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  1. Has the OP bought a Volvo yet? Sent from my TA-1012 using Tapatalk
  2. Definitely a Fiat then if he is expecting an instant FTP and a cycle back home? Sent from my TA-1012 using Tapatalk
  3. Replacing like for like would have been relatively quick and easy, but I'm a skinflint and baulked at the idea of either £300 for a genuine Volvo or £150 for one that probably just has the same cheap 28mm pump I've fitted. Sent from my TA-1012 using Tapatalk
  4. Time for an update. My in tank fuel pump failed. It was my own fault, I had been ignoring it getting louder and louder until it just stopped. I was driving into a carpark at the time, and was able to coast into a space, so no terrible inconvenience. Now on these earlier euro3 D5s the in tank pump doesn't run all the time - at motorway speeds for instance you can rely on the high pressure pump to keep supplying fuel. The problem is you do need it to prime the system and get the car started. I left the car for two hours, theory being the pump would cool down and hopefully un-sieze itself. Thankfully I was correct and it pumped but very very slowly. It struggled to start but it did, so I just entered SVM mode and engaged GLF, my theory being keeping the revs up would keep diesel flowing. It was touch and go. Every dithering idiot driver appeared in my path meaning roundabouts and junctions were butt clenching as the mighty Volvo shuddered and coughed but we made it the ten miles home. So how much is a new pump? Anywhere from £150-£300. Feck that. PartsForVolvo sent me this for £40: What's in there??? Well it's a kit to fit a generic 28mm fuel pump to the Volvo housing. To be fair I could have got the contents of the box for half the price if I'd bought them elsewhere but nevermind. Time to have some fun: You can see there are two access panels. The lower one on the passenger side has the fuel level sensor. The higher one on the driver's side has the pump itself. Both need to be removed because the feed pipe for the pump runs to the sender side - this is due to the shape of the tank, it has a hump in the middle to accommodate the exhaust and without this feed pipe fuel from the passenger side would never be accessible. The clever thing to do is attach string to the feed pipe on the sender side before withdrawing it all with the pump. I am not clever, and much regret was had later on refitting. So pump housing removed Started stripping to replace the pump itself and stopped taking pics because diesel hands Suffice to say this was extremely fiddly, and hot air had to be employed to remove some of the pipes. There is a plastic bodied filter that doesn't fit the new pump, hence the hacksaw to remove it from the filter housing. This then allowed me to use the generic pop on filter bag that came with the kit. So fitting is the reversal of removal, unless you are a complete fuckwit and pulled the feed pipe out without leaving some means to pull it back through again. It sounds simple but has a convoluted route to the other side, and no other way for it to go and kept jamming. This took fapping hours to sort, eventually I was able to feed some copper brake line across and used that to pull the pipe round. I still smell of diesel, horrible stuff. And that's with wearing gloves and gauntlets and all sorts to protect my delicate desk jockey skin. Now there is a theory that constantly running these cars low on fuel (and low as in less than 1/4 to 1/2 a tank!) Means the pump isn't submerged in fuel and overheats. I have a habit of just lobbing £20 in every time the OBC says "you have zero miles left". So I started as I mean to go on. This caused me much pain: This is daft as I set aside fuel money for the month anyway, so putting in a full tank vs lots of top ups isn't going to actually cost me any more over the month, but somehow whacking in £20 every few days doesn't feel so terrible. However this exposed a problem. I've always nicknamed my Volvo P2s as super tankers due to the turning circle. Now this one has cemented that name and gone full on Exxon Valdez, and left an almighty puddle on my driveway. What you will only discover afterwards is that the seal for the sender unit can't really be reused. You need to fit a new one, which only seems to be available for the absurd price of £20 or so. For a fecking O-ring. On removing the seat again I was met with a puddle of diesel over the sender unit. Fuck sticks. The problem is compounded further because the sender unit is at a low point on the tank. Removing it completely to sort the seal would have litres of horrible smelly diesel flooding the driveway. Yay. I've managed to tighten the locking ring enough to bring the leak down to a small seep which can be absorbed with rags. The plan is to manage it this way until the tank has been used up, by which stage the new O-ring will be here. As a motorcyclist I'm well aware of how lethal diesel spills are so I wouldn't be using the car if I wasn't confident no diesel was reaching the road! I check underneath before and after every journey just to be sure and the tank seems to be bone dry. My neighbors probably think I'm a cop now. (It's something they have to check every morning over here - scumbags have form for putting car bombs under cops cars at home) To celebrate having a running car again I done this: "Sorry mate tyre is fucked can't repair, and you've another one on the way out" two tyres then ffs So to celebrate that I done this yesterday: Caught it on next doors garage wall trying to park tightly against it on our driveway like a prick. Sent from my TA-1012 using Tapatalk
  5. May have posted it before but this is the one I had a few years back. Great bikes Sent from my TA-1012 using Tapatalk
  6. That is stunning! Really like it. Sent from my TA-1012 using Tapatalk
  7. I think I win, this is the one that was in my S60 D5..... Sent from my TA-1012 using Tapatalk
  8. More info on the townmate please, the old man might* be interested *Be warned, his interest rarely turns into spending actual cash money Sent from my TA-1012 using Tapatalk
  9. Just charging my new lid [emoji1787] Sent from my TA-1012 using Tapatalk
  10. Proper workhorses these. And one of the last properly good diesels Sent from my TA-1012 using Tapatalk
  11. Stunning cars. And that colour really suits it Sent from my TA-1012 using Tapatalk
  12. Owned this three weeks today. In that time I've done a shade under 1600 miles, partly due to a mahoosive project at work. It hasn't used a drop of oil or water. In fact it hasn't even lost a single psi from any of its tyres. The temperature gauge has never ventured over the halfway mark and nothing has stopped working. It covers miles ridiculously easily. A lot of those miles have been on badly surfaced twisty country roads but it just shrugs everything off. Only minor snags - bit of a rattle which sounds like drop links and the two engine torque mounts are a bit knackered. Oh and the wiper blades are showing their age.......and the rear plate is annoying me - it's mounted too low (should be more central in the aperture).....and that's it! Returning 48mpg too! Sent from my TA-1012 using Tapatalk
  13. Very capable bikes Sent from my TA-1012 using Tapatalk
  14. Ahh but Rossi raced Honda's in 2000 when mine was registered [emoji12] Sent from my TA-1012 using Tapatalk
  15. Great run up over the Sperrins yesterday. Absolutely love the firestorm, it's so capable. Big smiles all day. Only fly in the ointment was me dropping my helmet onto tarmac.....hard enough to crack it and bust the left visor hinge.....I managed to bodge the visor back on but it disappeared on the way home at (ahem) motorway speeds..... Nice excuse for a new lid!!! Sent from my TA-1012 using Tapatalk
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