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This is just for me to recount my efforts to keep my fleet of Volvos on the the road. Comments and suggestions are all welcome.
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Going right

Posted Sep 21st, 2008 at 20:51 by Andrew (UK) (Adventures in Volvo maintenance)

Tuesday morning I patched the two holes in the exhaust that were pointed out to me. I just ran the engine for a bit to help set the bandages and found it was blowing out of the junction into the rear box, so that got slathered in repair putty as well. Come Wednesday and it went into the garage to be welded and get the new tyres fitted. Then I picked it up on Thursday morning complete with new MOT certificate. There were advisories on the front ASB bushes, right inner tie rod end and the exhaust...
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What a relief

Posted Sep 13th, 2008 at 23:14 by Andrew (UK) (Adventures in Volvo maintenance)

This past week has been a bit of a nightmare. I lost count of the number of times I had that head on and off the car. I eventually got a new head gasket as I could not get a seal with the first one. Fortunately this new gasket did seal properly. On Wednesday morning I only had time to get the head on and fill with coolant before I had to go to work. Thursday morning I had to take the other 240 for its MOT. Well of course it failed the MOT so then I had to spend the morning frantically putting the...
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Two steps forward and one step back.

Posted Sep 6th, 2008 at 23:15 by Andrew (UK) (Adventures in Volvo maintenance)
Updated Sep 6th, 2008 at 23:23 by Andrew (UK)

I spent most of the day working to put the head back on the car today. I bought and erected a gazebo so that the forecast rain would not interfere with operations. The head actually came from a 7 series car so I used the blanking plug from my old head. I fitted a new timing belt and fan belts. The supplied PS pump belt was too big so I had to refit the old one which is OK for the moment. I scraped loads of gunk off radiator hose connections and installed new radiator hoses. I cleaned up the surface...
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New head skimmed and being reassembled

Posted Sep 3rd, 2008 at 23:37 by Andrew (UK) (Adventures in Volvo maintenance)
Updated Sep 6th, 2008 at 23:24 by Andrew (UK)

I got hold of another head from not too far away which also gave me the excuse for a pleasant run into Norfolk to pick it up. I had it skimmed yesterday and this evening I installed new valve stem seals on all the intake valves. Tomorrow I should put in the shims, buckets and the cam although I probably need to remove a couple of spots of rust first which the cam has picked up while it sat on the shelf at the breakers.
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The best laid plans

Posted Aug 30th, 2008 at 23:18 by Andrew (UK) (Adventures in Volvo maintenance)
Updated Sep 6th, 2008 at 23:24 by Andrew (UK)

The head came off with little drama on Thursday night although it did have a clogged block drain ****. That is apart from the coolant coming out of the exhaust manifold as I unbolted it. That was a bit strange I thought. Come Friday morning and I could see coolant had been coming out of the head somewhere around #4 exhaust valve stem. I took it to the guy to skim the head and he confirmed my suspicion that the head was not repairable. The head gasket itself had been fine, so where did all that burning...
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