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volvo won't start Q&A Review

Is there any car which thieves can not steal?

Where I live in Brazil, car theft is somewhat of a problem. For the most part thieves choose commonly found, locally manufactured models, like Ford Fiestas, Fiat Palios, and Volkswagen Foxes, and then take them to chop-shops who tear them down and resell the parts online. Models that are ten years old or older are very sought after because they are often relatively easy to steal and parts for them are harder to find, so the demand for things like fuel pumps, taillights and radiators is greater. If you go on to Brazilian eBay and buy a used or reconditioned alternator, chances are very high that it is from a stolen car. There is a whole black market industry for car parts all across of South America that is literally impossible to stop. Ironically, if you drive a high-end model like a Mercedes, BMW or Range Rover no one will steal it. First because it is way too conspicuous to drive around in a high end car than a common one, you’ll most certainly get caught, and second because selling the parts is much more difficult because there are not that many high end models around, not to mention that the people who own these cars are wealthy enough to pay a dealership to fix them when they need service. I have two cars, a 2009 Volkswagen Gol (a somewhat cheaper model under the Golf) and a 2010 Volvo XC60 T5. No one will touch the Volvo because it’s the only one in town and thieves know that Volvos have a factory GPS system installed in them that’s really hard to deactivate, but I really have to keep my eye on the Gol because Gols are all over the place and it is a very sought after car to steal. Someone tried to steal my Gol a few years ago — they broke the small triangle window behind the back door to unlock the car, then they popped the hood and cut the wires to the alarm. Then they broke the ignition lock and used a screwdriver to force it to engage the starter. It was during the night and the car was right outside my bedroom window; I didn’t hear a thing. I woke up the next morning and the car wasn’t there, so I called the insurance company who used a tracking system like lo-jack to find it, it was unlocked, sitting around the corner and all of the thieves’ tools were on the seats and the floor — even the screwdriver was still sticking out of the ignition. I’m guessing that the thieves gave up and fled the scene when they couldn’t get the engine to turn over and a cop car came down the street, or something like that. They couldn’t start the engine because I had installed an engine kill switch up and under the dashboard where no one could see it. Two feet of wire, a toggle switch and a 10-amp fuse saved my car from being stolen: total cost of $4.00. The Volvo on the other hand is exceptionally hard to steal, not because of the GPS system, but because of how the ignition system was designed. There is no key to turn, so there is no ignition lock to break; to start the car I put the remote that unlocks the doors in the dashboard and push a button. The steering lock is further down the steering column than in most cars — it actually sits under the engine at the firewall, so it’s very hard to get to. The Volvo also has another feature that many cars don’t have, and it’s not a factory-installed feature. You could literally take a baseball bat to the windshield and it won’t break. You could also unload a full clip of .44 magnum rounds into the driver’s side window and it won’t shatter. The car is bulletproof — the previous owner had it bulletproofed when she bought it new in 2010. It has inch-thick glass and Kevlar all around, including the roof, so just getting into the car is no easy task. You’d probably be able to force the door open with a crowbar, but that would break the door’s closing mechanism making it kind of hard to drive, that is if you were able to get around the steering lock and the keyless ignition. Very hard to steal. Hard to car-jack at an intersection too, something all too common in cities like Rio de Janeiro on hot summer days when people are stuck in traffic. Of course, one could always use a tow truck. Would you believe that I don’t even have insurance on the Volvo? Except of course for the mandatory Government insurance that costs about $5.00 a year. I know that someone won’t steal it - they won’t even try. The Gol on the other hand is insured, to the hilt, with a super-low deductible, which costs me about $600.00 a year. It’s not worth very much though, maybe $2000.00, so the insurance company believes someone will steal it in a little over three years. Actually the Volvo has a very interesting and somewhat amusing story behind it, I wrote about it in another post a few days ago. If you’re interested here’s the Quora link. ,What car do you currently drive? Is it worth the price you paid for it? So, it all depends on where you live and the car you drive, what security features it has. No car is truly unstealable, but some of them are much harder to steal than others. Here’s the Volvo, And the Gol, Cheers! EDIT: There are a couple of comments about the car being bulletproof. Here are some pictures to help clear that up. This is the owner’s manual, the bulletproofing was done by a company called Centigon. Here is a list of pistol ratings. It’s in Portuguese, but you’ll easily recognize the calibers and the velocities: Here are the rifle calibers and velocities: And the aluminum plate that is under the hood: Hope you enjoyed! Cheers again!

Why does Ford continue to put the keyless-entry keypad on its cars? Is there some curmudgeon of a Ford engineer who refuses to let the keypad die? Is it just a social experiment on Ford's part?

