Monthly Archives: December 2015

Volvo – Clear SRS Service Codes

As mentioned in an earlier post, I had to remove the front seats, which have airbags in them, from the Volvo C30, and once back together, I received an SRS Service Error. I bought and used “VOLVO iCarsoft i906 OBD2 Engine Vehicle Diagnostic Tool Code Fault Multi-System OBD-II Scanner” to first read the SRS Error messages, which were related to the removal of the front seats; then, the clearing of the SRS error codes.

The scanner worked great, and now I have an advanced scanner for the Volvo C30 which I hope to get at least an additional 100,000 miles.

Volvo C30 – Wet Floors

We have been getting a lot of rain lately, and I noticed that my wife’s 2010 Volvo C30’s floors were wet. There was no signs of an obvious leak, so I went to Google to see what I could find out, and once again, Google came to the rescue.

It seems that there is a common problem on the Volvos where the Sunroof drain tubes separate behind the A-pillar interior trim, so that is where I focused my attention.

Prior to taking the A-Pillar trim apart, I wanted to get the carpet up, so I could start drying the interior. The front seats and the rear bottom seat came out which gave me access to remove the rear piece of carpet. To my surprise, there was about a 1/2″ of water under the carpet. Once I saw this much water, I decided to pull the front carpets also, and I’m glad I did. The carpet has about an inch of foam padding, and this padding was completely saturated, and I think it will take about a week to dry out the foam.

To expedite the removal of water form the interior, I drill two 1/8″ inch holes in the floor. These holes allowed the water to drain, and they will be very easy to seal once the interior is dry.

Once I got that sorted, I carefully removed the A-pillar trim, and it was obvious that the drain tubes were separated on both sides. The upper tube needed to be lengthened by about an inch to reconnect the upper and lower drain hoses. I cut the upper hose in two about 6″ inches from the end, and went to Lowes to get a piece of hose large enough to fit the Volvo drain hose inside. I found a suitable line, and for $0.45, I had plenty to extend the upper drain lines.

I used about 4″ of the larger hose and slide the two halves of the upper drain line into it, and I did use a little sealant to ensure a water tight connection; then, I slide the upper drain line into the lower drain line. The extended line fit into the lower line by an inch or so. I do not think there is a chance of it separating in the future. The extended drain lines tested good, so I put the trim pieces and seats back into the car.

I thought I would be done, until the carpet drys, but when I started the car, I got a “SRS Urgent” message. Once again, Google came in handy. After reading about the error, my thoughts are that I got the error message due to the seat removal while the battery was still connected which means that the SRS system got a message that the air bags in the seat were disabled. So, the next question is how to reset the error message.

Through Google searches, I found an “advanced” code reader for Volvos which provide the ability to reset SRS codes, so this device is on its way, and I will provide an update once I get a chance to use it.

All in all, fixing the drain tubes was easy, but time consuming due to the seat and carpet removal.

At Home – Clothes Washer Fixed

I would like for someone to do a large research project to figure out how much money YouTube has saved people over the years. I use it all of the time to watch “How to” videos, and the latest example was on swapping the water valves on the washing machine.

We have a front load washer, and slowly over several hours, water would fill up the washing tub, and if it went too long, it would fill up enough to spill out the front of the washer, so after a basic troubleshooting exercise of turning off the water feeds, it was obvious that the inlet valve(s) were leaking.

A quick Google search, a few minutes watching a YouTube video, and little research and a quick purchase, the new valves were on their way to my place. The swap was very easy and took little time or effort. Both valves (hot and cold feed) cost a total of $55 shipped, and the swap took about 30 minutes which included pulling out the washer, gathering tools, swapping valves and replacing the washer in the proper location.

If someone called in a repair person for this job, I would guess that it would have been a couple\few hundred dollars. The valves would have been more expensive and the repair person would have charged $100 minimum. Thanks to YouTube, Google and Amazon, the valves were swapped in 30 minutes for $55.

Cisco UCS and VMWare

This past week, I got my first experience on the Cisco UCS chassis utilizing VMWare.  One of the lab test teams wanted test\jump servers to support their activity, so to meet their original request, I activated one Windows server and one Ubuntu server.

These servers were created from existing templates, so the upfront work was already completed by other engineers.  Once the templates were “cloned”, it took little time for the servers to come online, and I made all of the required IP changes, static routes, user account and updates through the VMWare manager.  The whole process was very easy, and it took little time to get the new servers handed off to the test team.

My initial interaction with VMWare\UCS was very good, and I look forward to learning more on the system.

CCNA Complete – Months Ago

Hello.  I just realized that it has been many, many months since my last update, and I guess I need to keep this a little more up to date.

Anyway, I finished the CCNA in May, and I will be working on my CCNP (my original CCNP expired in 2004).  I hope to complete the CCNP Route test in the next month.  Currently, I’m using the INE videos and Cisco Press book to study.  I think the INE videos are very good, but I will provide more input once I take the test.

The goal is to complete the CCNP cert by the end of March, and look to start the CCNA-Security test.

Besides work stuff, I got a bunch of non-work items going on, so I will start to post about my hobbies on this site also.