I had four colleagues in town this week, and willingly played chauffeur with my 97 854 GLT. Mostly it went well, aside from a run-in with an insane taxi driver who tried to give me an expired registration which listed a different insurance company.
It started making a really nasty pulley bearing noise, even though both belts were just serviced. My indy did a complete timing kit including water pump from FCP, and the serp, and didn't note anything wrong with the tensioner and idler. It was fine at pickup. The noise started about 120 miles after he worked on it. The sound changes but doesn't go away when I turn on the AC, so I'm thinking it's just developed the compressor clutch problem. Sound right?
It also hesitated a lot with so many people in the car - right back to normal good behavior with the load removed. I also got a CEL that I've yet to read out, that felt just like the old wastegate solenoid code, which had gone away with the replacement of several vacuum lines. I'm thinking either it needs a fuel map reset, or the actuator or TCV is bad.
It also sagged in the back like an old tired dog with 3 full grown adults in the back seat, and I do mean the tire was up above the fender. I've never noticed any handling shortcomings in that car, so I'm thinking I really was approaching its design load limit. Still, I'd like more graceful behavior, and I know the Nivomats deliver just that.
I understand that usually people are converting the other way, and I also note there seem to be several different rear suspension assemblies listed for that model on volvopartswebstore.com. Questions follow:
* How do I determine which set I need?
* Are there known kit part numbers?
* Do I need anything besides the springs, shocks, and upper shock mounts?
* Is there an upper spring seat I should be replacing, and if so, should that also come from an XC90?
* Am I correct about it needing a rear sway bar with Nivomats, and if so, is it different than the one in the R?
1997 850 GLT sedan, 152K and WHOOHOO!
RIP 1996 850 wagon, 201K, hit by a runaway 4-wheeler
RIP 1996 850 GLT sedan 5spd, 260K, rearended someone
RIP 1986 245 boring, 200K, rusted beyond inspectability
RIP 1981 242 turbo 5spd, 300K, serious teenage crash