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Belt chirps no more – replace auxiliary belts and alternator bushings

Let’s replace auxiliary belts and alternator bushings

1994 940 – How to replace auxiliary belts and alternator bushings. A very clear write up with photographs.

940 1994: Belt chirps no more

For some time I had been noticing that one or more of my drive belts was squeaking. Not the loud squeal of a loose belt, but more of a chirping sound, like a talkative squirrel. :) Whenever I was picking up my car from valet parking (in this city, you have to valet nearly everywhere) I could always tell by the chirp-chirp when my car was coming being brought around. Upon examining my alternator pulley, I noticed that it was slightly out of plane with the crankshaft pulley. The alternator bushings appeared to be crushed due to age and heat. At 70,000 miles since last change, my belts were due as well.

940 1994: Belt chirps no more

Bonus! More on the Volvo 940

The Volvo 940/960 range was introduced in autumn 1990. The new 940 replaced the 740 which, however, remained in production as the basic 740 GL model. A 4-cylinder petrol engine or a 6-cylinder turbo-diesel powered the Volvo 940, which resembled the 960.

The Volvo 940 also launched a number of new safety features. Together with its luxury sibling the 960, a three-point inertia-reel seat belt was fitted as standard together with an adjustable head restraint in the middle of the rear seat, heralding a world breakthrough for these features. Furthermore, an integrated child seat built into the rear seat’s middle armrest could be specified as an option.

These and other safety developments gained the model many international accolades, not least among them the “Prince Michael Road Safety Award” and the “Autocar & Motor” prize for the best safety features.

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