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Just bought a 1995 850 Turbo wagon a week ago after being a lifelong VW and Audi fan. I'm really falling in love with this car, it's like having a sports car with a wagon body.<p>Got it real cheap as it's been hit in the LR quarter (no functional damage, fairly well maintained). I've already replaced the rear shock mounts and had to fix a hose to the EVAP Purge valve (thanks to the forums and search for help on this one). Still haven't totally gotten rid of my fuel smell yet, but the EVAP valve seems good (holds vacuum on both sides).<p>*EDIT* I checked the fuel tank recall, it was done six months ago, so that SHOULDN'T be it. Oddly enough, I only smell fuel when I come to a stop when the vent or AC is on <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/frown.gif" BORDER="0">.<p>Hoping to buy an OBDII code reader tool so I can do more diagnostics myself. Are there any Volvo-specific ones out there reasonably-priced? VWs and Audis have a software and COM cable version that runs great on old laptops, anything similar?<p>Anyway, here are some pics, her hame is 'Mulva':<p><br> <IMG SRC="http://members.cox.net/barry.mccabe/image/Volvo/3quarter.jpg" BORDER="0"><br> <IMG SRC="http://members.cox.net/barry.mccabe/image/Volvo/side.jpg" BORDER="0"><br> <IMG SRC="http://members.cox.net/barry.mccabe/image/Volvo/interior.jpg" BORDER="0"><br> <IMG SRC="http://members.cox.net/barry.mccabe/image/Volvo/damage.jpg" BORDER="0"> <p><br><i>Modified by v-talk at 11:39 AM 7-3-2006</i><BR><BR>
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<br>That's right! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> Previous owner's wife named her, she liked the ring of "Mulva the Volvo" <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>64pvolvo1800</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Mulva, as in Delores?</TD></TR></TABLE>
 

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Re: Hello from a new Volvo owner (v-talk)

Some 95's are OBD1 where a reader will be useless.<br>Your car should have a plug in under the coin holder (just pull it off) if not, it's OBD1
 

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<br>Yeah, it's OBDII, I've already borrowed a reader from AZone. They won't let me use it to clear codes, and anyway, I don't want to go there every time I've got a code (it IS an older car). If nobody makes a relatively inexpensive Volvo-specific reader, or a nice piece of software with a COM cable for my laptop, I guess I'll just buy one of these generic readers. Any suggestions?<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>JRL</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Some 95's are OBD1 where a reader will be useless.<br>Your car should have a plug in under the coin holder (just pull it off) if not, it's OBD1</TD></TR></TABLE>
 

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For your car, I highly recommend an Equus Innova 3100. You can find them for about $65 on eBay sometimes. Does your car not have the 2 black diagnostic boxes under the hood? If so, you'll get more specific Volvo data from them than from a scanner: <A HREF="http://www.volvospeed.com/850slight.php" TARGET="_blank">http://www.volvospeed.com/850slight.php</A><br>I know that the link above tells you how to reset your service light, but you can use the other sockets for other diagnostics including the A/C and heater, which you won't get from a scan tool. I recommend buying yourself a Haynes Repair Manual at any reputable auto parts store for your car. It has all of the codes and the how-to's on this....Then you can avoid buying a scan tool (if you have the diagnostic boxes on your car). <p>Nice car by the way...when you get that quarter panel fixed, it will be REAL NICE. Love the color! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcocktl.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<br>Right, I DO have those diagnostic boxes under the hood, sweet! Guess my next purchase is a Haynes (and then I can continue chasing my EVAP emissions system problems).<p>Thanks!<p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>MadeInJapan</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">For your car, I highly recommend an Equus Innova 3100. You can find them for about $65 on eBay sometimes. Does your car not have the 2 black diagnostic boxes under the hood? If so, you'll get more specific Volvo data from them than from a scanner: <A HREF="http://www.volvospeed.com/850slight.php" TARGET="_blank">http://www.volvospeed.com/850slight.php</A><br>I know that the link above tells you how to reset your service light, but you can use the other sockets for other diagnostics including the A/C and heater, which you won't get from a scan tool. I recommend buying yourself a Haynes Repair Manual at any reputable auto parts store for your car. It has all of the codes and the how-to's on this....Then you can avoid buying a scan tool (if you have the diagnostic boxes on your car). <p>Nice car by the way...when you get that quarter panel fixed, it will be REAL NICE. Love the color! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emcocktl.gif" BORDER="0"> </TD></TR></TABLE>
 

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All 3 850's in my extended family have the fuel smell. Theres a rubber gasket that goes around where the fuel pump installs (to seal out fumes I assume).. the one on my t5r is split, I'd be willing to bet the other 2 cars are as well. Otherwise theres the rubber coupler that connects the filler neck but looks to me like the tank has to be dropped to replace that.
 

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Mine has NO fuel smells <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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<br>My fuel smell is coming from the engine compartment I believe. Seems to only appear when stopped, and goes away when I turn RECIRCULATION on. Though I don't know the workings of the car too well yet, my boost seems to have gone down as well (as if there's a vacuum leak somewhere affecting other systems).<p>Ordered my Haynes yesterday <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>doug242ti</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">All 3 850's in my extended family have the fuel smell. Theres a rubber gasket that goes around where the fuel pump installs (to seal out fumes I assume).. the one on my t5r is split, I'd be willing to bet the other 2 cars are as well. Otherwise theres the rubber coupler that connects the filler neck but looks to me like the tank has to be dropped to replace that.</TD></TR></TABLE>
 

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doug, u shouldn't have any smell at ALL!! unless of course, u and t-bone like the smell that much <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/biggrin.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><TABLE WIDTH="90%" CELLSPACING=0 CELLPADDING=0 ALIGN=CENTER><TR><TD><i>Quote, originally posted by <b>v-talk</b> »</i></TD></TR><TR><TD CLASS="quote">Still haven't totally gotten rid of my fuel smell yet, but the EVAP valve seems good (holds vacuum on both sides).</TD></TR></TABLE><p>look at ur crankcase ventilation hose. i had that smell only when ac/vent was on.. the hose was pointing straight at the cabin. i'd check that hose.
 

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Glad to see you're enjoying my old car. We liked it so much we decided to pass on the 01+ XCs that we were considering to get a 97 855 T-5. Bright Red, tan leather, full service records, in excellent shape all around. I'm actually surprised that I bought two of the same car (variety, after all, is the spice of life, right?), but as soon as we shook hands to close the deal I started missing the 855. <p>Anyway, sorry to hear you're dealing with this olfactory offense; I have a horrible sense of smell so I never noticed it or perhaps I just got used to it. Hopefully something straightforward like a hose.<p>I'm sure I'll see you around town since it seems we both frequent Speedway to and from work.<br>
 

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Wagon (gotta have something that accomodates my dogs) We're very happy with it, and Brodaway Volvo wasn't able to find anything wrong with it when I tiiok it in for it's first oil change.
 
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