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Anthony Peacock

Anthony Peacock is a small business owner and Volvo DIY enthusiast. He is an experienced videographer and editor with a long running reputation for owning and promoting Volvo cars and their many excellent qualities.

Recent Posts

Zimmermann Rotors and Bosch Quietcast Pads: A Brief Review

Posted by Anthony Peacock
on Jan 27, 2017
Over the summer I was forced to replace the front rotors and pads on my Volvo V70 prematurely due to a seized caliper. There are many cheap ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Remove & Replace a Volvo S70/V70/C70 Hood

Posted by Anthony Peacock
on Jan 27, 2017
Since I first purchased my Volvo V70XC the hood has been a bit of an eyesore. The paint on these cars is very tough and for the most part ... Read more

Topics: Volvo

How to Repair a Rattling Volvo V70/850 Tailgate

Posted by Anthony Peacock
on Jan 27, 2017
Every old Volvo makes some creaks and groans, and it's part of what gives them their unique and beloved character. Ignoring my shaky dash ... Read more

Topics: Volvo, Do-It-Yourself

Volvo PCV System Maintenance and Function

Posted by Anthony Peacock
on Jan 27, 2017
The PCV system is often neglected, which can lead to some serious problems. The vent system serves to move fumes from the hot oil, being ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Replace the Shift Interlock Microswitch (Volvo)

Posted by Anthony Peacock
on Jul 29, 2015
For 3-4 weeks my shifter seemed to be getting worse and worse. Not knowing what the immediate cause of this was I would just wiggle and ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Wire and Retrofit Volvo Side Markers (P80)

Posted by Anthony Peacock
on Jul 23, 2015
Anyone with a '98 or older P80 Volvo probably feels a bit left out of the game when it comes to OEM side markers. The hole in the fender is ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

7 Important Summer Road Trip Prep Items

Posted by Anthony Peacock
on Jun 24, 2015
For those of us in the northeast looking back on just about 6 months of hard winter weather, the sunshine of Summer is all too welcome. As ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Install Nivomat Volvo Shock Absorbers

Posted by Anthony Peacock
on Jun 16, 2015
Many people seem down on the Nivomat dampener, however when working properly they do an excellent job at keeping everything level on the ... Read more

Topics: Volvo, Do-It-Yourself

How to Know When a Bolt is Going to Break

Posted by Anthony Peacock
on May 23, 2015
DIY car repair is sometimes really disheartening. For every great success, sometimes there is an equally great failure. Working on cars ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

3 Important Volvo Performance Modifications (P80)

Posted by Anthony Peacock
on May 6, 2015
HP, CV, HK, CH, KW, and PS are all abbreviated measures of engine output, and without supporting mods or proper preparation they are all ... Read more

Topics: Volvo, Do-It-Yourself

How to Replace A Volvo V70 Radiator & Intercooler (P80)

Posted by Anthony Peacock
on Apr 24, 2015
A Volvo's front end is a gathering point for many essential systems. Directly in between the headlights are the A/C condenser, intercooler, ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Install an Aux-in Adapter in a Volvo V70 (P80)

Posted by Anthony Peacock
on Apr 16, 2015
Adding an auxiliary input to a car designed in the 1990s is one of the best ways to increase overall enjoyment of the vehicle. Cassette ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous, Volvo, Do-It-Yourself

What Causes a Fuel Pump to Fail? (Volvo)

Posted by Anthony Peacock
on Mar 29, 2015
Most Volvo parts are designed to and often last a very long time, with the fuel pump being no exception. The fuel pump sending unit only ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Diagnose a Clogged Catalytic Converter

Posted by Anthony Peacock
on Mar 22, 2015
While many people seem to enjoy the idea of eliminating their catalytic converter, it is an essential part of the automotive emissions ... Read more

Topics: Volvo, Do-It-Yourself

How to De-Winterize and Check a Vehicle For Spring (V70)

Posted by Anthony Peacock
on Mar 16, 2015
Despite living in the rust belt of Western New York, I am able to preserve my 99 Volvo V70R in excellent condition by storing it through the ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

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