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Volvo 440 (97) Automatic

Discussion and advice for 440, 460, 480 owners.

1986 - 1997 440
1986 - 1997 460
1986 - 1997 480

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Volvo 440 (97) Automatic

Post by joelonsdale » Thu May 17, 2007 3:44 pm

My beloved 440 automatic has just failed it's MOT and I am at a cross roads as to whether I should fix her up again or get a new car. Not an MOT issue, but the deciding factor is that it has started to take 5 or 6 seconds for reverse gear to engage. If this is a symptom of an expensive impending gear box issue I will probably replace her - if this is a cheap issue to fix I will probably fix her up and keep her - which is what I dearly want to do! So - what do you think?

Joe



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Post by billofdurham » Thu May 24, 2007 11:48 am

Welcome to Matthew's Volvo Site.

Sorry you have not had an earlier reply but I have been trundling around Scotland.

How long is it since the transmission fluid was flushed/changed? Does the fluid look dirty or smell burnt? Bad fluid can cause all sorts of problems and this is always a good place to start.

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RE: Volvo 440 (97) Automatic

Post by joelonsdale » Fri May 25, 2007 5:01 am

I am not sure - I certainly don't check it, but it is serviced yearly. Surely that would affect forward as well as reverse though?



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Post by billofdurham » Fri May 25, 2007 4:22 pm

A fault in an auto box does not always affect all gears simultaneously. It tends to be progressive unless there is a distinct lack of fluid, and then it usually stops altogether.

As I said it is a starting point. Get the transmission up to working temperature and pull the dipstick. See what colour the fluid is, it should be red, and smell it to see if it smells burnt.

The fluid should be drained and refilled every 30,000 miles or 3 years on that model. If this has not been done you will notice problems.

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Work was good - retirement is better.

1996 850GLT 2.5 20v Estate Manual.
1995 Peugeot Boxer 2.5Tdi Autosleeper.
Previously:
1984 244DL, Manual, Beige.
1987 744GLE, Manual, Green.
1991 960 3.0 24v, Auto, Silver.
1994 940T Wentworth, Auto, Blue.

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