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Hello!<p>I just got a 1989 Volvo 240 DL. I got it for free. The lady who had it was in a minor accident. It needs a new hood, grill and blinkers. Aside from that it runs great. I just drove it 40 miles home from Charlottesville, VA. I also own a 1965 VW Beetle, which is my main car. <p>Questions:<p>1. When looking at the engine from the front of the car, on the left side there is a pipe coming off the manifold. It is right out from the metal manifold cover. What is this pipe? There is nothing connected to it whatsoever... it's just sticking out. Any ideas?<p>2. I was riding with the hood off, and noticed that the car is throwing oil onto the windshield. It is coming from the front area of the engine near where that pipe sticks out that I mentioned above. I know that you can't tell me exactly where it is leaking from, but could you suggest to me a way that I can figure it out myself? I am sure that some gasket needs to be replaced somewhere, but how do I figure out where the problem area is? <p>Thanks so much for your help!<p>John
 

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Re: New Volvo Owner - Questions (jch4v)

Welcome to Volvo ownership!<p>That pipe is a connection for heating the intake air in the winter. A corigated aluminum tube (like the stuff used for clothes driers) goes there to a box infront of the aircleaner. the box has a thermostat to adjust the air temp going into the engine.<p>The oil could be coming from many places but check the oil pressure switch, near the oil filter. They have been known to start leaking.<br>
 

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That pipe (rubber hose?) may be the connection between the manifold and the flame trap. The crankcase ventilation system starts at a collection box bolted to the driver's side of the engine down low. This box connects to the flame trap which has a junction that accepts the loose "pipe". The oil spray may be from a clogged flame trap and/or box.<p>If you have a digital camera take a bunch of pics so we can see your problem areas.<p>I had a new '63 Beetle - hotrod with blower, etc.<p>Nothing but Balbos now.<p>George Dill<p>Temple, Texas, USA.<br>
 

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I will try to take some pics tomorrow afternoon. Thanks for the replies. Do you guys know of any other online Volvo resources I should check out? <p>I already got an online Chilton's manual. <p>Thanks!<p>J
 

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<A HREF="http://www.swedespeed.com/resources/links.html" TARGET="_blank">http://www.swedespeed.com/resources/links.html</A><br>and <A HREF="http://www.turbobricks.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.turbobricks.com</A>/ are both good places to start for info.<p>get some pictures up man!<p>oil leak? ha it could be anywhere. it could be something little, or something big, like the head seal. anyway pressure wash it all and then run it to see where there is oil. <p>the pipe is on the left side? is it metal or rubber? also tell us about the car. color/mileage/year/etc..<p>ps: clean your flame trap and clean it often. youll thank us when you dont have to replace an oil pan seal, which as i have seen, is probably the 2nd most difficult thing to do (right behind the complete and utter disassembly of the car required to replace the heater core and blower motor).
 

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I would take some now, but it's dark! <p>I will take asap tomorrow. <p>The pipe is on the passenger's side and made of metal. <p>I am going to look into that flame trap... any other MUST DO's for owning a volvo?<p>I got the car for free as I said. It's blue, yellowish cloth interior, 190K, but the spedometer JUST broke like last month. (How do I fix that BTW?), 1989... anything else?<p>Thanks!<p>J
 

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Reguarding pressure washing... what should I cover up before I do this? The distributor? I don't want to do any damage. I may do it this weekend!<p>Thanks!<p>J
 

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well the engine should be pretty much waterproof (in theroy) so you dont HAVE to cover anything. i however suggest covering anything electrical. ziplock baggies and rubberbands work pretty well. also i would vaccum any standing water (like around the spark plugs) with a good ol shop vac.<p> if you want it really clean get some simple green and a stiff toothbrush at the dollar store, spray stuff down, scrub the super dirty areas with the toothbrush, rinse and repeat till it shines/ your arm is tired/ you are satisfied. i dont suggest doing this if you need to drive anywhere. also make sure the engine is warm (NOT HOT!!! you have to be able to have your hand on it and not hurt yourself) to loosen the dirt a little.<p>take before and after pics. oh and if youre all wierd about things staying clean dont put any dressings or things like that (armor all) on the rubber, as it collects dirt and traps it, making a dirty, semi-shiny mess.<p>good luck! and bring on the details! <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://********************/smile/emthup.gif" BORDER="0">
 

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The flame trap is on the drivers side of the car, near the middle of the engine. If it's cloged it could cause oil to be pushed out of any of the seals on the engine. A coworker car had the half moon seal on the back of the head blow out, one of the standard things that could happen.
 

