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Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 11-03-2017, 04:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 387
Posted By James10952001
There's no instantaneous moment when something...

There's no instantaneous moment when something becomes "vintage" but typically a car is considered "classic" if it's at least 30 years old which many of the 700 series are. I know around here they...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-07-2017, 10:00 PM
Replies: 11
Views: 699
Posted By James10952001
I've seen the ignition power stage become...

I've seen the ignition power stage become intermittent as well. Pay attention to the tach when the engine dies, does it drop like a rock? If so that points to ignition issues. If you catch it in a...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-07-2017, 09:56 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 911
Posted By James10952001
It's not uncommon for the pressure switch to...

It's not uncommon for the pressure switch to fail, I had to replace it on my '87. Bypassing it for a test is trivial, all you need is a piece of wire, a paperclip will work in a pinch. If you've got...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-07-2017, 09:47 PM
Replies: 2
Views: 361
Posted By James10952001
I had this problem a number of years ago, I think...

I had this problem a number of years ago, I think it was actually 1st gear for me. Figured it was already screwed so I drove it for a couple more years until I got around to swapping out the gearbox....
Forum: performance & modifications 09-07-2017, 09:43 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 833
Posted By James10952001
Depends on how much you like manual...

Depends on how much you like manual transmissions. Personally I consider it mandatory, it's one of the most important features I look for in any car, I absolutely loathe slushboxes, even if I lived...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-07-2017, 09:37 PM
Replies: 52
Views: 1,899
Posted By James10952001
If you know someone who has one of those...

If you know someone who has one of those inspection camera boroscope things you can poke it in through the spark plug hole and take a peek at the pistons, if you managed to whang a valve you'd...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 09-07-2017, 09:29 PM
Replies: 12
Views: 504
Posted By James10952001
Yeah, compression fitting is the way to go. A...

Yeah, compression fitting is the way to go. A flaring tool is not terribly expensive, do it right, do it once, you'll be good for another ~15 years.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-02-2017, 10:11 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,358
Posted By James10952001
I'm not pontificating about things I don't know...

I'm not pontificating about things I don't know anything about. I've spent my whole career in engineering, one of my jobs was designing industrial electronics for the street lighting industry where...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-02-2017, 09:48 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,857
Posted By James10952001
Don't all of the fuel rails that have schraders...

Don't all of the fuel rails that have schraders also have the 5th injector for LH 2.4?

It's a moot issue for me anyway since the 2.2 car I had got rear ended and totaled and my current car is LH...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-02-2017, 09:37 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 647
Posted By James10952001
That's exactly how my megasquirted 242 behaved...

That's exactly how my megasquirted 242 behaved when a wire came off the fuel pump relay. An engine will start and idle for a surprisingly long time on residual pressure in the line or the flow from...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-02-2017, 04:02 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 416
Posted By James10952001
The cowl is different, fixing that is far from...

The cowl is different, fixing that is far from trivial. IMO there's no point in a cosmetic mod if it leaves something obviously not fitting right.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-02-2017, 03:55 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 919
Posted By James10952001
I have no data to back this up, but it would not...

I have no data to back this up, but it would not surprise me in the least if there are only a very small number of companies that produce the actual oil which is bottled up and labeled by all the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-02-2017, 03:48 PM
Replies: 51
Views: 1,857
Posted By James10952001
Checking the fuel pressure on these is a pain,...

Checking the fuel pressure on these is a pain, I've never been able to find a suitable adapter, should probably make one some day. I agree with the advice of checking for injector power, any kind of...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-02-2017, 03:46 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 772
Posted By James10952001
Bad advice based on what exactly? In ~25 years of...

Bad advice based on what exactly? In ~25 years of working on family and friend's Volvos it has worked for me.

Why chance it? Because sealant makes a mess, and if the rubber seal deteriorates the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-01-2017, 08:08 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 772
Posted By James10952001
Yeah gluing the gasket to the pump is not a...

Yeah gluing the gasket to the pump is not a terrible idea, I don't do it personally but at least you won't spend an hour bent over scraping gasket bits off the block next time. I always loosen the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-01-2017, 08:03 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 373
Posted By James10952001
Mine doesn't leak, although I had to fix a leaky...

Mine doesn't leak, although I had to fix a leaky distributor on my last 740.

Wasted spark has tempted me, but I've had trouble deciding where to mount the coil pack to keep a nice factory look....
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-01-2017, 07:58 PM
Replies: 30
Views: 919
Posted By James10952001
My anecdotal observation in regards to Volvos is...

