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[RWD] [200] [1993] Cranks, no start -- '93 240

What diagram are you working from? No continuity on the grey wires (85;86) at the main relay on the L fender when cranking. "Main relay" on L fender?? No voltage between #4 and #2 at the power amplifier, ignition on. Should be battery on #4, the blue wire. How exactly are you probing this? Tested the CPS cable to the ICU at its connector in the engine compartment, found #2 voltage with ignition on was 3.1 V; #3 was connected to ground, and #1, which should be 250 Ohms, wa...

[RWD] [900] AW-71 Shifting Great!

I took jwalker & kittysgreyvolvo advise and did a 3 gallon ATF flush using an IPD hose I bought years ago. Refilled with synthetic ATF and a bottle of K&W TransX. Problem solved! Actually shifts stronger than before. Thanks to those who responded

[RWD] [900] [1995] A/C Universal Compressor Oil and Leak Detection

Now that you've mentioned it, I just cleaned my oily engine compartment & parts with undiluted Simple Green. What a remarkable cleaner! Okay. You mentioned you just have few seconds before the vacuum was lost. Thats a BIG leak. Listen close to these (big leak points): 1) compressor oil seal - listen near to clutch plate 2) crimped rubber hoses - listen near to crimped ends 3) condenser - dismantle the front grille, listen near front of condenser 4) leave the evaporator alone, not yet this tim...

[RWD] [900] [1995] A/C Universal Compressor Oil and Leak Detection

Yes the system must have lost much oil. Leave the compressor alone for the time being. Find the leak first. Worry about replacing oil later. Regards, Amarin.

[RWD] [900] [1995] A/C Universal Compressor Oil and Leak Detection

Dear jd620, I think you plan to find the leak using dyed compressor oil. A good plan however if oil added too much you could disrupt the system oil balance i.e existing oil plus newly added oil. Cooling (i.e heat transfer) would be affected with too much oil in the system. The extra oil would much coat the insides of the evaporator/condenser tubes hindering heat transfer. The SAFER way is to use R134a with added dye. The Behr oil is of PAO variety with a viscosity of 68. Your Seiko-Seiki comp...

[RWD] [120-130] Putting pertonix and new coil questions

GD; Cutting into armored cable is not necessary...diode cable is not necessary...tt's all covered here: http://www.sw-em.com/123Ignition_in_a_Volvo_with_Armored_Cable.htm Good Hunting!

[RWD] 200 owners - actually all owners - Try reading the 700/900 FAQ !!!

Time after time, I see basic problems posted that can be solved by reading the 700/900 FAQ. This FAQ is extensive and discusses many problems that apply to models outside the 700/900 family of Volvos. For example, a friend's daughter visited us at work, and I was amazed to see that the dash in her late model 240 was identical to that in our '88 745 GLE. All sorts of systems in Volvos predated 700/900s and were used after that series as well. Often, I can find repair information for a post t...

[RWD] [200] [1986] How to slide the loose, unclamped tailpipe from the 240GL Wagon, and to disconnect the muffler from its mount.

Don't bother to patch it. The weak points are the small sections of muffler tube that extends from the mufflers. Usually the connection on the passenger side going into the muffler is where it will break. Just get $88 cat-back system and be done with. If you see any rust at any of the joints beware. It may break right there. The pipe to the cat converter is held with a clamp, not welded. But by now it may be fused to the converter and you will have to carefully use a chisel and maybe a saw to c...

[RWD] [200] [1986] How to slide the loose, unclamped tailpipe from the 240GL Wagon, and to disconnect the muffler from its mount.

You're going to need a very long screwdriver or pry bar for both tasks. Place your pry bar on the rear muffler hanger, passenger side, and just pry it over until you can slide the muffler off of it. Once it is off you can then move the muffler over from driver to passenger side and get it off the other hanger. With the center muffler it get a bit tougher but you will be doing the same thing more or less. Prying the muffler off of the rubber donut. Putting it back is a PIA. IIRC there are 2 hang...

