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    Michael Baldwin
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    Default 1st time 240 owners - Basic Service Items

    I recently acquired my first Volvo. A 1989 240 DL w/150,000 miles
    registered on a broken odometer. This post is intended to encourage
    other Volvo novices to take care of the basics.

    Currently I only have the Haynes Manual and the internet for reference.
    Both have seemed adequate for my needs up to this point in time.

    I've replaced the Steering Rods & Ends with no problem and no apparent
    alignment issues, though a check at the Alignment Shop is certainly the
    best follow-up.
    I just replaced the Timing Belt (Conti). I resorted to the "bump the
    key" method of loosening the Crank Pulley Hub Bolt. The Haynes Manual
    suggests wedging a screwdriver in the Flywheel/Starter Ring,,,??? Yikes!
    I really think I had more time spent removing and replacing the drive
    belts (Alt/PS/AC) than in the actual Timing Belt Replacement. There's
    one nut/bolt on the AC that really gives me a tough time.
    My next endeavour will be fixing that broken odometer. The internet
    has been the most useful source of information regarding repairing
    broken odometers and replacement parts.
    Again this post is intended to encourage 1st time 240 owners to get
    after the basics.

    Best Regards - Mike Baldwin




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    Howard
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    "Michael Baldwin" <MLB5611@webtv.net> wrote in message
    news:19776-481C5054-69@storefull-3112.bay.webtv.net...
    > I recently acquired my first Volvo. A 1989 240 DL w/150,000 miles
    > registered on a broken odometer. This post is intended to encourage
    > other Volvo novices to take care of the basics.
    >
    > Currently I only have the Haynes Manual and the internet for reference.
    > Both have seemed adequate for my needs up to this point in time.
    >
    > I've replaced the Steering Rods & Ends with no problem and no apparent
    > alignment issues, though a check at the Alignment Shop is certainly the
    > best follow-up.
    > I just replaced the Timing Belt (Conti). I resorted to the "bump the
    > key" method of loosening the Crank Pulley Hub Bolt. The Haynes Manual
    > suggests wedging a screwdriver in the Flywheel/Starter Ring,,,??? Yikes!
    > I really think I had more time spent removing and replacing the drive
    > belts (Alt/PS/AC) than in the actual Timing Belt Replacement. There's
    > one nut/bolt on the AC that really gives me a tough time.
    > My next endeavour will be fixing that broken odometer. The internet
    > has been the most useful source of information regarding repairing
    > broken odometers and replacement parts.
    > Again this post is intended to encourage 1st time 240 owners to get
    > after the basics.
    >
    > Best Regards - Mike Baldwin


    Actually keeping the flame trap clean probably will avoid more problems than
    any other simple chore.



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    John Horner
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    Default Re: 1st time 240 owners - Basic Service Items

    Crankshaft position sensor and air filter box thermostat are two items
    which should be on any 240's once every ten years replacement list.

    Also the automatic transmission cooler lines wear out at the aluminum
    block clamp under the engine. All of a sudden you have a nasty tranny
    fluid leak. Remove the block and check for damage.

    If the original fuses are still in the fuse box, change 'em all out with
    fresh ones and make sure the contacts are clean. A cheap way to prevent
    unplanned outages.

    Keep an eye on the radiator plastic tank to fin connection area. It
    will fail at some point.

    Motor mounts are also a high failure rate item as the miles and years
    build up, especially the one under the oil filter.


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    James Sweet
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    Default Re: 1st time 240 owners - Basic Service Items



    "John Horner" <jthorner@yahoo.com> wrote in message
    news:VmcTj.15866$Bb3.5470@trnddc01...
    > Crankshaft position sensor and air filter box thermostat are two items
    > which should be on any 240's once every ten years replacement list.
    >
    > Also the automatic transmission cooler lines wear out at the aluminum
    > block clamp under the engine. All of a sudden you have a nasty tranny
    > fluid leak. Remove the block and check for damage.
    >
    > If the original fuses are still in the fuse box, change 'em all out with
    > fresh ones and make sure the contacts are clean. A cheap way to prevent
    > unplanned outages.
    >
    > Keep an eye on the radiator plastic tank to fin connection area. It will
    > fail at some point.
    >
    > Motor mounts are also a high failure rate item as the miles and years
    > build up, especially the one under the oil filter.
    >


    Most 240s don't have a crankshaft position sensor, just the last few years
    IIRC. Earlier cars use a hall sensor in the distributor, even earlier ones
    use a VR sensor in the same place.

    Airbox thermostat should just be removed and the flap wedged to the outside
    air position unless you live in a very cold climate. The feature is pretty
    useless and makes no appreciable difference in warmup time. On turbo cars it
    is entirely useless because of the intercooler.



