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I purchased a single-owner 1989 non-turbo 745 a few weeks ago. <p>The car has 145K miles.<p>I have done the following maintenance:<p>BG 44K fuel injector cleaner<br>Oil change<br>Air filter<br>Cleaned throttle body<br>New idle control valve (was having intermittent stalling issues)<br>New air filter<br>New flame trap and breather hose<p>I took it into a Volvo mechanic and need the following items addressed:<p>1. Output shaft bushing (quoted $200)<br>2. Transmission fluid flush (quoted $55)<br>3. Driver's tie rod end (quoted $200)<br>4. Timing belt (quoted $200)<br>5. Rear differential leak <p><b>My questions:</b><p>1. Regarding the rear diff. leak, is there a gasket to replace or is it a chemical seal?<p>2. Is the tranny fluid flush a reasonable DIY job?<p>3. Is the timing belt a reasonable DIY job? <p>4. How do I fix an intermittently working coolant temp gauge?<p>5. How do you keep the rear tailgate panel from rattling!!??<p>6. Where do I find a set of Polaris wheels (or their aftermarket equivalent)? <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><IMG SRC="http://www.hostdub.com/albums/tachycardia_album47/DSCN8913.sized.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.hostdub.com/albums/tachycardia_album47/DSCN8916.sized.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.hostdub.com/albums/tachycardia_album47/DSCN8914.sized.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><IMG SRC="http://www.hostdub.com/albums/tachycardia_album47/DSCN8915.sized.jpg" BORDER="0"><p><br>
 

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I'll cover what I can here.<p>1. I'm not sure on this one, but it should be a gasket in there, not a chemical seal.<p>2. A tranny flush can be a DIY job, it's not terribly hard but it can take a bit of time. It depends on how much and what sort of car maintenance you've done yourself in the past. <p>3. Same deal, it can be done fairly easily, and most times the tensioner is replaced with it. Neither are terribly difficult jobs, but take time.<p>4. Could be a loose/corroded contact, or a failing part. Wiring on a car that age could have either problem, I think.<p>5. There's likely more than a few broken clips or loose screws that hold it in place. You'll have to do to your dealer and buy a set of clips and replace them. There's also sometimes small other plastic or metal parts that come off or break, and rattle inside the panel. Once it's off, you'll need to get those out, and replaced.<p>5. IPD sells Enkei E1 rims, which are a nearly identical copy of the Polaris rims. The Polaris rims (from the dealer) cost way, way too much from the dealer, and these are $250 each, not too bad. Here's a link: <A HREF="http://www.ipdusa.com/ProductsCat.aspx?CategoryID=1846&NodeID=5737&RootID=629" TARGET="_blank">http://www.ipdusa.com/Products...D=629</A><p>Hope that helped. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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Re: My First Volvo: Single-owner 745 (tachycardia)

Congrats, looks very clean. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>Your questions:<p>1. Regarding the rear diff. leak, is there a gasket to replace or is it a chemical seal?<p>It depends on where it's leaking from, if the the input shaft seal is leaking, that's a rather leangthy proceedure. If the diff. has a rear cover that's leaking, I'm sure there's a gasket available.<p>2. Is the tranny fluid flush a reasonable DIY job?<p>I probably wouldn't do it myself, and I'm swapping engines and transmissions in mine. If it has the AW71 automatic there is also a filter that should be changed. If it's a manual (I didn't notice on yours) that's a simple enough job.<p>3. Is the timing belt a reasonable DIY job?<p>Depends on your confidence level. Compared to the timing belts on an Audi V8, or Porsche V8, the volvo is a breeze, but it's always nice to be able to blame someone else if it isn't done properly. A good mechanic shoudl warranty their work.<p>4. How do I fix an intermittently working coolant temp gauge?<p>Hmmm, that's a puzzler, but I would start at the sensor side, and replace it. If that doesn't cure it, then it might be easiest to replace the whole dash cluster pod. I would also check for Air in the cooling system. If it's not properly bled air can cause some strange gauge readings.<p>5. How do you keep the rear tailgate panel from rattling!!??<p>That's the $64,000 question. There are always a bunch of these listings on eBay, maybe they would help.<br><A HREF="http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors/Wagon-tailgate-repair-kit-VOLVO-700-8-9-V70_W0QQcmdZViewItemQQcategoryZ33705QQitemZ8068106730QQrdZ1QQsspagenameZWDVW" TARGET="_blank">http://cgi.ebay.com/ebaymotors...ZWDVW</A><p><br>6. Where do I find a set of Polaris wheels (or their aftermarket equivalent)?<p>I've read in other forums about a group of people that are importing them for group buys. But you're still looking at $1200-$1500 for a set.<p>I recently bought a set of Katana Destiny 17" X 7" wheels with the proper 5X108 bolt pattern and the more critical ET20 or 20MM backspacing. They were only $749.00 for wheels and tires from <A HREF="http://www.wheelguyz.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.wheelguyz.com</A> with free shipping. If you find a set of wheel on there that you like, call them and ask them about the bolt pattern and offset. They'll tell you if they can get 'em. (No affiliation with them, just really happy with their service)<p>Remember, it's a pain to find wheels with the proper backspacing for the 700 series. I came close to ordering them with a 15mm offset, so they would look even deeper.<p>Good luck, and welcome.
 

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Re: My First Volvo: Single-owner 745 (CarlieBentley)

Thank you BOTH for such thorough responses. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>I come from a background of VW's (mainly Corrados), so I do have some basic garage skills and know a thing or two about older, querky cars.<p>Pretty sure the rear diff is leaking from the cover, so it should be a quick fix.<p>I'll also look into the coolant sensor. Where is this located exactly?<p>Thanks for the ebay link regarding the rear tailgate trim. I saw that a couple weeks ago and didn't know if it was a spoof kit or what. I'll look into it.<p>Great link regarding the wheels, too. Very good info.<p>Thanks a ton! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/embeer.gif" BORDER="0"><p>Oh... and had to do some Photoshopping. <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/wink.gif" BORDER="0"> <p><IMG SRC="http://www.hostdub.com/albums/tachycardia_album47/polaris_shop2.sized.jpg" BORDER="0">
 

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The The coolant sensor is (if I'm not mistaken) on the drivers side of the block, below the number two intake runner.<p>It would probably be a good idea to get the car to normal operating temp and wiggle the plug to ensure it's not just a loose connection.<p>They're strange like that. The coolant temp sensor feeds two different items, one goes to the computer the other goes to the gauge, if one is malfunctioning, it's possible the other is too, which will cause all sorts of other odd problems with the way the car runs. If the car's running well, and isn't burning excess gas, it may be the gauge is just giving up, but it would be worth it to check the tightness of all the connections on the back of the gauge pod.<p>A test of a badly connected gauge pod is to thump it lightly right over the cluster when it's failing to respond, if it comes to life, it's probably needing the connections cleaned.<p>My voltmeter does this off and on, a light tap on the top of the cluster and it springs back to life. I'm too lazy to fix it permanently.<p>This method of gauge testing is brought to you by The Fonz. Aaaaaaaa.
 
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