Let’s talk timing belt on S70
DIY Timing Belt Thoughts and Insights
- The vibration damper does not need to come off. However, you do need to remove a small black plastic cover around the bottom of the crankshaft (2 bolts). It’s there to keep dust/dirt off the TB.
- Before removing the TB, I marked where the cam gear marks intersected with the TB, and transferred those marks to the new TB. This ensured I had the same number of teeth between cam gears.
- Sliding the TB off was difficult because of a bolt that comes close the back of the vibration damper, near the bottom. So, I cut the belt off, hoping I could slide a new one on. This was a huge leap of faith.
Bonus! More on the Volvo S70
Introduced in Europe in late 1996 for the 1997 model year and later in the U.S. for the 1998 model year, the Volvo S70 was an updated version of the Volvo 850 saloon. The S70’s body style was overall more rounded compared to its predecessor. Changes included a redesigned front end with new lights, fully colour-coded bumpers and side trim, and clear indicator lenses for the rear lights, as well as a redesigned interior. According to Volvo, a total of 1800 changes were made
Standard equipment was improved with remote central locking, heated & electrically adjustable mirrors, 4 airbags, power brakes with ABS and power windows being standard on every car. Trim levels varied for each market as did the equipment levels of the most basic trims. In the United States, the badging denoted the engine variant and to some extent the equipment level, whereas in Europe engine and options could be chosen individually. On all markets more powerful versions usually received better or upgraded standard equipment. The T5 and R were the series high-performance models.
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