1997 850 GLT Alternator?

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1997 850 GLT Alternator?

Postby HareBall » Sun May 04, 2008 10:05 pm

My problem started about 1 1/2 months ago. I went out after work to start the car and it didn't have enough power to turn it over. It had been a little slow starting for a few days, but always started.
I thought it would be the alternator, but when we jumped it off, I turned on the headlights and drove it home with no problems. I then charged the battery and didn't have any more problems until about 2 weeks ago. This time my wife left the vanity mirror open and I think it drained the battery.
I charged it again.
Then this week, I went out to go to work and it wouldn't start.
I pulled the alternator(what a pain :x ) and took it to Advance Auto. The guy there tested it and when he first pushed the button, the voltage gage would go to about 11 volts. He then let off and pushed it again and it went to 14.4~V.
I wasn't sure what to do, so I took the alternator to Autozone, but they couldn't check it. He said they didn't list this alternator in their software to he tested.
Any ideas?
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GLT Alt.

Postby drsugg » Mon May 05, 2008 3:20 am

Should test unit on car with load test. Volt regulators tend to drop out on older alt and will not allow full amperage output. Sounds like typical bad alt to me.

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Postby HareBall » Mon May 05, 2008 8:11 pm

Thanx for the response. I took it in today to have it rebuilt.
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Postby HareBall » Wed May 07, 2008 12:18 am

I took my alternator to Gabby's here in Knoxville and he rebuilt it for $65.
Now I have another problem. When I put everything back together, I found that my serpentine belt had grown about 3 or 4 inches since Sunday.
I routed it around all the pulleys like the manual shows and now I have slack in the belt with the tensioner all the way towards the alt.
I removed the power steering pump again and could not find anything that would make the distance shorter than it should be.
Any help would be appreciated.
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Postby MadeInJapan » Wed May 07, 2008 2:42 am

You sure you're routing it correctly? There is a new routing you know, with the longer belt.

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Oh, and this might help too: http://volvospeed.com/Repair/850_serp.pdf
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Postby Ozark Lee » Wed May 07, 2008 3:24 am

+1!

I think nearly all of the Volvos of this age have been converted to the "new" belt arrangement. It got me last weekend as well when I tried to do the old routing after changing the timing belt.

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Postby HareBall » Wed May 07, 2008 10:08 am

That must be what it is. I was going by the diagram from the Haynes manual download here.
I will try this when I get home today.
Thanx guys.
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Postby crazy_frog » Thu May 08, 2008 1:22 am

I seen this post and want to do my belt as well. It looks my belt has the new routing. My question is how do you get the tensioner to move? On my olds you put a socket on the bolt and turn it. What about these cars? I heard something about sticking a socket extension bar in the hole and turning it. What size wrench are you all using for that.
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Postby MadeInJapan » Thu May 08, 2008 2:17 am

Whatever works...I've even seen a pr of vice grips with 2 quarters firmly mashed together being used to turn it upward.
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Postby timmyc » Thu May 08, 2008 2:43 am

[quote="crazy_frog"]I seen this post and want to do my belt as well. It looks my belt has the new routing. My question is how do you get the tensioner to move?

The tensioner is pretty easy to get to and the size of the square hole is 3/4 inch ( or the metric equivalent). I don't have a tool that is made for it ,but I made one from an old pry bar. I heated up the end with the "pry" part and bent it about 60-70 degrees (90 was too much). Works great for me! I'd sure like to see that two quarters in the vice grip trick! :D You know, a piece of 3/4 inch square steel would be the ticket!


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