen Sensor Replacement
Worn out oxygen sensors can cause poor fuel economy, in this article, I'll go over replacement.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Installing an ECU Spacer
An ECU spacer helps to reduce restriction in the intake system. This results in increased throttle response and a small power gain. Here's how to install it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
 Cooling System
Coolant Expansion Tank Replacement
The coolant expansion tank is one of those annoying things that tends to fail on cars with higher mileage. The good news is that its easily replaced.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Radiator Fan Replacement
A failing radiator fan can be a death sentence for your engine. Here's how to replace it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Coolant Flush and Replacement
It's a good idea to change the coolant in your car every two years. Here's how you do it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Replacing Radiator Hoses
Radiator hoses can leak when they get old and dry-rotted. Here's how to change them.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Thermostat Replacement
The thermostat is an often overlooked wear item that can cause major engine damage if faulty. Here's how to replace it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Radiator Replacement
A leaking radiator is no fun at all. Here's how to replace it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Water Pump Replacement
Water pumps can go out at around 100,000 miles. Here's how to change it on the C30.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
 Transmission
Gearshift Knob and Boot Replacement
Replacing a worn gearshift knob is easy on the C30. Here's how its done.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Manual Transmission Fluid Change
A common maintenance item that often gets overlooked. Here's how to change your fluid and keep your car shifting smooth.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Clutch Replacement
A burned out clutch can easily be replaced by the DIY mechanic with our handy guide.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Clutch Master and Slave Cylinder Replacement
Probably one of the hardest DIY jobs on the C30 is replacing the clutch master and slave cylinders. Here's the steps you need to know to do the job right.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Transmission Removal
This article covers how to remove the transmission from the car by yourself.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Input Shaft Seal Replacement
This is one of those items that should be replaced every time the transmission is out. Here's how it is done.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
 Suspension
Front Spring and Strut Replacement
Worn out shocks making your Volvo feel like a boat while driving? This article shows you how to replace them yourself.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Rear Shock Replacement
Worn out shocks making your Volvo feel like a boat while driving? This article shows you how to replace them yourself.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Front Control Arm Replacement
In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with replacing the front control arms.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Rear Sway Bar Bushing Replacement
Worn sway bar bushings can cause strange handling and noise. Here's how to replace them.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Tie Rod End Replacement
Over time, tie rod ends can wear out, making the steering of your car less precise. Here's how to replace them.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Rear Coil Spring Removal
Some suspension projects on the C30 require removing the rear springs. Here's how you do it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Rear Wheel Bearing Replacement
Wheel bearings can be a real chore to replace. In this article I'll go over the steps involved.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Front Sway Bar End Link Replacement
Bad sway bar end links can lead to poor handling. Here's how to replace them.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Rear Control Arm Replacement
Rear control arms wear out over time. Here's how to replace it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Steering Wheel Replacement
Replacing your steering wheel is a great first time project. Here's how its done.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Axle Assembly Replacement
Grinding or clicking noises when you turn are an indication of a failing CV joint. It is easier to replace the whole axle assembly in these instances. Here's how its done.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Steering Rack Replacement
A leaking power steering rack can be a pain to replace without knowing the tricks involved. This article shows you how to replace it yourself.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Steering Column Removal
Certain jobs on the Volvo C30 require the steering column to be removed from the car. Here's how its done.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Power Steering Pump Replacement
Power steering pumps can fail over the years if the fluid is not changed regularly. Here's how to replace it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
 Electrical
Battery Replacement
Sooner or later, you'll need to replace your battery. Here's how to do it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Charging and Jump Starting Your C30
Dead battery? Need to charge or jump your C30? Look here.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Changing Light Bulbs
All light bulbs eventually die. Here's how to change them on the C30.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Coil Pack and Spark Plug Replacement
Replace your coils and spark plugs today and get rid of that nagging misfire.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Battery Replacement
Sooner or later, you'll need to replace your battery. Here's how to do it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Window Switch Replacement
Replacing the window switch is an easy job on the C30. Here's how its done.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Headlight Switch Replacement
A faulty headlight switch can cause a variety of problems. Here's how to replace it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Third Brake Light Replacement
The third brake light is an easy item to replace. Here's how its done.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Instrument Cluster Removal
Need to remove the gauges? Here's how you do it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Stereo Removal
Looking to upgrade to a CD Changer or aftermarket stereo? Here's how to remove the stock unit.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Climate Control Unit Replacement
AC not working? Broken knob. This article shows you how to replace the climate control unit.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Starter Replacement
Sooner or later, all starters eventually go out. In this article I'll show you how to replace it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Alternator Replacement
The alternator provides electricity for the car when the engine is running. Here's how to replace a faulty one.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Battery Box Removal
The battery box must be removed to perform some projects on the C30. Here's how it's done.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Service Interval Reminder Reset
Volvo P1 cars are equipped with a service interval reminder system. Here's how to reset it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Airbag Removal
Replacing the airbag might seem a bit daunting. Here's the safe way to do it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Rear Wiper Motor Replacement
Replacing the rear wiper motor is a pretty easy job. Here's how its done.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Rear Hatch Switch Replacement
The microswitch that opens the rear hatch can sometimes stop working. Here's how to replace it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Clock Spring Replacement
The clock spring can start to make noise after years of continual use. Here's how to replace it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Turn Signal and Wiper Switch Replacement
Turns signals or wipers not working? The problems could be a failing switch. Here's how to replace them.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Interior and Map Light Replacement
Nothing is more frustrating than having a map light burn out when you need it most. Here's how to change them in under an hour.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Starter Inhibit Switch Replacement
