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  1. Pred United Kingdom

    Pred Well-Known Member

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    Pretty sure lots of members know a lot about cars here from threads over the years.
    I should do, had enough bangers over the years, you get good at patching them up. anyway.....

    my much loved 2.5 litre petrol volvo estate from '93 is causing me some probs

    just broke down

    posting an image as the handbook locked in glove box that wont open lol

    http://carphotos.cardomain.com/ride_images/1/1932/1241/4828120014_large.jpg

    see the pipe on far right near bottom, held at both ends by jubilee clips , is ribbed
    is that an air intake?
    what's it's proper name? that part
    its been split in a few places for ages but just taped up and was fine but tape is off and has been stuttering and having to bump start

    I need to buy one from local spares shop tomorrow anyway so want to look knowledgable as last time I was in there 18 months ago I didn't know my regplate or model name to tell him lol

    thought was battery as started fine the next day, but a short journey put it back to square one, battery is only 18 months old and had a few recent good runouts

    right, so its not ignition coil, not starter motor could it be the split pipe is not helping and possibly alternator?

    or is it like everything these days? batteries only last 18 months when used to last double

    any help is greatly appreciated.

    had a mare tonight, luckily pushed into a space at supermarket and where I live it wont be clamped or ticketed like in London
     
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  3. Aaron Clifford United Kingdom

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    I don't know much about cars so probably no help, but it looks like an air pipe to me, to big to be any fluids, and looks plastic so doubt any fuel or anything is going through it.

    Probably cold air intake valve/tubey thing?

    ^ Probably no help at all!
     
  4. deluxedomains

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    looks like the pipe that goes to the air filter.no expert but that's where it looks like its going to.

    hope it helps
     
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    Ha Ha an old volvo estate thats so funny pred. :D
     
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    SF Well-Known Member

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    And your answer is an air intake they normally have a module on them that monitors the air intake and sets the fuel pressure so if thats nackered its prob getting to much fuel or not enough ;)
     
  7. Pred United Kingdom

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    cheers guys
    that was my thinking too

    thought would be 20 quid or something but looking at kits with filter about 113 + vat

    maybe no filter and do myself cheap

    and maybe new battery might solve it as not holding a charge

    might get mate to tow to spares place, he can test battery and chuck him a tenner for putting on, cheaper than garage

    any other input handy
    ta
     
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    lol deebs

    whats funnier is when i got it reinsured it's actually classed as a 'station wagon'

    bloody americanisms creeping into our language lol

    shes a bloody good workhorse
    cost me 600 quid 3 years ago and never let me down, sailed through 2 mots with NOTHING needing doing

    I can't bear to lose her lol

    2 kids and a dog me,
    people can stick their hot hatches, I'm way past that lol
     
  9. SF

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    Your only as old as you feel pred, but i know what you are saying Volvos are the safest cars in the world and if you have kids you couldnt want a better car!
     
  10. monaghan United Kingdom

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    Do you have a local breakers yard, if so you can save yourself a fortune with a 2nd hand part.
     
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    That looks like the air intake pipe leading via the exhaust manifold. It feeds air through the air filter to the cylinders, but more importantly through the air mass meter. The meter is critical to the engine management system, reporting the air density so the correct fuel mix is controlled at all times. If you have a split pipe, this will screw up accurate air intake, which is why your 'tape' fix was ok as a short term fix. However, If you've been getting by like this for an extended period of time, the particulate shite you've been sucking in could have damaged the meter too.

    I'd start off by buying just a pipe and new air filter to see how you go. Failing that, you could be looking at forking out for a meter, but no idea how much they are for a 20 year old Volvo.

    Hope that's of some help perhaps!
     
