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by brick_and_motor
Mon Mar 06, 2017 6:22 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Longevity of HEPU pump?
Replies: 12
Views: 1058

Re: Longevity of HEPU pump?

Marginally more work for a lot more piece of mind. And it's not a bad job at all. The hardest part for me was removing the stuck on pieces of old gasket from a pump that was at minimum 12 years old, possibly original, on my '98 with 107k on it. And that wasn't even too bad.
by brick_and_motor
Sun Feb 26, 2017 5:22 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Oil Filler Cap Will Not Twist Off
Replies: 9
Views: 905

Re: Oil Filler Cap Will Not Twist Off

Channelocks and gentle pressure.
by brick_and_motor
Sat Feb 25, 2017 3:16 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Uneven tire wear after new tires with alignment
Replies: 5
Views: 613

Re: Uneven tire wear after new tires with alignment

Definitely check the bushings. If you routinely carry a load in the car, might not be a bad idea to have them recheck the alignment with weights in the back to simulate routine driving conditions.
by brick_and_motor
Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:59 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1995 850 Unusual No Start, No Crank Condition (IG SWITCH) Topic is solved
Replies: 11
Views: 1109

Re: Unusual No Start, No Crank Condition Topic is solved

Ditto abscate. Also, a bad ground somewhere in the electrical tree can cause these faults. But my money is on the key switch/lock cylinder.
by brick_and_motor
Sat Feb 25, 2017 2:41 pm
Forum: Volvo Classifieds
Topic: 1995 Volvo 850 T-5R yellow sedan for sale.
Replies: 13
Views: 3529

Re: 1995 Volvo 850 T-5R yellow sedan for sale.

Pretty car and a fine example! It would be cool to see it return to NC but alas, I can't buy it :/ I hope it finds a loving home!!
by brick_and_motor
Mon Feb 20, 2017 4:38 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 1998Front Passenger Door won't open from inside
Replies: 5
Views: 526

Re: 1998Front Passenger Door won't open from inside

Hey OP - I know this is an old thread but I'm having the exact same issue with my passenger door (worked fine until last night) and I'm wondering what the issue was and if/how you fixed it. Probably won't have a chance to look at it until Friday but would appreciate any advice you have to give. Than...
by brick_and_motor
Sat Feb 18, 2017 7:28 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: New addition to the fleet!
Replies: 14
Views: 1238

Re: New addition to the fleet!

Thanks for all the comments. I have decided to go with the SACHS shocks when I do them. Was able to price all I needed cheap through my local guy. But will have to hold off on shocks because the car is long overdue for a t-belt. Belt looks ok but the tensioner is seeping.
by brick_and_motor
Thu Feb 16, 2017 4:17 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: New addition to the fleet!
Replies: 14
Views: 1238

Re: New addition to the fleet!

I've heard that many shops will assemble struts for you if you just chuck some money at 'em. That's probs pretty cheap, so it seems worth doing the struts with legit parts, if you're planning to keep the car more than a year or two. This, the quick struts are not really the way to go. Get the good ...
by brick_and_motor
Tue Feb 14, 2017 7:03 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Another oil thread....bear with me
Replies: 7
Views: 591

Re: Another oil thread....bear with me

I agree you are overthinking this :lol: You are doing the right and most important thing, which is to change the oil at 3k. This is a good interval if you are using dino oil. But please make sure you use OEM quality oil filters. I think Mann filters are what most people use, I know I do. Do some re...
by brick_and_motor
Tue Feb 14, 2017 4:37 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Another oil thread....bear with me
Replies: 7
Views: 591

Another oil thread....bear with me

I am probably over-thinking this but I wanted to put this quandary out to you all for collective opinion. The first thing I'm going to do on my '98 S70 NA is an oil change and I'm debating what oil to use. My '98 V70 GLT has recently had its second oil change (I changed it when I bought the car in S...
by brick_and_motor
Mon Feb 13, 2017 3:14 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: New addition to the fleet!
Replies: 14
Views: 1238

Re: New addition to the fleet!

