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cam cover liquid gasket question

Postby bobsnow100 » 15 Aug 2006, 19:52

I have a 1994 850 wagon. I am in the middle of changing a head gasket. My question is in regards to the cam cover. I have improvised the tools to hold the cams locked in the cam cover.
My first question is in regards to the liquid gasket compound that gets rolled onto the cam cover.
1. Do I install the cover with the liquid gasket compound wet or let it dry?
2. Do I have to get the special volvo roller or can it just be brushed on thin with a small brush?
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Postby Ripper406 » 16 Aug 2006, 00:38

I just recently changed the head gasket aswell, make sure you get the cylinder head resurfaced. About the cam cover, I just used some copper gasket spray and put the cams on the head first, then put the cover on. I saw the book says the other way around but it seemed like too much work to hold them inplace on the cover then bolt it down.

Now the problem is their is no engine rpm signal coming to the ecu so its being shady and not firing off the injectors. I cannot find where the rpm signal source comes from, im thinking the Cam Position sensor but I doubt it, I would have gotten a CPS code.
I have a 1994 Volvo 850, changed the head gasket and now the fuel injectors dont fire off, sparks good but no fuel.
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Postby MadeInJapan » 16 Aug 2006, 00:51

Ripper, download the service manual for your car- first post in the sticky. It's all in there...diagrams, etc.
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Postby White850Turbo » 16 Aug 2006, 03:38

bobsnow, the liquid gasket can be applied with a small brush in a thin layer. Don't let it dry before placing the pieces back together.

Ripper, RPM sensor is located on the transmission housing. It's the one more towards the top and middle. The vehicle speed sensor is the one that looks similar, but is located further back.

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Postby bobsnow100 » 16 Aug 2006, 13:15

Thanks all, I can now know I'm doing it correctly
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