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Old 10-06-2005, 18:01   #1 (permalink)
K Bourke
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850/V70 AirCon Evaporator fixed: when?

Thanks to my 1993 850 GLT having been written off by another's stupid
inattention.... I'm shopping for a replacement. Looking at 1998-2001
wagons, and wondering if/when Volvo caught on and fixed the Evap "bug"...
anyone?

Thanks,

Kevin

PS - got photos if you want to see what an 850 looks like when T-boned along
the axis of the drivetrain by a Civic sedan (which, while much newer, is
*much* more written off!).......



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Old 10-06-2005, 19:01   #2 (permalink)
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Re: 850/V70 AirCon Evaporator fixed: when?

"K Bourke" <Kbourke@eastlink.ca> wrote in message
news:2lj1f.8659$yS6.7595@clgrps12...
> Thanks to my 1993 850 GLT having been written off by another's stupid
> inattention.... I'm shopping for a replacement. Looking at 1998-2001
> wagons, and wondering if/when Volvo caught on and fixed the Evap "bug"...
> anyone?
>
> Thanks,
>
> Kevin
>

IIRC, it was an pretty much industry-wide problem with the introduction of
R134a. I guess they made the evaporators of something different and lotsa
1993 and 1994 cars had evaporator leaks. It took a while to identify the
problem and determine it was corrosion resulting from dust and pollen
collecting in the condensation on the evaporator to make an evil mud. The
solution was the addition of cabin filters and, in some cases, running the
evaporator fan after the A/C or engine was shut off to dry it. If the model
you are looking at has a cabin air filter you should be okay.

Mike


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Old 10-06-2005, 20:01   #3 (permalink)
Pat Quadlander
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Re: 850/V70 AirCon Evaporator fixed: when?

I've seen cabin filter retro-fit kits advertised on eBay for 850s. What is
the procedure for installing such a kit, is it a small, medium, or big deal
for do-it-yourselfer?

Thanks,
Pat Q


"Michael Pardee" <michaeltnull@cybertrails.com> wrote in message
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> "K Bourke" <Kbourke@eastlink.ca> wrote in message
> news:2lj1f.8659$yS6.7595@clgrps12...
> > Thanks to my 1993 850 GLT having been written off by another's stupid
> > inattention.... I'm shopping for a replacement. Looking at 1998-2001
> > wagons, and wondering if/when Volvo caught on and fixed the Evap

"bug"...
> > anyone?
> >
> > Thanks,
> >
> > Kevin
> >

> IIRC, it was an pretty much industry-wide problem with the introduction of
> R134a. I guess they made the evaporators of something different and lotsa
> 1993 and 1994 cars had evaporator leaks. It took a while to identify the
> problem and determine it was corrosion resulting from dust and pollen
> collecting in the condensation on the evaporator to make an evil mud. The
> solution was the addition of cabin filters and, in some cases, running the
> evaporator fan after the A/C or engine was shut off to dry it. If the

model
> you are looking at has a cabin air filter you should be okay.
>
> Mike
>
>



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Old 10-06-2005, 20:01   #4 (permalink)
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Re: 850/V70 AirCon Evaporator fixed: when?

"Pat Quadlander" <pquadlander@comcast.net> wrote in message
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> I've seen cabin filter retro-fit kits advertised on eBay for 850s. What
> is
> the procedure for installing such a kit, is it a small, medium, or big
> deal
> for do-it-yourselfer?
>
> Thanks,
> Pat Q
>

That's something I sure don't know... but I bet a few people here do!

