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Ran into our first problem on the weekend. Since I did the plugs/wires/cap and rotor, the car had a slight miss accelerating after coming to a stop. The issue cleared up after the car was being regularly driven, but this past Saturday on our way to a stag n die, the car started missing badly under load all the time. Spent a large part of Sunday afternoon eliminating ignition parts as the cause. After not having any luck, I paid a visit to a local Volvo specialist at 6 on a Sunday, he was closed, but was nice enough to offer a few suggestions, one of them being that the in tank fuel pump had died. I came back home and pulled the plugs to find them white. Pulled up the rear floor and removed the lines from the sending unit, sure enough, no flow. Smacked the sending unit and fuel started pumping. Took it for a drive, problem solved. Also found the fuel pressure regulator leaking, so all the parts are on order and should be in tomorrow or Wednesday. Pictures to come!
Also contacted Volvo and got the radio code, nice having a radio again!
All the fuel system parts are arriving tonight. Work is very slow today, so I was allowed to bring the car in the shop and get some work done. The alternator was loose so I tightened it up and did a rear brake service/machine the rotors.
Machined the front rotors, replaced the grease seals, cleaned and re-packed the front wheel bearings and balanced the front tires a few days later.
Last edited by Zman86; 11-05-2012 at 08:16 PM.
Did you check the rear trailing arm/locating arm bushes while you had it in the air?
Judging by the rear shocks (I know, it's a salt belt car) I'd bet the rear susp. bushes are shot. They are usually gone by 100k miles.
Did the in tank fuel pump, sending unit, fuel pressure regulator and swapped out the NGK plugs for a set of Bosch ones at the advice of a Volvo guy tonight. Car is running much better, but the float on the sending unit must be getting snagged on something as the fuel gauge will only read 2/3 tank. Will fix it at a later date, car is back on commuter duty tomorrow. Curious to see what kind of mileage it get now.
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Pressure regulator and associated lines replaced
Old one in the left, new one on the right awaiting assembly.
Had some more mechanical problems. My girlfriend told me that on her way to work Friday the belts were squealing really bad. Inspection found that one of the alternator belts was missing and the other was loose. I already had belts waiting to go on, so I put off changing them till Saturday. Tightened up the belts and headed off to my parents house. On the way there, the dash lights kept getting dimmer and dimmer. I shut off all the electrical loads I could and limped it to my old work where they let me charge the battery. The remaining alternator belt was on the verge of falling off, and the alternator mount bushings had pretty much disintegrated. I tightened the belt up best as possible and limped it home
Picked up some replacement bushings on Saturday, got those installed and replaced the rest of the belts. Who wants to place bets on what fails next...
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great looking wagon.
i hold a special place for older vehicules in my heart.
i have had a couple of toyota vans; the originals( 84 to 89); a 85 mazda lx liftback with 50000 miles on it; a few early 90's passats and i now drive a not so popular or little known 93 nissan axxess.
one day i want to get in a volvo of this vintage.
what i love the most about these older vehicules is the fact they are trully " serviceable".
grease nipples everywhere; take things apart; clean them; lube or grease them; and reassemble. ENJOY.
Ya, I only drive older stuff because of that reason, I really hate how cars and everything else have become "throw-away" items. Newest car I've owned in the last 8 years since ive been driving in my own was a '98, before that, a '91. My girlfriend, who is currently commuting 100km/day in the Volvo, does not share my enthusiasm for older cars as much as I do!
Anyways, had a bunch of problems with the sending unit after it was replaced, ended up getting it warrantied and replacing it again. The float arm in the first one was 1/4" longer than the old one, jammed in the tank, then it fell apart removing it and refused to work properly. It's all sorted out now, and I finally got to run through an entire tank of fuel, averaging 21.4mpg or 11.2L/100km roughly. I though these numbers were pretty bad, but according to some fuel economy websites, they were only rated for 23mpg new, so I guess I can't complain.
Last edited by Zman86; 12-03-2012 at 11:47 PM.
Great thread. I just picked up a 90 240dl sedan for cheap. 135k on the clock, still a baby in terms of Volvo life.
I purchased a tune up kit from http://www.fcpeuro.com/. Awesome prices and they package together nice service kits.
Good luck with wagon!
First breakdown, at 699030km. Somehow the new alternator belts I put on 3-4 months ago stretched and stopped turning the alternator. I picked my girlfriend up and took her to work, then went back to fix it later. A quick belt re-tension and it's back on the road. Ordered new belts and will replace them tomorrow while it's in for an oilchange.