XC90 xc90 v8 timing cover leak DIY

Hi all

i have just brought into WA an xc90 v8 from NSW. Like the car very much, however.

Problem it has a oil leak from timing chain cover and is much worse than inspection made out.

Anyone had this fixed DiY or Specialist let me know.

FCP euro have a kit but no guide on how to do the work.

Loaded up the Vida "Worshop manual" 25GB and instructions on timing chain is non existent and most other instructions there abreviated to point of being complete waste to time.

I'm mech inclined and did the front suspention up myself, just woried DIY and still have a leak as there is 400bucks worth of gaskets to put in.

Comments invited.

Cheers.

ed
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  • its an absolute PITA of a job... if you do it you should absolutely replace the bearings from the balance shaft and the tensioners and chain guides while your in there.... does require removing the front head but that does not add much time or cost to everything

    To summarize...
    set to TDC or whatever volvo says...
    remove upper and lower intake
    remove the serp belt
    remove serp tensioners/rollers
    remove the crank pully
    remove the valve covers
    remove the front timing cover

    your going to need a jack or engine crane so you can unbolt mounts and tilt the engine around as you work
    I think you need to add i was in an s80 with three wheels getting pulled backwards and was told to "hold on shit is about to get real".
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    I didn't find it too bad. Easiest way is to drop the engine out.

    Regards,

    Michael
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    I didn't find it too bad. Easiest way is to drop the engine out.

    Regards,

    Michael

    Takes longer to drop it out by a few hours even if the overall work becomes easier
    Job only paid 9 hours in the USA so doing it in the engine bay was less risky and could be done in under 5 hours if you pushed a little
    But that's with a lift
    Without a lift it's a pita
  • That may be so on a new engine, but a 12 year old car with hard wiring looms and non pliable hoses will take you hours longer in the car. There's also less risk of the thin seals falling out of their grooves on both the timing cover & rear cam cover requiring the job to be re done.
    timbo
  • kyrilkkyril (@kyril) Bendigo Victoria
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    I didn't find it too bad. Easiest way is to drop the engine out.

    Regards,

    Michael

    Great photo. I love my V8.
  • That may be so on a new engine, but a 12 year old car with hard wiring looms and non pliable hoses will take you hours longer in the car. There's also less risk of the thin seals falling out of their grooves on both the timing cover & rear cam cover requiring the job to be re done.

    Thanks for input everyone. looks beyond my patience threshold. I'll wait for some local quotes but i have a feeling will be ridiculous to the point where most people will drive to the bone yard or torch the vehicle.

    ed
  • Ex850RSnoopy (@Ex850R) Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.
    I'll give ye $50
    cancer sucks
  • I'll give ye $50


    Lets see what the quotes come in at. Will post here for a Laf.

    Ed
    Ex850R
  • a well known Perth volvo mech north of Perth quoted about 2 K. for the job. I suppose this is without surprise contingencies.

    I know FCP euro have a kit for about 350US although the mech said parts are about 200Aud , so 1800 to fit 200 bucks of gaskets in 9 hours works out about 200 an hour.

    What u all think? 2k feels like a a lot like dealer quote.

    eD.
  • forgot mention went past Euroworld volvo in oconnor today but were closed. they closed for business for good?

    ed
  • Ex850RSnoopy (@Ex850R) Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.
    200 hour sounds like dealer to me.
  • Genuine parts are more like $700 if you're replacing cam cover gaskets and intake manifolds too. You'd be silly not to replace the crank seal while you're in there. You won't get it done in 9 hours so if the $2k includes all the gaskets then that is reasonable.

    Regards,

    Michael
    timbo
  • Thanks for reply. will go with them. will let u all know if i get quality work or not
  • Update. Perth Volvo dealership quoted $2,200 which included $757 of parts like Volvo Mike Said above.

    I'm inclined to go for dealership at least I know the parts are original and maybe the dealership will be more responsive to issues down the line (maybe)

    Would you all trust an Indi over a dealership if only 10% premium?

    Ed
  • gavinhGav (@gavinh) Parmelia, Perth
    @ed_67, I would highly recommend volvo dealership in Perth, I have had great dealings with them as with alot of guys in the WA volvo club. They don't f*#k you around and give you an honest answer, a few other guys use Swedish autos in Osborne Park too, personally can't comment and there is franks, nor somewhere round balcatta.
    Best of luck with it!
  • gavinhGav (@gavinh) Parmelia, Perth
    Oh aye, if your no a member yet
    https://www.facebook.com/groups/wavolvo/?ref=share
  • Would you all trust an Indi over a dealership if only 10% premium?

    If the indy is only fractionally cheaper, and has never done one before, I'd be more inclined to go with the dealer, especially when folks have had good experiences with said dealer. The dealer should have had more experience with the hardware, they're not quite as common as the B230...

    Oh yeah - while it's out and apart, it might be worth seeing if the folks can put in that drain hole for the balance shaft bearing, if it's the early V8. The early ones had dramas with water drainage if the engine got washed.

    https://blog.fcpeuro.com/the-dark-side-of-volvos-excellent-v8
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    egads
  • Would you all trust an Indi over a dealership if only 10% premium?

    If the indy is only fractionally cheaper, and has never done one before, I'd be more inclined to go with the dealer, especially when folks have had good experiences with said dealer. The dealer should have had more experience with the hardware, they're not quite as common as the B230...

    Oh yeah - while it's out and apart, it might be worth seeing if the folks can put in that drain hole for the balance shaft bearing, if it's the early V8. The early ones had dramas with water drainage if the engine got washed.

    https://blog.fcpeuro.com/the-dark-side-of-volvos-excellent-v8

    Mine is an early MY07 engine, number 2000033 which should already have the drain hole I hope.

    the indi only done valve covers i think. in fact they did not want to quote for the timing cover until they saw the vehicle.

    When got there sure enough was timing cover.


    thanks for all the feedback.

    think will go dealer as not sure if all the recall campaign things have been done over the years.

    edf
    egads
  • Update all the software while they have it too
    bgpzfm142
  • Ex850RSnoopy (@Ex850R) Somewhere Over the Rainbow. Melbourne.
    They usually want money to update software unless you are lucky.
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