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1998 S70 T5M 240k the Road to Stage 0

Help, Advice and DIY Tutorials on Volvo's extremely popular car line -- Volvo's 1990s "bread and butter" cars -- powered by the ubiquitous and durable Volvo inline 5-cylinder engine.

1992 - 1997 850, 850 R, 850 T5-R, 850 T5, 850 GLT
1997 - 2000 S70, S70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70, V70 AWD
1997 - 2000 V70-XC
1997 - 2004 C70

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Re: 1998 S70 T5M 240k the Road to Stage 0

Post by scot850 » Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:28 pm

Of I had $1 for everytime I did a repair on a car that had supposedly been done recently, or by a 'professional' using OE parts I could probably have bought a new car by now. Last 3 x P80's have had close to $3000 needed done on them to get to stage 0. The 2000 'R' I stopped counting once Morty of $20000. I have now removed most of the crap aftermarket parts.
Having said that, the Motorad thermostat is not a bad part but sounds like the installer was!!

Local Volvo dealer advised replacing OE thermostat ever 3 years along with coolant.

You have done an amazing learning curve so be proud of yourself!

Neil.
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Re: 1998 S70 T5M 240k the Road to Stage 0

Post by scot850 » Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:31 pm

Sorry for typos errors. I am dyslexic, but it is the damned auto correct on my new phone. Need to figure out how to switch it off!!

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Re: 1998 S70 T5M 240k the Road to Stage 0

Post by matthew1 » Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:38 pm

abscate wrote:
Thu Dec 05, 2019 9:38 am
I just want to compliment you on what a great mechanic you have become in only three years!
Seconded!
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Re: 1998 S70 T5M 240k the Road to Stage 0

Post by bmdubya1198 » Sat Dec 07, 2019 5:32 pm

scot850 wrote:
Sat Dec 07, 2019 12:28 pm
Of I had $1 for everytime I did a repair on a car that had supposedly been done recently, or by a 'professional' using OE parts I could probably have bought a new car by now. Last 3 x P80's have had close to $3000 needed done on them to get to stage 0. The 2000 'R' I stopped counting once Morty of $20000. I have now removed most of the crap aftermarket parts.
Having said that, the Motorad thermostat is not a bad part but sounds like the installer was!!

Local Volvo dealer advised replacing OE thermostat ever 3 years along with coolant.

You have done an amazing learning curve so be proud of yourself!

Neil.
Yeah it adds up... but damn, I'm only around $3,500-$4k into my 2000 R and that includes the purchase price, manual swap, and a do88 intercooler. I complain about it, but I've managed to keep it pretty cheap while using OEM if not even better parts!
2000 V70R Venetian Red/Charcoal M56 Swapped 193k
2000 S70 GLT Mystic Silver/Taupe 2??k
2003 S60 2.4T Silver/Black 108k
2007 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 162k
1993 944 Base Beige/Beige 221k
1991 944 Turbo Dark Green/Beige 172k
1992 245 Base White/Beige 249k
Sold-
1998 V70 GLT Black/Beige 199k
1998 S90- Silver/Gray 207k
1995 850 GLT Tropic Green... crushed
2001 S60 2.4T Black/Black 230k
1988 744 Turbo M46 Beige Metallic/Beige 188k

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Re: 1998 S70 T5M 240k the Road to Stage 0

Post by WhatAmIDoing » Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:59 pm

Thanks for all the compliments. Means a lot to me, especially when I'm self taught solely by material on this forum and Robert's youtube videos.

It's become very apparent that the PO was a hack shade tree mechanic (but aren't we all sometimes). Still, I hate being lied to, and there's no reason to lie about a high mileage $1500 car. He replaced the cam seals, put the sprockets on backwards (so no timing marks), replaced the water pump with Aisin, but ignored the failing tensioner. Still wondering what fuel pump he put in (wines like mad).

