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Re: Ugh

To: "Phil Vanner" <phil@outtech.com>, "spridgets@autox. team. net" <spridgets@autox.team.net>
Subject: Re: Ugh
Date: Mon, 6 Jan 2003 09:30:35 -0800

I had the exact same thing happen with my '87 Volvo last year. I also had
the belt replaced not long beforehand. The problem is the tensioner (what
you refer to as and idler) should be routinely replaced with the belt. The
guy I had do it also skipped that. I was able to replace the tensioner and
put on a new belt and the car was fine after that (no head damage) I
wouldn't necessarily write off the head in your case either. I repaired the
covers by covering the cuts with some heavy duty 2" clear packaging tape,
and filling in the cuts from inside the covers with JB Weld. fill them
flush and let then sit in a perfert horizontal position until cured. If you
do a good job placing the clear tape, it doesn't even need to be removed. I
did mine last spring and it's held up perfectly. The cost of a new belt and
tensioner shouldnlt be more than around $75 if you can do the work yourself
(not terribly difficult)

If you still want to scrap the car... I'll come and get it and take it off
your hands...'-)


At 10:31 AM -0600 1/6/03, Phil Vanner wrote:
>Well, on Saturday, my wife's '98 Volvo V70R decided to self-destruct. The
>timing belt came off the idler pulley and chewed it's way through the
>(plastic) timing cover. Seems the idler pulley bearing failed - the pulley
>disintegrated. The thing that gets me, is that this car has had every
>service since new performed at the dealer. I had Borton Volvo replace the
>timing belt as part of the 70K service four months and 3,500 miles ago. Of
>course, they maintain that their installation was not at all to blame. It's
>an interference engine, so the head (at least) is pretty much toast.
>Frustrating when a well-maintained, expensive, and supposedly high-quality
>engine can turn itself into scrap with no warning, just a few months after
>performing the maintenance that is supposed to prevent this very occurrence.
>I'm done with Borton specifically and Volvo in general. Not one more dime of
>my money.
>Phil Vanner
>'61 Midget (in pieces)
>'74 Mini on the road
>'92 Festiva
>'98 V70R (junk)

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