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      Question 12V source above mirror and other basic service info

      I cannot find any service manual yet that covers 2015 Drive-E, so am hoping that someone can help.

      1) I need a low-current source of 12V ignition near the rearview mirror to power our V1 without a dangling cord.
      - Should i go into the black pod that houses City Safety, etc or the interior lighting/sunroof control panel?
      - How do you safely get the cover off?
      - What color wire should I look for in which connector?
      I don't think anything changed in this area for MY15, so info from earlier years should suffice.
      In other cars, I have done this without cutting or splicing by pushing a gold plated connector pin into the back of the connector and wiring in a fuse right there. I don't want to do anything that would compromise the warranty.

      2) In anticipation of doing an extra oil change at ~5K miles, with possible oil analysis and installation of a magnetic drain plug, I need the following info:
      - Drain plug torque
      - Oil filter cover center mounting bolt torque
      eeuroparts can get the Volvo filter (different from MY14 and earlier), magnetic plug, crush washers, etc.
      Thanks.
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      Sorry, but i just need to express my disappointment that questions like I posted a couple days back in this forum go unanswered. There are similar questions from other participants here that also have 0 or few replies. On saabnet, there would have been multiple replies by now. Is it just that those participants who understand and work on cars are too busy to respond? Is this the wrong forum to get answers about the XC60? Any advice will be appreciated.

      I applaud the sticky thread: "XC60 Repair and How-To Thread" and hope that it gets filled in soon, perhaps as questions are answered.
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      I respect the rant and can understand your frustration. Coming from a DIYer like myself i too work on my cars and tend to turn to forums as i usually do with my Nissan. I will have to say that after joining the forum, i've noticed that not many xc60 owners work on their cars nor modify them. I know going fwd it will be a bit frustrating for me as well as i have little projects that i want to do on the car but will be on my own.

      Have you tried searching for a technical manual for a car? I always tend to buy one for any car i own as it is a good tool to have for yourself in case of attempting work.
      If you happen to come across the manual please let us(me) know.

      As to your topic, Why not just tap a 12V source on the console and just run 2 wires through the dash and the a pillar. Might not what you are looking to do, but if there is no clear answer found its an alternative.
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      Thanks so much for your understanding! I have not yet been able to find any sort of service manual that covers 2015 Volvos. The mechanics at the dealers must have have something to work from, probably on DVD, but those aren't for sale yet. Hopefully there will eventually be a Haines or Chilton manual. I will certainly let everyone know if anything turns up. Meanwhile, perhaps we can help to populate the sticky thread: "XC60 Repair and How-To Thread", although it doesn't seem to accept comments.
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      I feel that Haines normally comes out with manuals that are for cars that are roughtly 3yrs old.
      For my G35, i was able to obtain the whole entire manual on DVD and its perfect since you can click a link on a pdf and it will take you to direct page. I wish some one would upload some basic info. I started doing a few little projects already with the car, i guess going fwd i should try to take pictures and do a small DIY for things i do so that others may use the info.

      I know i am going to get a lot of flack for this but i am actually considering this for the volvo. However, i am trying to see if the company can make a custom logo with either the R-Design or just the R. Might be kinda ricey but figure the door light is already there shining on the ground, why not make it into a logo.

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      Interesting idea..projecting the logo. Does it stay in focus as distance varies?

      I found a partial solution to getting 12V:
      https://forums.swedespeed.com/showthr...-Globe-install
      I will try removing the dome light cover, hopefully revealing mounting screws that can be undone to lower that assembly, exposing the wires and connectors. I will take pictures to help others.

      I think that the place to tap in will be power for the sunroof, which is on ignition mode "I"
      "I The laminated panoramic roof, power windows,12-volt sockets in the passenger compartment, navigation system*, climate system blower, windshield wipers can be used."
      Mode II would be better, but i don't expect to find it up there.
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      Why you are not getting much in the way of electrical know-how is because this car is a b**ch when it comes to the electrical system. I've got the wiring diagrams for my 2011.5 and there is simply almost no concept of "switched 12v" in this vehicle. 12v runs live to items and the "ground" side is switched electronically. My recommendation is to manually switch from a continuous fused source. I had to add a signal-based switch for a simple remote turn-on of my sub amp.


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      Quote Originally Posted by mark-sf View Post
      Why you are not getting much in the way of electrical know-how is because this car is a b**ch when it comes to the electrical system. I've got the wiring diagrams for my 2011.5 and there is simply almost no concept of "switched 12v" in this vehicle. 12v runs live to items and the "ground" side is switched electronically. My recommendation is to manually switch from a continuous fused source. I had to add a signal-based switch for a simple remote turn-on of my sub amp.
      Thanks for the advice! What sort of signal based switch did you use?
      I just need a low current source for our radar detector. Based on your post, I am hoping to wire it in parallel with the power sunroof (through a fuse of course) and let it be switched on the ground side too.
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      Why not ask your dealer for the torque values?

