Experiencing 240DL 86 Instrument Cluster weirdness?
You may be alarmed when the temp gauge on your 240 is heading to the danger zone. As a precaution, always immediately discontinue driving the car until you can pull off to a safe location and check your engine coolant levels. However, sometimes the situation continues to occur even though all of the cooling system components are in check. You also may notice the temperature gauge moving sporadically. This is a common issue with the 200 series and the culprit is a temperature compensator board within the instrument cluster…
If your coolant gauge is reading erratic or the needle doesn’t move at all, locate the coolant temp sender near the center of the engine block on the driver side under the intake manifold. The wire is yellow, and the connector is a female spade type. Disconnect the wire and touch it to ground and the needle should go to the hot range of the gauge when the key is in the run position. If it doesn’t, then the temp compensator board is most likely the cause.
We offer new replacement compensator boards or our money-saving bypass kit as well. Either repair will require that the instrument cluster be removed and disassembled. This is about a one-hour job that can be accomplished easily with common hand tools and a good service manual. Our bypass kit includes detailed instructions.https://www.ipdusa.com/techtips/10071/Temperature-Gauge-Failure-in-86-93-240-Models?crumbs=P0,P5670
Interesting Volvo Facts
- In Latin, the word Volvo means: I spin. Today however the nearest meaning is “I roll”.
- Volvo was founded in 1924. The two founders were Gustav Larsson and Assar Gabrielsson.
- The ÖV 4 is the first Volvo car. The first car was sell-ready in 1927. The 2-Liter, 4-cilinder car got the nickname: Jakob.
- Volvo’s very first commercial vehicle was the Type-1 truck. The release year was 1928. In the same year, Volvo released the second car, the Volvo PV 651. Volvo manufactured a total of 1383 of both vehicles in the first year; of which automaker exported 27.
- This trend saw a sharp rise in 1932 when Volvo released a good amount of 10,000 vehicles, both trucks and cars.
- The company, however, started making a large-scale profit from the year 1935. The first luxurious car by Volvo was the PV36, which could carry six passengers at a time. The design of this iconic car paved the path for future Volvo cars to come. I came in the market with a price tag of 8,500 Swedish kronor.
- Volvo touched a landmark in 1941, with the sale of its 50,000th vehicle; this is a unique achievement considering the time when WWII was in full swing.
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