Re: Plastic belly pan on my 240
Randy G. wrote:
> Tim McNamara <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
>>The plastic belly pan on my 240 came off today, fractured and dragging
>>on the ground. This is the second time and today had no option but to
>>yank it off to drive home. The bolt holes had broken off. Does this
>>thing serve an essential purpose- as in "do I need to replace it
>>immediately" versus waiting for better weather?
> The first thing is to determine why this is happening. If the bolts
> are still there and are tight then you need to figure out what you are
> hitting to damage it. It might be that the front springs are sagged or
> the strut cartridges need replacing.
> They do protect the bottom of the motor, steering parts, and related
> hoses and other parts from damage as well as keeping snow, slush and
> mud from building up. It also directs air and helps keep the motor
> cool I think.
> __ __
> Randy & \ \/ /alerie's
> '90 245 Estate - '93 965 Estate
> "Shelby" & "Kate"
There isn't really anything to determine. The belly pan is really cheap
plastic that is designed to fail irrespective of the condition of the
"springs". The cheap, plastic belly pan was Volvo's first attempt at
keeping the owner going back to the dealer. IPD used to sell a thick
aluminum belly pan that would probably outlast the vehicle but they no
longer offer it.