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1997 Volvo 850 GLT Engine Swap

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: 1997 Volvo 850 GLT Engine Swap

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Just a quick update for everyone as I don’t want this forum to die out. I yanked the motor out Saturday. Everything went pretty smooth minus one of the axels being a pain to come out (they are pretty new and had some stiff clips). I also had the dipstick tube pop out when lifting the engine out, and ended up puncturing the radiator with it. I’m hoping the one in the parts car works and doesn’t leak. Having the engine out will be good and give me some time to clean up the engine bay as well. More updates to come as well as what works and what didn’t. I’m hoping this Frankenstein of a swap will run well and make good power as well as serve for as a guide for others trying to make more power with they’re brick.
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Re: 1997 Volvo 850 GLT Engine Swap

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It’s been a little so I figured I would update you all. The engine is now out of both cars. Getting ready to put it back into my car. While the engine is out I put cam seals in, new timing belt and water pump, all vacuum lines, new coolant hoses, and my ARD wastegate set to a 1.8 PSI base setup. I also have many parts off the parts car I needed/want. Can’t wait to update you when the motors in the car and running and driving for the first time in months. I’m planning on using the harness out of the 95 to use is my 97 for simplicity reasons, should there be a problem with that? Thanks
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Re: 1997 Volvo 850 GLT Engine Swap

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I'm not sure on the wiring harness, though I know you need to think about speed sensor connections.

Great time to replace the rear main seal and the transmission shaft input seal. These are Volvo only items.
'95 854 T5-R, Motronic 4.4, 185k
'96 855 NA, 145k
'98 S70 NA, 220k (living out west)
'98 V70, T5 tune-injectors-turbo, LPT engine, 293k
'06 S60 R, 167k
'99 Camry V6 :shock: 130k
gone: '96 NA 850 210k, '98 NA V70 182k
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Re: 1997 Volvo 850 GLT Engine Swap

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Did the '95 have the OBDII port in the car, or were the diagnostics under the hood?
'97 854 T5 - Manual Swap, M4.4,COP, P2R Brakes, 16T, chassis bracing, XC70 nose swap
'97 855 GLT - Hers. RN swap/16T/exhaust/302s/Flashable M4.4, chassis bracing, 2 kid seats
'78 GLE - Waiting in the wings. Future whiteblock/T5 swap.
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Re: 1997 Volvo 850 GLT Engine Swap

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FWIW most '95 turbos were both OBDII and the diagnostics box. But definitely key know ab out the actual donor car.
'95 854 T5-R, Motronic 4.4, 185k
'96 855 NA, 145k
'98 S70 NA, 220k (living out west)
'98 V70, T5 tune-injectors-turbo, LPT engine, 293k
'06 S60 R, 167k
'99 Camry V6 :shock: 130k
gone: '96 NA 850 210k, '98 NA V70 182k
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