3rd Generation Volvo V70 Intermittent Power Loss

The Volvo V70’s 3rd generation (2007-present) continued with the impressive president set by the 1st and 2nd generations, adding enhancements to this mid sized, 5 door station wagon such as increased legroom in the back seat, a larger tailgate, and fully updated safety features. Furthermore, the designers gave a prescient nod towards the eco-conscientious and offered a hybrid version of the car. A common problem experienced by V70 owners is intermittent power loss.

Owners say that the car will operate perfectly most of the time, but there are moments when it looses a vast majority of its power. The car still runs, but it runs at a drastically inferior rate of power. No check engine light goes on, and it will return to normal after a period of time, but let two or three more days pass and the car once again loses the majority of its power. Furthermore, it seems that none of the other systems in the car are affected, ruling out the likelihood that the problem is electrical in nature.

Where then does the actual problem lie? There are several systems in the car that, if they malfunctioned, could cause such a power loss. First, you might be looking at a faulty MAF (Mass Airflow) sensor. The MAF provides the right mixture of air and fuel, and a malfunction here would certainly affect the car’s ability to run normally. It could also be a series of clogged parts (exhaust manifold, throttle body, EGR, fuel filter) that are restricting air/fuel flow. Finally, you may be looking at a damaged swirl port actuator rod.

What are all these parts? Where can you find them? How can you tell if they are the problem or if the issue lies in some other unforeseen spot? By taking your V70 to an independent Volvo repair mechanic you can get the answer to all these questions, and at a better far price than if you went to a dealership.

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