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by brinkie
Thu Jul 18, 2019 9:41 am
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Speedo Fix failed - What to try next?
Replies: 9
Views: 186

Re: Speedo Fix failed - What to try next?

Hold on, the speedo cable in the early models is not using shielded cable. I will try and look the exact specifications tonight, I have a specimen of the red and yellow connectors and a piece of the wiring harness. However, I am a bit forgetful lately, having worked until 1 am last night while the a...
by brinkie
Tue Jul 16, 2019 10:02 am
Forum: Parts, Accessories & Brochures
Topic: 480 GT breaking for parts!
Replies: 11
Views: 307

Re: 480 GT breaking for parts!

Sounds like a brilliant idea to go to the Highlands instead of southern France this year, the aircon condenser of the V70 is on its last legs and repair is pretty expensive, a new pair of windscreen wipers is much cheaper! :rofl: But this will be the first year we'll be towing a tent trailer, and we...
by brinkie
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:47 pm
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Speedo Fix failed - What to try next?
Replies: 9
Views: 186

Re: Speedo Fix failed - What to try next?

If the sensor measures around 3 ohms (give or take a few ohms), the sensor is correct. (Usually) On the main board with the yellow and red connectors, there is a four-pin receptable which accepts four large pins from the speedometer/odometer assembly. They protrude through the main board. With a pai...
by brinkie
Mon Jul 15, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Tuning And Tweaking
Topic: How to increase power on a 1992 car but while keeping as close to original condition as possible
Replies: 8
Views: 160

Re: How to increase power on a 1992 car but while keeping as close to original condition as possible

Considering your possibilities and limitations, putting on a turbo isn't as easy as it sounds. The engine has a different cilinder head, different inlet manifold and exhaust system, different electronics, different wiring loom, different sensors, completely different engine management (only the B18F...
by brinkie
Mon Jul 15, 2019 10:54 am
Forum: Meetings
Topic: Dutch meet : sept 28 & 29
Replies: 1
Views: 100

Re: Dutch meet : sept 28 & 29

I'll be there both days.
by brinkie
Mon Jul 15, 2019 9:51 am
Forum: Tuning And Tweaking
Topic: How to increase power on a 1992 car but while keeping as close to original condition as possible
Replies: 8
Views: 160

Re: How to increase power on a 1992 car but while keeping as close to original condition as possible

You can't do much more with a 1.7 n/a litre engine, except for removing the catalyst and putting a hotter camshaft in. The B18E without catalyst did 109 bhp which is quite nice for that engine size. The two litre engine was advertised by Volvo delivering only 109 bhp (80 kW) but every rolling road t...
by brinkie
Sun Jul 14, 2019 8:30 pm
Forum: Parts, Accessories & Brochures
Topic: 480 GT breaking for parts!
Replies: 11
Views: 307

Re: 480 GT breaking for parts!

Well, I have the same problem here, my 14-year-old great Volvo friend is almost counting the days until he turns 17 and will be able to get his drivers' license, to drive away with my 480. :lol: You cannot separate odometer from speedometer, it is one assembly. (Well technically you can, but you wou...
by brinkie
Sat Jul 13, 2019 10:06 pm
Forum: Parts, Accessories & Brochures
Topic: 480 GT breaking for parts!
Replies: 11
Views: 307

Re: 480 GT breaking for parts!

Just joined and saw your post. A while ago I lost the rear window sprayer off my 1994 480 GT. If you have that small part available I would love to do a deal ? I have had the vehicle from new and the only other problem I have concerns the odometer which stopped recording about two years ago at appr...
by brinkie
Wed Jul 10, 2019 10:45 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Petition for rear lights. Sign up !
Replies: 37
Views: 1908

Re: Petition for rear lights. Sign up !

