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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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Two steps forward and one step back.

Posted Sep 6th, 2008 at 23:15 by Andrew (UK)
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 of the block with a gasket scraper to remove the remnants of the old gasket. In general I just took my time and attended to all those little things on the way to have the job done properly. Putting the head back on was a bit tricky as it would not sit on the raised guides that are on two of the bolt holes. Curious I thought, maybe it's just a tight fit. I tightened the bolts and it seemed to settle down OK. As it was getting dark I had the head back on and torqued down and put some coolant in. A little later I noticed that coolant was dripping out of the gasket. Even torquing the head down some more did not help much. So I'll have to take the head off again to see what went wrong but that will have to wait until tomorrow.
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