[Amel Yacht Owners] Re: Volvo Turbos
Ian and Judy,
Good grief! I didn't realize that the belt change tool kit was so
expensive! You may try ofering to "rent" the tools from your local
Volvo mechanic. This could work for both of you. Good luck on your
By the way, as to the question of 1000 versus 2000 hours, this is
usually settled on two pieces of data. First is the point at which a
significant number of failures begin to occur. When the engine is
first developed, it is estimated based on prior experience with
similar engines plus engineering "judgement". In time, this estimate
is updated using data from the actual engine.
"Significant" in this case is a function of the cost of repairing in
the event of running to failure as compared to the cost of replacing
the belt prior to failure. Since the engine overhaul is likely to
cost on the order of ten times the cost of a belt change,
a "signifcant" number of failures would be anything greater than ten
percent of the belts failing between 1000 and 2000 hours under normal
The second piece of data is the effectiveness of inspection. If
inspections were perfectly effective in identifying belts that will
fail before the next inspection, than you would have no "hard time"
limit on the belt. Instead, you would inspect on the interval and
replace only when the belt failed inspection.
With things that slowly wear out and then catostrophically fail, we
mix the two ideas and inspect through the part of the life where
failure is unlikely and then as the probability of failure increases,
we replace the part and start over.
Stainless steel is a good example of substance that does not yield to
visual inspection. It is hard to observe minute cracks in stainless
and it fails quickly after the formation of small cracks. Belts,
however, seem to be of the other sort. Evidence of belt wear is easy
to observe and failure happens well after the first signs of belt
I am inclined to believe that the original maintenance program is
correct. But remember it has two parts: Inspection and
replacement. Inspecting the belt requires that the inspection port
is opened and the belt is rotated through its entire circumference.
You are looking for "teeth wear and damage" and "cracks in the belt
and oil contamination" (from the maintenance manual). Oil degrades
the belt material and causes the fibers in the belt to begin to pull
Jay, who wrote in earlier (759 and 762) may shed some light on the
question of whether belt inspections are useful if he can tell us
what was observed when his belts were inspected prior to their
Stephan G. Regulinski
--- In amelyachtowners@..., "Ian & Judy Jenkins"
Dear Stephan, What a useful note. I was hoping to change the beltmyself
until I found out the price of the belt tension guage ( somewherein the
region of $6-800).Interestingly, my prophet on the mountain in LaR. , M.
Selo, has recently emailed me that 2,000 hours before a change wasOK,
whilst cautioning that an amateur attempt to change should not beundertaken
lightly.I have noticed a few Volvo trucks on(and off)the road inEcuador so
I am now hunting down a knowledgeable Jose to lend me his tools andride
shotgun on my very cautious first changethe latest
handbook. They also say that in their experience unless there issomething
wrong with the fuel pump they would not check it when changing thecam belt.
IanVolvo-From: "Stephan Regulinski" <stephreg@y...>
thePenta, 1998) page 28 says that the timing gear belt (also called
2000cam belt) should be inspected every 200 hours and replaced every
particularlyhours. This is twice the interval recommended by Joel.
isthe maintenance findings on the last belt inspection prior to
hours)capable of picking up premature belt wear in time to replace the
isgiven he is operating under more extreme conditions. The question
beltwhether this program is necessary for the rest of us. A timing
newchange is neither cheap or fast.
bolts.belt ($40 in Gibraltar), a workshop manual or copy of the relevant
shop.I was able to borrow all of the above from a cooperative Volvo
aThe were made more cooperative by the fact that I had just spent a
andtighten alternator belts. An assistant wouldn't hurt to hand tools
flywheelinserting an anti-rotation tool. My mechanic advised me that this
Allis a little tricky. Use a socket wrench with 31/32 socket to turn
pulley.is well if the "B" on this pulley lines up with the notch in the
beI am told that it can seize and that early evidence is a failure to
tensionreused and dispose.
inso that the belt, which rotates clockwise, pulls the pulley into
anthe maintenance procedure. I did not attempt this operation.
LOTimportant part of any good maintenance program.
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properlyrevcounter, both at crazy Volvo prices.Power output is fine and Itake careto
getsis apressure control valve that opens up if the turbo pressure
backtheresistance of a spring.I have been advised to move this rod
itmanuallyfrom time to time ( with engine switched off) to ensure that
movement onis freemoving and it has always been free when I have moved it.
openthe turbopressure doesnt reach the point where the valve opens.( thiswouldn'tprevent the turbo from working ok as mine seems to be)should not be
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