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?

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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 racing buckets. But modern car seats present numerous ...

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

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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 finally discover the few things which can be upgraded, you ...

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

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Whether you drive your cars thousands of miles a year, or leave it parked for many seasons, hydraulic shocks and struts will inevitably be in need of replacing at some point in the vehicle's life....

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

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As we approach the summer months, air conditioner use becomes a daily ritual; discovering that the AC functions intermittently could be devastating. When an air conditioner begins to fail, the most ...

Purchasing a Used P1 Volvo: Advice

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Having owned two S40s, a C30, and a recently purchased V50, I have acquired quite a bit of experienced with P1 maintenance and common problems. While also having examined hundreds of Volvos when ...

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

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On older Volvos, owners often dismissed ABS messages because the culprit was likely a faulty solder on the control module; no functioning ABS, but not harm to the car. However, ABS warnings should be ...

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

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If you car begins to exhibit strange throttle behavior, lacks throttle response, or has surging power, the likely culprit is the fuel pressure sensor. It's very common for this sensor to get gunked ...

P1 Volvo Key Fobs - Battery Replacement & Features

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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. However, technology and design have progressed to the point that ...

The Importance of a Skid Plate, P1 Volvo installation

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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 damaged during off road exploration or scraping the city ...

P1 Volvo Hood Removal and Alignment

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Whether you are replacing your hood (bonnet), correcting panel alignment after an accident, or simply desire to drive around with an exposed engine bay, hood removal and alignment is a straight ...

P1 Volvo Turbo Control Valve (TCV) Replacement

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Boost issues can be frustrating. They can also be difficult to track down, especially on a Volvo where there are many sensors, hoses, and electrical components. If you are experiencing sporadic ...

Flushing / Bleeding Brakes on a P1 Volvo

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If you notice that your brakes are beginning to feel spongy, despite significant meat remaining on the pads and rotors, it is probably time to bleed the brakes. Over time, dirt, air, and moisture can ...

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