Posting the update to the Heater Hose repair. Ordered parts from FCP Groton. I ordered both heater hoses and the hose junction thingy. It came complete with everything necessary to do the job. The job iteslf wasn't very hard, just a beyotch to get to the hoses on the engine block. had to remove quite a few hoses to gain access. Once I got access, the repair went smoothly. I forgot which hose went where
but the connections on the ends of the hoses make this "dummy" proof. One end is longer than the other. I saw that others posted having to reove the gas pedal to change the junction thing. I found that by depressing the pedal all the way down, I was able to manipulate it through the tight space with no problems. I found it easier to make all the connections on the inside 1st, then assemble the gasket and coverplate. It was much more stable to deal with. Before closing everything back up, Start car, warm up and check for leaks under pressure. Looks good?, grab a beer and feel good about saving hundreds of dollars. Over the last year I've changed every inch of coolant line this car has. They all seem to decay all at once. The trickiest I've encountered were for the turbo. Accessed underneath. Bear claw hands need not apply. This heater hose repair was only diffucult because they're not easily accessible and hard to diagnose in the 1st place. If these go bust far from home...you're probably best to tow it home or shop.
I hope this will help anyone else experiencing this problem. Too often we grab what we need from Matthew's AWESOME Volvo site, never to be heard from again. LAME. The learning on this site comes from a nice conclusion to a problem solved.
CHEERS to MATTHEW!!!
1994 850 Turbo Wagon 260,000mi.
17" Pegs, Speedtuning 17psi chip, Slater endlinks, Weitech Coilsprings, Magnecore Wires, Magnaflow exhaust