What did you do to your Volvo today?

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Re: What did you do to your Volvo today?

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So yesterday two buddies of mine and myself went on the adventure of changing the front struts and all of the strut seats, control arms left and right, antirollbar links on both sides, and the antirollbar bushings. The shocks are from Sachs, the springs are from Lesjöfors, the control arms and antirollbarlinks are from Lemförder. That was my attempt to be so muchOE(M) as possible, without the sacrifice of one of my kidneys :P

I didn't had my coffee yet when I started working so this kinda happended. Can you guess what I did wrong? :lol:
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Realising I'm an idiot and should drink my coffee BEFORE the job
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Attempt #2: That's the way, uhuh uhuh, I like it.
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After five hours of work (I took it slow because it's been awhile since I worked on struts, pulling them apart, putting them back together, et cetera) I took Freya for a test drive and boy, what a difference! This coming Tuesday she's up for wheelallignment (front AND rear) and then she'll be ready for the upcoming roadtips :D
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Post by abscate »

Did you miss putting the spring into the lower seat?

Here was my blooper of the week....test assembled a brake line with a ratchet wrench...the ratchet part was theblooper
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abscate wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:56 am Did you miss putting the spring into the lower seat?

Here was my blooper of the week....test assembled a brake line with a ratchet wrench...the ratchet part was theblooper
Well, I wish it was that. At first glance I thought that the spring was the same on both sides. I took a calculated guess that observation was right, but boy, am I bad at math :D Once I pulled it apart again, reversed the spring, everything was fine.

@ your photo: Yeah, that's something that would happen to me also... :P
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bmdubya1198 wrote: Wed Jul 01, 2020 8:29 am Wow! What brand filter is that?
Not sure. Just put a Bosch in, we'll see what happens.
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Ocelot wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 5:11 am
abscate wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:56 am Did you miss putting the spring into the lower seat?

Here was my blooper of the week....test assembled a brake line with a ratchet wrench...the ratchet part was theblooper
Well, I wish it was that. At first glance I thought that the spring was the same on both sides. I took a calculated guess that observation was right, but boy, am I bad at math :D Once I pulled it apart again, reversed the spring, everything was fine.

@ your photo: Yeah, that's something that would happen to me also... :P
That first time was just for practice. :lol:
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abscate wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:56 am
Here was my blooper of the week....test assembled a brake line with a ratchet wrench...the ratchet part was theblooper
Looks like the time I made a tube flare without putting the tube fitting on the tube first.

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volvolugnut wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 12:42 pm
abscate wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 4:56 am
Here was my blooper of the week....test assembled a brake line with a ratchet wrench...the ratchet part was theblooper
Looks like the time I made a tube flare without putting the tube fitting on the tube first.

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But if you have the flare tool you can fix that. I had to cut the $15 brake hose to recover my $5 wrench
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Looks like a financial decision would have been to cut the $5 wrench off the $15 hose.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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volvolugnut wrote: Thu Jul 02, 2020 3:07 pm Looks like a financial decision would have been to cut the $5 wrench off the $15 hose.

:lol: :lol: :lol:

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But that would have meant the hose won.....
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Pulled my harmonic balancer, realized the Corteco replacement doesn't actually fit my 99 like the vendor's fitment notes said, put the old one back on. Fun day!

Good lesson to closely inspect old part and new part before taking apart anything.
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