Happy to report cooling leaks seam to be fixed. Cooling system actually still held pressure after sitting for 2 days. Before it would be depressurized after sitting for 2-3 hours. Took forever to get all the air out of the system, was scared I may have overheated it while trying to bleed the air out. Steam was coming off the head, but ambient temp outside was below freezing. Hopefully didn't hurt anything. Bought a Vernet 87C thermostat to replace the Motorad when I swap in the silicone rad hoses. Hopefully makes bleeding the air out easier.
'98 S70 T5M - 276,000+mi - forever a project
'99 S70 "AWD" - 220,000+mi - wrecked :cry:
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Re: 1998 S70 T5M 240k the Road to Stage 0

Post by abscate » Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:34 pm

I’m spending the next three months mostly upstate NY, are you close enough to me for that clutch job?

I have another one coming up so the skill set needs honing,

Did you ditch one of the cars?
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Re: 1998 S70 T5M 240k the Road to Stage 0

Post by bmdubya1198 » Sun Dec 22, 2019 9:07 am

WhatAmIDoing wrote:
Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:59 pm
Still wondering what fuel pump he put in (wines like mad).
Probably some cheapo eBay Walbro or something... probably best to put a Bosch 69693 on the list!
2000 V70R Venetian Red/Charcoal M56 Swapped 193k
2000 S70 GLT Mystic Silver/Taupe 2??k
2003 S60 2.4T Silver/Black 108k
2007 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 162k
1993 944 Base Beige/Beige 221k
1991 944 Turbo Dark Green/Beige 172k
1992 245 Base White/Beige 249k
Sold-
1998 V70 GLT Black/Beige 199k
1998 S90- Silver/Gray 207k
1995 850 GLT Tropic Green... crushed
2001 S60 2.4T Black/Black 230k
1988 744 Turbo M46 Beige Metallic/Beige 188k

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Re: 1998 S70 T5M 240k the Road to Stage 0

Post by WhatAmIDoing » Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:42 am

abscate wrote:
Sat Dec 21, 2019 7:34 pm
I’m spending the next three months mostly upstate NY, are you close enough to me for that clutch job?

I have another one coming up so the skill set needs honing,

Did you ditch one of the cars?
Unfortunately, upstate NY would be a bit of a trek for me, but I have been looking for a vacation.

The AWD I wrecked is currently being stored indefinitely at a family friend's 'junk' yard.
bmdubya1198 wrote:
Sun Dec 22, 2019 9:07 am
WhatAmIDoing wrote:
Sat Dec 21, 2019 6:59 pm
Still wondering what fuel pump he put in (wines like mad).
Probably some cheapo eBay Walbro or something... probably best to put a Bosch 69693 on the list!
Looks like someone replaced the pump in my AWD, need to pull it.
'98 S70 T5M - 276,000+mi - forever a project
'99 S70 "AWD" - 220,000+mi - wrecked :cry:
Knows enough to be dangerous :wink:

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Re: 1998 S70 T5M 240k the Road to Stage 0

Post by abscate » Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:45 am

Got one of the 1998, Ill ask Sonic if/when it was replaced.

I might have a spare runner car from Carlos up and going in Spring, welcome to come bang on cars if you come east I come to ROC and BUF regularly, so CLE is only 3 hours away for the car tag game.
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Re: 1998 S70 T5M 240k the Road to Stage 0

Post by WhatAmIDoing » Mon Dec 23, 2019 2:16 pm

abscate wrote:
Mon Dec 23, 2019 11:45 am
Got one of the 1998, Ill ask Sonic if/when it was replaced.

I might have a spare runner car from Carlos up and going in Spring, welcome to come bang on cars if you come east I come to ROC and BUF regularly, so CLE is only 3 hours away for the car tag game.
Will certainly consider the trip. Only big issue I see delaying the whole project is getting the flywheel resurfaced. Local machinist said he's so backed up it would take 3 weeks for him to get to it once I brought it to him.
'98 S70 T5M - 276,000+mi - forever a project
'99 S70 "AWD" - 220,000+mi - wrecked :cry:
Knows enough to be dangerous :wink:

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