  12. Pred United Kingdom

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    thanks guys
    it all makes sense now

    fuel consumption been worse
    slight leak too, and bit of oil leak, but put some of this down to 20 year old car with 280k on clock

    i won't turn over, top up bit fuel as gauge just gone maybe associated with can't read amount
    tow to spares place and get parts, otherwise garage

    @ monaghan
    cheers bud, I know, sods law though when without car can't have luxury of driving round to breakers yards as no car, got a local shop thats good though
     
  13. Pred United Kingdom

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    that's great advice and help anthony, much appreciated

    oh, only about a year lol
    and when the roll of gaffer tape ran out, masking tape didnt work so well lol

    heck, there's land rovers running around 50 years old that get little more than fuel dumped in them
    volvos are great cars they go forever

    I'll get another decade out of her for sure lol
     
  14. Pred United Kingdom

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    well i certainly own't be paying anyone to change the filter
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mnpLLZZvGrQ

    even david blunkett could do this in 20 seconds

    I doubt I will buy one either, just go for the pipe


    my arse
     
  15. Pred United Kingdom

    Pred Well-Known Member

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    you know Sean
    just thinking that

    it's certainly not helping the pipe being split in many places, but tbh, gaffer tape has done fine for a year, it would have blown up or broke down before if serious

    also looking around, you can normally find anything on the internet down to declassified military docs lol, and can i find a really good pic and exact name of the part?

    nope

    all spares places wont have in stock either, might be able to order, but is a 20 year old car we're talking about
    will prob have to get a roll of tape and patch up and get to a spares place


    i just found this interesting place, if anyone else owns a volvo?
    http://volvoforums.com/forum/volvo-...tart-testing-fuel-pump-fuel-pump-relay-64044/

    my car does that, makes a loud reassuring hum before starting, but hasn't so much lately

    could be fuel pump and the pipe splits not helping along with fact low fuel in car as couldn't judge as dig display just gone for miles


    and yes, there is a couple lights up, always one or two there shouldnt be, again part and parcel of older cars


    abs and service light now and then but ignore them, down to all the potholes you have to avoid these days with the council not fixing them

    edit;
    this weird one that came up looks like the greek symbol lambda recently
    it's one i notice when things aren't running perfect

    had a look on the net and that means the air/fuel ratio is going shity

    so its either fuel pump or air filter pipe or combo of both
    I'm learning plenty tonight

    best thing about old cars, you can generally have a look around and figure it out


    when it's a super duper plugin laptop car that needs diagnostic testing you're screwed if computer says no
    the amount of top cars I see broke down on motorway side and rarely old ones

    this time I got unlucky, thank god in local supermarket and not m1


    cheers for all the top help guys


    btw

    what does everyone drive?
     
  16. The Ferryman United Kingdom

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    The reassuring hum could be the fuel pump doing its job, are you quite sure there is fuel in it?
    Regards
    Bruce
     
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    Hi Pred

    nothing wrong with an old volvo, built like tanks...

    you say you have noticed oil leaking...fuel consumption been off lately ??

    and humming ? is the hum constant like breathing problems ?

    it's hard to diagnose cars from the net....hence my failed online car repair forum :rolleyes:

    electrics on Volvo cars are fairly sound, Lambda, Airflow meters are usually sound, the thing is with Volvo's which everybody knows about is they have a heavy chassis and a heavier engine to power them, thus exhaust problems and breathing being resticted through the outlet of gases...this will cause the car to run lumpy for a while increasing fuel,and more likely to cause the emmissions to go back into the chamber, pressurising the engine (oil leak)...a seal via gaskets, when was the exhaust last replaced ?

    just need to find what the hum is ?
     
  18. monaghan United Kingdom

    monaghan Moderator Staff Member

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    I had a volvo 440 for a while got rid around 140K as the ignition was breaking down, would have loved a 760 estate but funds didn't allow :(

    Currently driving an 02 plate Mondeo estate, cost me less than putting my old Peugeot 807 into the dealer to diagnose the water leak & air bag warning light, so far only cost me a couple of tyres, brakes & some wheel studs.
     
  19. fresh79 United Kingdom

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    Hi Pred
    Gaffer tape the pipe back up, then check the wiring harness is properly connected to MAF (mass airflow meter), then hoover your air filter,
    While the airfilter box is disconnected spray some engine starter gas into the MAF while getting someone to start the car, this should tell you if the MAF is opening/closing. If not you may have some junk in there thats stopping the delicate butterfly doors opening/closing.

    you may also have a smaller tube going past the MAF into the manifold, check that aint blocked by blowing though it, Good luck

    If all else fails get someone to plug an OBD11 diagnostics into it, although it sounds like you have a whole bunch of errors.
    then look up the diag codes online. usually a letter then xxxx numbers
    the letter indicates engine/gearbox/suspension ect the 4 numbers indicate parts
     
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    would a 20 year old Volvo have a OBD-II Euro connector...?
     
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