Re: A little Volvo 240 help?
<firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> I have a 1978 240. The windshield wipers aren't working because the small
> grooved cylinders that the wiper mechanism attaches to are stripped. Every
> other part of the wiper system seems to work fine, and I'm not really sure
> how much I'll have to replace or where to go to get the necessary parts.
> Secondly, this car doesn't have OD and I was wondering if it's very
> expensive to have installed. Will I need an entirely new transmission?
> Lastly, are there reupholstery kits available for this car? If so, where
> can I find them? Thanks so much for your help.
Same on the driver's side of my '85 765T. I'm not sure how it got started,
but certainly using the wipers to try to move too much snow in the morning
had a lot to do with it <8-(
I got the wipers working again by cleaning the surfaces with brake cleaner
and putting blue loctite on the post. I don't know what the access in the
240 is like, but in the 740 series it isn't bad: remove the wipers, remove
the grate there (lift the hood for access to the screws) and remove screws
until the unit comes out. A replacement from a wrecking yard is the obvious
solution... sometime when I'm not so lazy.
If the loctite doesn't do it for you, you may want to try an even more
down-home solution adapted from something I saw in a bicycling magazine. I
believe your wipers are like mine, and have caps that lift up to expose the
nuts that hold the wipers on the posts. Remove the nut and washer on the
offending side and carefully drill a small hole downward into the joint
between the post and the wiper, so part of the hole is in each. Tap a roll
pin (also called a tension pin) into the hole so the two can't slip. To
clarify; the pin is pinched lengthwise between the wiper and the post. This
modification leaves the wiper suitable for use after the post is changed (if
you are that ambitious) because most of the mating surface is stock.