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Diary of a 17 y/o with an 850

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: Diary of a 17 y/o with an 850

Post by abscate » Tue Nov 19, 2019 8:47 pm

Ah, another mirrored pair Columbos.....
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Re: Diary of a 17 y/o with an 850

Post by abscate » Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:31 am

As per my records (circa 2015), the car hasn't had a timing belt change in some time. (i.e.: I don't have records of a "previous" timing belt change. I heard that if you soak the belt in leather/rubber conditioner, it'll keep it uncracked for longer. Can anyone confirm this?
No, you don't want to be adding anything to your timing belt that Volvo does not recommend. The internet is full of garbage advice, unfortunately.

Timing belt failure is very rare - usually the idler or water pump seizes up, breaks the belt, which bends the valves, and supplies me with another $500 purchase price car for a $5000 ride.

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Re: Diary of a 17 y/o with an 850 (thread diversion to columba Wheels 9134402 9166315)

Post by abscate » Wed Nov 20, 2019 7:53 am

FireFox31 wrote:
Tue Oct 08, 2019 11:00 pm
Those S/V70 T5 Perfo wheels are so sweet. I did just the opposite of you. On my 2000 V70, I put 850 turbo Columba wheels with the rare mirrored right side pair. Good work keeping your car rolling.
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Nautic blue makes all wheels look awesome
This is very true. Ask me how I know.pec

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For those seeking these

1 You have to have a Nautic Blue Pearl Wagon

2 Part numbers

9134402 Dark Silver L
9166315 Dark Silver R
9166116 Anthracite L
9166314 Anthracite R

You will find sellers list both part numbers and use generic pictures, so your chance of scoring

Ive got my two 315 on the back and my 402 on the front - this stretches my wagon and makes it longer (only driving forwards of course)


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Re: Diary of a 17 y/o with an 850

Post by volvolugnut » Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:12 am

shihabafi,
I just found this extended post and read some of your great adventure with the 850. You have done very well starting from a dead car others had given up on. Also, a very interesting story with ups and downs, failures and victories. It could become a book! But only Volvo owners would read it.

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Re: Diary of a 17 y/o with an 850

Post by shihabafi » Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:59 am

volvolugnut wrote:
Thu Nov 21, 2019 11:12 am
shihabafi,
I just found this extended post and read some of your great adventure with the 850. You have done very well starting from a dead car others had given up on. Also, a very interesting story with ups and downs, failures and victories. It could become a book! But only Volvo owners would read it.

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Thanks. I believe, and I truly do, that with enough time and effort anything is possible. And I'd like this wagon to be a living example for those who don't think it's possible. Before this car I had 0 mechanical knowledge or experience. Trail and error, blood sweat and tears, knuckle-dragging, those are the secrets to succeeding at anything in life. And those are the morals and principles I wish to conduct myself with and I wish to inspire other with. Your small words of appreciation go a very long way!


To keep everyone up to date on the car, here's what's going on:

- Replaced both front brake rotors, simple enough

- Replaced both front brake hoses (we had to cut the brass nut off (it was stripped anyways) and flanged the line and then tightened it nicely and then slapped on some liquid tape and flex seal as well to ensure nothing will leak)

- Installing a cutout exhaust system, biggest headache being wiring

- Got the timing and serpentine belts ready to be changed, just don't know when to change it



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Re: Diary of a 17 y/o with an 850

Post by volvolugnut » Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:16 am

shihabafi wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:59 am
- Installing a cutout exhaust system, biggest headache being wiring
Is this a valve to open the exhaust by bypassing the muffler? Goal to make more power or more noise? And it uses an electric actuator for the valve?

I always thought an exhaust cutout of this type would be fun.

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Re: Diary of a 17 y/o with an 850

Post by shihabafi » Sat Nov 30, 2019 4:12 pm

volvolugnut wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 11:16 am
shihabafi wrote:
Fri Nov 29, 2019 10:59 am
- Installing a cutout exhaust system, biggest headache being wiring
Is this a valve to open the exhaust by bypassing the muffler? Goal to make more power or more noise? And it uses an electric actuator for the valve?

I always thought an exhaust cutout of this type would be fun.

volvolugnut
Yes, that's exactly what it does. In fact I got this one:
https://www.jegs.com/i/Granatelli/467/303525/10002/-1

There might be a bit of power gain but moreso it's for the sound. The problem is that I don't want the car to seem fully obnoxious (like some of my friends' cars) but I still want to be able to have that fun every now and again.



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