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Old 06-14-2005, 00:29   #1 (permalink)
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Speedo not working 740? any ideas?

Hi Group.

First post so not sure if there is an FAQ section?

Just been given an 740 ready for a trip to the nurburgring (i know, not the
most ideal candidate - but hell it was free!!!)

Having never driven a volvo before i was assured by the owner that the whole
wallowey front end thing was normal? any comments?

The speedo has stoped working, i have heard that this is a common fault and
that it costs big bucks. Again any ideas or pointers.

Many thanks in advance

Silver


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Old 06-14-2005, 00:29   #2 (permalink)
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"Silver" <silverfox999@btopenworld.com> wrote in message
news:d8l0p7$h45$1@nwrdmz01.dmz.ncs.ea.ibs-infra.bt.com...
> Hi Group.
>
> First post so not sure if there is an FAQ section?
>
> Just been given an 740 ready for a trip to the nurburgring (i know, not

the
> most ideal candidate - but hell it was free!!!)
>
> Having never driven a volvo before i was assured by the owner that the

whole
> wallowey front end thing was normal? any comments?
>


Wallowey? The front end should be nice and tight, true these aren't sports
cars but they should be stable and quite nimble for their size. The strut
rod bushings often fail though and that'll make the car handle sloppy.


> The speedo has stoped working, i have heard that this is a common fault

and
> that it costs big bucks. Again any ideas or pointers.
>


I've only ever come across this a couple times and both times the wire to
the sender on the rear axel had crumbled and failed. It was cheap and easy
to fix.

740 is a good solid car, put a bit of work into it and it might well just
keep going and going.


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Old 06-14-2005, 06:01   #3 (permalink)
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Re: Speedo not working 740? any ideas?

James Sweet wrote:
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> "Silver" <silverfox999@btopenworld.com> wrote in message
> news:d8l0p7$h45$1@nwrdmz01.dmz.ncs.ea.ibs-infra.bt.com...
> > Hi Group.
> >
> > First post so not sure if there is an FAQ section?
> >
> > Just been given an 740 ready for a trip to the nurburgring (i know, not

> the
> > most ideal candidate - but hell it was free!!!)
> >
> > Having never driven a volvo before i was assured by the owner that the

> whole
> > wallowey front end thing was normal? any comments?
> >

>
> Wallowey? The front end should be nice and tight, true these aren't sports
> cars but they should be stable and quite nimble for their size. The strut
> rod bushings often fail though and that'll make the car handle sloppy.
>


Also the front shocks get soggy too. My neighbour's had a completely
empty front shock, it seemed the body of the car was connected to the
front suspension by a couple of elastic bands.

<snip>

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