Thanks guys! It seems I have a handful of options for shocks as far as brands: Sachs (oe), Gabriel, KYB, Sen-Sen, Monroe and Bilstein. Bilstein are out because of the price and the Sen-Sen are appealing because of their price ($125 for all four). Let's also assume the Sachs are a safe bet. Anyone el...
by brick_and_motor
Sun Feb 12, 2017 5:46 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: New addition to the fleet!
Replies: 14
Views: 1238

New addition to the fleet!

Hey all, Just purchased another 98' to add to the fleet. S70, NA with options (sunroof, alloys, TRACS, heated seats, leather), 107K, it is pristine and everything works. All it appears to need is new shocks and that's my question to you all - which brands, and preference on quick struts for the fron...
by brick_and_motor
Sat Feb 04, 2017 6:50 am
Forum: 240, 740, 760, 780, Bertone, 940, 960, V90, S90
Topic: 1997 S90 possible purchase
Replies: 1
Views: 453

1997 S90 possible purchase

Hi folks, My wife and I currently own and love a 1998 V70 GLT. I currently drive a 2002 VW Golf and am considering selling that to purchase 1997 S90 in anticipation of our growing family. The car in question has 89K miles and the seller says it needs a new battery and "a little love." Asking price i...
by brick_and_motor
Thu Oct 20, 2016 4:39 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new owner with some questions...
Replies: 44
Views: 3777

Re: new owner with some questions...

rspi wrote:I recommend you do a compression test. Also, the glove test should be done with the engine hot. A cold engine can give you a false positive.
Good to know! I don't believe I checked it hot so I'll test it again once it is warmed up.

I will also clean the ptc port for good measure.
by brick_and_motor
Wed Oct 19, 2016 12:43 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new owner with some questions...
Replies: 44
Views: 3777

Re: new owner with some questions...

Thanks for the info, sleddriver! I searched a little on the forum and saw reference to the intake cam seal weep hole located just below the distributor cap. This sounds like a likely culprit for the oil leak I noticed yesterday. The exhaust cam seal looks dry/leak free, so it's possible the PO repla...
by brick_and_motor
Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:50 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: Coolant smell, no leak
Replies: 6
Views: 607

Re: Coolant smell, no leak

Heater core is most likely culprit. It's a pretty easy job (just did it on my own V70) and you'll be back in business. There are a few how-to videos for the heater core and definitely worth a watch. The IPD video is good but shows clamping off the heater hoses in the engine compartment which looks e...
by brick_and_motor
Wed Oct 19, 2016 10:19 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new owner with some questions...
Replies: 44
Views: 3777

Re: new owner with some questions...

All these small leaks would be very unusual for these engines, things may not be as bad as you think. This is the first leak up high on the front, if you can figure it out then check the RMS and trans locations again. Have the rear cam seals ever been changed? Pull the cap check for oil underneath....
by brick_and_motor
Wed Oct 19, 2016 4:48 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new owner with some questions...
Replies: 44
Views: 3777

Re: new owner with some questions...

Transmission pan and drive axle seal shouldn't leak oil, only ATF which is pink. I suspect those are somehow related to the other leak(s). RMS weep hole looks pretty conclusive. :( The all leak at the turbo, wouldn't worry too much about that unless it is copious (apologies but I didn't read earlie...
by brick_and_motor
Wed Oct 19, 2016 4:41 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new owner with some questions...
Replies: 44
Views: 3777

Re: new owner with some questions...

rspi wrote:
brick_and_motor wrote:.
Thanks.

What is that loose blue vacuum line in the first pic?
Good eye! I was running a new silicone vacuum line to replace the rubber one and took this photo half way through the process.
by brick_and_motor
Wed Oct 12, 2016 4:03 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new owner with some questions...
Replies: 44
Views: 3777

Re: new owner with some questions...