The keypad is the only true keyless entry system. The keypad does not require that you have SOMETHING (other than your code) with you. All other systems (traditional key, RFID, Intelligent Access, etc.) require that you have that object with you. How often is it likely that you'll be standing right next to someone opening the door using the keypad. I make sure no one sees me use it. Ford customer surveys have shown that it continues to be identified as a useful feature by Ford and Lincoln owners. I use it, for 3 reasons, first: on occasion, I've accidentally locked my keys, in the car, (who hasn't?) it's not very often, but even once makes it invaluable; two, when I simply don't want to carry ANYTHING (i.e. swimming, skiing, etc.); and, three, if I get home and leave something in the car, I can go back out and grab it without finding the keys first. Oh, if I ever manage to lose my keys, I have a spare UNDER the spare tire. With the keypad, I can get into the car, release the liftgate and retrieve the key. (And honestly, what car thief will take the time to look under the spare tire?) Of my friends that own Ford or Lincoln vehicles, they didn't buy them for that reason alone, but they believe it reflects on Ford’s approach to human factors engineering. Ford is also the only company that has airbags in the rear passenger SEAT BELTS. This is the same engineering approach is why Ford alone has an internal design group composed of police officers and that designs the Interceptor to withstand a 70 MPH! rear end collision. (I find it difficult at times to avoid laughing when I someone see trying to get into their car and the keys are hanging in the ignition.) So thank you Ford for a very simple but useful feature. Ford holds a patent for the system, and offers it only on their own “Ford Family” marques (Ford, Lincoln [and until its passing, Mercury]). It was never available on Ford’s other marques (Volvo, Jaquar, Aston Martin, etc.). Suggestion to non-Ford owners that have “smart keys”: get a copy of the key made but DON'T program it into the OBD, then hide it somewhere on the outside of the vehicle. It will let you get in but won't start it. Keep a “good” key well hidden inside. If someone else find the “access only” key, they're SOL.

As an auto technician, have you ever witnessed a vehicle fall off a hoist? If so, what happened?

Boy sure glad I’m not the only one. I had a Volvo, can’t remember how old or new on a four post drive on lift doing the exhaust. I was finished and removed all the muffler stands and as was the custom let the car down just far enough to reach in and start it to check the exhaust for leaks. Wasn’t quite low enough to see if it was auto or standard but what the hay a standard won’t start without the clutch pedal in anyways. Remember Murphys law, wish I had as I hadn’t barely turned the key and that thing started and proceeded to hurl off the end of the hoist and straight through one of the apprentices tool box and into the racks of prebent pipes. I ended up giving the apprentice/owners son my top box. Lesson learned. Wish I could say it was the only lesson I ever had to learn.

Education: How can I learn as much as possible in my life?

Seven step process: 1) Learn to be more observant 2) Learn to find everything interesting 3) Learn to question everything And then 4) Travel 5) Talk to people 6) Read 7) Create projects I've answered a few Quora questions about Sherlock Holmes, in the last week. Sherlock embodies the first three steps. Holmes trained himself to develop the habit of being observant. We tend to train ourselves to do the opposite - to block things out. But Sherlock pushed through that and started to notice details. To prevent that becoming tiring or boring he trained himself to find those details interesting. Anything can be interesting if we show interest in it. That was an epiphany that hit me one day in college. I was in a class that I found boring. And then I realized that the subject can't be boring - because if it was, the professor would not have chosen to devote his life to it. I was the one making it boring. That realization was a wake up call and I became intrigued to learn why the professor found the subject fascinating. Once Sherlock taught himself to notice details and then to find them interesting, he became curious about the why, what, how, when, and where of those details. What job would cause that particular pattern of wear on the cuffs of a sleeve? Where would one find the orange mud on the hem of those pants? He then had concrete, not abstract, problems to solve. Research was afoot. Once these three habits are ingrained, learning becomes an almost automatic occurrence. We can amplify and accelerate it by doing any or all of the next four steps. Travel works wonderfully - it exposes us to new details and details that contrast with our prior experiences. Why do the winemakers in Santorini shape their vines into baskets, close to the ground? That's different than I've observed elsewhere. Or why do the people in this state call carbonated beverages pop instead of soda? Talking to people works wonderfully. It is the most difficult one for me. I have poor self-esteem and assume other people won't want to talk to me, so I don't often initiate conversations. But this is my girlfriend's true genius. She can talk to anyone and learn something from them. She managed to, in the hills of Salzburg, on the Sound of Music Tour, find someone from her hometown. Reading opens up worlds to us. It's one of my greatest joys. I have one British parent and one American parent. We moved back and forth a lot. As a result of that and the fact that kids start school younger in Britain, my first day of school was essentially third grade in Britain. I was way behind the other kids. My parents had just taught me to read. In my classroom there was a big box full of color coded folders. Each folder had stories in it that taught things ranging from history to science. Opening each folder was like a Christmas present, with some incredible new story I'd never heard of. I gorged on them and quickly passed the other kids and finished the box. I still remember some of them today, such as the story of King Alfred. Creating projects is a good way to require yourself to learn. In college I had a friend that was really into cars. I didn't understand half of the things he said. I felt ignorant. So I created the conditions where I would have to learn about cars. I gave my functioning car to my sister and bought a non-functioning 1966 Volvo Amazon that had spent a decade rusting in the woods and had two bullet holes from the previous owner, who was currently in Stark prison. I had to walk to and from school until I learned enough about cars to restore that Volvo.

Why won't my 2008 Volvo S40 start after I change the serpentine belt?

The engine will run without the serpentine belt. It wouldn’t have an alternator or cooling, but it would run. The problem has nothing to do with the belt.

