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Volvo has announced a recall of 82,000 vehicles due to a rust problem that can lead to engine stall. The recall affects My 2004 through 2006 5-cylinder gasoline-powered S40 and V50 models. The majority of the problem cars are roaming the streets of the United States, Sweden and Germany as they are countries considered to be "corrosion markets". The issue stems from fuel pump electronics being exposed to rain, snow and road salt leading to their degradation. If excessive rust occurs it can lead to fuel starvation of the engine and thus, stalling. While markets with volatile climates get the fix, vehicles in more arid countries will receive an extended guarantee.

[Source: CNNMoney.com]


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      • 7 Years Ago
      I had a 1975 Volvo with the same problem.

      The fuel pump was outside the tank, in front of the right rear wheel. The contacts faced up wards and when the rubber boot that covered it all crumbled, water collected in the depression where the contacts were and ultimately caused the pump to short out.

      Nothing a little marine silicone won't fix...or decent design won't avoid.
      • 7 Years Ago
      whats up with Volvo 1st they get in trouble for brake failure with resulted in the death of 2, Now rust ?

      • 7 Years Ago
      Electrical connections need protection from corrosion. Who knew?
      • 7 Years Ago
      I wonder what part of the sysem is failing? The fuel pump is in the tank so prehaps its the relay in the engine compartment.
      • 7 Years Ago
      What about Canada? Isn't Canada a corrosion market?
        • 7 Years Ago
        Looks like were safe here in Canada! Now that we've toughened up our border with the US, the rust is turned away!
      • 7 Years Ago
      Im not even a fanboy, but it wasn't brake failuer as Autoblog reported it, it was really a degradation of braking power, but braking was still possible, and the woman was also driving in high speed.

      But still, this problem is pretty lame nad quite stupid when you think of where the engine was developed, Sweden is probably the most the most corrosive environment a car can be in, they salt roads here every other day.... :( and every other city is near the sea.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Sugar? Yammy...
      • 7 Years Ago
      Argh, stupid reply still isn't working =(
      But this is pretty bad engineering if some cars presumably already corroded badly enough to warrant the recall.

      But when your parent company just issued a recall on a recall, I guess it's not entirely surprising.

      Seriously, the only Ford engineer I ever met made me seriously wonder who does the hiring at Ford (the engineer was a friend of an apartment-mate). I mean, she wore the female version of my watch at the time, so initially I thought maybe Ford engineers were intelligent and had good taste in watches, but I quickly found out that she wasn't the brightest bulb. I actually had a hard time figuring out how the hell she got a job as a Ford engineer.
      • 7 Years Ago
      Would this recall apply to Florida S40's as well?
      • 7 Years Ago
      Yeah, they're starting to use it to 'glue' the rest of it to the roads so that its not immediatly washed off by our rain. Usually some sort of syrup or molasses apparently.
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