volvo 850 T5 estate

Discussion in 'Volvo 850' started by ed, May 12, 2005.

  1. ed

    ed Guest

    HI

    I have intermittent problem, the car pumps out steam, condensing onto
    the windscreen and side windows. It comes through the vent system and
    even around the steering wheel housing. It creating clouds of vapour
    which is bad enough to fully open the window, stop the car and clean
    off the condensed vapour from the glass. After a minute or so it
    stops.

    Anybody out there to give me some ideas?

    Car is 1997 855 T5 auto estate.

    thank you, in advance, for your help.


    Ed
     
    ed, May 12, 2005
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  2. ed

    Mike F Guest

    ed wrote:
    >
    > HI
    >
    > I have intermittent problem, the car pumps out steam, condensing onto
    > the windscreen and side windows. It comes through the vent system and
    > even around the steering wheel housing. It creating clouds of vapour
    > which is bad enough to fully open the window, stop the car and clean
    > off the condensed vapour from the glass. After a minute or so it
    > stops.
    >
    > Anybody out there to give me some ideas?
    >
    > Car is 1997 855 T5 auto estate.
    >
    > thank you, in advance, for your help.
    >
    > Ed


    I'd look to see if the condensate drain for the A/C is blocked. As I
    remember there's a small hose in a low spot in the heater box on the
    passenger side. Disconnect it and see if water comes out. If so, clean
    it. Have something available to catch the water, there can be lots. I
    doubt that it's the heater core leaking, it wouldn't stop right away.
    Also check under the plastic panel where the cabin filter is/would go.
    Rain water gets in there, and should drain out.

    --
    Mike F.
    Thornhill (near Toronto), Ont.

    Replace tt with t (twice!) and remove parentheses to email me directly.
    (But I check the newsgroup more often than this email address.)
     
    Mike F, May 12, 2005
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  3. ed

    mdrawson Guest

    Had a similar problem several years ago on a '91 940T. It was the heating
    core, but it was pretty constant since it happened in the winter when I was
    running the heater. I don't know but what it may also leak when the AC is
    running. At any rate, be sure to open the windows and try not to inhale any
    of that vapor --- it's bad stuff if it's coming from the heating core.

    "ed" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > HI
    >
    > I have intermittent problem, the car pumps out steam, condensing onto
    > the windscreen and side windows. It comes through the vent system and
    > even around the steering wheel housing. It creating clouds of vapour
    > which is bad enough to fully open the window, stop the car and clean
    > off the condensed vapour from the glass. After a minute or so it
    > stops.
    >
    > Anybody out there to give me some ideas?
    >
    > Car is 1997 855 T5 auto estate.
    >
    > thank you, in advance, for your help.
    >
    >
    > Ed
     
    mdrawson, May 12, 2005
    #3
  4. ed

    ed Guest

    On Thu, 12 May 2005 10:07:43 +0100, ed <> wrote:

    >HI
    >
    >I have intermittent problem, the car pumps out steam, condensing onto
    >the windscreen and side windows. It comes through the vent system and
    >even around the steering wheel housing. It creating clouds of vapour
    >which is bad enough to fully open the window, stop the car and clean
    >off the condensed vapour from the glass. After a minute or so it
    >stops.
    >
    >Anybody out there to give me some ideas?
    >
    >Car is 1997 855 T5 auto estate.
    >
    >thank you, in advance, for your help.
    >
    >
    >Ed


    forgot to mention the car has no A/C
     
    ed, May 12, 2005
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  5. ed

    mdrawson Guest

    In that case, I'd look at the heater core.

