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      New member!!!

      Hello everyone! I am a new member and new to Volvo ownership. I have a 2008 Volvo S40 AWD T5 AUTO w/ about 164xxx miles. I have owned it for about 2-3 months now and since taking ownership of the car I have changed out:

      -all 3 motor/tranny mounts
      -Lower control arms
      -front and rear shock/struts
      -front and rear rotors/brakes
      -spark plugs (which the old ones felt like they were going to snap in place)
      -mobil 1 oil filter with Castrol synthetic
      -K&N air filter (I kinda regret, a little)

      I love this little car more than I thought I would. I bought it for work and in some ways find it more enjoyable to drive than my 2020 RAM 1500 Laramie. I am now looking at replacing some parts I feel are worthwhile for performance maintenance. These are the Turbo Control Valve, Compressor Bypass Valve, and Turbo Wastegate Actuator. Another change I want to make is the intercooler. I don't want to spend a lot of money just cause I don't care for crazy HP/Performance, so I was looking at replacing the stock IC with the XC60 one since I read on here and other Volvo sites that its almost a direct replacement/fit. Is this true? Aside from this, I was going to wrap the intake air pipe and IC outlet air pipe with heat wrap to help keep the air cool. If y'all have any advice, send it.

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      The XC60 intercooler has the sensor port on the wrong side.
      Those P3 cars flow the opposite direction of our P1 cars.

      I love my do88 intercooler.

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      Nice maintenance items thus far. Some other items you might consider would be replacing the PCV, coolant expansion tank and coolant hoses. With the auto you have an octopus of a coolant hose that tends to crack at one of the 3 'T" connections.

      If you'd like I have an Elevate TCV I do not plan to use that I could sell you. Though the biggest improvement for the TCV is relocating it to the AC line and away from the turbo. The other 2 turbo items you mention I have also been considering, but I'm not sure that I want a blow off valve type sound so I personally probably won't change the wastegate actuator to the IWG-75. Also DO88 intercooler is pretty plug and play from what I've seen.
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      Timing belt, unless you have an iron-bound promise that the PO changed it at 100,000 (and even then...). At least inspect it and the serpentines for cracking or oil.

      I'm in the "stock air filter" camp. It gets cool air through a snorkel above the radiator, and it channels cool air across the ECM on its way into the engine.
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      Quote Originally Posted by mf70 View Post
      Timing belt, unless you have an iron-bound promise that the PO changed it at 100,000 (and even then...). At least inspect it and the serpentines for cracking or oil.

      I'm in the "stock air filter" camp. It gets cool air through a snorkel above the radiator, and it channels cool air across the ECM on its way into the engine.
      The new DO88 air filter is the only one I've seen that actually is likely better than stock. All the others are just for looks and oil change ease
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      Your go to for avoiding issues is going to be the Sunroof Drain Fix, the octopus hose, and maybe put a plastic bag between your CEM and your heater hoses to avoid leakage dripping on it. All of these will save you hundreds to thousands in repairs.

      From there I'd focus on replacing stuff as it goes bad with better quality parts. By this i mean your TCV and your wastegate and a few others.

      I'd ensure you do your AWD fluid/filter flush for the rear diff and rear haldex. At that age it's probably long worn out and needs a change since the factory told people in the early years that it was "lifetime" fluid, which is a lie. Same thing for the angle gear and trans fluid.

      As for the K&N, don't regret it. I would recommend a full intake upgrade however, and keep the box/pipe as a backup in case something happens. I went with the full K&N Typhoon upgrade. It lets stop/go heatsoak go much better than the stock plastic pipes, and the larger surface area of a cone filter helps reduce max boost delay. There are multiple brands and companies doing a full kit so do some looking.
      I would am not going to ever do the do88 filter despite the fact it looks awesome. I don't trust 1" of latex foam to filter anywhere near as good as a quality drop in stock replacement from a reputable company or a quality cone filter (preferably dry) and a wet weather sock to filter. Just me, everyone has their own thoughts. Decide what you're comfortable with and go from there.

