Radiator, Thermostat, Coolant, Antifreeze
I was out driving home after getting home, getting a text to pick up some cough medicine and doing so, and almost made it home. I accelerated to 50 after the person in front of me turned left and heard … Continue reading
So, when it is cold, the ECU injects extra fuel to start the engine. The problem is, when the ECT fails, it usually fails in “HOT” position (short-circuit inside the sensor), I have these 2 symptoms:
Aux fan runs on its own for about 6 minutes or so.
Hard start when COLD (ECU thinks it is hot and no need to inject extra fuel when it is COLD). Continue reading
You want to do the valve seals while you’re at it. This is not an overkill because they are probably nearing the end of their life cycle and will develop oil seepage (just to make you feel regretful one day that you have to redo the gasket).
On another note, have you ever overheated the engine? Even if you haven’t, the mating surfaces for the head gasket need to be planed. There is usually a reason for the gasket to fail (and not always an apparent one). Continue reading
You need the clamp to get really, really hot (~300 degrees), so I’d recommend either having a REAL heat gun instead of a hairdryer, or do what I did and go make the engine really hot on some twisty roads. … Continue reading
Antifreeze (coolant) circulates through the engine to keep it at its ideal running temperature. It’s water-based. The problem is that if it’s pure water, it freezes at 0C or 32F, and it will literally crack your engine. Yes, freezing water … Continue reading
I’m changing [my coolant expansion tank] out this weekend. It’s not a hard procedure at all – just please don’t order the aftermarket crappy one. I ordered a genuine Volvo one, and they sent me the aftermarket version. Mine broke … Continue reading
Vernat, Wahler, SuperStat, OEM… which choice should you make for your replacement thermostat? Thermostat Brands
Hopefully many will read and understand the issue of using an OAT when a HOAT is needed. In the Ford motor, damage occurred quickly. This is the same reason I am always recommending a HOAT for our cars instead of an OAT like Prestone etc. If you have a turbo and you don’t use a HOAT – you are asking for it. Continue reading
…and wow do they know their stuff. Volvo Specialists are a very talented crew with a substantial amount of experience gained by working for local dealer service departments (McDonald Volvo, Rickenbaugh Volvo). I met owner Mike, manager Brett, and about … Continue reading