How do you jump start a car?

Pull the two vehicles close enough to attach cables, safely. Remember that it is still (technically) illegal to face a vehicle the opposite direction on a street even when jumping. Turn off accessories (radio, AC, etc.,) on both vehicles. Keeping cable ends away from each other, attach the positive cable on the vehicle being used to jump from first. Next, attach the negative cable on the vehicle being jumped from. Attach the positive cable on the vehicle to be jumped first, then the negative cable on the vehicle being jumped. Be sure cables on both vehicles are snuggly attached. Step away from the two vehicles (batteries as they can sometimes explode on starting and jumping/charging). NEVER stand in between two vehicles at ANY time. Attempt to start the vehicle needing the jump. If the vehicle won’t start immediately, you may need to let it charge a bit, increasing the rpm (idling) speed of the vehicle being used to jump from. If, after some time, the vehicle still won’t start, there may be another issue. Once the vehicle starts, remove the cables in the reverse order, again ensuring the cable ends do not touch. Hope this helps.

Does it matter where I get an oil change? I've had people tell me to only use dealerships and repair shops, and never a Jiffy Lube or other 10 minute oil change place. Does it make a difference?

I avoid them like the plague that they are. Years ago, I was with my girlfriend when she decided to get an oil change. I offered to do it for her but she declined saying for just a few bucks more “Swifty Lube” could do it and we wouldn’t have to worry about disposing of the old stuff. I agreed in a “you’ll be sorry” tone of voice. She drove an Olds Cutlass so I figured it would be straight forward enough, so off we went. The oil change went smoothly enough apart from the oil spilt on the exhaust manifold which sent a nice burnt oil smell into the car. The “never again” moment occurred when the sales guy comes in with up-sell attempt. He showed us (mostly her) the transmission dip stick that had dark fluid on it. He was going for the transmission flush sale. When I asked when he got that he said just now, while the engine was not running. I told him that was not the right way to check the transmission fluid because it should be done when the engine was running. He disagreed, saying he was the professional. I reached for the dipstick he was holding and he pulled away saying it was against insurance regulation for me to work on the car. All I wanted to do was see the fluid on the dipstick which was dirty and black. I knew this was wrong because she had her transmission fluid changed at the dealer less than a week ago. Before we left the premises, I had her stop just inside the exit and pop the hood. I checked the fluid myself and sure enough, it was still red and in good shape. When the manager came by to ask us to move on, I confronted him with it. Needless to say, the idiot started getting defensive with me. Some others heard the argument and two cars left without buying anything. Mission Accomplished! **EDIT** I have a Saab 95. I go to a shop that specialises in Saabs, Volvos and Subarus. The owner used to work at a Saab dealer where he got tired of the pressure to upsell. His staff also worked at Saab and Volvo dealers. They know exactly what my car needs. His rates are slightly lower that a dealer and he never tries to upsell. If something looks like a problem in the future, he lets me know that it will eventually need work, but not now. Sometimes he isn’t satisfied with the job done and won’t charge me for it until he is.

My 2005 Volvo S40 shut down due to overheating. I put more antifreeze in it and waited for it to cool, but it still won't start. What can I do to get it to start?

You might be in for an expensive repair bill. When that little light turns on and the gauge gets into the red, the idea is that you stop driving immediately. Not when it's convenient. You may have locked up the engine and blown the head gasket. That's as much as I can tell you without looking at it. There's nothing you can do but take it to a professional for diagnosis.

Should you leave the car engine in idle for a while before turning it off after a long drive?

If this is necessary, then it will be noted in the owner’s manual. You DID read the owner’s manual didn’t you? It’s usually only necessary in turbocharged engines - and many of the ones which have coolant as well as oil cooling use an auxiliary electric water pump to keep everything circulating as long as the coolant coming out of the turbocharger is above a threshold temperature, in order to prevent seizing up. (My ancient 1992 Volvo 440 had this, as did a friend’s 1986 turbo Mitsubishi Cordia. It’s not a new feature) Cars which have “won’t start” issues after a long run and then being stopped get a reputation for unreliability. Car makers seek to avoid this as it impacts sales.

As a mechanic, what is the most common thing you see car owners doing wrong?

The number one thing I saw when I was a mechanic was people trying to own a vehicle they couldn’t afford to maintain. I worked at a Volvo specialist. A Volvo is not a Mercedes or BMW but it is not a Honda, either. Some of our clients were in the Honda or Toyota tax bracket (I’m not being a jerk, I am too) but wanted to drive something nicer than that. OK, we all aspire to finer things. That’s fine. I get it. The problem is that a Volvo needs more upkeep and more expensive parts and more specialized labor than a Honda or Toyota. The cam synchronizer started leaking oil on your S40’s timing belt. We’ll have to replace the synch, the belt, the seals, etc. Oh, you can’t afford that? Put it off a few months? OK - See you in 6 weeks when the oil-soaked belt slips and your pistons crash into the intake valves. That kind of thing. Basically - if buying the car was a reach, maintaining it might be a strain. Dont’t buy more car than you can afford to keep running. If you can’t get to work, your boss won’t be impressed by your Audi.