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  • scott January 31, 2014 at 4:02 pm

    What other Volvos can I use the distributor out of for my car? It is a 1984 240 gl 4 door rwd 2.3 lit.

  • Columbia Autoworks January 31, 2014 at 6:21 pm

    Hello Scott,
    The 240 (244) model runs from 1984 – 1989. The same 2.3 liter motor is used through all of those years. Some of the 740 motors are interchangeable with the 240, but there are slight variations in the block and head. What is it you are trying to accomplish?

  • Nathan Griffin July 27, 2014 at 9:52 am

    Which other Volvo engines can I swap in my 242 GLT Turbo B21FT?

  • Dave August 26, 2014 at 8:08 pm

    i have a 2001 Volvo s80 and it just started leaking coolant, as soon as i put it in in starts leaking out the bottom, I have looked all around the leak and cannot find where it is leaking from the leak comes out toward the back of the engine about ten inches from the passenger tire, I have followed the hoses and cannot see a leak or crack in any of them the leak seems to be coming from somewhere on the right side of the engine. Then after doing some research online i checked the oil and trans fluid and the trans fluid looks to be foamy but is a dark red color so i am lost on weather it could be the head gasket or a bad trans line can u help me out please?

  • john May 13, 2015 at 2:12 am

    I have a 1998 v70 GLT with 105,000 miles with leaking CV boots. Most repair shops will not replace just the boots. There is no knocking so I believe the CV axles are still good. What would you do in this case? Are the Volvo OE axles good for another 100K miles? Replace just the boots?

    • ColumbiaAdmin December 28, 2015 at 5:50 pm

      It depends on how bad the CV Boots are leaking, but keep this in mind- any decision to just replace the CV boot regardless of it’s condition is cutting corners. If your CV boot is broken, rock, sand, and sediment has already gotten to your joints. The damage has been done already. Regardless of how much debris is in there, your CV axle will inevitably go bad. Change out the CV axle if you have the cash to spend on it. Rebuilding it will cost a bit less, but cost more in time.

  • Bob Baker September 8, 2015 at 1:28 pm

    I have a sweet 1985 Volvo 245 that I got on the cheap. I replaced the blower motor and heater core while I was in there. This was about 5 months ago. I failed to label the vacuum lines off of the 3 button vent switch as to where the go. Do you happen to have a schematic to their locations? I almost tempted to just block off the windshield and floor vents so all the air comes out of the 2 front and 2 side vents. I live in Florida, so most of what I really need is for the a/c blowing on my face and directed into the rest of the car. Thanks for any help and direction.

  • Joe September 11, 2015 at 3:19 pm

    I have a 740 Turbo Wagon 1990, the car will stall when stopping or idling, it only has this problem when it is warm outside and the car is warm; during the winter it runs fine. My guess is it may be one of the sensors, any suggestions?

    • ColumbiaAdmin December 28, 2015 at 5:52 pm

      Hello Joe, the problem you are describing can come from a variety of problems. They can be ranging from fuel management, to vacuum lines, to sensor problems. Its hard to say without seeing the vehicle here.

      PS- Sorry for the late response! Didn’t know this section of our website was getting popular!

  • Thomas Hudson October 11, 2015 at 6:18 pm

    So when you at a stop light and your car is stopping on you, what’s is the problem?

    • ColumbiaAdmin December 28, 2015 at 5:55 pm

      I can’t say really. How is it stopping on you? Is the car completely dying at idle? Does the engine feel like its rumbling? Idling issues can stem from a variety of components in your car.

      PS- Sorry for the late response! Didn’t know this section of our website was getting popular!

  • Vincent October 29, 2015 at 4:36 am

    I recently purchased a 1987 volvo 760 turbo estate and it has a pretty loud knock but its not from engine its from the transmission area loudest when the car is in park and starts to slow down when in gear I think it might be flexplate bolts but im not shure and I want to know before I drop the transmission

    • ColumbiaAdmin December 28, 2015 at 5:57 pm

      Hi Vincent – The best way to identify a sound is to get underneath it. There’s a tool at auto zone that looks like a stethoscope with a prong at the end. Those are great for listening for sounds and identifying where they are coming from.

      PS- Sorry for the late response! Didn’t know this section of our website was getting popular!

  • Samuel November 2, 2015 at 7:26 pm

    How much would it cost to replace my mazdaspeed3 2008 driveshaft? Halfshaft? Drivers side. Thank you!

  • Jeremy December 15, 2015 at 7:13 am

    I’m looking to buy a used Volvo. Or Subaru. Suzuki or other awd wagon or cross over. Looking for a mechanic or place to do pre inspections. Do you guys do that here? Will you do inspections on rebuilt titles?

    • ColumbiaAdmin December 28, 2015 at 6:00 pm

      Hello Jeremy – Of course we do pre-purchase inspections! Its actually one of our specialties. One of our mechanics worked at a used car lot for close to 7 years. He can knows every trick in the book car dealers used to hide problems from the customer. If its not too late, give us a call!

      PS- Sorry for the late response. Didn’t know this section of our website was getting popular!

  • pyper December 30, 2015 at 6:13 pm

    Don’t you guys have an email that I can send pics to? I wanted to send Rich a picture of my Volvo that I am wanting to sell as a junk car…..

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