Timing Belt Tension Specification on a 1998 Volvo

Replacing the timing belt on a 1998 C70 Coupe, Engine B5234T3 with mechanical tensioner. I do not have the Volvo tension gauge.

Timing Belt kit

Question

MVS Forums member RickHaleParkerI’ll be replacing the timing belt with IPD kit 120612 on a 1998 C70 Coupe, Engine B5234T3 with mechanical tensioner and 142 tooth timing belt. I do not have the Volvo tension gauge. I do have a Universal Cam Belt Tension Gauge. Does anybody know the recommended deflection and force for the timing belt? Where should I place the Tension Gauge?

Answer

MVS Forums Contributor jimmy57Volvo 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 C70 Coupe, Timing belt tension specification