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11-22-2004, 12:15 AM
Well, I got to take a good look at the damage that was done to my car today. It's pretty bad.
The wiring harness didn't actually melt on the block like I had previously thought, it melted to the block when it grounded itself out somewhere. I have a few pics of the aftermath, so I'll post them up here after I resize them and find a place to host them.
11-22-2004, 12:26 AM
that sounds unhappy... bummer man! pics sound interesting though. fuses are your friend! :) later,
11-22-2004, 10:07 PM
Ok, here are the pics that I promised. Not a pretty picture...
11-22-2004, 10:12 PM
heeeyyy pretty cooool.
gotta love volvo's early 80's wiring (their mid 80's wiring has caused me much grief and an engine fire or two as well tho, so i feel your pain)
11-22-2004, 10:14 PM
Yeah, I think we determined that the wire got pinched somewhere, but where, we have no f'ing clue. The harness fried itself from the starter to the alternator.
11-22-2004, 10:21 PM
That sucks! Looks like a real PITA to fix
11-23-2004, 01:38 AM
Good Luck with repairing that
11-23-2004, 02:17 AM
Yeah, we all know you did that on purpose. :-P
Kinda weird how that happens, but I guess it was just time for your harness to biodegrade as volvo intended. Hope that one from doug helps ya!
11-23-2004, 10:44 AM
looks like a good opertunity to megasquirt it and build your own well protected/insulated harness.
11-23-2004, 12:51 PM
I hope that never happens to me.. but i know it will
82 volvo 240
11-24-2004, 04:03 AM
yep had the same thing happen to me on my 83! haha big fire
11-24-2004, 05:27 AM
Very very common problem, the possitive lead from the alternator to the starter gets damaged and grounds itself against the block, usually around the gear for the crank or just behind the dist.
Just to rebuild the wiring and protect it better, use bigger wires and you will notice a big differens in power from the alternator. The whole electricsystem on a 240 uses to small wires, change the wires to the headlights and the light gets much better.
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