I have a Volvo XC60 and I noticed it's been burning oil so fast. I now have to top off oil every week. It's getting frustrating and expensive. What should I do?
An engine that is burning up oil so quickly is something to be alarmed of; first, you are spending a lot of money on oil and second, this can cause other engine troubles. It can cause misfires and can shorten the life of the catalytic converter and oxygen sensor. If the engine is using a lot of oil, this could be because of leaks in the valve cover gasket, in the oil pan gasket, or crankshaft end seals. The problem can be easily fixed by replacing any of the leaky gaskets. However, the oil consumption can happen in the internal parts and it may need major repairs. Oil consumption can be because of either a worn valve guides or broken piston rings. You will need the help of a professional mechanic with these kinds of repair.
My Volvo XC60 just gave me my first major headache while driving it. I was on the highway and notice some weird grinding noise whenever I am applying the brakes. Is this something I need to be alarmed of?
The answer is yes. Any issue involving your car's brakes should be a cause for alarm. And you should probably stop driving it without having it checked first. Brake noises are not just annoying and headache-inducing, but they are also dangerous. A grinding noise on braking system is caused by lack of brake pad material. This means that the pads and the rotors are now experiencing metal-to-metal contact as there is no braking material left. Stop driving and call a towing service. It's worth getting to the root of the problem in advance than ending up spending more on major brake system repairs, or worse, you getting into an accident.
I was driving my XC60 quite comfortably the other day when suddenly the Check Engine Light came on. I checked and the car is still able to function. But it's so annoying to see the light still on even if I think there is nothing wrong with the car. How do I make it go away?
The Check Engine Light or the Malfunction Indicator Lamp is responsible for alerting drivers that something is wrong with your car. Usually, the light indicates emission-related problem that occurs with the engine control system or emission control. The CEL may come on and remain on or may flash. The one thing that will help you make it go away is to plug a scan tool into the vehicle's diagnostic connector and read the codes that are causing the light to come and remain on. Until you have addressed all the trouble codes, the light will remain on.
My XC60 is making a loud whirring noise when I am accelerating. I just don't understand why it's going to break down on me when it has a low mileage still and is properly maintained. Any help?
The possible causes of a whirring noise coming from the engine—whether you are increasing or decreasing RPM—are low power steering fluid level, bad alternator bearings, bad water pump or power steering pump, and bad air conditioning compressor. The latter is not something you can DIY, so you need to bring your car to the shop if that is the problem. For the steering fluid, you can just refill it, and make sure that the level is between the minimum and maximum level. Bad alternator bearings, water pump, or power steering pump will all need replacement as well.