My anecdotal observation in regards to Volvos is that the specific type of oil makes almost no difference. The important thing is to keep oil in there and change it once in a while. Unless you are...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-01-2017, 04:23 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 718
Posted By James10952001
What's wrong with 10W30 or whatever Volvo...

What's wrong with 10W30 or whatever Volvo recommends for it? I tend to assume they knew what they were doing.
Forum: showroom 08-01-2017, 04:21 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 812
Posted By James10952001
For a super clean 70k car for so cheap it would...

For a super clean 70k car for so cheap it would be worth converting to LHD for those who wanted.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-01-2017, 04:19 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,400
Posted By James10952001
I was a little shocked by that. I very rarely go...

I was a little shocked by that. I very rarely go into a Walmart and most of the time I have not found their prices to be all that impressive on what I've looked for. I happened to be in one and saw...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-01-2017, 04:09 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,358
Posted By James10952001
Electronics do fail, but with the exception of...

Electronics do fail, but with the exception of electrolytic capacitors and vacuum tubes (including CRTs) they don't get "tired", and age is not a good indication of reliability. I have lots of...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-01-2017, 03:45 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 718
Posted By James10952001
Well it's unlikely to hurt anything, although it...

Well it's unlikely to hurt anything, although it is another potential source for leaks. Mine is still leaking from the thermostat plate, need to find time to change the O-ring. Whether it's worth the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-01-2017, 03:43 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 472
Posted By James10952001
That's too bad, guess everyone has to go sometime...

That's too bad, guess everyone has to go sometime though.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-01-2017, 03:41 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 772
Posted By James10952001
Don't fear it, it's really a pretty simple job,...

Don't fear it, it's really a pretty simple job, the part I hate most is draining the coolant because it makes a mess. The whole process should take less than 2 hours if you really take your time. You...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-01-2017, 03:28 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 373
Posted By James10952001
Head mounted distributors are known for leaking...

Head mounted distributors are known for leaking oil, the caps cost like 60 bucks, it's a bit of a pain to service them if you have big hands, on the LH 2.2 variety the connector for the hall sensor...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-01-2017, 03:26 PM
Replies: 1
Views: 199
Posted By James10952001
Vacuum leak in the HVAC system. There are three...

Vacuum leak in the HVAC system. There are three vacuum motors on the left side, on a left hand drive car they're behind the panel to the right of the gas pedal, an easy thing to do is check for tears...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-01-2017, 03:09 PM
Replies: 20
Views: 829
Posted By James10952001
I've never heard of the H cam, what was it used...

I've never heard of the H cam, what was it used in stock?
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-01-2017, 03:08 PM
Replies: 19
Views: 472
Posted By James10952001
I used to listen to those guys with my grandma...

I used to listen to those guys with my grandma when I was a kid. I wonder if they're still alive, I know they retired several years ago.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-01-2017, 03:07 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 718
Posted By James10952001
There's a thermostat built into the stock turbo...

There's a thermostat built into the stock turbo oil cooler adapter plate. IMHO oil cooler on the bumper looks ghetto as hell and is a leak waiting to happen but to each their own. It would be...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-01-2017, 03:03 PM
Replies: 29
Views: 772
Posted By James10952001
Don't use any sealant, it's not required and it...

Don't use any sealant, it's not required and it makes a mess. 90% of the leaks I've encountered have turned out to be leaky pumps or in one case a bad head gasket that was leaking right behind the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 08-01-2017, 03:00 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 373
Posted By James10952001
That's pretty much it, use a magnet to lift out...

That's pretty much it, use a magnet to lift out the oil pump drive gear and then pull the aux shaft out. You have to be careful not to bash up the bearings when you pull the shaft out but it's fairly...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-31-2017, 03:46 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,291
Posted By James10952001
Did that fix it?

Did that fix it?
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-31-2017, 03:39 PM
Replies: 36
Views: 1,358
Posted By James10952001
In many cases the new parts are crap and used...

In many cases the new parts are crap and used parts are a more reliable bet. I can understand wanting new, but given a choice between good used and **** new I'll go with used. AMM's don't really get...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-31-2017, 03:32 PM
Replies: 15
Views: 1,033
Posted By James10952001
The issue I have is the seat back, the 700/900...

The issue I have is the seat back, the 700/900 are better than the early 200 but even on them the top of the headrest is too low. On the early 240 seats the top of the headrest ends up just above the...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-31-2017, 03:29 PM
Replies: 7
Views: 516
Posted By James10952001
I dunno what idiot decided that press fit rubber...

