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Old 06-28-2008, 12:08 PM
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1999 S80 2.9

Ive been meaning to replace my power steering reservior due to the return valve breaking inside and oxidizing the fluid for a little while now, and I finally ordered and got it.

Anyways, you know those little silver wrap around clip sort of things that hold the hose going into the topreservior? What are those things called? Im not sure if I can reuse it when I take the hose off the old one, so Im wondering the name in case I have to buy new one.

Is there anything I need to know about changing the reservior that isnt common sense?

Also, can I use any ATF or should I make the somewhat long drive to the nearest volvo dealership and pick up a bottle of the official stuff they recommend?

Any info is appriciated,

Thanks in advance
 
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Old 06-28-2008, 12:26 PM
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Hi, those clips should be used only once however i have reused a few of them.. i dont think i would reuse them on the power steering system or anything else that uses a pressurised system. to get them off i use needle nose pliers and grap the raised part and twist it and play with it until it comes loose.. i would go get some regular hose clamps that are adjustable and install those. the resivour clips into the cooland bottle and on my car was a bit of a pain to remove but it could just be mine.. i think there is a screw holding the coolant tank in so if you remove the screw you should beable to lift both bottles up to help separate them..
 
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Old 06-28-2008, 12:39 PM
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now that u mention the fluid type you have me wondering also...... i just topped mine off with "power steering fluid" but im wondering if that what i should have used and if thats what was in it.. so i am interested in this answer also.
 
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Old 06-29-2008, 08:30 AM
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You CANNOT use power steering fluid. The car calls for a synthetic power steering fluid.
I know Vavoline makes some Wynn also makes some. I forget what we are using now at work just changed to a new supplier. But the OEM stuff and what we use now are Green in color.
 
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Old 06-29-2008, 01:27 PM
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so i guess i need to get a turkey baster and start changing it out..
 
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so i guess i need to get a turkey baster and start changing it out..
You need two people, one to watch fluid, one to start/turn off car.

Unhook the return line and make it exit into a milk jug or something(cap the plug on reservoir).....pour in new fluid and watch the return line....when it becomes clean like the new fluid turn off the car and hook lines back up.
 
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Old 06-29-2008, 05:31 PM
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How come the manual just says power steering fluid "ATF" type? While for example BRake fluid says something like only use volvo fluid?

Also, does anyone know what those clips are called? Any special name for them?

Anyways, thanks for the info guys.
 
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Old 06-29-2008, 05:37 PM
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Not sure why the manuaul says that. But it takes a special fluid.
If you are talking about the clamps just buy regular screw clamps. They will work better.
 
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Old 06-29-2008, 10:28 PM
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hmmm ok......well i did the turkey baster thing and added atf cause thats what my manual said... i guess im still wrong.. why the heck does there need to be such a lack of information and such a PITA just to figure out what fluids to use in the car.. I shouldnt have to come to a forum to figure out power steering fluid... even from the forum all i can gather is that it takes a "special fluid" (nothing against you tech you are great) but this is BS. i guess im just gonna keep the RED ATF i have in there now im dun screwing with this car.. it steers and it dont make noise. while i got ya here check this out.. my volvo dodged hail today.. http://www.youtube.com/user/silencecom
 
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When I bought mine, I used the Valvoline ATF synthetic power steering fluid tech mentioned. I had some left over from my other cars. It's been working great but I've only had it a week. You can't miss it. It has a big ATF right on the bottle.
 
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Old 06-30-2008, 05:26 PM
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I think im going to just grab the official volvo stuff. Thanks for all the info.
 
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hmmm ok......well i did the turkey baster thing and added atf cause thats what my manual said... i guess im still wrong.. why the heck does there need to be such a lack of information and such a PITA just to figure out what fluids to use in the car.. I shouldnt have to come to a forum to figure out power steering fluid... even from the forum all i can gather is that it takes a "special fluid" (nothing against you tech you are great) but this is BS. i guess im just gonna keep the RED ATF i have in there now im dun screwing with this car.. it steers and it dont make noise. while i got ya here check this out.. my volvo dodged hail today.. http://www.youtube.com/user/silencecom
Our weather was pretty much the same way here today. Looked like a hurricane was coming ashore today Dark black sky and tons of lightning.
 
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Old 07-01-2008, 03:34 PM
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Bit of an update. So I called my volvo dealer parts shop, two different ones actually, and asked them if they carry volvo ATF power steering fluid. The first guy told me that they only carry the new synthetic stuff for later model s80's and the "ATF" stuff they dont sell, they just have it in bulk 50 gallon barrels. The second dealership told me the same thing but he said early models, such as my 1999 s80 just take regular ATF power steering fluid and not the synthetic stuff.

Does this sound right? I just want to be 100% sure of what Im putting in there. Maybe the 1999 takes regular ATF and then they switched to the green synthetic stuff?
 
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Old 07-01-2008, 06:48 PM
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All the cars I have seen from 1999 to present came with the green synthetic fluid.
If you can wait one more day I will get the brand we use tomorrow and let you know.
I actually think gunk makes it. The same company that makes the spray engine cleaner. It is the european power steering fluid and it is green. Same as the Volvo stuff.
 
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Old 07-01-2008, 06:59 PM
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Alright, I look forward to your reply. Thanks again.
 
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Old 07-01-2008, 07:19 PM
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http://www.gunk.com/CAT_M2712SYN.asp
This is what we use I found it online.
 
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Old 07-02-2008, 03:42 PM
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Ok tech thanks a bunch. Im told that my volvo dealership sells the stuff in a 1 liter bottle. I assume thats enough to fill the resevior correct?
 
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Old 07-02-2008, 05:52 PM
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That should be enough.
 
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Old 07-02-2008, 08:14 PM
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Thanks again for all your help as always
 
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Old 07-02-2008, 08:18 PM
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No problem anytime.
 

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