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




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Paul Adetunji: This literally just happened to me. I have a 2005 xc90 (money pit) and i had the etm cleaned. It didn't fix the issue. just bite the bullet and buy the replacement part on ebay. call a mechanic from craigslist and have em put it in. That would save you a ton of cash. I wasted money having it cleaned while thinking i was saving money. Something to try first before you get it replaced is to use the BG 44k gas system cleaner (look it up) This was recommended by another honest mechanic i found on CL. Good luck 

h dunkan: I HAVE A 2003 VOLVIS60 AWD,WITH THE SAME SYMPTOM,BUT ENGINE LOOKS KIND OF DIFFERENT, DO YOU HAVE ANY IDEA YOU CAN SHARE,I'LL APPRECIATE IT.

rotfan77: Thanks for making this great video. I was able to follow your instructions easily and now my Volvo runs smoothly, it was surging with the AC on at stoplights. And running okay with AC off. Now runs smoothly both ways. Thanks again

rthomas2471: Thanks man, working on a V70 and it had a similar part. Worked like a charm.

Kemo Sabee: Thanks. My 2001 s80 info readout says I am averaging 14.3 miles instead of the normal 17 mpg and sure enough, it idles fast and slow so I will be cleaning it out. Hoping to improve it, and mine has 80K. No, I am not married to the church lady.

john adams: Thank you for the video. Just finished cleaning the ETM. I just wish you included the rigid hose removal not the easiest item to remove. Done on a 1999 S80 Volvo.

Shane Glidewell: Super thankful that folks like you take the time to do a how-to like this. Epic job. 

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?

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

Lynn Waters: I realize this video is a couple years old, but can I do this same process to my 2006 XC90?

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!

Jorge duarte: Hey Chris have you had the pvc replacement done in your s80 if by chance you have, did you take it to a dealer or did it yourself? If you took it to dealer what was the cost? 

Steven Fillmore: this is when ford owned VOLVO. I have a 960, swedish build only minor age issues lol

Jorge duarte: Hey Chris have you had the pvc replacement done in your s80 if by chance you have, did you take it to a dealer or did it yourself? If you took it to dealer what was the cost? 

Rob Jenk: Nice vid... Thanks

Lefteris Mouratidis: sooner or later you WILL need to replace the ETM if its the ETM from magneti marelli. Cleaning will only work for you to a certain point.

andyb brown: I have a V70 and I trace the wire from the TB to the connector which is wound behind starter bracket, so an additional 30cm of wire, but can then remove the whole TB module from vehicle without removing the item you mention at 3:13 

Christopher Watson: Hello~ Im using my sons site but have used your informative tutorial to clean emt 2x in the past..but im trying to replace due to ongoing surging and insight of recall that unfortunetly doesn't include me. I have throttle housing out as I learned from you in the past, but the electrical wire is leaving me confused and extremely frustrated as I really don't want to incur the expense of having the dealership to replace...do you have any helpful informative assistance that you might share??? Please single mother of three boys trying to save money and learn how to fix and repair on my own :)

Michael Collins: I have a 2001 Volvo s-40, 1.9 turbo. My vehicle was experiencing surges ,rough idle. I took it to the dealership and had the coils replaced (ignition colis). The dealership said I needed to replace the IAC hose ,.what that and where is it located?also needs a rest valve, tstat. how do I replace the IACX hose and the reset valve?

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

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

Ebraheem Tatour: VOLVO S80 ETM

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

El Salvador: thanks !

AubraneeMusic: Hi, my 2001 Volvo s80 2.9 shut off while on the freeway. I cranked it back up in the check engine light came off then shut off. The car didn't want to drive above 2mph and puttered. I got to a gas station in blew in the maf sensor plug and it stopped the puttering but still didn't want to accelerate over 2mph. I had it towed to the shop and they tried replacing the maf sensor and accelerator pedal sensor but it still did the same thing. The mechanic said the throttle body needs to be replaced.

Lindstrom18: very helpfull

sapaddadadda101: I have a1997 Volvo 850 that I have problem starting up when it's below 37 degrees or below. takes thirty attempts to Get her to fully crank and start up. I have replaced the heater core and done compete tune up can someone please help me

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..

DW Red: 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!
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