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    1. #1
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      Looking for Volvo independent shop, western PA, eastern OH

      Hello all,

      I hope you are having a good day.

      I am looking for a good independent Volvo shop / mechanic in Western PA or Eastern Ohio. I live in Sharon, PA, roughly halfway between Pittsburgh and Erie, and about 20 minutes from Youngstown, OH. I was once told of a great Volvo specialist in New Castle, PA, which is also nearby, although I do not recall the name of the shop, nor do I know whether it is still in business (Google was not helpful).

      If anyone has any recommendations, I would be very appreciative.

      I have a 2001 V70 T5 with manual transmission that I just love driving. Recently the car developed a serious problem. It would not rev beyond about 2500 rpm and would not move with any urgency. I was able to limp to Autozone where the code reader indicated a bad throttle position sensor. I did quite a bit of reading and followed tutorials to remove the throttle body and replace the bad sensor with the contactless Sacer position sensor.

      The car stills runs very rough at idle, but after warming up, the car runs and idles just fine. However, the warning message that reads "Engine System Service Urgent" is still displayed, and the code readers still give code P0121, indicating a bad throttle position sensor. I am not sure whether I did not do a good job with the repair / modification. I have read that I may also need to replace the mass air flow sensor. But I am now wondering whether I should have the ECM software checked / updated. I know the tutorials for the Sacer contactless sensor modification suggest that no software reboot is necessary, but the car was down for about two and half weeks as I was able to find random bits of time to work on it, all while having the battery disconnected. I do not know if that is a factor.

      Anyway, before I throw more money at the car, I thought it might be worth finding a shop with the VIDA DICE diagnostic system to get more insight into the problem and the appropriate path forward. So, if anyone knows of any quality shops or mechanics, I would appreciate a recommendation of where to take my car.

      Thanks
      --Chris

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      Hey, someone local-ish to me. I'm actually working in New Castle. lol

      I would check out Bram's garage, The Swede Shop. He's a Volvo Master Tech who struck out on his own in Hadley, PA:
      https://www.facebook.com/theswedeshop/

      35 Vaughn Rd
      Hadley, Pennsylvania 16130

      PS: Also, if you want to meet up some day while I'm in New Castle, I can bring my VIDA and laptop with me to work. Let me know!
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      Wow, Sharon, PA! Close to me.
      I am a Volvo specialized garage.
      I would be happy to diagnose if you like. Check me out.
      Theswedeshop.com

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      Thanks so much for the quick replies! I will check out theswedeshop.com
      I am so excited to get some help with this car! I was ready to give up.

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      Brams an awesome guy - I've been to the shop a few times now with my P3 V60RD. I'm in the Meadville area and am in Erie, PA every day for work.
      I'd love to meet some more folks around the area who are into Volvos and get a meet together.

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