Update: Tried to take the air box out myself and attempt failed :) there is way too much going on there and I didn't have the right tools. Took it to a mechanic who said he would do it (since I had the parts) for $70. I was there the whole time he was working on it and changing the cracked tank. Thermostat has been changed as well as the tank and no no more leak or car randomly shutting off. **BUT** now I'm back to my original problem that I've had with this car. "Reduced Engine Performance". Volvo Mechanics have worked on this issue multiple times and clearly haven't been able to fix it. (See attached Pic)
In the process of taking out the air box we had to unplug some of those connections listed.
#2 vacuum hose (I believe that is what it's called)
#3 electrical wires (looked to me like a computer once #1 cover was removed)
#4 hose (also remove so I can change the spark plugs)
#5 small hose connected to the back of #4.
Could this have caused that "Engine performance reduced" message?
Few things to note: Seems like the turbo does not kick in at all. Speed is very slow to pick up but once I reach the MPH I want to be at it holds steady assuming there are no hills :)
I've turned the car off and the message sometimes goes away and I can drive normally again. However, sometimes doing that doesn't work either as the message will come back up after a few minutes if not immediately and RMP doesn't want to go above 3k even if I have the gas pedal to the floor.
Could all this be a Turbo issue? Does it sound like it needs replacing as well? It seems like every time I have something "fixed" on this car something else goes wrong. I'd love to truly get it fixed and get rid of it before I hit another snag.
Monday, March 19th, 2012 AT 5:20 PM