It's not difficult to replace the timing belt. Buy a workshophandbook like
Haynes. Not expensive. They discribe it in detail.
It's recommended to change the water pump at 240000km because you have to
replace the timing belt again if the pump fails. It's also recommended to
replace the timing belt bearings.
"Steve" <email@example.com> wrote in message
> I am finding this thread interesting. My wife's 850 is at the point where
> she needs a belt. I can see if the wheels are worn to replace them, as
> as doing the water pump, but is it the concensus that the 2 wheels should
> changed as a safety measure?
> Is the tensioner also to be replaced? She has 140 or 150K Miles, this
> be her second belt.
> I was going to avoid any risk and buy Volvo parts for the belt, is that a
> good idea for the pump and wheels if I replace them too?
> "John Horner" <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote in message
> > email@example.com wrote:
> > > Hi all,
> > > My 96 volvo 850 is closed to 90K, and I want to have the timing belt
> > > and water pump replaced.
> > > I have been to two garages to check the price. One garage, which is
> > > specialized working on Volvo cars, give me the price right away, "$750
> > > for the total service". However, when I check the price at the second
> > > garage, the price was just $512. There is more than $200 difference!
> > >
> > I would stick with a garage which works frequently on modern Volvos.
> > You do not want someone learning on the job on your car. For instance,
> > the hydraulic tensioner needs to be very slowly recompressed if it is
> > not being replace. The uninformed might wail on it and compromise the
> > Also there is the question of what quality of parts are being used. The
> > quality of aftermarket parts varies widely.
> > John