Looking to purchase 86 Volvo 240 DL......need advice

Discussion in 'Volvo 240' started by 86volvo240dl, Aug 1, 2004.

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    86volvo240dl Guest

    I have the opportunity to purchase an 86 Volvo DL 240 from a friend. I was
    very impressed with the performance of the car considering its age. One
    major issue is keeping me from purchasing this car. When I turn on the
    ac/heater, nothing happens. What could be the causes and of all the
    causes, what should I expect to pay to have this issue fixed?
    86volvo240dl, Aug 1, 2004
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    PButler111 Guest

    Subject: Looking to purchase 86 Volvo 240 DL......need advice
    Check the fuses first. If you're lucky, it's just a matter of a blown fuse.
    PButler111, Aug 1, 2004
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    L.Eggit Guest

    depends what you are paying for it - is it a private sale?
    could be heater matrix??? Where do you live? Do you really need aircon or
    will just a heater do.
    hope its the fuse
    L.Eggit, Aug 1, 2004

  4. If there's no air movement and no fuses are blown, it's probably the
    dreaded blower motor - Volvo built the car around it, so repair involves
    lots of labor, and would run about 700 bucks inc. new motor.

    Then you'll get to find out if the heat and a/c actually work - if they
    don't, repair total will exceed the value of the car.
    Bob(but not that Bob), Aug 2, 2004
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    James Sweet Guest

    There's lots of tricks to fix this stuff if you're up for some do it
    yourself mechanical work, I wouldn't turn down the car just because the
    blower motor is shot.
    James Sweet, Aug 3, 2004
  6. I've done 2 blower motors, one doing the complete dismantle and the
    other using some cut-out tricks, and I'd pass it up.

    Besides, '86 240s were rust buckets with disintegrating wiring harnesses
    and few redeeming qualities, other than stellar performance in
    demolition derbys.

    Later Volvos like the 700s and my 900 are so much improved that I
    wouldn't take a 240 again if it was free, even though I drove them for
    over 20 yrs.
    Bob(but not that Bob), Aug 3, 2004
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    vinran1 Guest

    On my recently departed (sniff sniff) 84' 760T, I noticed that the
    blower motor had previously cooked the fuse block.

    A previous owner had rewired the fuse seperately from the box, but had
    put in a 25 amp fuse instead of the needed 30 amp.

    Of course it blew, but once the proper fuse was installed, all was
    fine. The wiring never got hot when the blower was running at all
    speeds, so it was a lucky break for me.

    Always check the simple and obvious, rewiring may be a good option, I
    would check the condition of the fuse box to see if yours had a
    similar problem.

    Of course, I never had to dig any farther than the fuse box, so I
    can't tell you how much labor would be involved with replacing the
    blower fan itself.
    vinran1, Aug 4, 2004
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