Mike

>
> "Michael Pardee" <michaeltnull@cybertrails.com> wrote in message
> news:lI6dnb-R8MMJT9jeRVn-iQ@sedona.net...
>> "K Bourke" <Kbourke@eastlink.ca> wrote in message
>> news:2lj1f.8659$yS6.7595@clgrps12...
>> > Thanks to my 1993 850 GLT having been written off by another's stupid
>> > inattention.... I'm shopping for a replacement. Looking at 1998-2001
>> > wagons, and wondering if/when Volvo caught on and fixed the Evap

> "bug"...
>> > anyone?
>> >
>> > Thanks,
>> >
>> > Kevin
>> >

>> IIRC, it was an pretty much industry-wide problem with the introduction
>> of
>> R134a. I guess they made the evaporators of something different and lotsa
>> 1993 and 1994 cars had evaporator leaks. It took a while to identify the
>> problem and determine it was corrosion resulting from dust and pollen
>> collecting in the condensation on the evaporator to make an evil mud. The
>> solution was the addition of cabin filters and, in some cases, running
>> the
>> evaporator fan after the A/C or engine was shut off to dry it. If the

> model
>> you are looking at has a cabin air filter you should be okay.
>>
>> Mike
>>
>>

>
>



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Old 10-06-2005, 22:01   #5 (permalink)
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Re: 850/V70 AirCon Evaporator fixed: when?

In article <1_KdnaJLCJLkRdjeRVn-pg@comcast.com>, pquadlander@comcast.net
says...
> I've seen cabin filter retro-fit kits advertised on eBay for 850s. What is
> the procedure for installing such a kit, is it a small, medium, or big deal
> for do-it-yourselfer?
>
> Thanks,
> Pat Q
>
>

Raise the hood. Unscrew the two T25 fasteners nearest the right side
hinge. Pinch the hose clamp on the cowl drain and slide away from the
nipple. Raise the cowl panel enough to see the fresh air intake scoop.
Install the rubber gasket on the edge of the scoop. Run a small amount
of silicone around the gasket, or ivory soap, or somethimg else slick
that won't attack the rubber, press the filter holder onto the scoop.
Snap in the filter. Reinstall the two screws. Refit the hose. Slide the
clamp back in place. Close the hood before driving away.:-)

Bob
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The goal when driving is to miss the maximum number of objects.
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Old 10-07-2005, 20:01   #6 (permalink)
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Re: 850/V70 AirCon Evaporator fixed: when?


Bob - great instructions. Thanks.
Pat

"User" <radietzno@spamioip.com> wrote in message
news:MPG.1dafc4a06253fedc9896be@news.verizon.net...
> In article <1_KdnaJLCJLkRdjeRVn-pg@comcast.com>, pquadlander@comcast.net
> says...
> > I've seen cabin filter retro-fit kits advertised on eBay for 850s. What

is
> > the procedure for installing such a kit, is it a small, medium, or big

deal
> > for do-it-yourselfer?
> >
> > Thanks,
> > Pat Q
> >
> >

> Raise the hood. Unscrew the two T25 fasteners nearest the right side
> hinge. Pinch the hose clamp on the cowl drain and slide away from the
> nipple. Raise the cowl panel enough to see the fresh air intake scoop.
> Install the rubber gasket on the edge of the scoop. Run a small amount
> of silicone around the gasket, or ivory soap, or somethimg else slick
> that won't attack the rubber, press the filter holder onto the scoop.
> Snap in the filter. Reinstall the two screws. Refit the hose. Slide the
> clamp back in place. Close the hood before driving away.:-)
>
> Bob
> --
> The goal when driving is to miss the maximum number of objects.



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Old 10-09-2005, 00:01   #7 (permalink)
John Horner
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Re: 850/V70 AirCon Evaporator fixed: when?

Pat Quadlander wrote:
> I've seen cabin filter retro-fit kits advertised on eBay for 850s. What is
> the procedure for installing such a kit, is it a small, medium, or big deal
> for do-it-yourselfer?
>
> Thanks,
> Pat Q


I installed the Volvo factory kit on my '96 way back when soon after I
bought the car. I did it simply to keep dust and junk out of the car
and the system as it seemed to be a good idea. So far no failed
evaporator on my car.

The installation is easy. Just remove a few screws from the plastic
shield below the windshield, lift up the shield, replace and existing
slip-on open air intake with the special intake which accepts the
filter, then put it back together. 5-20 minute job depending on how
comfortable you are doing the work.

John
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