Unfortunately, no. Rear light clusters consist of three parts (apart from the unit that holds the bulbs), a black back part with the reflectors, a coloured lens (orange, red and transparant) and a smoked front. This makes remanufacturing complicated and expensive. There was a German manufacturer, th...
by brinkie
Mon Jun 24, 2019 7:48 am
Forum: Engine (20)
Topic: Timing belt change 1994 2.0 B20F
Replies: 2
Views: 254

Re: Timing belt change 1994 2.0 B20F

Try the cheapest kit out of Conti, Gates and SKF. INA is usually a tad more expensive and offers no quality advantage compared to the aforementioned three. When you are changing the timing belt, change the water pump (they are cheap, 20-30 quid) and the alternator belt(s) as well (depends on whether...
by brinkie
Wed Jun 19, 2019 7:39 am
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: 1990 Turbo Auto - Fox
Replies: 43
Views: 1420

Re: 1990 Turbo Auto - Fox

Funny, the info centre going haywire, that is what happens sometimes in my car, too. Either it displays everything, or it freezes (display stuck), or it remains blank. And it always comes back to life. Can't seem to find out why, because it never happens when I am testing the instrument cluster in m...
by brinkie
Wed Jun 12, 2019 1:55 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Am I mad?
Replies: 8
Views: 265

Re: Am I mad?

Let's bring some sanity in this story then, shall we? :) Remember, ANY time spent to a non-exotic (exotic as in: worth tons of money) old car is futile. If you want to be completely sensible and rational, buy a Toyota Auris Hybrid. First, make an inventory of what you have got. Three complete cars, ...
by brinkie
Wed Jun 12, 2019 7:25 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Am I mad?
Replies: 8
Views: 265

Re: Am I mad?

Did it take three hours to swap the alternator, or three hours to fix the one you have taken out the car? Dead alternators aren't a specific Volvo 480 problem, they will die sooner or later on any car (for example I had a Ford Focus where it died after less than 100,000 miles / 8 years). The hardest...
by brinkie
Tue Jun 11, 2019 7:51 am
Forum: Brakes (50)
Topic: ABS Fault Problem
Replies: 6
Views: 527

Re: ABS Fault Problem

When ((ABS)) and ((!)) are lighting up at the same time, it is most definitely a faulty accumulator. The scary part: in an ATE MkII system not the inlet vacuum but the accumulator provides pressure for the brake booster. So you are not only losing ABS, but brake boost as well...
by brinkie
Thu Jun 06, 2019 1:35 pm
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Mystery sponge
Replies: 4
Views: 292

Re: Mystery sponge

The instrument cluster is on its way, but somehow the tracking information got lost on its journey across the North Sea; both PostNL and Yodel don't know its current whereabouts. Don't be alarmed, and don't be surprised either when it will be delivered today! Don't re-use the remains of the sponge, ...
by brinkie
Sat Jun 01, 2019 7:59 am
Forum: The Wastegate (Off Topic)
Topic: How to be as cool as DCWalker?
Replies: 6
Views: 569

Re: How to be as cool as DCWalker?

Nice car!
Those wheels look like they are from a late model V70 (Ford Mondeo), if so, make sure you have proper spacers installed as the wheel hub is smaller.
by brinkie
Mon May 27, 2019 8:51 am
Forum: Parts, Accessories & Brochures
Topic: WANTED Manual gearbox
Replies: 2
Views: 162

Re: WANTED Manual gearbox

If he has a 480, the speedometer is electronic, even if it lacks an info centre. The 440/460 had mechanical speedo drives on almost all cars, only the the cars with an info centre (turbo and maybe some of the 2 litre) had an electronic speedometer pickup.
by brinkie
Tue May 07, 2019 8:59 pm
Forum: Styling
Topic: wheel sizes
Replies: 3
Views: 148

Re: wheel sizes

If you are going to fit 205/50-15 tyres 7J would be perfect. Even the standard 195/55-15 will fit.
I have 7J rims on my V70, factory fitted with 225 width tyres.
See also: https://www.tyres-pneus-online.co.uk/ty ... dvice.html

Make sure the rims have the correct offset (ET)
by brinkie
Thu May 02, 2019 10:33 am
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: 480 with sliding vinyl sunroof in Haarlem, Netherlands
Replies: 12
Views: 411

Re: 480 with sliding vinyl sunroof in Haarlem, Netherlands

Just a thought. The roof is part of the car's structure and an additional crossmember gives extra torsional rigidity. This is why the roof of a car with moonroof is different, the crossmember is located further aback. If you take out both the metal roof and the crossmember connecting both B-pillars,...
by brinkie
Sun Apr 21, 2019 7:05 pm
Forum: Spotted!
Topic: 480 with sliding vinyl sunroof in Haarlem, Netherlands
Replies: 12
Views: 411

Re: 480 with sliding vinyl sunroof in Haarlem, Netherlands

I know whose car that is. Don't have a pic right here, but the roof is from a Renault Twingo.