WTB 240 valve adjustment tools

Discussion in 'Volvo 240' started by Islandguy77554, Apr 18, 2004.

  1. i need the tools to change the valve adjustment shims on my 89 240, only 1
    valve is out of adjustment,I've had my 88 240 for 10 years and never adjusted
    the valves, i will probably only use this tool once, so id like to find a used
    Islandguy77554, Apr 18, 2004
  2. Because there's more to the internet than hits alone, Islandguy77554
    You probably already have one - a large flat screwdriver. Position it
    between the camshaft and the edge of the shim bucket, then lever
    carefully against the cam shaft. A sharpened electrical screwdriver,
    or similar, pushed into the notch on the top edge of the shim bucket
    will dislodge the shim, which can then be removed.


    Stewart Hargrave

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    Stewart Hargrave, Apr 18, 2004
  3. Islandguy77554

    Myron Samila Guest

    If it's anything like a Fiat tappet (old Fiat/Lancia/Ferrari 308s use the same shims as
    Volvo), you can blow air into the bottom of the groove, and this is supposed to pop up the
    shim. I've used screwdrivers without a problem.

    Is your shim too tight? or loose?
    Myron Samila, Apr 18, 2004
  4. Because there's more to the internet than hits alone, Myron Samila
    Over the years, I've collected a bag full of red-block shims, thinking
    that it would be foolish to throw them away - but I don't suppose I'll
    ever need any of them. I've often thought that someone should set up a
    'shim exchange', where you can swap shims with others who have the
    size you are looking for. The internet would be ideal for this, but I
    doubt that the costs involved in mailing one or two shims is much
    different from buying new ones, and there probably isn't that much
    demand anyway.

    Stewart Hargrave

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    Stewart Hargrave, Apr 18, 2004
  5. Islandguy77554

    Myron Samila Guest

    FUNNY you should mention that!!!

    That is exactly what they have at www.mirafiori.com , they've setup a Fiat shim exchange,
    it costs $2 for any amount of shims plus shipping, then you must return the shims you
    don't need (calculate what size you want and request, but I usually send them some of my

    Ferrari owners will claim that their shims are "stronger", well, they were all practically
    made at the same factory (Fiat used to make the Dino engine at one point, the 206/246).

    Anyhow, if you want to sell your collection of shims, please please contact me!!! I have
    enough Italian cars that use the same shim! ;)

    Heaven's no, please don't throw them out, hehe (a collection of 140 shims sold on
    ebaymotors recently for $200 USD, can you believe that?, mind you, they were new, but no
    matter, I use a digital caliper to measure them for wear anyhow, and I think the cam would
    wear first)
    Myron Samila, Apr 19, 2004
  6. i did try the screwdriver method before posting for the tools with no luck, I
    gave it another try using the pointed end of a rat tail file to dislodge the
    shim, and it worked i just needed to be a little more aggresive with it, the
    first time i was afraid of damaging the shim bucket. i'll have to order the
    shim since no one has them locally. The shim exchange sounds like a good idea,
    but probably not much demand as far as volvos go. if i can't find the correct
    one maybe you have one i can buy from you.

    thanks, mark
    Islandguy77554, Apr 20, 2004
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