Volvo Rough Idle Problems (ETM Issues) - How To Fix




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Viaamtrak: I am getting the "Reduced engine performance" light on the dash of my XC90 T-5 2004 2.5. It drops down to about 10mph, then goes away in about ten minutes or so. Any ideas? Where do I plug in the OBD2?

Antti Suvanto: No offence, but it´s a big piece of junk made by Magneti Marelli, italy!:D Thanks, great video, now my ride idles smooth!

andyb brown: Thanks, is it possible to reuse the gasket?

Elizabeth Koppes: I had a Low engine pressure warning the other day I brought XC70 -04 to garage they say to replace the trottle body part $ 650! Should I just clean it or is my garage trying to clean me out!

lcg5000: This was very helpful. I appreciate you making a video on this. Sometimes it's really hard to find info on this volvo. Love the car but sometimes electronics just over complicate things and make parts and labor ridiculously expensive

Steve Berg: took my 04 Volvo in today. They recommended $1050 replacement. I sent this link with instructions to clean. My cross country only has 92k. Thanks! 

JOHN CHANDA: THANKS KRIS

Ebraheem Tatour: VOLVO S80 ETM

Lydia Rodriguez: any idea on how to change the starter in a 2001 volvo s80

pelletiertimothy: This was a breeze to do on my 99 V70. Thanks!

El Salvador: thanks !

Lindstrom18: very helpfull

guitartricky: Thanks man! I did replace the crank position senor but what bracket are you referring to?

1959D356: While your at replacing the throttle body, don't forget to replace the transmission and ABS control unit also.

rudyba: Thank you very much. I have a 2001 V70 and non turbo and have the problem thay was some times very difiult to start. I called my mechanic and he conected the scanner witch red the failure at the ETM. The mechanic told me that it had to be changed for a new one and I red about warranties for Volvo for 200k Milles or 10 years. I live in Guatemala and Volvo in Guatemala does not cover that Warranty. By doing this it started inmidiatly many times without problem, I hope it satys like this. Thank's..

David Redmon: Xemodex..actually rebuilds the one you own so no reprogramming needed

guitartricky: Thanks! The Vai guitar was kinda of an immature purchase when I was younger and going through my "Vai" phase.;) At least back then they were half the price they are now!

Kris Kasprzak: The car is a 2.9, no the turbo version.

mysqueeker: and its so typical. it just shows how wasteful our society is. volvo recommends replacement when all it needs is just a simple cleaning.

Kris Kasprzak: @TybaltC yep you may be right, but I hate my volvo dealership. My old ETM was recalled, but Volvo in their infinite wisdom, basically replaced it with the same crappy failure prone unit.

prelude1983: Hey Kris. I have a problem with my 06 Volvo C70 t5. In the winter it`s very hard to start it. Maybe on the second or third attempt it will go. And when it first start a message willl pop up in the display "motoreffect reduced". This message will stand there for about 5 minutes. Can it be a ETM issue you think? Or maybe the air mass metter or landasonde?

Kris Kasprzak: I don't think the tach jumping before starting is related to the ETM--mine never did as you describe.

jerry pineda: Hi timetotravel, I got 99' S80 that i believe has the same problem like this. I called a dealership here in Vancouver and told me that its out of warranty already. The ETM software update has been done in 2006. Now im pretty much on my own. ( i bought it in 2010 BTW). Are the 4 nuts and bolts underneath hard to take out. Im sorry for my question but i really appreciate if you will break it down step by step. Thanks

TybaltC: My mechanic had me replace my gas pedal which did nothing to fix this issue. I told him about cleaning the ETM and he did. After about five minutes of driving, the car looses acceleration on the road, does not go above 1,800 RPM's or 5 MPH. Anyone know what else it could be?

jprice3331: Yeah thats what i thought. It was a bit harder to do than on the 2.9 but this video does apply to the 2.8 t6. thanks for the guide.This did fix all idle problems i was having.

Mike Gambino: I hope this works on my S70... Lets give it a whirl!!! Got to get that 'gook' off .. (hahah)

TBguitar: I did just as you said, and will test the results later *** 2001/S60

gonzalogagliardi: what about a v70

Deadgurl212: I have a Volvo v70 and it does the same thing nonstop. Also the power stearing jerks around alot when steep on or off the gas what could cause that ?

Kris Kasprzak: @zaidusa With the key in the igntion, hold down the trip reset button. While holding the button down, turn the key to position 1 for 2 sec and the to position 2 untill the service light flashes 3 times. It's tricky and I always have to do this a few times to get it reset.

Kris Kasprzak: de nada!

Aarontown: Wanted to just say thank you. I took out my ETM today and cleaned the holy hell out of it. It was about 100x worse than in this video. I was looking all over for a fix for my idling/surging issues -- luckily stumbled across this video. My Volvo is at 155k miles, and this has never been cleaned. After I reassembled it I drove it around for awhile and it ran like a champ. I thought I would have to take it to the dealership but once I saw this video I knew i had to try it. Thank you so much!

