90 240 drriven ~ 1,000 miles with almost no oil in tranny - what kind of damage should I expect?

Discussion in 'Volvo 240' started by Someone, Mar 4, 2009.

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    Someone Guest

    Just bought a '90 240 w/ 90,000 miles. Last 1,000 miles, the tranny
    was leaking and it looks like there was practically no oil in it.
    When driven, sometimes gears slide. Got better after I added a bit of
    oil. Will take to garage tomorrow to check for leaks and add oil.

    What I would like to know is: should I expect short/long term damage?
    After oil has been propely added, will the tranny stay the same or get
    worse? What's the most likely scenario.

    Thanks.
     
    Someone, Mar 4, 2009
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    James Sweet Guest


    Is this auto or manual? Usually the torque converter will start slipping
    badly before an auto is too far out of fluid. With a manual, once they
    have been damaged, they usually deteriorate pretty quickly. Wouldn't
    hurt to fill it up with the proper amount of fluid and try driving it,
    but there's a good chance you'll be looking for a replacement
    transmission or rebuild.
     
    James Sweet, Mar 4, 2009
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  3. Someone

    Someone Guest

    auto

    It did slip, but nothing too dramatic. So I might be "ok"...?

    Should it remain the way it will be after all the oil is added? Or
    should I expect deterioration from that point on?
     
    Someone, Mar 4, 2009
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    Mr. V Guest

    Powerflush it.
     
    Mr. V, Mar 4, 2009
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    James Sweet Guest

    How low was it? It holds something like 11 quarts of fluid. There's no
    way to tell really, but when my mom's 240 was auto, a cracked cooling
    line drained enough fluid that it started acting up and it went another
    100K once I fixed that so you might come out fine.
     
    James Sweet, Mar 4, 2009
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    clay Guest

    When you (OP) filled it, how much did it take? That will tell you how
    low you ran it...
    Cold start, first stop or speed bump, my '83 (250k miles) will 'come out
    of gear' when about a quart low. Still plenty of fluid in the system.
    On a hot day, no slip at all when a quart low.
    ....guess it's time to change the rear seal.
     
    clay, Mar 4, 2009
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    ransley Guest

    Did you check it after it warmed up with motor running, how low was
    it.
     
    ransley, Mar 4, 2009
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    Someone Guest

    Thanks for all your replies, the car spent more than a day in an
    independent garage (cheap...). Few things to do...

    For now, it looks like everything is fine. Apparently there was about
    4-6 quarts left. I test drove the car on highway (no police...) up to
    90 mph and it runs perfect (for now anyway). No slipping at any speed
    or under any type of acceleration.

    The original owner did his engine oil change at Costco. And last
    September, the guy at Costco wrote a note on the invoice that "Trans
    is leaking have it checked". Unfortunately, original owner did not
    read invoice. Also, two months later, he went to a Volvo dealer, but
    the dealer didn't say anything about it... And one more, a month ago
    he went to an "Oil Changer" outfit and asked if tranny oil was low.
    The woman pulls the stick, have a look at it and says everything is
    fine...

    The car drives like a bomb. I use complete treatment fuel system to
    remove some junk in the engine. The car was switched to synthetic at
    70,000 miles in 1999 (10 yr old). Minor leak in upper engine seal.

    On a fun note, during the 20 years of ownership, he NEVER changed the
    power steering fluid. I asked to have it changed and it came out
    black.
     
    Someone, Mar 6, 2009
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    James Sweet Guest


    Auto transmission leaks are fairly common on those, the cooling lines
    crack where they bolt to the frame under the car.

    I think most people never change their power steering fluid. I've
    changed mine once, but it isn't something that tends to get done in the
    life of a car.
     
    James Sweet, Mar 6, 2009
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    Someone Guest

    I'm not too "mechanical" myself, but the mechanic wrote:

    "replaced rear transmission sleeve and seal"

    Hope it helps.
     
    Someone, Mar 6, 2009
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    James Sweet Guest


    That's the other common problem, the output shaft bushing wears and the
    slop in the shaft causes the seal to leak.
     
    James Sweet, Mar 6, 2009
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