I dunno what idiot decided that press fit rubber sealed overheat sensor in the radiator was a good idea. I had the rubber rot on mine and the sensor popped out and dumped my coolant. Fortunately I...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-31-2017, 03:25 PM
Replies: 28
Views: 718
Posted By James10952001
Is there any point on a NA engine? Turbos are...

Is there any point on a NA engine? Turbos are known for cooking oil but I'd be surprised if the NA motors have much heat load on it.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-31-2017, 03:24 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,300
Posted By James10952001
That looks really bad, but we don't get a whole...

That looks really bad, but we don't get a whole lot of rust out here in general. I really hate road salt, whenever we have one of our rare snowstorms about once a decade or so and everything grinds...
Forum: showroom 07-31-2017, 03:17 PM
Replies: 17
Views: 812
Posted By James10952001
RHD is a bit inconvenient but yeah a car of that...

RHD is a bit inconvenient but yeah a car of that year with 70k on it? That's crazy low miles. I'm not sure what RHD does to values but the really clean low mileage Volvos of that era have been...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-31-2017, 03:14 PM
Replies: 44
Views: 2,400
Posted By James10952001
Relays and switches often produce a small spark...

Relays and switches often produce a small spark when the contacts open, especially when switching an inductive load. This is why "explosion proof" electrical hardware is available for use in...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-28-2017, 06:13 PM
Replies: 12
Poll: 240: LH3.1
Views: 340
Posted By James10952001
Newer, more advanced, more refined, I'm sure they...

Newer, more advanced, more refined, I'm sure they must have improved something to justify a whole new version. Whether it offers anything compelling I don't know, I certainly haven't see anything...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-28-2017, 06:11 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,291
Posted By James10952001
I've never looked at the knock signal but it...

I've never looked at the knock signal but it would be interesting to try. A simple LED and resistor would provide faster indication than a multimeter, I doubt it's too brief to be visible as a flash...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-28-2017, 03:39 PM
Replies: 12
Poll: 240: LH3.1
Views: 340
Posted By James10952001
Honestly I think I prefer OBD1, at least the...

Honestly I think I prefer OBD1, at least the Volvo setup where you can get the codes without any external hardware. That said, OBD2 readers are dirt cheap these days.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-28-2017, 03:37 PM
Replies: 8
Views: 404
Posted By James10952001
Yeah who needs calipers anyway, they're heavy...

Yeah who needs calipers anyway, they're heavy too! :-D
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-28-2017, 03:34 PM
Replies: 55
Views: 2,291
Posted By James10952001
Doesn't hurt to take care of any deferred...

Doesn't hurt to take care of any deferred maintenance in the process of chasing down the problem but I agree with those who say don't start upgrading/modifying things until you figure out what is...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-28-2017, 03:32 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 657
Posted By James10952001
I don't think I'd use the word "fun" to describe...

I don't think I'd use the word "fun" to describe any slushbox but they do get you from point A to point B pretty reliably.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-28-2017, 03:30 PM
Replies: 12
Poll: 240: LH3.1
Views: 340
Posted By James10952001
LH 3.1 is more modern and refined, for a NA car...

LH 3.1 is more modern and refined, for a NA car I'd say it's functionally superior. Downsides are the lack of a turbo variant and the rarity means that parts may be harder to find and there is less...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-28-2017, 03:17 PM
Replies: 4
Views: 373
Posted By James10952001
It's more than the hardware on the rear seat,...

It's more than the hardware on the rear seat, wagon rear seats are completely different design, accounting for the folding mechanism.
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-28-2017, 03:10 PM
Replies: 10
Views: 435
Posted By James10952001
If I had access to a junkyard with a bunch of...

If I had access to a junkyard with a bunch of crack-free 240 dashboards I'd grab all of them regardless of what year they're for. Uncracked 240 dashes are as rare as hen's teeth these days and a lot...
Forum: performance & modifications 07-28-2017, 03:07 PM
Replies: 31
Views: 1,560
Posted By James10952001
Is it just the ABS cars that have the spacer?...

Is it just the ABS cars that have the spacer? That's news to me, maybe there's an obvious reason why ABS would make any difference but I'm not sure what it is. Perhaps it's just that cars new enough...
Forum: maintenance & nonperformance 07-28-2017, 03:04 PM
Replies: 25
Views: 657
Posted By James10952001
Those transmissions are pretty robust, I wouldn't...

Those transmissions are pretty robust, I wouldn't worry too much about it. As others have said, lube and properly adjust the kickdown cable and if that doesn't work drop the pan and replace the...
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