Graham Brooker wrote:
> I have an F Reg Volvo 240 GL estate car, bought from new with about 157000
> miles on clock. It started to overheat today at start of journey when it
> went into the red. As soon as I got a decent speed it returned to the
> normal middle position on the temperature gauge. The water level was a
> little low but nothing too bad. I topped up anyway. The temperature rose
> one more time for a few seconds then came down again. It was not
> particularly related to standing in a traffic queue but just randomly while
> driving on a 25 mile journey. It happened again on the return journey,
> again not necessarily while waiting in traffic. I also have a Kenlow
> electric fan that cuts in when its thermostat turns on - this was installed
> when I used to tow a caravan to help reduce engine temperature in slow
> traffic. The electric fan works OK as it overruns when turning the engine
> off after a journey.
> Has anyone got any ideas what makes it overheat intermittently like this as
> I am worried about reliability on long journeys.
> Graham Brooker
The car may not be overheating - there is a compensation board on the
back of the cluster that modifies the temperature signal feeding the
gauge. This thing is prone to problems. There's lot's of info at
, punch "compensation board" into the search
feature. For example http://www.brickboard.com/RWD/index.htm?id=746201
Thornhill (near Toronto), Ont.
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