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Exciting news for anybody who cares (mostly me).
While diagnosing by cooling components with a garden hose I found that I could repeatedly stop the problem by cooling the crank sensor. I need to replace the part now but I'm pretty confident the problem may be resolved.
I'll report back when I know for sure.
See that little device in the picture? That is a faulty crankshaft sensor (or RPM sensor in Volvospeak).
It took me two months to find that this was the cause of my idle/stalling issue but today I fitted a second hand sensor bought for $25 from Pick 'n Payless and the car is now running well.
No idea why the ECU couldn't throw a fault code for this like I expected it would. If the cam sensor and crank sensors don't agree it should be pretty obvious, shouldn't it?
All I need to do now is replace the timing belt, engine mounts, CV boots, fix the air conditioning, replace the leaking steering rack, get a wheel alignment, and whatever else breaks next... :)
Thanks for all the input and advice!
Great work putting all that information together.
For the front guards I think only the T4 had the black plastic extensions on the phase 1. Phase 2 front guards are wider because of the increased track width.
Late phase 2 models had a different instrument cluster.
The limited edition Super Touring models came out in 2000. They did not have the egg crate grille - those grilles came out in late phase 2 models only (MY2003). The wheels are called Ares. Only three colours were offered: yellow, black and silver.
I missed out on one of these Super Tourers up for sale a month ago but it was black, not the stand out yellow you have. I agree these have to be the ultimate T4 (in Australia at least) as I don't think Volvo brought in any phase 2 T4s (think they said in a press release in 2001 that they discontinued the T4).
I happened to come across an old Manheim auctions listing for a 2002 V40 T4 manual! I have never seen a phase 2 T4 in Australia before and thought they had been discontinued (I have a Volvo press release from April 2001 saying the T4 was discontinued).
I looked up the VIN in VIDA and it shows as a MY2003 T4 with B4204T5 engine so it really is a T4.
Must be the rarest V40 in the country. Wish I had seen it when it came up for auction...
Anybody after S40/V40 parts might be interested in the 2002 Phase 2 V40 2.0 NA that recently arrived at Pick n Payless.