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> Common Issues With The Volvo 240
diaoling
post Nov 25 2011, 04:48 AM
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I got my Grandpas 1985 240 DL it has 135000 km's.
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post Nov 29 2011, 08:54 AM
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The only real issue whith my volvo is that every few years some **** brakes my rear lights while the car is parked.
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post Dec 6 2011, 08:48 AM
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...the _Overdrive_ link below is no longer available

QUOTE (robert240 @ Mar 24 2010, 02:57 PM)
This explains the issues with the wiring harness:
http://www.davebarton.com/volvoharnesses.h...WireHarnessFAQs
I'm still using the original one from the factory. I have taped and used heat shrink tubing to repair all the exposed wires.

The easiest way to solve the overdrive problem is with this:
http://www.ipdusa.com/Volvo-200/Transmissi...9-266-672-1891/

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post Dec 23 2011, 12:00 AM
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This is really a great idea. Thanks for sharing this. I will also try the same
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post Dec 23 2011, 01:03 AM
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My first Volvo was a '73 240DL wagon I bought around 1990. Only drove it a couple of months before its automatic transmission (made by Borg Warner) died. Its folding third seat had no padding, just a couple of wooden panels.
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post Jul 23 2012, 02:04 PM
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I had all these problems and will add a few.

1) The in tank fuel pumps will give out. Currently I’m replacing it with a new HO pump from IPDUSA. If your car is stalling in hot weather It’s very likely this pump. Also make sure the wiring is good.
2) The main pulley/harmonic balancer gives out. It goes out around 200K miles. Just buy a new one and never worry about it again.
3) Door handles. I would replace the rivet with a machine screw. Also keep a spare.
4) Fan clutch goes out. Another high mileage wear item.
5) Air box preheat thermostat. These will fail in the preheat condition. It’s $7 so just replace it.

For these items I would just do what we do in aviation. Replace it before it fails and not worry about it.
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post Sep 23 2012, 04:14 PM
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Well I've been lucky so far as only the motor mounts, Trany, and the shocks for me. But the motor is at 400000 miles and climbing. Yes I love my Volvo. Its nice to see them on the road with all the new cars and still going after 5-7 years and they are still going. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/grin.gif)
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post May 1 2014, 08:18 AM
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Good to read some advice and tips here. Thanks for sharing...
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post Apr 19 2015, 09:50 PM
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I have an '88 as well. I'm finding that it is kind of a weird year for the 240. not that I'm complaining; I love my trusty ol' brick!

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post Apr 19 2015, 10:51 PM
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Hi Robert_240 and fellow brick lovers. thanks so much for the useful summary. I have tangled with a few of these, and am having another currently. I was wondering if you or anyone else here in the forum can point me in the right direction...
My '88 245 has been amazing until the last 6 months or so. Since then, We have experienced and conquered several of these. Currently, it's the charging system. Alternator checks out fine at the parts shop, and the battery is brand new. It just stopped charging one day last week. The weird part is, there have been no warning lights on the dash at all, so I didn't realize it was running off of the battery until it ran low and wouldn't start. Mind you, I am neither experienced nor knowledgeable about car repair, but I try to learn what I can when problems arise. I was looking at the simplified electrical schematic in my repair manual, and it appears that the alternator and battery are only commonly connected through the starter module (not sure if that's the right term...), so my question is, am I on the right track in suspecting a voltage regulator problem? Or does this sound like something else?
Any help is appreciated, as this car serves as the wheels for my mobile business.

Symptoms summary:
  • Battery is good.
  • Alternator is good.
  • Car will start if jumped, but is not charging.
  • No in-dash warning lights observed.


Thanks in advance!

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post Apr 20 2015, 06:57 AM
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it could be that the warning bulb has blown, the bulb is in the exciter circuit of the alternator, and allows a current to flow that the alternator needs to operate, if the bulb doesn't come on with the pre start turn of the key, then that may be why the alternator isn't working.
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Ok thanks so much, Grendel. I will look into that. B-)
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i am new here but i have a experienced with 1, 3,5,6 and 9.
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post May 20 2015, 03:59 AM
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Hi!I'm new here!
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I have some of those probs as well - the cabin blower motor has been out for some time - I just use a 12volt fan plugged into the cigarette lighter during the summer and a 12v heater during the winter. Sucks cause I have to sometimes hold the heater thingy against the window to defrost it and then drive with the windows down.
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QUOTE (Ali1990-240DL @ Jan 19 2010, 08:54 PM)
i'll end up getting NY state out of it's deficit with the amount of tickets i keep getting for my tail lights CONSTANTLY being out... (IMG:style_emoticons/default/grin.gif)


Guessing you have a 4 door. What is needed is two (or three) Small drain holes (1/8") drilled in the corners of the lenses.
OR purchase new foam seals for the lens assy. Have done many many dozens...
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Greetings! I am new to the forum. I have read quite a few posts looking for answers as I fix up my car.
I purchased a 1990 240 dl Wagon in May 2015 for a whopping 900.00. Have been a widow now for approximately 7 years and have a meager income, so I have been forced by economics to work on my car myself.
It has just over 300,000 miles on her, runs and shifts out, it has the 5 speed, beautifully. Doesn't leak anything. Uses 1/2 qt of oil every couple of months.
But it does have its quirks, and a few issues. Just now the wiring is giving me fits, but that's for another forum.
I have experienced # 2 & 9, as well as fuel pumps. I wonder why fuel pump replacement isn't listed?
[size="5"][/size]It's great to be part of the gang.
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QUOTE (Myhat50 @ Mar 24 2017, 03:02 PM)
Greetings! I am new to the forum. I have read quite a few posts looking for answers as I fix up my car.
I purchased a 1990 240 dl Wagon in May 2015 for a whopping 900.00. Have been a widow now for approximately 7 years and have a meager income, so I have been forced by economics to work on my car myself.
It has just over 300,000 miles on her, runs and shifts out, it has the 5 speed, beautifully. Doesn't leak anything. Uses 1/2 qt of oil every couple of months.
But it does have its quirks, and a few issues. Just now the wiring is giving me fits, but that's for another forum.
I have experienced # 2 & 9, as well as fuel pumps. I wonder why fuel pump replacement isn't listed?
[size="5"][/size]It's great to be part of the gang.

try change the fuel pump relay.
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QUOTE (danielm85948 @ Mar 24 2017, 08:14 PM)
try change the fuel pump relay.

Thank you danielm85948,
I just now saw your reply. I did change the fuel relay, the tank pump, the in line pump, then the fuel filter. Which fixed it. I should have tried the fuel filter first. I don't know if the pumps really needed replacing or not, but I have become way more diligent in my research and checking/testing parts before running to the parts house or junkyard.

The current problems are electrical. First my cluster lights quit working. I cleaned my fuse box connections and made sure all fuses were clean and in good shape, then I changed the rheostat, aka instrument lights dimmer switch. I removed my cluster and hooked up, stupidly, what I thought was a loose wire. It was a hot wire white/red, which I later found out goes to the tachomteter which isn't in my car. I have the big clock. My dash started smoking from the speedometer. I then took the cluster back out, installed the rheostat hooked everything back the way it was, put it all back together and all of the lights along the bottom of the cluster quit working. I drove to a friend's and it wouldn't start due to a depleted battery. I put it on a charger for 4 hours, it was dark by then, drove home and with the car running the power windows would barely roll up and almost stalled the motor. I left it running and pulled the negative cable and the engine died. I'm now in the process of charging the battery so that I can check the volts and output from the alternator. I don't know if the problems are related. I'm doing much research, but the gremlins are definately active. (IMG:style_emoticons/default/haha.gif)
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