Question about 1994 Volvo 940
These things are repairable by a DIYer for sure.In order to do that and have a reasonably reliable car you should invest in some manuals. Locate a Haynes manual for starters, it will give you the proper way to make a lot of common repairs (like the ones you want to do) as well as some tips and warnings. They usually cost about $20. Ideally it would be best to find a dealer service manual because it will have a lot of diagrams and info that may be needed at a later date or for a different problem ( like computer codes, wiring diagrams). They usually cost a little more but they could save your car from the crusher before its time. You will also have to invest in a good trolley jack and some jack stands. ALWAYS use the jack stands when the car is off the ground.
Pricewise, doing your own repairs can save a lot of money over taking it to a shop because you aren't paying labour but it also eats into your free time. For sure fixing your own car will be cheaper than making car payments on a yearly basis as long as you realize that at some point it is time to quit. Shopping at a local auto parts store rather than the dealer can help as well, especially if you patronize one specific one. This could save you in the long run. I do this and recently had to buy a new heater switch for my VW, list price was over $300. As a regular customer I ended up getting it for $180, basically cost. Shop around until you find a store you are comfortable with and then stop.
Hope this helps.
Posted on Nov 20, 2009
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