Rebuilding the other oil cooler lines solved the drips of oil I saw from under the front right side of the car, but now there's oil coming down under where the RMS is located. If it's not one leak it's another :lol: Hopefully the other leak is the rear cam seal. I have an update on the oil situatio...
by brick_and_motor
Mon Oct 10, 2016 4:29 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new owner with some questions...
Replies: 44
Views: 3777

Re: new owner with some questions...

Rebuilding the other oil cooler lines solved the drips of oil I saw from under the front right side of the car, but now there's oil coming down under where the RMS is located. If it's not one leak it's another :lol:
by brick_and_motor
Mon Oct 10, 2016 2:26 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: New project: 2000 V70 SE. Possible trans issues
Replies: 11
Views: 1713

Re: New project: 2000 V70 SE. Possible trans issues

As an update; took a while but the "$200" wagon is finally inspected and road-legal. After the brake rotors, parking brake pads and sway bar endlinks, I did replace both CV axles, both control arms, an inner tie rod and boot, the exhaust brackets, tailpipe, tag lights and some other details to pass...
by brick_and_motor
Sat Oct 08, 2016 12:50 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: oil cooler line repair
Replies: 3
Views: 408

Re: oil cooler line repair

Thanks for the update! The key things to a good rebuild are: 1. Good hose rated for oil/ATF. As you mentioned: OReilly Auto Hayden 1/2" hose or same hose on amazon for less ($25 on amazon). Or local hydraulic rebuild shop, they usually carry all sizes of good hoses; Gates is a good brand. 2. Clean ...
by brick_and_motor
Sat Oct 08, 2016 3:43 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: oil cooler line repair
Replies: 3
Views: 408

oil cooler line repair

After having just completed this job on my own car, I decided to post some useful tips and information I learned in the process. Hopefully this helps save some folks some hassle. 1) I chose to rebuild the lines myself. I referred to cn90's guide on the trans cooler lines for help. For the most part,...
by brick_and_motor
Thu Oct 06, 2016 8:19 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new owner with some questions...
Replies: 44
Views: 3777

Re: new owner with some questions...

Began trying to fit new 3/8 hose to the metal lines tonight and decided it should really be 1/2. 3/8 is just too tight a fit for the oil cooler lines. I think what happened with the line that burst was the interior of the hose got marred while I was sliding it on the metal line. O'Reilly's has some ...
by brick_and_motor
Thu Oct 06, 2016 5:53 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new owner with some questions...
Replies: 44
Views: 3777

Re: new owner with some questions...

This is the hose/line I bought to rebuild the lines: https://www.amazon.com/Derale-13016-Transmission-Engine-Hose/dp/B004XONNTE/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1475754700&sr=8-3&keywords=derale+oil What arrived looked good. Continental brand hose. 3/8 ID fit snugly on the metal lines. Maybe I should have gon...
by brick_and_motor
Wed Oct 05, 2016 7:25 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new owner with some questions...
Replies: 44
Views: 3777

Re: new owner with some questions...

Hey guys, so I worked on the PCV and oil cooler lines this weekend. Making the lines went smoothly, the rest of it went more slowly than I would have liked. Anyhow, got it all buttoned up Sunday evening and fired it up. A few seconds after starting it, I heard a pop and turned the car off. Looked ar...
by brick_and_motor
Tue Sep 27, 2016 1:26 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new owner with some questions...
Replies: 44
Views: 3777

Re: new owner with some questions...

The oil cooler lines are $$$$$ from Volvo. Been there: Done that. Next time I'll opt to rebuild myself. Be sure to use new o-rings upon reinstallation. There is a rubber elbow on the pass side of the IM that often turns to mush and leaks. Wide-spread vac. hose replacement is a great idea with all o...
by brick_and_motor
Sun Sep 25, 2016 4:04 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new owner with some questions...
Replies: 44
Views: 3777

Re: new owner with some questions...

