Volvo Repair in St. Louis

Engine & Mechanical Inspection at UFC St. Louis

CALL US TODAY AT 314-291-2277

We want to get your car back on the road safely and running great.

A Partner in Your Volvo Repair

Volvo repair in St. Louis doesn't have to be costly, University Foreign Car wants to get you and your car back on the road safely and at a fair price. Call us today and schedule a time to bring your vehicle in and we'll get to work on diagnosing what's causing your automotive problems.

We'll give you a quote for the work and try to come in under that quote whenever we can.

It's just another reason why so many St. Louis Volvo owners visit UFC.

Engine Electrical System


Engine Electrical System

Most non-hybrid vehicles use a closed circuit electric system that operates on 12 volts DC.

The charging system includes the alternator, voltage regulator and connected wiring. Its purpose is to keep the battery charged while the vehicle is being operated.

The alternator is driven by the accessory drive belt system. As the belt turns, it spins the alternator.

The alternator produces an AC voltage that is converted to DC voltage by the bridge rectifier. A normal output voltage from the alternator is 14.4 volts -- enough to charge a 12 volt battery.

The starting system includes components such as the ignition switch, starter motor, battery and connected wiring.


The starter motor rotates the engine until it can rotate on its own power. When a vehicle is started, current flows from the closed ignition switch to the starter solenoid.

Some vehicles use a park/neutral safety switch or clutch safety switch in this circuit and will only allow current to the starter if the automatic transmission is placed in Park or Neutral or the clutch pedal is pressed.

When the starter solenoid is activated, it pushes the starter pinion gear outwards so that is engages with the flywheel ring gear. At the same time, it also allows current to the starter motor, causing the pinion gear to spin.

The spinning pinion gear rotates the flywheel until the engine can rotate on its own.

We Install Tires in St. Louis, Missouri


Tires connect the vehicle to the road offering the best compromise between grip, durability, handling and comfort.

In addition to providing great service and maintenance, University Foreign Car also sells and installs tires in St. Louis, Missouri. Call us today at 314-291-2277.

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We have moved, but don’t worry – we’re just down the road!

We have moved!

We have moved to a larger location to serve you better. Our new location is at 13602 NW Industrial Circle, Bridgeton, MO 63044 - just West down St. Charles Rock Road from our old shop.

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Common Automobile Suspension Issues

Common automobile suspension issues to make yourself aware.

How does the suspension system work?

Suspension system design varies between vehicles, but the basic function is to keep the tire in contact with the road at the correct angle while absorbing bumps and road imperfections. Commonly used components include: ball joints (which allow components to rotate and change angle), springs, shock absorbers or dampers (that limit the rebound of the springs), rubber bushings (that absorb shocks while allowing some movement), and sway bars with their linkages, (that limit the amount of vehicle roll during cornering).

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Broken Timing Belt

Engine & Mechanical Inspection at UFC St. Louis

Timing Belts

A broken timing belt is almost always preventable, and preferable to replace as a maintenance item.

The Camshaft Timing Belt (or Cambelt) connects the crankshaft at the bottom of the engine with the camshafts at the top of the engine. The teeth on the belt and on the crankshaft and camshaft sprockets ensure that the valves open and close at exactly the right times. The intake valve opens to allow fuel and air into the cylinder, then closes as the mixture is compressed then ignited, then the exhaust valve opens to allow the waste gasses out. A broken timing belt is almost always preventable, and preferable to replace as a maintenance item.

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