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Michael Hallock

Michael lives in Dahlonega, GA where he works full time as manager of an accounts receivable department. Despite a bachelors in New Media Arts, his true passion is in modifying and maintaining the cars that he and his wife own; Volvo for life. Many in the Volvo community might recognize his screen name, MyNameIdeasWereTaken.

Recent Posts

Should You Put Racing Seats in a Daily Driver?

Posted by Michael Hallock
on Feb 2, 2017
On older cars, where a car seat is nothing more than a chair bolted to the floor, people could easily swap their stock seats for aftermarket ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Elevate Exhaust System Review for P1 Vehicles (C30/C70/V50/S40)

Posted by Michael Hallock
on Feb 2, 2017
If you are in the market to modify your Volvo, you may be quickly disappointed to find how very few parts exist for these cars. Once you do ... Read more

Topics: Volvo

How to Replace Rear Shocks on a P1 Volvo (C30/V50/C70/S40)

Posted by Michael Hallock
on Feb 2, 2017
Whether you drive your cars thousands of miles a year, or leave it parked for many seasons, hydraulic shocks and struts will inevitably be ... Read more

Topics: Volvo

How to Fix Intermittent A/C in a Volvo (P1/All)

Posted by Michael Hallock
on Feb 2, 2017
As we approach the summer months, air conditioner use becomes a daily ritual; discovering that the AC functions intermittently could be ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Purchasing a Used P1 Volvo: Advice

Posted by Michael Hallock
on Feb 2, 2017
Having owned two S40s, a C30, and a recently purchased V50, I have acquired quite a bit of experienced with P1 maintenance and common ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Install a Volvo Wheel Bearing Lock Brace (P1)

Posted by Michael Hallock
on Feb 2, 2017
On older Volvos, owners often dismissed ABS messages because the culprit was likely a faulty solder on the control module; no functioning ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous, Volvo

Fuel Pressure Sensor Replacement (C30, S40, V50, C70)

Posted by Michael Hallock
on Feb 2, 2017
If you car begins to exhibit strange throttle behavior, lacking throttle response, or surging power, the likely culprit is the fuel pressure ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

P1 Volvo Key Fobs - Battery Replacement & Features

Posted by Michael Hallock
on Feb 2, 2017
To many people, a car key is just a key. It unlocks the doors, it may control lights, and it is a tool used for starting the vehicle. ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

The Importance of a Skid Plate, P1 Volvo installation

Posted by Michael Hallock
on Feb 2, 2017
It is often suggested that skid plates are only necessary for off road vehicles or lower cars. While it is more likely for an oil pan to be ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

P1 Volvo Hood Removal and Alignment

Posted by Michael Hallock
on Feb 2, 2017
Whether you are replacing your hood (bonnet), correcting panel alignment after an accident, or simply desire to drive around with an exposed ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

P1 Volvo Turbo Control Valve (TCV) Replacement

Posted by Michael Hallock
on Feb 2, 2017
Boost issues can be frustrating. They can also be difficult to track down, especially on a Volvo where there are many sensors, hoses, and ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Flushing / Bleeding Brakes on a P1 Volvo

Posted by Michael Hallock
on Feb 2, 2017
If you notice that your brakes are beginning to feel spongy, despite significant meat remaining on the pads and rotors, it is probably time ... Read more

Topics: Volvo, Do-It-Yourself

P1 Volvo Steering Wheel Replacement

Posted by Michael Hallock
on Feb 2, 2017
P1 Volvos came with a variety of different styling packages, but the most well known is the "R-design" trim. Unlike the actual R models, the ... Read more

Topics: Volvo, Do-It-Yourself

P1 Volvo Pedal Cover Replacement

Posted by Michael Hallock
on Feb 2, 2017
While most people fail to notice, most modern luxury and sports cars are equipped with aluminum pedals. It is a subtle touch of class to the ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

How to Replace Rear Hub Wheel Bearings on a FWD P1 Volvo (C30, S40, V50, C70)

Posted by Michael Hallock
on Feb 2, 2017
Though rare to fail, rear wheel bearings may eventually be in need of replacement, especially if the vehicle is subjected to rough roads and ... Read more

Topics: Volvo