      I'd not recommend taping into CitySafe with ANYTHING....you don't want to introduce anything that could potentially mess with that system. Your frustration with no response for electrical in this car is simply because it's extermely complicated, and few XC owners attempt to add electrical components, it's just not what most buyers do. Are you familiar that CitySafe will probably screw up your detectors ability to "detect"?

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      Quote Originally Posted by VolvoFaRmeR View Post
      Why not ask your dealer for the torque values?

      I'd not recommend taping into CitySafe with ANYTHING....you don't want to introduce anything that could potentially mess with that system. Your frustration with no response for electrical in this car is simply because it's extermely complicated, and few XC owners attempt to add electrical components, it's just not what most buyers do. Are you familiar that CitySafe will probably screw up your detectors ability to "detect"?
      I probably will ask our dealer if no one here knows the torque values, then post them here for everyone else who may be interested. I was hoping that a Volvo mechanic who knows them by heart would reply. No rush, we aren't even up to 2K miles so far. I think that a very useful addition to the sticky thread "XC60 Repair and How-To Thread" in this forum would be a table of torque values.

      I agree completely and plan to leave City Safety and that whole black pod with camera, rain sensor, etc. alone.

      I am very familiar with how City Safety can interfere with detectors...please look at the solution outlined in:
      https://forums.swedespeed.com/showthr...NEED-YOUR-HELP!
      Which also leaves City Safety alone. It is very simple to do and is working very well so far. I am hoping others will try it.

      Your reply is much appreciated. Thanks!
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      Quote Originally Posted by TonyJag View Post
      Sorry, but i just need to express my disappointment that questions like I posted a couple days back in this forum go unanswered. There are similar questions from other participants here that also have 0 or few replies. On saabnet, there would have been multiple replies by now. Is it just that those participants who understand and work on cars are too busy to respond? Is this the wrong forum to get answers about the XC60? Any advice will be appreciated.

      I applaud the sticky thread: "XC60 Repair and How-To Thread" and hope that it gets filled in soon, perhaps as questions are answered.
      I see your frustration and agree with it. I believe, partially, that the XC60 is purchased for spouses to drive and aren't the cars that most of the primary forum-wrenchmen, like us, drive. I, myself, have even purchase the car for my wife, with the hopes to learn things along the way that would help me out when something happens or breaks (like the incident my wife had with a light pole last week). When I was part of an Audi forum, things like this were answered within a couple hours with a comprehensive photo journal of someone who had already done it. I ended up building numerous DIY threads to help other community members do their own work, but it's been a lot more difficult to do that now with 2 little kids and wife tugging at my time and wallet. I do appreciate what's already been put out, though. It's what keeps communities like this going!
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      Quote Originally Posted by yoogene View Post
      I see your frustration and agree with it. I believe, partially, that the XC60 is purchased for spouses to drive and aren't the cars that most of the primary forum-wrenchmen, like us, drive. I, myself, have even purchase the car for my wife, with the hopes to learn things along the way that would help me out when something happens or breaks (like the incident my wife had with a light pole last week). When I was part of an Audi forum, things like this were answered within a couple hours with a comprehensive photo journal of someone who had already done it. I ended up building numerous DIY threads to help other community members do their own work, but it's been a lot more difficult to do that now with 2 little kids and wife tugging at my time and wallet. I do appreciate what's already been put out, though. It's what keeps communities like this going!
      Interesting observation! Our XC60 is really my wife's car, but we share it on trips. We are both retired, so no longer do any daily commute. She wanted an SUV with a higher driving position. I prefer cars that are lower, lighter, and more space efficient for their frontal area. If we were replacing my Acura with a Volvo, it would likely be a V60 which will hopefully get the T6 DRIVE-E soon. But I have adopted her XC60 and will take good care of it. I think that as the XC60 gets older, and more of them come off warranty, there will be more DIY participants here. Meanwhile, we can share what we learn through DIY threads in this forum and some of that will hopefully end up in the XC60 Repair and How-To thread.
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      Quote Originally Posted by TonyJag View Post
      Thanks for the advice! What sort of signal based switch did you use?
      I just need a low current source for our radar detector. Based on your post, I am hoping to wire it in parallel with the power sunroof (through a fuse of course) and let it be switched on the ground side too.
      One thing you need to watch out for is what else is running on that 12v leg since you will be likely be grounding to a point distinct from the sunroof. I would try and ground at the same point.

      As to the remote power switch I used a Navone Engineering N-902http://davidnavone.com/product/n-902...igger-circuit/. Was $19 when I got it.


