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Old 09-01-2018, 09:00 PM   #21
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I wouldn't worry too much about the flex wiring....I used some old Dyson flex to wire in a 2nd boot light on my Insignia, it does the job fine....and is well hidden away.

I hope this is a good car for you
I would be worried about the wiring. Take a look at this. I had a quick look while my son was sleeping.



Ordinal wiring on plug then chopped and wrapped in duct tape. Looks a mess to me. I'll have it sorted. I may see if I can find the original wiring loom for that bit

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Old 10-01-2018, 01:56 PM   #22
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Found a local Volvo specialist and gave them a call. Come Tuesday morning the car is having the following:

Coolant pressure test as the low coolant has come on a few times since having it with no obvious since of leaks.

Compression test and I think he said a block test for hydrocarbons.

But for 57 pounds I'm not complaining. Even if they say there's no leaks from your head but a split pipe or something you know. That way i can have price of mind.

I'm half tempted to take my car to the rolling road which is also just down the road and see what it's making in current form and then again once everything has been done so see whether I can gain some lost ponies.

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Old 14-01-2018, 03:20 PM   #23
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It only goes and works! Dug the subwoofer out and fitted it. Turned the stereo on and it started vibrating. All good now. Just waiting for Tuesday now to see what Volvo say about the car.

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Found a local Volvo specialist and gave them a call. Come Tuesday morning the car is having the following:

Coolant pressure test as the low coolant has come on a few times since having it with no obvious since of leaks.

Compression test and I think he said a block test for hydrocarbons.

But for 57 pounds I'm not complaining. Even if they say there's no leaks from your head but a split pipe or something you know. That way i can have price of mind.

I'm half tempted to take my car to the rolling road which is also just down the road and see what it's making in current form and then again once everything has been done so see whether I can gain some lost ponies.

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That's a great idea, dispel some myths for real..
Looking forward to seeing this.
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It only goes and works! Dug the subwoofer out and fitted it. Turned the stereo on and it started vibrating. All good now. Just waiting for Tuesday now to see what Volvo say about the car.

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That's excellent news, should make a good enhancement to the depth of sound now

Enjoy it and hopefully everything okay with the car Tuesday...
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That's a great idea, dispel some myths for real..

Looking forward to seeing this.


Thatís the plan. Iíll see if I can get some print outs and what not. Iím hoping itís just easy fixes like caps. Oil, coolant and power steering caps are known for causing problems. The oil cap seal is rock solid. Feels like plastic rather than rubber but there again that could be how it should be. It is leaking though. So we shall see.

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That's excellent news, should make a good enhancement to the depth of sound now

Enjoy it and hopefully everything okay with the car Tuesday...


It does sound really good now. Iíll have to see if I can find a slim sub which wonít take up any room. I have a box style one. Itís a passive subwoofer but looking at the specs of what the amp in the car is rated too the sub is more than enough for it. Yeah I hope so but it will be an eye opener as I havenít been involved with any sort of testing on any cars so be good to see.

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Today is the day. Currently being checked over and having the three checks carried out. So Iím hoping it will be alright. Once this is done I can then start ordering parts for his massive service.

It wonít cost too much but some of the bits will have to come from Volvo. Need new bolts for the engine top mount and the gearbox mount too. Watching videos on this itís a Avery easy job. Only problem for me is that being an aircraft tech I only have AF tooling haha.

Iíve also got to fit my top end lubricant system for the lpg. As itís a dry fuel the valve are not being lubricated as itís a dry fuel. The system has been fitted for around 43,000 miles so a bit of preventative maintenance will help the balance from wearing out. Some engine donít need it due to the types of material they are made from but for me if something isnít lubricated it will wear sooner or later.

Top engine mount I canít decide weather to go square or round but I have decided to use normal bushings rather than poly as this can make it quite harsh in the cabin from what people have said and experienced.

Lpg filter is still leaking I just havenít got around to fixing that yet. Not causing any running issues but you can smell it when it switches over just after start up. I filled the car this morning on the way home from work and I got 368 miles for 39 pounds. This was for 64 litres of gas. So economy wise it isnít bad but it will improve after this service. You can feel the difference from petrol to gas. When the gas is low the pressure isnít as great so the performance drops a bit and requires a heavier foot. Itís just how they are. Colder nights are better for filling as you can fit more in the tank haha.

So hopefully by this afternoon Iíll have a good idea on whatís going on.

Watch this space.............


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Okay bad news..... Head gasket has gone . It will explain lumpy running in start up when cold. The tech explained to me that it can either go two ways. Runs crap when hot or cold. In my case it's cold and as the car warms the head is sealed but it still letting in the gases from the exhaust. They said that there's no point In doing any other tests as when they did the coolant test the colour of the dye changed almost instantaneously.

On the plus side they said my car is bullet proof and are becoming quite rare. They regularly see cars coming in for servicing with over 300,000 on the clock.

So I'm waiting on a call back for a quote. They don't mind the LPG system on there as they know what they are doing with that.

So to make me feel better it needs a wash. I don't want to sell it as spares as its a solid car with no rust and turns out to be one of the top of the range models and one of the first lot of the facelift.

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Bullet has been bitten and my girlfriends uncle is going to do the gasket change as heís a master tech and a plant machine engineer.

So for the head gasket change with all the parts required plus service items, engine mounts, oil filler gasket and power steering cap is knocking on the door of 700 notes all oem. Then the head will need a skim too sand add fifty to that.

I think this will be worth it. The car will run like brand new....... I hope haha

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