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Just give me a gold star...

Postby byeboy » Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:21 am

Its nothing but routine maintenance, but yesterday, on my 97 850R :

1. Replaced the driver's door 'check stop' that has been shot since I acquired the car over a year ago (see my post for how I did that),
2. Fixed the passenger side windshield washer nozzle.
3. Replaced the thermostat-to-coolant recovery tank hose with a proper one, which solved my seeping problem I couldn't seem to fix with clamps using generic fuel line.
4. Replaced the Upper Torque Arm rubber biscuit.
5. Replaced the upper Torque Arm inner part (that passes through the firewall)...and boy , was that part shot! (178,000 miles).
6. Replaced my Glove Box Lock that I had to cut it open with a Sawzall, and have had a Bungee Cord holding it shut for months. A real PITA down here in Texas when I need to grab a six gun out of the glove box in a hurry! ( :lol: )

and...sitting beside me as I write this are the lower Transmission Torque Arm Mount and the Front Engine Mount. I will also do a transmission drain and fill while under there, and re-attach the air dam that has fallen of the car twice...this time with new, improved (metal) mounts that I will fab up...all was going to be tomorrow, but business (I'm a Metal Artist) takes me away for a day, so I'll crawl under Saturday, and set about doing good things while listening to Car Talk on NPR! I'm also considering fabbing-up an Engine Support Arm to slightly lift the motor when doing the front mount, just to avoid any jack pressure under that old oil pan!

I just feel so good for finally getting around to fixing all these little things that I had to brag!!

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Re: Just give me a gold star...

Postby JDS60R » Fri Aug 31, 2012 4:39 am

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Re: Just give me a gold star...

Postby jblackburn » Fri Aug 31, 2012 5:10 am

Congrats on making your Volvo happy. Hopefully that should satisfy its attention craving for a while ;)

I'd always had a long list of small things (squeaks, rattles, locks not working, headlight wipers...) that needed to be done to my car, but I was too lazy to fix them all because there were always bigger-ticket items coming up that needed to be addressed.

Luckily, those small things annoyed my brother and he's fixed almost all of them now that the car's his :D

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Re: Just give me a gold star...

Postby rspi » Fri Aug 31, 2012 1:45 pm

Congrats! I'm actually afraid to finish fixing everything. I'm afraid that something major will happen if I fix all the little stuff. So I always have one thing left undone. :)

BTW, I use a 2x6 to support the motor a little when I do the front mount. Never had a problem in 5 mount changes. Just don't try to lift the car with it.
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Re: Just give me a gold star...

Postby byeboy » Sat Sep 01, 2012 9:25 pm

Well, this morning I did the two bottom mounts (the one under the crank pulley, and the "transmission" mount under the driver's side, towards the front of the car. Both easy to get to, the two took about an hour, so it was "plug n' play". The front mount (under the crank) really didn't look bad, but the PO's records only showed a dealer recommending she replace it...but no record of it being done...I suspect it was, and did not need replacing...same story on the tranny mount...but its hard to tell on that one, because the rubber parts are smaller...but, anyways, both have been done. the top torque arm inner mount was shot, soI figured the engine musta been flopping around..now it should behave itself for a few more miles.

I used Hutchinson Mounts on the torque arms, up and down, a Groton $7.00 biscuit on the upper at the motor, and the front (under crank) is a Rein.

That lower front mount has sufficient access for my Craftsman short socket and Micro Click ratchet handle on both bolts (had to use a pipe on the handle to crack them loose, however)...that give me about four clicks worth of wrenchin' before I ratchet back. Another member was having a lot of trouble using his wrench in here, and, as I recall, many projects back I went to Sears and shelled out lots for this handle just because of its 'micro-click' action, which really pays off in tight situations where you just can't get enough swing to get a conventional handle to 'click'.

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Instead of jacking up the motor, I used my "Mini Cherry Picker" (actually a Patient Lift) to attach to the eye on the alternator bracket and lift "just enough". That's one handy tool. I've had three 1 and 2 ton Cherry Pickers, and I keep tripping over them in the garage. This one was cheap, and absolutely spotless when I picked it up a few years ago...and came with brand new Patient lifting sling...should I ever need to pick up bodies in my shop, or clear zombies out of my driveway! :lol:

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Re: Just give me a gold star...

Postby januwan » Sat Sep 01, 2012 10:13 pm

Is your seal leaking? I have small oil residue in the same area. :)
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Re: Just give me a gold star...

Postby byeboy » Sun Sep 02, 2012 4:22 am

Yes it is, but I don't know if its the front crank seal or a cam seal (I cracked my head thrust surface by tilting the camshaft when I removed it). I'll be pulling my timing belt cover off to check that...but not today. My oil level has stayed fine, and no drips where I park, so it looks worse than it is. It also looks worse because I had just sprayed it down with Brake Cleaner to clean off the bolts I'd be touching, so its still wet in the picture. All those silver looking "grains" are flash reflection off road grit down there.

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Re: Just give me a gold star...

Postby loveMy850 » Fri Feb 17, 2017 2:20 pm

Tolally awesome,I love your sense of humor ,hilarious, Im on the pity pot some Ahole hit my car, thanks for the smile you put on my face, looking for left gold fender, got one? Ill try and meet your price. Congratulations :)

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Re: Just give me a gold star...

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Re: Just give me a gold star...

Postby mecheng » Fri Feb 17, 2017 5:15 pm

Well, this morning I did the two bottom mounts (the one under the crank pulley, and the "transmission" mount under the driver's side, towards the front of the car. Both easy to get to, the two took about an hour, so it was "plug n' play". The front mount (under the crank) really didn't look bad, but the PO's records only showed a dealer recommending she replace it...but no record of it being done...I suspect it was, and did not need replacing...same story on the tranny mount...but its hard to tell on that one, because the rubber parts are smaller...but, anyways, both have been done. the top torque arm inner mount was shot, soI figured the engine musta been flopping around..now it should behave itself for a few more miles.

I used Hutchinson Mounts on the torque arms, up and down, a Groton $7.00 biscuit on the upper at the motor, and the front (under crank) is a Rein.

That lower front mount has sufficient access for my Craftsman short socket and Micro Click ratchet handle on both bolts (had to use a pipe on the handle to crack them loose, however)...that give me about four clicks worth of wrenchin' before I ratchet back. Another member was having a lot of trouble using his wrench in here, and, as I recall, many projects back I went to Sears and shelled out lots for this handle just because of its 'micro-click' action, which really pays off in tight situations where you just can't get enough swing to get a conventional handle to 'click'.

Image

Instead of jacking up the motor, I used my "Mini Cherry Picker" (actually a Patient Lift) to attach to the eye on the alternator bracket and lift "just enough". That's one handy tool. I've had three 1 and 2 ton Cherry Pickers, and I keep tripping over them in the garage. This one was cheap, and absolutely spotless when I picked it up a few years ago...and came with brand new Patient lifting sling...should I ever need to pick up bodies in my shop, or clear zombies out of my driveway! :lol:

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