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      Quote Originally Posted by mark-sf View Post
      One thing you need to watch out for is what else is running on that 12v leg since you will be likely be grounding to a point distinct from the sunroof. I would try and ground at the same point.

      As to the remote power switch I used a Navone Engineering N-902http://davidnavone.com/product/n-902...igger-circuit/. Was $19 when I got it.
      Thanks! If I can get to the power sunroof switch, i will be able to determine the proper connections.

      I removed the dome light cover using the procedure from:
      https://forums.swedespeed.com/showthr...-Globe-install
      But was disappointed to find no mounting screws or clips to release:

      Can anyone recommend how to get at the sunroof switch connector?
      Does the whole dome light unit snap in to some clips mounted to the roof?
      If I slide a plastic upholstery tool behind the bezel, will it release some clips? Where?
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      Quote Originally Posted by TonyJag View Post
      Interesting idea..projecting the logo. Does it stay in focus as distance varies?

      I found a partial solution to getting 12V:
      https://forums.swedespeed.com/showthr...-Globe-install
      I will try removing the dome light cover, hopefully revealing mounting screws that can be undone to lower that assembly, exposing the wires and connectors. I will take pictures to help others.

      I think that the place to tap in will be power for the sunroof, which is on ignition mode "I"
      "I The laminated panoramic roof, power windows,12-volt sockets in the passenger compartment, navigation system*, climate system blower, windshield wipers can be used."
      Mode II would be better, but i don't expect to find it up there.
      it does stay in focus no matter how far away from the ground the projector is. I am waiting on the guys in china to build a few with the logo i want. They are hoping to sell some on the site but the logo's they keep coming up with for the R design are not what would be appealing to buyers
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      So just a question. Have you verified that the V1 works in the XC60. I have heard that the city-safety senors interefere and cause the V1 to have a false reading. I am curious about this because I wanted to get a detector (have V1 in the BMW) but heard of issues.
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      I hard wired my Escort MAX to the fuse box located on the passenger side, behind the glove box area. Hid the wire along the a pillar and along the edge of the roof line. Completely unseen. Works great and comes on and off with the car. Good luck.
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      Quote Originally Posted by rferguson2 View Post
      So just a question. Have you verified that the V1 works in the XC60. I have heard that the city-safety senors interefere and cause the V1 to have a false reading. I am curious about this because I wanted to get a detector (have V1 in the BMW) but heard of issues.
      There is indeed a problem with City Safety interfering with sensitive laser detectors like the V1, but no problems with radar. THERE ARE SOLUTIONS. Please see this thread, which summarizes other solutions and describes a very simple, low-cost one that is working very well so far in our new XC60:

      https://forums.swedespeed.com/showthr...NEED-YOUR-HELP!

      I recommend that, before investing in another V1, you temporarily borrow your V1 from your BMW and try it out in your XC60, just using a suction cup windshield mount and power cord.

      You should see the forward laser alarm going off, especially when you are behind another car or something big that is reflecting the laser beam back.

      Then try applying layers of blue masking tape as described in the thread above. We are up to 3 layers, but just about ready to add a fourth. Please share your results in the above thread. Thanks!
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      Quote Originally Posted by twbannon View Post
      I hard wired my Escort MAX to the fuse box located on the passenger side, behind the glove box area. Hid the wire along the a pillar and along the edge of the roof line. Completely unseen. Works great and comes on and off with the car. Good luck.
      Thanks for describing how you did it. 2 questions:
      1) Did you also make the ground connection in the fuse box or elsewhere?
      2) Which fuse circuit did you use?
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      As mentioned in:
      https://forums.swedespeed.com/showthr...ghts&p=2355178,
      I got the overhead light assembly down and replaced the incandescent lamps with LEDs. But mark-sf was right, i could only find unswitched 12V there. The power supply to the sunroof motor, having it's own fuse, is likely switched with ignition, but the connector is barely visible at the right edge of the hole. To access that connector, it looks like you need to unmount the motor or drop the headliner, way beyond my intended level of intrusion for this project. I also explored the dimming mirror and rain sensor connectors, but neither of these 3-pin connectors have ignition switched 12V either.

      So I took the advice of LVE2DRV and twbannon and ran a power lead up the A pillar. SInce this thread already covers a number of topics, I decided to create a new How-To Thread. Thanks for all of your inputs here.
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      Our dealer provided the oil change torque values:
      "The drain plug torque is 38 Nm and the oil filter housing is 25 Nm . Volvo does not recommend removing the plug in the filter housing that is for the European market only."
      Just curious, how do these torques compare with non Drive-E engines?

      Thanks to aldebaran for putting the thread about powering a radar detector mentioned above in the "How-To" sticky.

      After I install the Draw-Tite 75671 hitch and when our XC60 gets near 5K miles and I do the extra oil and filter change, I plan to post the procedures in new threads.
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      Thank you.

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