Ok, here's an update. The parts came in Friday and today I started working on replacing the PCV system before starting in on the timing belt. Immediately after I started, I noticed the crumbling vacuum lines around the manifold. I avoided breaking any but added to them list of items to fix. When I r...
by brick_and_motor
Wed Sep 21, 2016 6:10 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new owner with some questions...
Replies: 44
Views: 3777

Re: new owner with some questions...

Be careful of which kit you order from FCP as the part quality can widely vary. It's best to stick with OEM parts regarding the TB and the associated parts. Re: the PCV. Note the hard plastic line with a 90-deg bend has a history of cracking inside the foam tubing, rendering the system ineffective ...
by brick_and_motor
Wed Sep 21, 2016 1:46 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new owner with some questions...
Replies: 44
Views: 3777

Re: new owner with some questions...

Volvo keeps changing their tune over the years, hydraulic system TB is every 70K but to me that is overkill. Mechanical tensioner 105K (the mechanical tensioner is a worse system when compared with hydraulic tensioner)...go figure. To me, the 1998 S70: it is safe to replace the TB every 90K-100K. A...
by brick_and_motor
Wed Sep 21, 2016 3:36 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new owner with some questions...
Replies: 44
Views: 3777

Re: new owner with some questions...

Another NC member. Welcome to the forum. I ran a '98 V70 up to 331,000 miles and decided it was time to let it rest. A lot of good information on here. What part of NC you call home? I may have a working right rear door lock from my dismembered '98. Shane Thanks! I live in Orange County, so not a b...
by brick_and_motor
Tue Sep 20, 2016 10:51 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new owner with some questions...
Replies: 44
Views: 3777

Re: new owner with some questions...

Just did the glove test on the oil fill. The glove inflated briefly before the coming loose...guess it's time for a PCV service.
by brick_and_motor
Tue Sep 20, 2016 4:21 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new owner with some questions...
Replies: 44
Views: 3777

Re: new owner with some questions...

Thanks, sleddriver! I appreciate the engine oil recommendation. I was already eyeing Mobil 1 synthetic and it's good to hear a referral. It also appears there's strong support for the MANN filters. After I got some time to check the car out some more, it looks like I have a bit of a project on my ha...
by brick_and_motor
Wed Sep 14, 2016 2:49 am
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: 98 V79 NA front end vibration (control arms replaced) Topic is solved
Replies: 65
Views: 4373

Re: 98 V79 NA front end vibration problem - help me diagnose it Topic is solved

It isn't out of the realm of possibility that you got a bad/out-of-round tire or rim. Try swapping the front wheels and tires to the back and go for a ride. If the vibration moves or changes, your problem is in the wheels/tires. If it's the same, there's a component issue. If it is a tire/wheel issu...
by brick_and_motor
Tue Sep 13, 2016 7:00 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new owner with some questions...
Replies: 44
Views: 3777

Re: new owner with some questions...

.. .I also need to look into why the right rear door lock will lock when commanded but won't unlock. ... This is usually failure of the little thermal switch coupler in the lock mechanism. There are write-ups on here explaining how to pull apart the mechanism and replace that part with a piece of s...
by brick_and_motor
Tue Sep 13, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new owner with some questions...
Replies: 44
Views: 3777

Re: new owner with some questions...

tryingbe wrote:Timing belt interval is 70k.


Volvo owner manuals are free. You should download one.
http://www.volvocars.com/us/own/owner-i ... rs-manuals

Thanks for the link!

After doing some more crawling on the site, I guess what I'm going for is "Stage 0."
by brick_and_motor
Tue Sep 13, 2016 1:42 pm
Forum: Volvo 850, S70, V70, C70, XC models 1992-2000
Topic: new owner with some questions...
Replies: 44
Views: 3777

new owner with some questions...

Hi All, I am purchasing a 1998 V70 GLT, ~140K miles, and this site has already been a tremendous resource in this process. The car appears in decent shape overall but needs a few upkeep items. Off the bat, it is getting 4 new tires, alignment, timing belt and water pump, and ABS module joint solder ...