The starter inhibit switch prevents the car from starting until the clutch pedal is pushed in. Here's how to replace a faulty switch.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Reverse Light Switch Replacement
The reverse light switch is known to fail over time. Replacement is pretty easy and can be performed in about 2 hours. Here's how to do it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Accelerator Pedal Module Replacement
Accelerator modules can fail over time. The good news is that replacement is very easy. Here's how its done.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
 Brakes
Bleeding Brakes
Reduced braking performance can be caused by air in the lines. Here's how you get rid of it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
ABS Sensor Replacement
ABS light come on yet again? The problem may be a faulty ABS sensor.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Brake Line Replacement
A weak brake line can be a disaster waiting to happen. Here's how you replace them.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Front Brake Pad Replacement
Sooner or later, you'll need to replace your front brake pads. Here's how to do it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Front Brake Rotor Replacement
Sooner or later, you'll need to replace your front brake rotors. Here's how to do it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Rear Brake Pad Replacement
Sooner or later, you'll need to replace your rear brake pads. Here's how to do it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Rear Brake Rotor Replacement
Sooner or later, you'll need to replace your rear brake rotors. Here's how to do it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Front Brake Caliper Replacement
Over time, calipers can rust out internally, rendering them useless. Here's how to replace them.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Rear Brake Caliper Replacement
Over time, calipers can rust out internally, rendering them useless. Here's how to replace them.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Brake Booster Vacuum Pump Replacement
This vacuum pump is used to operate the power brakes. If it fails, braking will become more difficult. Replacement is easy and should take no more than an hour.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Master Cylinder Replacement
Overtime, the master cylinder can leak and cause the braking system to not work correctly. Here's how to replace the cylinder.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Parking Brake Adjustment
Adjusting the parking brake is easy on the C30. Here's how its done.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
 Body & Interior
Deciphering Vehicle Identification Numbers
Ever wonder what those numbers actually mean? Here you go.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Front Seat Removal
Certain jobs are a bit easier with the seats removed. Here's how you do it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Lower Dashboard Panel Removal
Certain jobs are a bit easier with the lower dashboard panel removed. Here's how you do it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Waterfall Console Removal
The waterfall console is the decorative center panel that houses the HVAC and stereo controls. Here's how to remove it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Brake Light Switch Replacement
Brake lights not working? It could be a faulty switch. Here's how you replace it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Door Panel Removal
Certain jobs on the Volvo C30 require door panel removal. Here's how you do it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Outside Mirror Replacement
Are your mirrors looking a bit worse for wear? Here's how you replace them.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Roof Rack Installation
Looking to install roof racks on your C30? Here's how you do it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Center Console Removal
Certain jobs on the Volvo C30 require you to remove the center console. Here's how you do it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Replacing Emblems and Rear Script
Sometimes new emblems and rear script can really improve the appearance of your ride. Here's how you do it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Front Grille Replacement
Over time, the vehicle's grille can be damaged by rocks and other debris. Here's how you replace it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Outer Door Handle Removal
Got a broken or scratched up door handle? Here's how to remove them.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Front Wheel Liner Removal
Certain jobs on the C30 require the front wheel liners to be removed. Here's how you do it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Windshield Washer Reservoir Replacement
Over time these reservoirs can crack and start leaking. Here's hoe to change it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Front Bumper Cover Removal
Many jobs on the Volvo C30 require removing the front bumper cover. Here's how its done.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Wiper Blade Replacement
Wiper blades wear out, it's a fact of life. This article shows you how to replace them.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Rear Wheel Liner Replacement
Certain jobs on the C30 require the rear wheel liners to be removed. Here's how you do it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Headlight Lens Refinishing
In this article, I'll go over the steps involved with refinishing headlight lenses.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Power Window Motor Replacement
Don't get caught in the rain with your window down. In this article I'll go over the steps involved with replacing the window motor.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Outside Mirror Glass Replacement
Over time, the elements can do a number on the mirror glass. Here's how to replace it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Glove Box Removal
A few projects require removing the glove box. Here's how you do it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Hood Shock Replacement
Keep that hood from crashing down on your head by replacing the hood shock.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Outside Mirror Light Bulb Replacement
Bulbs burnout; it's a fact of life. Here's how to change the turn signal bulbs in the mirrors.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Windshield Wiper Motor Replacement
Having the wiper motor fail can be a dangerous situation. Here's how to replace it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Rear Hatch Shock Replacement
Tired of having the rear hatch come down on your head? Here's how to replace the shocks that hold it up.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Rear Bumper Cover Removal
The rear bumper cover can be a bit difficult to remove. Here's how you do it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Window Regulator Replacement
Few things are as frustrating as a window that wont roll down. More often than not, the window regulator needs to be replaced. Here's how to do it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
A Pillar Trim Replacement
The A Pillar trim on the Volvo C30 is easily replaced. Here's how its done.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Front Subframe Removal
Many front end jobs on the Volvo C30 require the front subframe to be removed from the car. Here's how its done.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Rear Seat Removal
Removing the rear seat on the C30 can be a little awkward. Here's how its done.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Rear Interior Side Panel Removal
Need to change out the rear speakers or seat belts? The rear interior panels need to come out. Here's how its done.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Horn Replacement
A faulty or broken horn can sometimes result in an accident. Here's how to replace them.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Lower Side Trim Removal
These panels are prone to damage due to their location. Here's how to remove them.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
 Exhaust
Catalytic Converter Replacement
Is your car not passing emissions testing? You may have a faulty catalytic converter. Here's how to replace it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
Muffler Replacement
Got an exhaust leak? Rusted out mufflers are nnever fun. Here's howw to replace the muffler yourself.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
 Miscellaneous
Checking and Recharging AC Refrigerant
This article goes over the basics of air conditioning and how to recharge it.
     Applies to: Volvo C30 (2007-13)
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