Had a 'front end' day today. I had a number of outstanding jobs:
1. Check steering U/J joint to make sure bolts were still tight
after replacement (mechanics advice)
2. Change serpentine belt (mechanics advice)
3. Refit sump guard
4. General check of suspension and steering, making sure
So put the front wheels up on ramps so I was safe underneath and had
a good session. All the bolts for steering and suspension still
good so that gives peace of mind (Why do I keep checking them when
I never ever look at the Volvo ?).
Successfully changed the belt. Had to Google how to do it as the mechanic had said you loosen off the tensioner and I could not see how to do
it. Turns out he was wrong and it is an automatic tensioner. So
you just put a spanner on it and swing it to one side and the belt
Having been warned, I didn't make the classic
mistake of not drawing a diagram of the routing first, and the new
belt (I have carried a spare in the boot for 2 years) went back on
Looking at the old one it looks fine to me although
there is a very slight cut (3mm) on one side. Certainly good enough
to keep as an emergency spare. And it certainly hasn't done any
harm changing it.
And I decided to put back the sump guard that the mechanic had taken off.
I accepted his point that the 2 'skid bars' he had welded on
would protect the sump on sleeping policeman (or ferry loading
ramps) but I was still slightly worried about going over a sharp
stone that would puncture the centre.
So again using the belt and
braces principle I decided an extra layer of protection would do no
harm. Had a slight problem as he had sheared one of the bolts
and left the remaining part in, but managed to drill it out without
damaging the thread.
So it is back on, ready for action.