Timing Belt Tension Specification on a 1998 Volvo

Volvo does not publish belt tension specs for “white” engines. The hydraulic tensioner took care of it and then the eccentric tensioners have the goalposts as marker for the correct tension range with engine cold.
The cast iron block 16 valve 4 cylinder had a spec of 4 but no unit was listed since the tool was provided by Volvo and it had no units on its face, just the numbers.

I worked for the manufacturer when that car was new and there was no information in any of the published info for technical personnel.

1998 vs. 1999 Changes & Differences

Well, what are they? MVS Forums member (hey, it’s free, why not register?) j-dawg and the rest of the crew answer this important bit of Volvo trivia. This is actually one of the more interesting bits of P80 lore, to me. No idea why. 98- cars don’t have the electronic throttle, VVT, solid lifters, as […]

Water Pump Replacement

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Volvo 240 Wagon Timing Belt Replacement

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Getting my V70 Back to Stage 0

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Timing belt tensioner part# differs for 2004 R cars

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Timing Belt Tensioner How To?

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Replace Timing Belt Tensioner?

Replacing the timing belt tensioner on your Volvo can alleviate many fears and concerns, especially if you’re gearing up for an adventure or trip. If you just purchased a Volvo and you’re unsure when the timing belt tensioner was replaced we recommend erring on the side of caution and replacing. You hear horror stories all […]