      I DO highly recommend a DO88 IC and IC piping swap if possible. They go on sale on Black Friday and usually knock about 60-70$ off the price, which is usually the ONLY discount through the year. We here like to FCPEuro (lifetime warranty on everything), iPDUSA, and DO88 and a few other websites. Ask questions and we'll usually do our best to answer them.
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      Quote Originally Posted by sleepstate View Post
      The XC60 intercooler has the sensor port on the wrong side.
      Those P3 cars flow the opposite direction of our P1 cars.

      I love my do88 intercooler.
      The XC60 intercooler has a blank mount for the sensor on the correct side. Just drill out the hole for the sensor and plug the other side and it's good to go. It does require cutting some of the lower front piece behind the fog light covers to gain clearance.
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      I'll second avenger09123 on the sunroof drain fix, for sure. These cars have 1 1/2" of foam under the carpets, and you won't know there's a problem until there are GALLONS of water sloshing around your wiring webs. It's pretty easy to peel back the carpet (do both sides) to check the foam for moisture. If there's a leak on the right side, the water can drip right over the CEM.
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      Quote Originally Posted by kjhiggins View Post
      The XC60 intercooler has a blank mount for the sensor on the correct side. Just drill out the hole for the sensor and plug the other side and it's good to go. It does require cutting some of the lower front piece behind the fog light covers to gain clearance.
      Good to know. I'll have to look at the spare XC60 intercooler sitting in my parts room again.

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      Thanks for the replies. I have the day off today so Ill take a look at the sunroof drains today. Ill go ahead and order some hoses for the coolant system so i can change that out next week along with the expansion tank.

      The PCV I ordered the diaphragm but after checking the original one, it looked good so I left it. Ill keep the new one and change out later.

      I had not thought about fluids change out so I will look into doing that next week as well. I work 7 on and 7 off so I have plenty of time to get these things done.

      I also ended up changing out the vacuum pump for the brake booster after messing around with the intake box when I was looking at the PCV. For some reason when I loosen the vacuum pump and moved it I ended up with a few codes P0030/31/36/37 I believe and after looking around found out the blown fuse was also for the pump. So I disconnected the vacuum pump and drove around for a few days and the codes never came back. So I replaced it and problem fixed. I also got two codes, I can't remember them, but they were related to lean bank o2 sensor types. These came about after I added Seafoam to the fuel tank. I ignored them thinking it was time to replace the o2 sensors so i figured id wait. I deleted them after the bank was close to empty and they never came back. I am guessing seafoam in the tank will cause lean bank codes to pop up. Anyone experience this before?

      Anyone have experience with ViVA Performance parts? I was going to order their Turbo Smart Compact Shortie Compressor Bypass Valve and Pierburg TCV. I thought about buying all Elevate parts for the turbo, but like i said, I'm not really looking for big performance, just original or slightly better. I think ill just wait and buy the do88 IC stuff. I did think about getting the do88 or snabb silicone hose kit cuz i am under the impression that they have a slightly bigger inlet diameter. anyone know?

      Well that's all ill reply on. I tend to ramble on. Really excited to learn more about these cars. my experience is limited to chevy vehicles, since that's all I've owned for the most part.

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      #1 - You need to get yourself either a volvo specific handheld like the Autophix ES610 or get DICE and the cracked VIDA that can install on a Windows 7 Pro 32bit to read all the diagnostics of the modules. Regular PXXXX codes here are not your friend on this car.

      #2 - My O2 sensors have never had a problem with Seafoam. Maybe it just highlighted a problem already there. Check your O2B1S1 and O2B1S2 volts and deltas and lambdas and see what shows up (which can be done with a normal handheld). My front OEM Factory guy went bad at about 180k (stuck), replaced him, and all is well except for an occasional cold weather CEL for no input from it, which is weird - but eh, it's a Volvo.

