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Afternoon everyone,

My 05 XC90 V8 recently had an idler pulley seize and shear off of the timing cover, I'm looking into replacing the timing cover myself as the quotes i've gotten from mechanics range from $1500 - $4000. Just wondering if anyone has done this or if anyone has any tips before i begin this nightmarish endeavor?

I have read conflicting reports as to what all this repair entails, some say removing the intake manifold and valve covers and some say its not needed?

Just looking to get an idea weather or not its worth trying this myself, I am mechanically inclined and have done most of my own mechanic work but this would be my first time digging into the Swedish masterpiece that is Volvo.

Thanks for any help or advise you can offer.
 

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Afternoon everyone,

My 05 XC90 V8 recently had an idler pulley seize and shear off of the timing cover, I'm looking into replacing the timing cover myself as the quotes i've gotten from mechanics range from $1500 - $4000. Just wondering if anyone has done this or if anyone has any tips before i begin this nightmarish endeavor?

I have read conflicting reports as to what all this repair entails, some say removing the intake manifold and valve covers and some say its not needed?

Just looking to get an idea weather or not its worth trying this myself, I am mechanically inclined and have done most of my own mechanic work but this would be my first time digging into the Swedish masterpiece that is Volvo.

Thanks for any help or advise you can offer.
Have Fun it's a really big Job. Labor time pays ~9hrs and it takes about $900 in parts to as you have to replace all the upper plenum gaskets. You'll obviously want to replace the pulleys (as that's what caused this), might as well do Valve cover gaskets as 99% of the work is done to do those. Front crank seal, and likely a serp belt (since it's off). If someone is willing to do it for $1500... pay them. Personally it aint worth saving $600 to fight with that catastrophe in your driveway for what likely be more then a weekend. + IIRC you need the serp belt tensioner holder and to get that tool you have to either order it from volvo or buy a tensioner which is $300 alone. $1800 is about what I would expect a shop to quote on it. Maybe dealer would be $2500. No idea how someone got it to $4000.

Picture I snapped of one all apart.
 

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Ouch. Miles or Kms when this occurred? Thanks
 

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Seen it as early as 50,000 miles. My wifes had 130,000 and they hadn't failed yet so I replaced the pulleys just in case (A Lot cheaper).
 

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Yea that looks unpleasant. The $1500 quote was for a local mechanic to "fix" it without replacing the timing cover. which sounds dodgy at best but frankly if i can get this beast running its going straight to a dealer to get traded in so i guess i'll go with this option. The $4000 quote was a local mechanic that "specializes" in Volvo's (yet admitted he had never worked on "them there V8 motors" before) he said he would have to pull the whole engine out (lol, obviusly wont be going with him.) Dealer was in the low $3000 range.

Thanks for the (horrifying) input!


Have Fun it's a really big Job. Labor time pays ~9hrs and it takes about $900 in parts to as you have to replace all the upper plenum gaskets. You'll obviously want to replace the pulleys (as that's what caused this), might as well do Valve cover gaskets as 99% of the work is done to do those. Front crank seal, and likely a serp belt (since it's off). If someone is willing to do it for $1500... pay them. Personally it aint worth saving $600 to fight with that catastrophe in your driveway for what likely be more then a weekend. + IIRC you need the serp belt tensioner holder and to get that tool you have to either order it from volvo or buy a tensioner which is $300 alone. $1800 is about what I would expect a shop to quote on it. Maybe dealer would be $2500. No idea how someone got it to $4000.

Picture I snapped of one all apart.
 

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Its got about 130k on the odometer but the engine was replaced (due to failed counter balance shaft...surprise surprise.) a few months ago with a '06 engine with 70k miles on it.

I have owned this car for just about 14 months and it has been broken/in the shop for about 3 of those months and has total repair bill that once i figure in this bill will equal about 35% of what i originally paid for the car, not a good ratio.
 

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Double ouch.

My condolences (reference to death as relates to your wallet)...
 

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Yea that looks unpleasant. The $1500 quote was for a local mechanic to "fix" it without replacing the timing cover. which sounds dodgy at best but frankly if i can get this beast running its going straight to a dealer to get traded in so i guess i'll go with this option. The $4000 quote was a local mechanic that "specializes" in Volvo's (yet admitted he had never worked on "them there V8 motors" before) he said he would have to pull the whole engine out (lol, obviusly wont be going with him.) Dealer was in the low $3000 range.

Thanks for the (horrifying) input!
Oh god please please please don't get the rigged fix and then trade it in. Some poor family is going to buy it after the dealer you traded in to rolls it through auction, some Used car lot buys it and then sells it at just a couple hundred dollar profit and then some unsuspecting buyer is gonna get stuck fixing the half way fix the local mechanic did and likely knowing murphy and his law it will require engine out sticking this poor individual who thought they were buying a well taken care of car and just spent their last dollar buying it and now can't afford the fix. Either trade it in broken or fix it right. Don't screw someone else.
After reading your post, it appears someone did this to you.
I run a Shop and it breaks my heart to see the amount of "recently purchased" cars that people bring in only to find that the previous owner patched and covered things to just trade it in. There really should be laws that your responsible for the vehicle for a time period after you trade it in to prevent this. The housing industry has laws around that. You have to disclose that kind of stuff at closing, but the car industry doesn't. It's very sad. I quote people $1800 for a new timing cover doing it correctly on these XC90's and we've done probably 8 of them in the last 2-3 years and we are a volvo specialist shop. Surely you can find someone in your area that would match that.
 

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Oh god please please please don't get the rigged fix and then trade it in. Some poor family is going to buy it after the dealer you traded in to rolls it through auction, some Used car lot buys it and then sells it at just a couple hundred dollar profit and then some unsuspecting buyer is gonna get stuck fixing the half way fix the local mechanic did and likely knowing murphy and his law it will require engine out sticking this poor individual who thought they were buying a well taken care of car and just spent their last dollar buying it and now can't afford the fix. Either trade it in broken or fix it right. Don't screw someone else.
After reading your post, it appears someone did this to you.
I run a Shop and it breaks my heart to see the amount of "recently purchased" cars that people bring in only to find that the previous owner patched and covered things to just trade it in. There really should be laws that your responsible for the vehicle for a time period after you trade it in to prevent this. The housing industry has laws around that. You have to disclose that kind of stuff at closing, but the car industry doesn't. It's very sad. I quote people $1800 for a new timing cover doing it correctly on these XC90's and we've done probably 8 of them in the last 2-3 years and we are a volvo specialist shop. Surely you can find someone in your area that would match that.
I agree with you....in a way.

But,
If the trader accepts the vehicule,he just had to inspect it.....

If then the poor family spends the last dollars on it,
They should had it inspected properly before buying.....

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