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Re: New Volvo Owner - Questions (jch4v)

Get yourself a Bentley Manual from <A HREF="http://www.ipdusa.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.ipdusa.com</A> and that will help answer most of your questions. Haynes Manuals are OK too, but not as thorough - you can get Haynes at any NAPA store. It's great night time reading.<p>Best to just find new fender, grille, etc at a junkyard and replace, rather than repair. They are easy to find, cheap and easy to install. You are probably looking at $100 maximum. <p>Remember:<U> Preventive maintenance is the key to Volvo longevity. </U><I></I><B></B>Memorize your maintenance schedule and stay on top of it. Use OEM or OEM quality parts. I like <A HREF="http://www.oemvolvoparts.com" TARGET="_blank">http://www.oemvolvoparts.com</A> but use the following phone number: 800-859-0923 NOT the one on the website. Hit x 4304 and ask for Bill. he is great to work with and knows Volvo 240's like the back of his hand.<p>re: oil leak - it sounds like the flame trap hose has come off and is splattering. Make sure that you fix this ASAP, clean the flame trap and keep your oil close to topped up. Look this up in the Bentley Manual. <p>a little tip: don't overfill the oil, ever. keep it about 1/2 PINT low (that is, about 1/4 of the way down the hash marks on the dipstick). If you overfill, it increases the interior engine pressure too high and blows out the rear main seal. Keeping the car SLIGHTLY underfilled with oil and the flame trap perfectly clean, along with ensuring all the vacuum hoses and fittings are unclogged will prevent the rear main engine seal from failing.<p>You will love your 240. They are marvelous cars and much, much safer than your old Bug. I've had 4 240s and 8 Volvos and think they are the best cars in the world.<p>Happy (safe!) motoring!<p>
 

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Here's a link to the pics. I cleaned the engine today. The first pic is of that pipe I was talking about earlier. <p>I couldn't find anything in the Chilton's manual about the "flame trap"... could you give me an idea of where this is, what it looks like and what I have to do to clean it? I would really appreciate it!<p>Thanks!<p>J<p><A HREF="http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/jch4v/album?.dir=/f50d" TARGET="_blank">http://pg.photos.yahoo.com/ph/.../f50d</A><p>
 

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thats the exhaust manifold..... if you took those pics after you washed it... do it again, that looks like mine before i emptied a can of citrus tire shine on it (worked better then degreaser) anyway yeah dont touch that pipe... its not fun (it reaches about 1200 degrees F,itll cook ur skin) anyway very nice! its tan cloth btw.<p>the flame trap is on the right side of the engine. youll see a rubber hose pointing up inbetween the intake manifold spokes, follow it down and it goes into the flame trap, take it apart as per the bentley manual and clean all the little holes (or just replace it, its like 3 bucks from FCP Groton) then reassemble. cheap maitanence is awesome!
 

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JCH,<p>In pic one, you need to get the flex pipe replaced. ( I doubt that its on the car now ) it runs from the exhaust manifold up to the bottom of the aircleaner box. ( If I remember correctly) That pipe is important as it warms the air and keeps the air temp going into the intake at the best temp for the Lambda Sond emissions to do its job. you will find a couple of clips that run the bottom of the radiator that support that tube. You can find one at the JY or get one from Volvo or other Volvo parts house.<p>From the other pictures I cant see what hose you are talking about. But most likely the flame trap hose is leaking. It plugs in under the intake plenum more near the centre aft of the left hand side of the engine. The rubber hose that is about an 1.5 in is your AC low pressure hose I think.<p>You did get a great deal on that car for sure. The turn signals, head lights, grill and bonnett can be had cheap at the junk yard. You may even find your colour as well! <p>
 

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The 2" flex hose for connection between the exhaust manifold pre-heater and fresh air box should not be re-connected until you are certain that the fresh air box thermostat and divider flap are fully functional.<p>George Dill
 
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