[RWD] [900] Post-Mortem on Nissens Radiator

Dear Fellow Brickboarders, Hope you're well. I've always wanted to look at the in-radiator Automatic Transmission Fluid (ATF) cooler. I just retired a 12-year-old Nissens radiator (made in Denmark, in January 2003; installed in March, 2005). The ATF cooler - which shows no signs of corrosion - is a double-wall copper tube, 1.25" (32mm) in outer diameter and about 12.5" (31 cm) long. At each end, a copper fitting is brazed to outer wall of the tube. The cooler weighs about 18 ounces (500 gram...

[RWD] [900] My 960's brake pedal hisses sometimes when I step on it....

In my experience a hiss when the brake pedal is pressed means the brake booster's diaphragm is leaking. I'm referring to the big 8" rubber diaphragm within the booster (thats the size for my 940). My previous booster did that last time and idle became erratic for a while. If fact almost every time I pressed the pedal the idle became erratic. This how I came to conclude about the leaking diaphragm. Try doing that on your car at idle. The big diaphragm separates the vacuum side (the one facing b...

[RWD] [900] My 960's brake pedal hisses sometimes when I step on it....

Dear Mr. Weekend, Hope you're well. It's possible that the brake booster's check valve has failed. This valve is a round black (or white) plastic unit (Volvo Part #270596, if your 960 is a '95 model) mounted in a black rubber grommet at the "ten o'clock" position. This check valve - Bosch part No. 0204120018 - can be found at: https://www.amazon.com/Bosch-Power-Brake-Booster-0204120018/dp/B00757N5BC . The booster units seem to be pretty durable. As the check valve is relatively cheap, acce...

[RWD] [700] [1992] Headlight Recommendation

Thanks very much KGV, You did a heck of a lot of research on the subject. I also have a few pages of notes of fcp, ipd, eeuro, tasca and found a possible (and relatively inexpensive) solution using glass DEPO lenses from Latvia. They seem to have decent reviews so I think I will purchase one lens - just to see...(no pun intended) and provide a report on the bb if others are following this post. Anyway they are available on ebay and Amazon but there is some discrepancy as to whether they w...

[RWD] [700] Dexron may be the wrong power steering fluid type!!!!!!!!

Dexron is the wrong type. In some instances, a mechanical or hydraulic device may be able to use a range of lubricants, yet when you use a specific lubricant, stick with it. When I wrote that, I may have been confusing automatic transmission with power steering pumps. It is the rack, that more so, requires the "Type F". A rebuilt rack that came from a rear wheel drive Volvo would use the same lubricant specified originally for it. The wonders of synthetic fluid allow it to meet a broader spe...

[RWD] [200] [1993] Alternator going, going, gone?

Steve, Nice diagnostics. That #61 terminal should be about what you see and not zero ohms to ground, normally, I think. I've never measured with a multimeter, so in a few minutes I'll check a spare on the shelf and come back to this thread with any change in thinking. What you report seems to me plenty "ground" to effect the lamp test. Edit: I checked two alternators. 68 and 70 ohms respectively, regardless of probe polarity. Both have Bosch regulators, which have the 68 ohm resistor....

[RWD] [200] Friendly reminder to oil your hood latch and cable

Sorry to read about your mishap. Glad you survived. The Achilles heel in this scenario is the small lever under the slam panel. Out of sight, out of mind but easy to free and lubricate with the grill off. At least the hood hinges remind you they need attention each time you open it. Happy New Year to all.

[AWD] [C30] New to me

Hi Boatnut, Absolutely not! I don't think there aren't that many C30 owners hang out here. Based on my online research, it sounds like there 2 common issues. 1. battery gets drained by sirius radio. You can't turn it off. 2. rear seat belt buckle gets stuck. How is the C30? Comfy? Happy Friday.



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