Question about 1999 Volvo S80
Hi Dennis. My Volvo S80 2.8 has 205K miles. It's not giving any transmission codes, but the Meineke (whom I trust, family friends) said it's low a few quarts on transmission fluid. First, how do they even know that since they don't work on transmissions. Now even the shift stick area, the light is no longer on, and on the display where it tells you speed, it doesn't say P, D, R there's just a weird symbol that looks like a minus sign. Do you think I need a new transmission or just fluid? I love this car, but wow. This could be expensive. It's having trouble from a stopped position i.e. at a light accelerating. Once it gets going it's fine, but the start is like granny's granny. thank you so much in advance!!! Zaga
Make sure your not in winter mode that would cause the car to start off in 2nd gear
Posted on Mar 26, 2017
Just because your Check Engine light came on doesn't mean there's something wrong at all. Various Mechanical functions are timed by the Manufacture to signify Servicing required.
Sometimes they're set at 50K miles or more, when the light starts going on, all you have to do is take it to an Authorized Service Shop and they Reset the timer. Most places won't even charge you for doing it unless they find something wrong.
Posted on Jan 26, 2009
Yes, it's the 'pnp' switch (also known as the inhibitor switch) which is on the side of the transmission.
I own 2 Volvo 960s (3 litre automatics) which are similar in many respects ... and have that flashing arrow. It's a well known fault and you don't have much to worry about.
Rather than write it all here, you can read what I wrote as an ebay guide about it at http://reviews.ebay.co.uk/Volvo-960-Automatic_W0QQugidZ10000000003233806
I did put similar info on my website at http://www.glennsmart.btinternet.co.uk/volvo960.html with photos
Though the ebay guide is better ...
If you haven't got time to read it ... forget the flashing arrow and put a bit of black tape over it ... My wife's car has (192,000 miles) had that arrow flashing for 3 years. My car (100,000 miles) has had that flashing arrow since I bought it 1 year ago.
I did change the pnp on both cars ... but you also need to have the computer error reset by Volvo to have the light extinguished. Don't worry ... keep driving.
Posted on May 17, 2009
hi, im having the same problem with my volvo transmission. I just wanted to know what u had to do to fix the problem? thankyou
Posted on Feb 01, 2010
Find a transmission servicer that is not afraid of tackling a Volvo problem. This is probably why the car was for sale in the first place. Good luck!
Posted on Mar 20, 2010
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