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For those who don't know I'm back in a Volvo, bought Chris's grey one, aka Mo's old one aka the kum wagon aka Roy's old one, the old girl has been around :D

 

Not taken any pics of it yet but you all know what an 850R looks like. 

 

Before getting it I was hesitant as it has an auto box, the only other auto I've ever driven was Lord B's v70 t5 on the ring which as fun as it was driving on the ring, the gearbox was its achillies heel. No such issues with the 850R on the road and the closest it will ever get to a track is towing the mx5 to track days so no issue there. The gearbox is very smooth, not sure if it's down to Tims mapping or if it's just a really good box or both, but it's actually a pleasure to drive.

 

Tim rebuilt the 16T and fitted a set of nivomats before I collected it. 

 

It does have its faults which I'll need to sort out. On the drive home it became apparent that over a certain speed the steering wheel would vibrate, pushing on and the whole car vibrates quite badly. The front end also feels very floaty and not really connected. This morning I had a quick look underneath and found cv grease all over the inside of the drivers front wheel, so that's my first port of call. No idea if the gaiter has split or if the clip has loosened due to the vibration. Will get it up on axle stands tomorrow and inspect all the bushes whilst I'm there.

 

Other less urgent faults include the ECC lights flashing on start up and the blowers are akin to someone blowing air at you through a straw, actually that's not fair on the straw :D The headunit doesn't work, doesn't power up at all and the red anti theft light doesn't flash. I did find a fuse blown in the fuse box which was for the headunit plus interior door lights and a few other things, replaced it and still nothing (though the interior lights now work) so not really sure what's going on there. I do have a single din headunit that I want to replace it with, but I'm reluctant to try it in case it blows the internal fuse on that.

 

Other than that little lot, it needs a damn good clean. Has bags of character which is exactly what I wanted and will make a perfect daily car plus the occasional tow car duties.              

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Glad the old girls gone to a good home! The car was at coombe & looked very tidy - the auto box in the 850t5's/R's seems pretty decent, my old man's T5 has one & as I generally dislike autos it always surprises me how well the car goes.

Look forward to the updates,,all the best, Morgan

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Cheers Morgan, didn't realise it was at Combe this year. Must have walked passed it so many times :D

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Cheers Morgan, didn't realise it was at Combe this year. Must have walked passed it so many times :D

Well you're not going to drive past it in a Mazda

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Well you're not going to drive past it in a Mazda

 

:wanker:  :P

 

Had the front up in the air and wheels off, cv gaiter has a split so need to replace that. Are the outer cv gaiters the same on manuals and autos? GKN still the make to go for?

 

This of course doesn't contribute to the floaty front end or the vibration. The rear polybush on the drivers side wishbone looks a little suspect and the ball joint doesn't look quite right so I'll replace them with a pair of Meyle HD, that way I can be certain, I start with a fresh base and I get rid of what I suspect are Powerflex poly bushes. Someone in the past was kind enough to replace the subframe with a standard version, so the arms should be a little cheaper :)

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Ready for tomorrows work. My first cv gaiter swap on a Volvo. Got the driveshaft nut off already with the help of a trolley jack handle for extra leverage.  

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I've not seen any 850Rs or ex police 850s with the claimed 4 bolt wishbones.

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I've not seen any 850Rs or ex police 850s with the claimed 4 bolt wishbones.

 

I thought they had them as standard!?! Was it only the diesels that had them? I'm new to this old Volvo malarkey :D

 

New gaiter fitted, hardest part was removing the outer cv joint from the driveshaft. Once that was removed it was plain sailing. New wishbone is on, the old bushes are indeed Powerflex :axeman:  Everything torqued up on the drivers side. Will do the passenger side wishbone tomorrow. Then on to the biggest mission, finding somewhere in South Wales that can do a proper alignment (and to a lesser extent wheel balancing).  

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Changed the passenger wishbone today, ball joint was the culprit, quite wobbly and the dust boot was perished but still intact. now the knocking noise when manoeuvring at low speeds has gone. Haven't driven it yet so can't comment if the vibrations have gone, but will still get it aligned and wheel balanced in any case.  

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Forgot to update this, turns out the front left wheel is buckled which I've not managed to sort out yet, though I do now have a spare set of wheels from Roy that was once on the car. Funny how things like that work out. Hopefully once I swap the wheel over no more shaky steering wheel. 

 

Headunit wise, I rewired the whole thing, only joking, I connected the plugs to their correct counterpart and it now works, though it does seem that the audio is only going through the dash speakers. No idea why, will have to look in to it further. Not had a chance to do anything with the ECC fault yet though. 

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Headunit wise, I rewired the whole thing, only joking, I connected the plugs to their correct counterpart and it now works, though it does seem that the audio is only going through the dash speakers. No idea why, will have to look in to it further. Not had a chance to do anything with the ECC fault yet though. 

 

Don't want to worry you, however.  I had the same / similar speaker problems on my S80 and after some time at MRG (the good old days) it was eventually found that the power amp. for some unknown reason had blown all four of the door speakers leaving only the dashboard speakers functioning. This can sometimes be caused by the amp. (in my case under the driver's seat) getting water or dampness into it.

 

The end result was for 4 x door speakers and a new (exchange) matched number amp. from Sweden. 

 

Hope this is not your problem as needless to say I could not match EXACTLY AS IS ESSENTIAL the old amp. number with one on eBay or elsewhere.  Overall a very expensive repair but now excellent sound.  The defective amp. also caused the volume of the Park Assist to be barely audible as this runs through the speaker / amp. system

 

Fingers crossed.

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I've got a spare amp if you need it. Somewhere. Just give me some notice & I'll dig it out for the postage plus a beer at Combe :)

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Thanks Pete, first port of call is to see if the wiring loom is actually attached to the amp, if the headunit wiring is anything to go by then that's my hope :D I think I may have found someone who's worse than me with wiring and that's saying something :D

 

Cheers Morgan, will let you know.

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Turns out the vibration was the tyre. Had the tyre removed and the amount of loose rubber rolling around was incredible, no wonder no machine could balance it as the balance kept changing, could also see the chords which in some places were badly frayed. I don't think that tyre had long left to go until the side wall blew. Replaced the tyre and no more shaky steering wheel :)

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Nobody wants to buy the TT so I'm forced to sell the R :( 

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What? seriously! 

I was just about to ask what may be in store for this after seeing your uber fast blue V70 many years ago at Bruntingthorpe.

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2 hours ago, DSK said:

What? seriously! 

I was just about to ask what may be in store for this after seeing your uber fast blue V70 many years ago at Bruntingthorpe.

Yep :(  

It was never going to be up to the echelons of the V70, as I'd not do that again. Will also have to have a good think about what's happening with the mazda as I'm hoping to move back to civilisation later in the year. 

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