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Hello everyone-

Well, I spent the better part of my weekend working on the 245 that I got over the summer. Some friends and I had the thing all apart and changed some things. New air and fuel filter made a world of difference. Some of you may cringe when you hear this, but it looks like both filters have been on there since 1986 and about 160,000. Not kidding! I assumed that my dealer did those things before I picked it up. Needless to say, it seems like a new car. (Yes the air filter was charcoal black)

Ok, I love this car and was wondering if it would be a reasonable task to pull off the valve cover and do a little tuning. My buddies are really interested in the car and are willing to help me through this. Is it worth it? God, my dad's has 350,000 and is still going strong without a tune-up. Contrary to my earlier beliefs about the engine, there is no knocking or pinging. Seems to be running great. Is it a bit too early for this kind of thing or should I just move on to the suspension and sway bars?

Thanks for your advice!


Chris
 

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Re: Tuning up my wagon...WOW! (rs4-380)

Hello-

Yes, my friends were suggesting a valve job. Sorry, this weekend was my first time under a jacked car. However, I got a Chilton's manual, an empty shop and a couple of dedicated car nuts so I am looking forward to learning about it.

As strange as it sounds to my friends, I am trying to keep the car as stock as possible. (I swear, sometimes I feel like I am the only one that has a Volvo!) I figure that the design is sound and well throughout, so why mess with a good thing? I have had it almost a year and can see my self driving it for many, many more to come. I realize though, that I have to be careful and serious as this is my only car. I might be getting a car in the next 10 years though.... a 760 Turbo wagon to park next to it.

Anyway, YES I believe that there is a lot to do in the meantime before any "valve tuning" (Although the manual suggests every 15,000 or so). I doubt that it even needs it. Mostly preventative maintenance. Some of the planned things in addition to your suggestions include new rotors, brakes, sparkplugs & wires, vac tubes, and some new rubber mounts for the undercarriage exhaust for a quieter ride. I can manage these by myself with no problem. Your suggestions may take a bit more understanding, but I only need to do it once to understand it.

I really appreciate your advice so far...up until now; I have only been waxing and cleaning it religiously. (To the bewildered look of others) Can't wait to really get started, maybe this summer when I have a chance to earn some of that stuff called money.


Thanks again

Chris
 
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