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HI all,<br> I took a '78 245 for a test drive.<br>It's in super shape body and frame wise.<br>New exhaust from the collector pipe back, overload springs, anti sways fore and aft, performance cam, replaced gear, belt, timing an point. interior excellent. All records kept.<br>210K miles.<br>2 things though...<br>This was the first time it had been driven after 10+ days of torrential rain.<br>These lights came on.<br>1. Brake failure light. I can accept that. Most cars' brakes act wonky when they've been sitting. Especially after inclement weather.<br>2. Amp light. This brick rode like a mofo throughout the 10 mile test drive. I put her through all possible conditions, swerving on highway, hard acceleration on on-ramp, hard braking on off-ramp. When we were a block away from the parking space. I stopped at a crosswalk and she just done up and died on us. We pushed her to a lot and jumped it so she could make it home. UPon arrival, popped the hood and the passenger side hood hinge broke. Not the bolt plates, not the spring, but the arm.<br>My first question is: What may be causing the battery to not recharge aside from the obvious alternator and cable. Those are newer and fine.<br>Checked for obvious signs of corrosion but couldn't find any.<br>My 2nd question is: Are hood hinges the same for different year 240's?<p>Any help would be appreciated.<br>Von Chops <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vortexmediagroup.com/images/banghead.gif" BORDER="0"> <p>
 

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Re: So, I took a test drive aaaand.... (VONCHOPSTEIN)

to my knowlege the hinges are the same, but the best thing to do is to compare.<p>your engine wiring harness may be one of the ones put together with used tape (not really but it is of very poor quality) so you may want to check things out.most often the corrosion will be deeply hidden in places you didnt know wire could go.<p>as for the brake failure light, this could be sometihng as serious as a cracked caliper, a stuck piston or something as simple as the fluid is bad or theres not enough. <p>make absolutly sure there is no hidden rust. rust is the number one enemy to any volvo. they are built with solid swedish iron so they are slow but safe. even after 30+ years they will still preform their duty just as well as one that is only 10 years old. they are designed to look like a used kleenex with people safely inside.<p>good luck, welcome to the forums, and if this is your first volvo, wonderful! if not, welcome back! i certainly hope you enjoy your brick and its many quirks <IMG NAME="icon" SRC="http://www.vwvortex.com/vwbb/smile.gif" BORDER="0">
 
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