      #3 - Viva Performance has a reasonable amount of respect with us here in the forums as far as I know. The Pierburg TCV is stock and will go bad in another 80-100k. There is an HD version used in Porsches that has the same design and layout, and two upgrades (iPD and Elevate) that are plug n' play MAC valves. I haven't done the CBV yet, so no experience there, others have and say it feels much better over stock.

      #4 - Makes sense, do things one at a time. The IC isn't really a performance gain - it is much more able to support higher HP, but it's primary purpose is doing better than both the stock and the XC60 IC. Most of us see a 2-3MPG increase just from this upgrade alone. Not much but over a tank, a week, a month, or the life of the car, a big savings. IIRC inlet/outlet diameters are the same. IIRC it says it is 263% bigger than the stock IC, but will fit stock rubber IC piping.
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      Quote Originally Posted by avenger09123 View Post
      IIRC inlet/outlet diameters are the same. IIRC it says it is 263% bigger than the stock IC, but will fit stock rubber IC piping.
      Yes - inlet and outlet diameters are the same as stock. It's "plug and play" with stock piping.
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      Quote Originally Posted by [email protected] View Post
      Thanks for the replies. I have the day off today so Ill take a look at the sunroof drains today. Ill go ahead and order some hoses for the coolant system so i can change that out next week along with the expansion tank.

      The PCV I ordered the diaphragm but after checking the original one, it looked good so I left it. Ill keep the new one and change out later.

      I had not thought about fluids change out so I will look into doing that next week as well. I work 7 on and 7 off so I have plenty of time to get these things done.

      I also ended up changing out the vacuum pump for the brake booster after messing around with the intake box when I was looking at the PCV. For some reason when I loosen the vacuum pump and moved it I ended up with a few codes P0030/31/36/37 I believe and after looking around found out the blown fuse was also for the pump. So I disconnected the vacuum pump and drove around for a few days and the codes never came back. So I replaced it and problem fixed. I also got two codes, I can't remember them, but they were related to lean bank o2 sensor types. These came about after I added Seafoam to the fuel tank. I ignored them thinking it was time to replace the o2 sensors so i figured id wait. I deleted them after the bank was close to empty and they never came back. I am guessing seafoam in the tank will cause lean bank codes to pop up. Anyone experience this before?

      Anyone have experience with ViVA Performance parts? I was going to order their Turbo Smart Compact Shortie Compressor Bypass Valve and Pierburg TCV. I thought about buying all Elevate parts for the turbo, but like i said, I'm not really looking for big performance, just original or slightly better. I think ill just wait and buy the do88 IC stuff. I did think about getting the do88 or snabb silicone hose kit cuz i am under the impression that they have a slightly bigger inlet diameter. anyone know?

      Well that's all ill reply on. I tend to ramble on. Really excited to learn more about these cars. my experience is limited to chevy vehicles, since that's all I've owned for the most part.
      If you end up increasing the size of the turbo inlet pipe, I've read that the DO88 pipe fits better than the Elevate, but plenty use the Elevate part without issue.

      Also there is someone who sells laptops with VIDA already downloaded, Dave Leach. This is the route I'm going to go because all of my laptops have Windows 8 or higher and the only ones I own now are work laptops.

      If you want a slightly better coolant tank, there is one sold in the UK that is aluminum. Its about 4x more than the plastic but it should be less likely to fail. I ordered through a C30crew member based in the UK who helped me get shipping costs down significantly.
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      Quote Originally Posted by rocketscience55 View Post
      If you want a slightly better coolant tank, there is one sold in the UK that is aluminum. Its about 4x more than the plastic but it should be less likely to fail. I ordered through a C30crew member based in the UK who helped me get shipping costs down significantly.
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      Here is the link, I'll send you the seller's information through a PM

      https://www.autospecialists.co.uk/pr...cus-mk2-st-rs/
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