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Used 1997 Volvo 960 Pricing & Features | Edmunds

If the battery in your 1997 Volvo 960 has crusty white or green build-up and corrosion on the clamps, posts or terminals, you can improve the performance and lifespan of your battery significantly by cleaning it. Your battery is depleted when it is used to start the car, but then recharged when you drive your 960, the corrosion limits the ability for your 960 to recharge the battery when driving. The video above will show you the correct order to safely remove the battery clamps in your 960 and what to use to clean your battery terminals and clamps. We will also show you a tip for preventing this buildup in the future so the battery in your 960 will be optimally charged whenever you drive it!

Car batteries contain dangerous and flammable fluids. Always use safety glasses and gloves whenever working with the battery. Check out our page for great deals and coupons on safety glasses, gloves and battery terminal brushes for your 960!

The reverse light is the white light that lights up when your 960 is in reverse. The video above shows you how to change the reverse light in your 1997 Volvo 960. These bulbs burn out occasionally and help you see when you are backing up. The reverse light gets dimmer over time and we suggest changing them in pairs.

Try not to touch the glass part of the new bulb with your finger when changing the reverse light in your 960, the oil in your finger will cause the that part of the reverse light bulb to burn hotter out therefore burn out quicker. Using gloves or a piece of paper towel will limit the potential of touching the bulb.

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The video above shows you to replace the headlight in your 1997 Volvo 960. Headlights grow dimmer by up to 20% over time and eventually burn out - for this reason, we recommend changing your headlights in pairs. Changing both headlight bulbs on your 960 at the same time will allow both bulbs to have the same intensity and prevent the new headlight bulb from appearing brighter than the bulb on the opposite side. In some Volvos, the highbeam is the same bulb as the headlight and it is possible for the highbeam to work, but the headlight be burnt out even if they are the same bulb (and vise versa). Some Volvos have high intensity discharge headlights, sometimes referred to as xenon lights. These bulbs have a very high voltage that runs through them, even if the battery is disconnected. If your 960 has this type of bulb, we do not recommend that you attempt to change it yourself.

When you change the headlight on your 960, it is important to not touch the glass part of the bulb with your fingers because the oil from your fingertips will cause that part of the bulb to burn hotter, which significantly shortens the life of the bulb.

Your 960 should be running when you check your transmission fluid level, otherwise the transmission fluid level on the transmission fluid dipstick will not be accurate. The video above shows how to fix minor transmission fluid leaks in a 1997 Volvo 960. If you have automatic transmission problems in your 960, ie: it hesitates when shifting gears or seems sluggish shifting from one gear to the next (1st to 2nd gear, 2nd to 3rd gear, 3rd to 4th gear, etc.) check your transmission fluid level first. Unscrupulous mechanics will often suggest a more expensive repair, such as a rebuild, when adding some transmission fluid will fix your 960. If, after adding transmission fluid, you notice that your fluid level is low again, follow the steps highlighted in the video above to fix the transmission fluid leaks in your 960.

In Volvo's desire for more performance and better fuel economy, Volvo has been developing innovative transmissions on a regular basis. Therefore it is important to use the exact type of transmission fluid stipulated by your 960's owner's manual. Many vehicles with manual transmissions do not have a dipstick and their fluid level should be checked by an automotive technician as the car will likely need to be hoisted on a lift.