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    Chuck Fiedler
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    Default Re: 1st time 240 owners - Basic Service Items

    On Sun, 4 May 2008 09:41:13 -0700 (PDT), "Mr. V"
    <allagoshang@gmail.com> wrote:

    >Some things I do with ALL used vehicles I purchase and plan to keep in
    >the family:
    >
    >Wash, wax, vacuum.
    >
    >Full tune up, inspecting and replacing all parts as necessary.
    >
    >Replace all fluids, and filters; oil, transmission, power steering,
    >rear end, coolant, and brake.
    >
    >Replace air and gas filters.
    >
    >Examine and replace hoses and belts as required.
    >
    >For Volvos, remove the intake manifold and examine the wiring harness:
    >repair and replace as needed.
    >
    >With the harness off, inspect and replace all vacuum lines as needed,
    >and remove and thoroughly clean the breather box.
    >
    >Remove and thoroughly clean the idle air control motor, and the
    >throttle body and switch.
    >
    >Replace wiper blades.


    Wisdom likely gained from experience. Well worth heeding.

    Chuck Fiedler
    Nothing but Volvo since 1974

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    Michael Baldwin
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    Default Re: 1st time 240 owners - Basic Service Items

    John Horner advises:

    >Crankshaft position sensor and air filter box thermostat are two
    >items which should be on any 240's once every ten
    >years replacement list.
    >Also the automatic transmission cooler lines wear out at the
    >aluminum block clamp under the engine.
    >If the original fuses are still in the fuse box,
    >change 'em all out with fresh ones and make sure
    >the contacts are clean.
    >
    >Keep an eye on the radiator plastic tank
    >Motor mounts are also a high failure rate item


    All good points John. While this particular car has been well cared
    for by previous owners, without a repair log of past maintenance pulled
    for reference, I need these type of tips and reminders for sure.

    Best Regards - Mike Baldwin


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    clay
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    Default Re: 1st time 240 owners - Basic Service Items

    Howard wrote:
    >...
    >
    > Actually keeping the flame trap clean probably will avoid more problems than
    > any other simple chore.
    >


    I'll second that!
    I was amazed when my '83 245 pushed the front cam seal out and pumped
    three quarts past it in less than ten miles.
    Had I been on the freeway, I probably would not have noticed the smoke
    (limo tint all around the back) and fried the motor...

  8. #8
    Randy G.
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    Default Re: 1st time 240 owners - Basic Service Items

    Pull the cover over the heating/cooling area in the passenger footwell
    and clean out the area in front of the air conditioner fin thingy. It
    is facing the firewall, in the front of that area. Lots of leaves and
    composting vegetation matter in mine. The area has a drain so be sure
    that is clean as well.

    Remove the retainers for the headlights and be sure the lenses are
    still sealed tight on the reflectors. I was able to use polishing
    compound to get all the yellow off my lenses.

    Replace the headlight bulbs. Sylvania makes some good, bright bulbs
    that actually put more useable light on the road. (Silverstar...?).

    I can't stress this enough: GET THE BENTLEY MANUAL!!! it is worth
    EVERY PENNY!!!!!!!!! - ISBN 0-8376-0285-8

    Remove the spare tire and clean the well out.

    Get 303 Aerospace Protectant. Might as well buy a gallon as once you
    use it you will be addicted. Use it on all rubber and vinyl. I even do
    the hoses under the hood. Someone should sue Armorall out of business-
    that stuff is pure crap and will destroy an interior.. I know by
    experience!

    New spark plugs and wires.

    Go to the Pick 'N Pull and get a spare air mass meter. Be sure the
    numbers match. While there, pick up some spare relays (fuel pump, bulb
    out sensor, etc.)

    Lube the front wheel bearings.

    As mentioned, check all 3 motor mounts (two front, one rear under
    tranny)

    If it doesn't handle like a sports car, rebuild the entire front end
    including having new bushings pressed into the control arms.

    Be sure the drains for the cowl vent are clear.

    Clean all the hinges and door jambs with simple green or equivalent,
    blow dry, wax, and lube hinges and strikers. The doors should sound
    like a Mercedes when closed... Or is it, a mercedes' door sounds like
    a Volvo?.. YA! That's it!

    Get a very bright light and thoroughly examine all vacuum lines under
    the hood. Squeeze them all, and if any pull off easily or feel mushy,
    replace them.

    If there is an annoying rattle at about 2,000 RPM, the inner and outer
    exhaust header pipes are most likely the culprit. The solution is to
    drill through and insert self-tapping sheet metal screws or have them
    welded in the same way.

    Check all the accessory bushings under the hood (alternator, air
    conditioner compressor, and power steering mounts).

    I have had my 1990 245 for three years now (5 speed stick wagon) and I
    ABSOLUTELY LOVE driving that car! 27+ MPG at 70mph, smooth, quiet,
    responsive, easy to work on, and from what statistics I have gathered,
    probably the safest car ever made... IMO. ;-)

    That should keep you busy....


    __ __
    Randy & \ \/ /alerie's
    \__/olvos
    '90 245 Estate - '93 965 Estate
    "Shelby" & "Kate"

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