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by brinkie
Tue Apr 02, 2019 11:26 am
Forum: Howto manuals
Topic: How to fix the speedometer cable connector
Replies: 8
Views: 1670

Re: How to fix the speedometer cable connector

Connectors are for swift installation of pre-made wiring looms in the factory. The speedometer sensor is passive, there are no parts in it that wear. Only the wiring itself can break. The speedometer circuit is made out of an oscillator (approx. 100 kHz), the oscillator itself is located on a small ...
by brinkie
Sat Mar 30, 2019 3:02 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: Coming to America - mathrock's USA Volvo 480 Turbo
Replies: 24
Views: 1548

Re: Coming to America - mathrock's USA Volvo 480 Turbo

+1 for the can of Wheels Gose Round beer from Left Hand Brewery; I have never drank that particular beer but they make some pretty good craft beers. A couple of years ago I got "paid" for a speedometer repair with a load of spare parts and a bottle of "Wake Up Dead" Imperial Stout. I guess the name ...
by brinkie
Wed Mar 27, 2019 9:49 am
Forum: Body and Interior (80)
Topic: Parts for the venetian blind
Replies: 5
Views: 1000

Re: Parts for the venetian blind

The reason you don't see many is because all the abovementioned parts were broken. It gives a nice "1980s" touch to the car, though. I would like to see how it works to adapt a cheap blind to the 480's rear window (and then sell it to gullible people for hundreds of euros, muhahahahahahah :twisted: )
by brinkie
Tue Mar 26, 2019 9:49 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: Dendy's 480 Diary
Replies: 87
Views: 6232

Re: Dendy's 480 Diary

I could hear the relay clicking rapidly as the passenger light tried vainly to lift itself out of the bonnet, so the first thing to do was to pull the relay out and re-flow the solder joints between the two boards, indicated here: https://i.imgur.com/k3n19Wy.jpg If reflowing of the solder joints do...
by brinkie
Mon Mar 25, 2019 11:47 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Useful to anyone?
Replies: 3
Views: 695

Re: Useful to anyone?

Ah, I see what you mean now, the picture should be a life saver to anyone who got stuck in the search for a blown fuse. :) Then I should repeat that the fuse box configuration is dependent on the VIN number. At least two completely different fuse configurations are known to exist, and I'm sure there...
by brinkie
Mon Mar 25, 2019 8:39 am
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: Useful to anyone?
Replies: 3
Views: 695

Re: Useful to anyone?

If it comes from a scrap car, you'll need to provide the exact VIN or at least the model year, because the fuse box underwent a number of changes.
If if is in your car, I would keep it. It should be glued to the lid, but the one in my car has come loose, too.
by brinkie
Mon Mar 18, 2019 3:57 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: Coming to America - mathrock's USA Volvo 480 Turbo
Replies: 24
Views: 1548

Re: Coming to America - mathrock's USA Volvo 480 Turbo

How is the speedometer/odometer in miles doing?
by brinkie
Fri Mar 01, 2019 9:35 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: Coming to America - mathrock's USA Volvo 480 Turbo
Replies: 24
Views: 1548

Re: Coming to America - mathrock's USA Volvo 480 Turbo

I have seen the car a couple of years ago, the upholstery has fungus all over the place. Some of the cars mentioned on the website as in concourse condtion, are actually in a very sorry state. We nicknamed the collection "Swedish Deception" :lol: The location is very posh, and so thinks the propriet...
by brinkie
Mon Feb 18, 2019 8:44 am
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: ECU and ignition relay
Replies: 29
Views: 1531

Re: ECU and ignition relay

By the way, the info centre *is* a red herring. You can start and drive a car without the instrument cluster fitted at all, only the alternator won't charge the battery as the charging is "ignited" through the battery light bulb and/or the 120 ohm resistor. There is no CAN bus linking all components...
by brinkie
Sun Feb 17, 2019 8:20 pm
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: ECU and ignition relay
Replies: 29
Views: 1531

Re: ECU and ignition relay

This may look like a silly question, but does your engine start?
I have had the same issues, all caused by a dead (well, almost) battery...
by brinkie
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:44 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: 1987 480 ES Project -- D-reg, 2nd oldest in UK
Replies: 209
Views: 9013

Re: 1987 480 ES Project -- D-reg, 2nd oldest in UK

D101 DWP doesn't look like a vanity plate to me, how can a car be re-registered on a different plate, both D-reg?
by brinkie
Sat Feb 16, 2019 5:02 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: Novice 480s
Replies: 28
Views: 1746

Re: Novice 480s

I don't think the ECU is at fault. When they break down, you cannot start at all, or the idling is bad. Have you tried to read the fault codes from the ECU? The Siemens ECU has a fair bit of diagnostics, which will usually give you a clue about what's going on. See http://www.am.torun.pl/~ja/volvo/d...
by brinkie
Thu Feb 14, 2019 9:50 am
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Lights - Bulbs and motors
Replies: 9
Views: 787

Re: Lights - Bulbs and motors

Regarding the pop-up motor check the relay first. Get a used relay from a junkyard to test with or if you have another Volvo 480 owner close that you can borrow from. I learned this the hard way after changing the pop-up motor twice just to find out that it was a 1minute fix by changing a relay tha...
by brinkie
Fri Feb 08, 2019 3:18 pm
Forum: Engine (20)
Topic: B20FM ??
Replies: 3
Views: 470

Re: B20FM ??

I guess it must have some sound muffling, otherwise you'll get a very chirpy exhaust note.
by brinkie
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:09 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: 480 Limited Evolution
Replies: 24
Views: 1543

Re: 480 Limited Evolution

justtank wrote:
Wed Feb 06, 2019 10:55 pm
Also my guage cluster decided to break so may have to send this one over to you Robert :hopping:
Send it over, I'll make it like new again :)
by brinkie
Fri Feb 08, 2019 12:07 pm
Forum: Engine (20)
Topic: B20FM ??
Replies: 3
Views: 470

Re: B20FM ??

M = no cat. There is also a B18FTM listed.
Source: https://www.volvoforums.org.uk/archive/ ... 27221.html
by brinkie
Wed Feb 06, 2019 2:17 pm
Forum: The secret life of a 480 owner...
Topic: 480 Limited Evolution
Replies: 24
Views: 1543

Re: 480 Limited Evolution

Sounds like a proper upgrade to me :) I am very curious about the total part cost incurred (not counting labour) and the final result on a rolling road or track!
by brinkie
Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:49 pm
Forum: General Discussions
Topic: 480 finally back on the road
Replies: 3
Views: 494

Re: 480 finally back on the road

Don't know what the cost of labour in the UK is, in 2002 a full respray of my Matra Murena in unicolour red cost me € 2500, including some soon-to-be-unobtainium rubber bits. Fast forward 15 years, respraying the rear panels of my 480 including welding in new wheel arches and rear bumper restoration...
by brinkie
Wed Jan 30, 2019 9:16 am
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: No Fuel Gauge
Replies: 15
Views: 1643

Re: No Fuel Gauge

yorkievolvo wrote:
Tue Jan 29, 2019 9:29 pm
Update.
Replacement Info-centre supplied by Sylvia - many thanks Sylvia.
The cold weather meant it took a couple of days to install it.
Now it is installed and working I'm in info-overload - bags of lights and stuff. I love it!
Thanks for advice and info.
:hopping: :hopping: :hopping:
by brinkie
Mon Jan 28, 2019 2:31 pm
Forum: Electrical system (30)
Topic: Info Centre
Replies: 17
Views: 1223

Re: Info Centre

See the 5 causes I've mentioned above. Have you tried them all?