Jason B: Ahhh hmmm "some people" just have to do the "hard way".... In my 2001 Volvo S80 I just took the top half the of the intake manifold and got easy access to the throttle plate. I cleaned it with a wire brush and "throttle body" cleaner and also cleaned out the oily and dirty intake manifold too. I did mine about a year ago still runs great with 132000 miles on it!

Kris Kasprzak: Fine question. In another reply the person didn't replace the gasket and indicated that car ran bad. I don't know if these can be easily bought. I' personally would make one before i used silicone. Just be carefull and take your time--best avoid the issue in general :)

Kris Kasprzak: The 4 bolts are not nearly as hard to get to as it looks. Once you remove the air intake tube they are easy to get to--just follow the video. Note this cleaning is only a temp fix, the real issue is bad electronics in the unit. I'll not replace mine since a replacement unit is worth more than the car.

AlertDuck: Thank you for the video - did this on my 2002 S60 2.0T last weekend and the car now runs like an absolute dream. Such an easy fix been replacing MAF vacume hoses etc for the last year or so with no sucess. It was full of crud and sticky stuff all gone now and works lovely.

guitartricky: Thanks Kris! That helps me narrow it down. Upon more research it seems the tach jump could be due to a failing crank position sensor.

MrTruls75: @timetotravel hello and thanks for this one... my car have been doing this for four weeks now.was going to buy a new one,but here in norway this cost 2000 $,,then i found this video today, tryed it,and now the car runs 100% :-) so again..Thanks.

Rebel: Jees I feel like an idiot. I had this issue for a year, going from mechanic to mechanic. Two days ago I got to dealership to clean ETM and this morning my car got a heart attack. Engine light is flashing, car shakes valiantly, smell of burning. Had I googled it earlier I would have probably save myself $1500. Moral, make sure to check out forums before going to the shop. peace.

AubraneeMusic: Update: my car has been in the shop for a month. The mechanic checked everything including the maf sensor and accelerator pedal sensor but the car still did the same thing. So it had to be the throttle body. Ordered a replacement one from Xemodex on 1/28 got here 1/29 and picked my car up from the shop same day they put it on. Xemodex is such a lifesaver! I was car sick without my baby and this is the first problem I ever had with my car. I love my s80 and thanks Xemodex!

scottkellogs: i recently replaced my AC control panel, upon replacing the panel, i lost my turn signals,cruise control, and windshield fluid controls. any idea of what has caused this?? i switched the panels back and it still didnt work.

sp00nix: 1999+ will have a similar setup.

Micheal O Connor: 1999 Volvo S40 1.6, orange engine warning light on aswell since i did all this.

Kris Kasprzak: good question. "car is great" LOL... I see you are running into all the common problems with these junky cars... I can't believe the US gov let's volvo continue to sell here. However... 1. fixing the ABS can be done on-line for $150 or so-i may post a vid on how 2. O2 sensors ran me $900 3. My ac dies after 15 min as well--rumor has it removing a shim in the clutch fixes it--i'll try and post a vid of the repair 4. my sunroof shade broke so i ripped it out.

11loveshorty: I didn't know much about volvos so a few months ago i bought a c70 convertible and it drove great for the first few moths however a few weeks ago the ETM light came on and then it didn't accelerate pass 10 or 15mph so my question is would doing this help?

Micheal O Connor: Sound, thanks.

progolfj: Is it worth it for me to do this? I have a 2000 Volvo S80 2.9 Nonturbo, has 215,000 miles on it ( timing belt hasn't been changed since 110,000), just replaced the CV Axle myself ( driver side). AC works for 15 min then shuts off (probably a new compressor), sunroof doesn't work, right front rim is bent, fairly new serpentine belt, new plugs and coils. ABS service light is on, check engine light is on (needs O2 sensor). Other than that car is great.

Greg Lind: Thank you so much. This is the first bit of wrenching I've done on my 99 S80. Without your video I wouldn't have had any idea what was wrong, nor would I have attempted to work on this car. This took me about an hour and a half, like you said. I think anyone with moderate mechanical skills shouldn't hesitate to do this job. IMO way easier than changing brakes. Also the total cost was less than $10.00 for a can of cleaner and some brushes. Car runs like new again. Thanks!

Kris Kasprzak: @timetotravel I've posted this link on the sites you mention. Much of the traffic to this video comes from those sites. matthewsvolvosite is another popular one

Kris Kasprzak: @MeClimbRocks 1. i'll have to dig up my cheat sheet on resetting the service light--it's very finnicky. Give me a day or so to respond back 2.I've never replaced the gasket, it's always been in good shape--but as you say take care when removing. In one post someone did not put the gasket back in--this is a job that if you have parts left over, you didn't do it right. 3. $800 sounds very high, I remember paying Volvo $400 the first (and last) time.
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