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[RWD] [200] [1988] Update

Why don't you just replace the head gasket. I'm mean that's what you really want to do, right. You just need a few here to confirm that is could be the problem. in my 87 wagon sometimes I see "white smoke", sometimes it curls up so I can see it in the hatch window when I'm stopped at a light. The one variable for me is the condition of the atmosphere(ambient-temp/dew point). You are already planning on replacing the rear main seal. Why don't you just pull the engine and do a complete rebui...

[RWD] [200] [1988] Good Brands of Main Fuel Pumps; Preventive Maintenance

Hi, This may not address your concern directly, but it does relate to a different kind of preventive maintenance that you or others may find mildly interesting. I live in a remote area of Northern Vermont where dogs run free. Many years ago I lost my main fuel pump near midnight in the middle of a 15 mile stretch of uninhabited gravel road. A Saturday night in January and no one was about, no cell service, and I walked at least 6 miles before a nurse picked me up on her way to an early shift ...

[RWD] [200] [1988] Good Brands of Main Fuel Pumps; Preventive Maintenance

Bosch Main Fuel pump, not that expensive. FYI you don't buy a remanufactured FP, the best you can do on the cheap is a Used Pump. But new $72 so why? They also list a Genuine Volvo Fuel Pump for $212, but it's just a Bosch in a Blue Volvo Box https://www.fcpeuro.com/Volvo-parts/244/Fuel-Pump/?year=1988&m=142&e=914&t=5&b=5&d=34&v=11

[RWD] [200] [1988] Good Brands of Main Fuel Pumps; Preventive Maintenance

Hi Mike, Had a suspicion you were the Mike who emailed me. Glad to find out I've been helpful! Let me try again: Stick with Bosch for the main pump. In fact, I recommend you stick with the one that's in there, unless you can prove it needs replacement. They can last "forever" even though the lift pump's failure may have put some extra miles on it. In any case, the main pump on a 240 is not what I call a PM item, like it is on all the other makes of cars you see around you. But, if you i...

[RWD] Open letter to Art Benstein re. the future

Dave, Kind words and thoughts. Thank you. You wondered why I stepped back.... more of a reality of life. When I posted so often, I was heading toward retirement age in a retirement job that was booooring. And so I retired. During that slooow job and my early retirement, I had time to engage in all the BB activities and write. But I decided to start over, so I went back to school (third grad degree) strictly for fun... and the university hired me part-time and then full-time. Kinda like ...

[RWD] [200] [1988] Your Opinion on Oil Filter and Transmission Magnets?

Yes neodymium magnets, I never took a filter apart but I recently saw a youtube video (see above) where some did and it clearly took some metallic sludge to the filter case. It can't hurt! Dan

[RWD] [200] [1988] Your Opinion on Oil Filter and Transmission Magnets?

Fix the threads on the drain plug, and as mentioned in your other thread -- change oil and filter regularly. If you're concerned about the filter doing its job over the interval you choose, halfway through the interval, change the filter and top up. To take it one step further, send an oil sample off to Blackstone Labs. For a very modest charge, they'll analyze the oil and tell you a lot about what's going on in your 300k mile engine. -- 82 242-6.2L; '17 Mazda3; '16 Crosstrek

[RWD] [200] [1988] Your Opinion on Oil Filter and Transmission Magnets?

The magnet wouldn't bother the alternator magnetically, although it might bother it mechanically, since the alternator has some freedom of movement in its rubber mounting. -- Art Benstein near Baltimore Children in the back seats of cars cause accidents, but accidents in the back seats of cars cause children.

[RWD] [444-544] 444 Fenderless Project

Probably a Mustang II aftermarket front suspension with tubular control arms, either conventional coil springs or coilovers. Front track width will increase from approximately 52.5" to 56.5" or 58" depending on choice of rotors. I will move the front axle position forward 2" to 4". The rear will be a trailing arm with coil springs or coilovers and a panhard bar same as stock just beefier. I may use a Chevy S-10 truck rear axle, the track width will increase from approximately 52.5" to 54". I ...

[RWD] [200] [1988] Motor Oil Grade and Brand; Engine Flush

Unless your red block has suffered some serious abuse in the past, I don't think you'll see much difference between any oil you put into it. IMO, Aye Roll nailed it six years ago: need final answer from sage who knows- is 92 b230 a flat tappet engine "All your B230 engine needs is oil and coolant. It really isn't that picky about brands, additives, grades, o...

[RWD] [200] [1988] Motor Oil Grade and Brand; Engine Flush

15w x 40 shell rotella diesel engine oil... excellent for gas engines

[AWD] [850] [1996] idle uneven ONLY when half warm

I would try cleaning out the idle air control, the round thing in front of the throttle and under the throttle cover. Just take it off, spray a bunch of throttle body cleaner inside, shake it vigorously, and pour out the black liquid a couple of times. Make sure that the IAC hoses aren't cracked and leaking air. Also check that the electrical plug isn't corroded. The IAC should humm when you turn the key to position II, before engine start. -- Keeping it running is better than buying new

[RWD] [900] [1992] top radiator to transmission connector very stiff

With a large adjustable wrench-hold the large nut in place with counter torque and with and flarenut wrench loosen the transmission line nut by a hard hit with your palm. Jimo

[RWD] AC lines backing off compressor

You could use a bit of loctite blue on the fastener's thread if you want. Normally I would tighten until snug then about a 1/8 of a turn more. All sealing is done by the O rings. Its a normal practice to replace the O rings at every AC service regardless of the condition of old rings. For this purpose you should have an assortment of O rings (get a kit) for AC works. This is better than ordering individual O rings according to its parts number and economical in the long run. Using Nylog blue (f...

[RWD] [444-544] Rear axle upgrade for PV 444-544 ??

Hi Doug, I installed the 1990 Ford Ranger 8.8 rear end and it uses all the stock Volvo 544 suspension parts. Later model Explorers used rear disc brakes but I do not know if the dimensions would be the same as the Ranger. I would "assume" that someone makes an adapter to put disc brakes on the Ranger axle. Just narrow the rear axle housing on the long side so it will take another short side axle. There was plenty of meat to drill and tap the housing to be able to install the torque rod assembly...

[RWD] [1800] trouble removing 1800 tranny

I would think the input shaft is frozen to the pilot bearing. I'd elevate the transmission end to get oil to seep down the input shaft through the clutch fork opening. Use your favorite product. I like straight ATF. You will still probably have to pry it apart but give the lubricate a few days to work. - Dave

[RWD] [200] Engine out to seal leaks... should I just buy an L-block and rebuild and install it instead?

The original poster did not mention the mileage on the motor or how well it runs. Oil squirters would be a fine upgrade but hardly necessary to achieve longevity. At a little over 300k my 1980 245 has instant oil pressure on startup (to my mind indicating a good oil pump and no excessive bearing wear), uses no oil on long trips and will run to max rpm readily. I've owned it since 125k and have done oil changes (Castrol GTX) every 3k (or close to it). A rebuild ($) would only be indicated by...

[AWD] [S70] A/C comes on ice cold then...

Your car does not have a temp sensor in the evaporator like the newer models. I hope you don't move the temp switch to max cold every time you start the car. Try keeping it at a reasonable temperature setting and let the ECC regulate the temperature. It is possible that you have too much R134a in the system... The gas expands when hot. -- Keeping it running is better than buying new

[RWD] [200] Annoying clunk rattle

Check the nut at the rear of the control arm, where it comes through the bushing. It can most easily be reached from the engine bay with a 18mm box wrench. Worked for me, after a long exhausting search. -- Bruce S. near D.C.

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