    "ed" <> wrote in message
    news:...
    > On Thu, 12 May 2005 10:07:43 +0100, ed <> wrote:
    >
    >>HI
    >>
    >>I have intermittent problem, the car pumps out steam, condensing onto
    >>the windscreen and side windows. It comes through the vent system and
    >>even around the steering wheel housing. It creating clouds of vapour
    >>which is bad enough to fully open the window, stop the car and clean
    >>off the condensed vapour from the glass. After a minute or so it
    >>stops.
    >>
    >>Anybody out there to give me some ideas?
    >>
    >>Car is 1997 855 T5 auto estate.
    >>
    >>thank you, in advance, for your help.
    >>
    >>
    >>Ed

    >
    > forgot to mention the car has no A/C
     
    mdrawson, May 13, 2005
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  6. ed

    bc Guest

    ed <> wrote in
    news::

    > HI
    >
    > I have intermittent problem, the car pumps out steam, condensing onto
    > the windscreen and side windows. It comes through the vent system and
    > even around the steering wheel housing. It creating clouds of vapour
    > which is bad enough to fully open the window, stop the car and clean
    > off the condensed vapour from the glass. After a minute or so it
    > stops.
    >
    > Anybody out there to give me some ideas?
    >
    > Car is 1997 855 T5 auto estate.
    >
    > thank you, in advance, for your help.
    >
    >
    > Ed


    If it smells like antifreeze, then it's your heater core,
    although I wouldn't have expected that to start and stop
    as you describe. What does antifreeze smell like? Open
    the expansion tank when cool, and sniff. It's kind of a
    sweetish chemical smell is the only way I can describe it.
     
    bc, May 13, 2005
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  7. Does this happen when you pass blondes or brunettes mainly ?
    sounds like the heater core had gone actually .

    "bc" <> wrote in message
    news:Xns9654EEA93BDBEbc@207.69.189.191...
    > ed <> wrote in
    > news::
    >
    >> HI
    >>
    >> I have intermittent problem, the car pumps out steam, condensing onto
    >> the windscreen and side windows. It comes through the vent system and
    >> even around the steering wheel housing. It creating clouds of vapour
    >> which is bad enough to fully open the window, stop the car and clean
    >> off the condensed vapour from the glass. After a minute or so it
    >> stops.
    >>
    >> Anybody out there to give me some ideas?
    >>
    >> Car is 1997 855 T5 auto estate.
    >>
    >> thank you, in advance, for your help.
    >>
    >>
    >> Ed

    >
    > If it smells like antifreeze, then it's your heater core,
    > although I wouldn't have expected that to start and stop
    > as you describe. What does antifreeze smell like? Open
    > the expansion tank when cool, and sniff. It's kind of a
    > sweetish chemical smell is the only way I can describe it.
     
    John Robertson, May 13, 2005
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  8. ed

    ed Guest

    Just been to the mechanics, they had a look at the heater matrix and
    found some moisture. They added the equivalent of a EGG into the
    coolant tank to see if that will clear the problem.

    Thanks for the advice and interest..

    Ed




    On Fri, 13 May 2005 20:11:54 +1000, "John Robertson"
    <> wrote:

    >Does this happen when you pass blondes or brunettes mainly ?
    >sounds like the heater core had gone actually .
    >
    >"bc" <> wrote in message
    >news:Xns9654EEA93BDBEbc@207.69.189.191...
    >> ed <> wrote in
    >> news::
    >>
    >>> HI
    >>>
    >>> I have intermittent problem, the car pumps out steam, condensing onto
    >>> the windscreen and side windows. It comes through the vent system and
    >>> even around the steering wheel housing. It creating clouds of vapour
    >>> which is bad enough to fully open the window, stop the car and clean
    >>> off the condensed vapour from the glass. After a minute or so it
    >>> stops.
    >>>
    >>> Anybody out there to give me some ideas?
    >>>
    >>> Car is 1997 855 T5 auto estate.
    >>>
    >>> thank you, in advance, for your help.
    >>>
    >>>
    >>> Ed

    >>
    >> If it smells like antifreeze, then it's your heater core,
    >> although I wouldn't have expected that to start and stop
    >> as you describe. What does antifreeze smell like? Open
    >> the expansion tank when cool, and sniff. It's kind of a
    >> sweetish chemical smell is the only way I can describe it.

    >
     
    ed, May 13, 2005
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