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Juular's ovlovlovin' - OCD noise elimination round II


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So I started by buying this 1kw Clarke chap here.

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No joy with this at all. In fact it wouldn't shift a barely tightened wheel nut never mind a crank nut so I suspect it was faulty. The reviews on it are pretty good but you see the odd one that says it is very weak. I think they may have a few bad batches of these.

It was sent back and replaced with a cheapo silverline 400w one, next day on Amazon prime.

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Took off the crank nut like it was hand tight. It's about half the weight and size of the Clarke one so I'm keeping it.

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Time to get stuck into this.

Lower engine mount replaced.

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Crank pulley removed. I know the belt can be replaced with it on, but I prefer not to twist the new belt too much as I've seen this cause them to walk sideways on the pulleys when running.

It was a bit of a fight so I doused it in ATF / acetone mix. I keep a jar of this handy and squeeze it into bolt holes and threads with a paintbrush. Left overnight and it wiggled out no problem.

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Pulled the spark plugs so I wasn't fighting compression.

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Crank was turned until it matched the helpfully* placed indicator that you can't see without a phone camera.

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Compared with the camshafts. 

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Fine. Crack on. Tensioner and belt off.

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The belt looks fairly good condition so I think it has been replaced after 2009. However the tensioner was a little bit rattly so it's good I'm replacing everything.

Exciting box of newness.

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Took the aux belt tensioner off to make my day easier. It's pretty knackered and sounds like crap.

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Thankfully there's a bolt on the pulley so it can be replaced by itself when I get around to it.

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Cambelt idler off. Sounds nasty too.

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Time to dump the coolant. The rad drain screw feels really brittle and won't come out. This could be a world of pain.

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So I just pulled the hose.

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There's another drain at the back of the engine that's a pain in the arse.

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Water pump oot.

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Only a MILLION bolts later. My ratchet died mid ratcheting, which made this a Shit Job.

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Spent an hour gasket scraping. I think this was the factory pump. The shaft is a bit loose and the remaining gasket was properly baked on.

Mondays work chat: What did you do at the weekend? Fucking GASKET SCRAPING.

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Brake cleaner and a mobile phone screen replacement tool eventually did the job.

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Shinies.

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Make sure still lined up.

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In the middle of fighting with the new belt I bumped the exhaust cam but I think we're good.

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Turned over by hand a few times without incident before the rain came on for the day. Tomorrow I'll be getting it all back together and tracked up and hopefully happy times. Remind me to put coolant back in...

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Bit nicer colour than before. Ran it up to temp with the heaters on full to bleed the system. Seemed ok.

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Oil leak FIXDED

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I do love the smell of used parts on a Sunday.

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Wheel alignment, the shite way.

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With Mrs Juular helping by providing ballast / holding the steering wheel centred it only took 30mins.

Took it a short spin and OMG the coolant light came on. Checked the reservoir and it was empty. As the temp needle was right in the middle I assumed it was just an airlock and needed a wee burp. Took it home, filled it to max again and went for a wee run.

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Sorted.

- Alignment right on the money with a centered steering wheel. Go me.

- Clonks and bangs and general shit handling around the streets is all gone.

- Engine mount vibration all gone.

- Driver's side squeaks like mad from the suspension. Not sure what the culprit is. It's very annoying.

To put my mind at ease about oil leaks I also did a blowby test using a glove over the oil filler to test the PCV system. Good sucking was achieved so that's a significant job scored off the list.

I haven't decided whether to delete the oil cooling system or not. There is good info out there that the oil coolers on these cars are pretty ineffective and there's not much to lose from binning it. Except it will save me a few hundred quid in hoses and potentially a radiator for the outlay of a £15 blanking plate.

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I'm pretty sure all of the remaining noises are coming from the top mounts and struts, plus there is an occasional ping from the towers when doing tight parking turns.

I don't really want to be replacing that lot in the winter with my fingertips going blue, so I'll take advantage of our Indian summer and give the old boat some extra lovin' this weekend.

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Ahhhh.....my old T5 GT coupe, well bought. It still looks like a bloody nice car too.

I loved this car the 2+ years that i owned it. The coupe could really shift if you wanted it to, or if you just wanted to drive it sensible, it would practically drive its self.

Looking at this thread, its pretty clear that you know your way around "a box of spanners", great work/effort so far, keep at it, an this beauty will repay your hard work, an probably end up being one of your best buys.

Everyone should own at least one Volvo in their lives (ive owned at least 50) once you own a Volvo, theres no turning back...great cars......................as long as its a pre 2000!  8)

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14 hours ago, volvoman said:

Everyone should own at least one Volvo in their lives (ive owned at least 50) once you own a Volvo, theres no turning back...great cars......................as long as its a pre 2000!  8)

Thinking you might be correct. Quite enjoying this old anvil. Took it to work today and ended up feeling a bit miffed my commute was only half an hour. The sound system is pretty phenomenal for an OEM unit and I'm cursing myself for throwing piles of CDs out.

Now that the suspension has had a bit of TLC it feels less bargey and more keen and coupe like and I've gained a bit more confidence throwing it about. I know it's not a Japanese Go-Kart but it can hold it together perfectly well indeed once you get used to it. The interior still actually feels kind of new. 

My old man had a bird's cack white coloured 340 back in the day and it was awful. It was as slow as a week in jail. It had a hole in the floor and if you pushed too hard with your foot the carpet would catch the wheel. It kept randomly switching off. It was cool and I kind of miss it. I know that wasn't entirely a true Volvo (DAF?) but I think it planted a Volvo itch that I've only now scratched.

Kind of want another Volvo to go with this one now. Cat's out of the bag. Shit.

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Today's chodfondling.

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Shinies.

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If you can only buy one tool, get an impact wrench. I don't know how I lived without it.

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10 mins from dragging my tools out of the shed I had the car up, both wheels off and this out of the car. 

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No need to counterhold things like droplinks and pinch bolts, just blat them with the gun.

Top mount is pretty shagged and the bearing is rattling away.

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I get to use my favourite* safest* tool ever.

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Then the cross shaped retaining nut comes off. I just slowly tapped it round with a small hammer.

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Foosty. Think I can safely say this is one of the car's squeaky points.

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Power washed the spring because I'm kinda funny like that.

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The old shock felt pretty limp so hopefully the new ones will change the feel of the car a lot.

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More shinies.

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Spring seats were replaced with new ones. The cross nut goes back on easily with a 12mm open end spanner to lever it round.

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Tops back on.

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Did both sides, which were equally knackered.

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A couple of other jobs to do.

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Aux belt tensioner pulley replaced.

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I didn't replace the belt as the new one didn't match the old, 6pk1743 Vs 6pk1750.

I'm not sure which one is actually correct for this car so I put the old one back on for the moment. It could be that the new one is correct for this engine and the old shorter belt has humped the tensioner?

The garden shit pile grows.

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The old dear is now noticeably quieter. There's no knocks, bangs, squeaks or anything else now. It also drives like a brand new car and feels properly planted.

Tracking is miles out again though 😵

Did hear the occasional thump from the engine bay which was a bit weird. How did I not notice the missing battery clamp?

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Will sort that another day when the can be arsed level increases.

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