Rebuilding Volvo Cylinder Heads

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We are sometimes asked about rebuilding Volvo cylinder heads. Yes, we definitely can rebuild and service Volvo cylinder heads. Volvo cars have been around for a while, and we enjoy working on their heads and admire the car.

Volvo automobiles are “for the people” type vehicles. Founded in 1927, Volvo is a Swedish luxury vehicle company and a subsidiary of the Chinese automotive company, Geely. As a forerunner in technology, performance, and safety, Volvo truly provides drivers and passengers with a comfortable luxurious ride with all the bells and whistles. You can read more about the history Volvo cars by clicking here.

Admirable Volvo Features

Among safety features developed by Volvo engineers are:

  • the three-point safety belt,
  • rear-facing child seat,
  • side airbags,
  • the inflatable curtain, and more.

Not only is Volvo a leader in safety engineering, but the company is also a leader in fuel efficiency and environmental friendliness. In 1976 Volvo created the Lambda Sond in an effort to make a more environmentally friendly car. The Lambda Sond is an oxygen-sensing probe that works to reduce exhaust emissions. The Lambda Sond has been incorporated into most every gas powered car in the world and has reduced exhaust emissions by 90%. In an effort towards electrification of their automobiles, Volvo currently offers plug-in hybrid vehicles. Volvo is also working to produce mild hybrid and battery electric vehicles. Håkan Samuelsson, President and CEO of Volvo, has said that Volvo is “determined to be the first premium car maker to move our entire portfolio of vehicles into electrification.”

Among the most notable luxury features of the Volvo is its “On Call” application. The “On Call” app offers a climate control feature that allows you to start to start your car’s engine remotely and thus heat up or cool down the car. The built-in map feature of the On Call app allows convenient navigation, even showing parking spaces and hourly parking rates near your destination. The application provides the car’s owner with information about their car including, whether it is locked, mileage for various trips, current fuel range, car’s temperature, etc. The app also sync’s with its owner’s calendar to let you know when it is time to leave. The On Call app also makes it easy to share the vehicle with others for only a certain period of time by providing a mobile key that only works for a designated amount of time. The Volvo On Call app does all of this and so much more, really creating a convenient and comfortable luxury vehicle.

The Volvo Internal-Combustion Engine

Volvo’s amazing technology, performance, and safety features has earned the company a name among luxury vehicles. In 2017 Volvo hit record sales for its fourth year in a row by selling 571,000 cars. For their internal-combustion engines, Volvo uses an in-line (straight) engine configuration. In an in-line (straight) engine, all the cylinders are aligned in one row and do not need balancing or offsetting components, which results in a simpler engine.

Since the cylinders in an in-line engine can have longer strokes, in-line engines provide opportunity for more torque. The engine’s relatively simple design allows the engine cylinder bank and crankshaft to be milled from a single metal casting. This sleek design creates an overall smaller engine, which can allow it to be mounted in any direction (and also makes them cheaper and easier to maintain). A Volvo in-line engine can come in four, five, or six cylinders.

Rebuilt Volvo Cylinder Heads

The cylinder head and the head gasket sit over an engine’s cylinders protecting the engine components and creating the correct vacuum to allow gas-powered engines to work. The cylinder head works with the other engine components to process fuel, air, and exhaust to give a car its horsepower. Cylinder heads are unique to each car’s specific make, model, and application.

Cracks in Volvo Heads – When Rebuilding Volvo Cylinder Heads is Necessary

Leaks or cracks in Volvo cylinder heads can cause monumental damage to the car’s engine. Since vehicles require the correct shape, size, material, and quality to work properly and avoid further engine damage, when you need a new or rebuilt cylinder head, it is important to consult the professionals. In most cases, choosing rebuilt cylinder heads over new cylinder heads are generally cheaper.

Clearwater Cylinder Head Inc. (CCH), is a reputable experienced (over 25 years) dealer, specializing in providing quality and warranty-backed rebuilt cylinder heads for a variety of vehicles. With a massive online catalog of heads, you can view CCH’s inventory of Volvo cylinder heads. The knowledgeable staff at CCH would also be happy to help you choose the cylinder head that is right for your Volvo. Contact Clearwater Cylinder Head Inc. toll free at 1-800-572-1963 or by email at

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