Difference between B23ET and B230FT engines for 1995 model year

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by howard, Nov 3, 2003.

  1. howard

    howard Guest

    Does any one know the differences in the B23ET and B230FT engines for 1995
    model year? I thought the car I am looking at, with turbo had the 230FT
    engine, but it has the 23ET engine instead. I thought the engine had
    single overhead cam, but does it have dual cams? Is the 23 and 230 block
    the same? The Chilton manual for Volvos I looked at does not have the 23ET
    engine listed. Thx in advance.

    howard, Nov 3, 2003
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    Mike F Guest

    The B23 was replaced by the B230 in 1985.

    On the B230:
    The main and rod bearings are smaller.
    The rods are longer and lighter
    The crank has 8 counter weights instead of 4.

    The water pumps are also different, but similar

    You can swap the cylinder heads, but the B23 has no provision for the
    rear mount distributor as used on the 700 series.
    Mike F, Nov 3, 2003
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    James Sweet Guest

    If it's a '95 and it has a B23ET then it's not the original engine, the 23E
    is of a stronger design but has slightly more internal friction so fuel
    economy won't be quite as good. They're both single overhead cams, the heads
    are interchangeable.
    James Sweet, Nov 3, 2003
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    Alex Zepeda Guest

    If it's a 95, than that's not necesarily true (re B23 v B230 strength)...
    especially given the oil squirter pistons that were never found on a
    B21/B23 block.

    - alex

    '85 244 Turbo
    Alex Zepeda, Nov 4, 2003
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