Navigating the Road: Addressing Volvo Models 2010-2016 Common Issues

Navigating the Road: Addressing Volvo Models 2010-2016 Common Issues

Volvo has always been synonymous with safety and reliability, but even the sturdiest of vehicles can have their quirks, especially as they age. At Independent Vehicle Service, we’ve heard quite a few common issues faced by owners of more modern Volvos and have gathered some helpful tips for how you can avoid these problems if you own a modern Volvo or are looking to get a pre-owned 2010-2016 model. Let’s delve into these challenges and guide you through how to properly maintain your Volvo in top condition. Need help keeping your Volvo top-notch? Call us today to schedule a service!

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Chain Drive Systems — The Heart of Your Volvo:

One key area in these Volvo models is the chain drive system. Unlike older models of any vehicle with belt drive systems, these newer Volvos use a chain drive for timing. While chain drives are generally durable and known for lasting much longer than belt drive systems, they are not immune to wear and tear. A stretched or worn chain can lead to timing issues, which might affect your engine's performance and could cause catastrophic failure of your engine if left unattended or, worse, snaps!

Symptoms: Listen for a rattling noise from the engine, especially on cold starts. When your car starts up cold, oil takes a second to make it to your timing chain, so you are more likely to hear this noise compared to when it has been running and properly lubricated.

Solution: Regular inspections at a specialized car repair shop like ours can catch these issues early, ensuring your Volvo's heart keeps beating strong.

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AWD System - Enhanced Grip, Complex Maintenance:

The All-Wheel Drive (AWD) system in these models provides superior control and traction. However, this complexity also means there’s more that can go wrong. Issues with the AWD can stem from worn-out differentials, transfer case problems, or even software glitches. Having a failed AWD system can not only cause problems with your drivetrain but can also make your gas mileage drop and make your engine work harder, which could also lead to more problems.

Symptoms: Unusual noises during turns or a feeling of dragging wheels might indicate a problem.

Solution: Regular car maintenance and checks at an automotive repair facility experienced with AWD systems are crucial so an experienced mechanic can take it on a drive to determine the problem and how to fix it.

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Small Drips Can Lead To Big Problems

Volvo models from this era can experience various leaks, including oil leaks from the engine or transmission fluid leaks. One common leak we hear about at our shop is the power steering system. Over time, the power steering fluid reservoir can swell outward due to pressure, which could lead to leaks. These might seem minor but can lead to significant issues, like a sudden loss of power steering if ignored.

Symptoms: Hard steering or complete loss of power steering. Also, puddles of power steering fluid under your car or low power steering fluid levels

Solution: Check for spots under your car or low fluid levels. Have your Volvo checked by professionals like us if you find any of these signs to tackle this issue before it becomes costly.

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Critical Attention Points

Certain issues, if left unattended, can cause serious damage to your Volvo. Electrical problems, for example, can lead to failures in crucial systems. Suspension wear, often overlooked, can compromise the vehicle's safety and comfort and could even lead to uneven tire wear, potentially costing hundreds in tire replacements.

Symptoms: Flickering lights, warning messages on the dashboard, or uneven tire wear can be red flags.

Solution: Regular checks and immediate attention from a trusted automotive repair center like Independent Vehicle Service can ensure these issues don’t escalate.

Although these Volvos have evolved over the years to be safer and more reliable, they are not immune to issues, just like any other modern car. If you currently own a Volvo from 2010-2016 or are looking into buying a pre-owned model from that time, we are here to help you keep it running strong and tackle these issues before they become bigger problems. Call us today to schedule your next appointment and ensure your Volvo stays running strong.

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