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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

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

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

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 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

How to Replace a P1 Volvo Engine Mount (C30 S40 V50 C70)

Posted by Michael Hallock
on Feb 1, 2017
On P1 Volvos, there are only three mounts which support the engine and transmission. A Volvo upper engine mount underneath the coolant ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Autocross and tips for preparing your car

Posted by Michael Hallock
on Feb 1, 2017
What is autocross? Autocross is a racing event which truly distinguishes driver capabilities and the limits of cars. Unlike traditional ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

Elevate Intake Manifold Installation and Review

Posted by Michael Hallock
on Feb 1, 2017
The Elevate upper intake manifold is a great addition for anyone building a P1 Volvo for maximum performance. The cast aluminum construction ... Read more

Topics: Do-It-Yourself, Porsche

Volvo Traction Control Explained and a Race Mode Hack

Posted by Michael Hallock
on Feb 1, 2017
Volvo has always been known for their superior safety and traction control options. But what do all those abbreviations mean?... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

P1 Volvo Steering Column Lock Failure

Posted by Michael Hallock
on Feb 1, 2017
We live in a day and age where we expect our cars to start every time. Unfortunately, many P1 Volvo owners have discovered that their cars ... Read more

Topics: Volvo, Do-It-Yourself

Replacing Spark Plugs on a T5 P1 Volvo

Posted by Michael Hallock
on Feb 1, 2017
Replacing Spark Plugs on a T5 P1 Volvo If fuel economy starts to decrease, the vehicle looses a bit of peppiness, or you get the occasional ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous

LED Light Bars on a Volvo

Posted by Michael Hallock
on Jan 31, 2017
When we think of LED light bars, the first thing that often comes to mind is a lifted pickup truck with massive light bars spanning the ... Read more

Topics: Miscellaneous, Volvo, Do-It-Yourself

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