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  1. Black

    Volvo Starter Discount

    And....I would share photos of the job but having image hosting difficulties... And....a little bit of searching for photo how-to's went a long way.. \
  2. Black

    Volvo Starter Discount

    Just another short post in case it helps someone plan ahead. I picked up a starter for my '04 780 and using one of the occasional "save $30 for purchases before the end of the day" coupons from Ebay, I only paid $150 for a starter with a 2 year warranty from seller UQquality. Lo and behold, my OEM starter went out a few months later and the advance purchase saved me nearly $400 by buying the Ebay version instead of the dealer version that only came with a 1 year warranty. The removal itself wasn't too bad, it's 3 bolts; 2 of which are best accessed from under the truck with a ratcheting wrench (I believe 18mm) and the third which comes from using an extension from the top side since it's on the 'back side' of the starter which you can't get to from the bottom. Helpful hint; Remove the electrical wires before you remove the 3 mounting bolts, including the little teeny tiny wire (5/16 bolt) running to the solenoid. After removing all the bolts, I pulled the starter from the top of the engine and put it back in the same way. Beware, that sucker is a tad heavy but not unbearably so. I ended up buying 2 replacement bolts from Lowes because one of the factory ones had buggered up threads and whoever the previous mechanic was just left the third one out (the one on the backside). I'll have to find the package but they were Grade 8 and relatively cheap at $1.40 each. All in all, it took me about 90 minutes but I could do the next one (which'll be hopefully never) in less than an hour. This is also a good time to check your battery cables for corrosion, I found a couple that were suspect that I plan on replacing on soon. For making your own cables, a hydraulic crimper works wonders but I've been using a $17 hammer crimper for awhile without many issues. That said, I saw a $25 squeeze type crimper on Amazon the other day and I just might have to give it a go. Next purchase is to keep my eyes open for an online sale on a box of relays since when you buy online, you can usually get something like 4 for the price of 1 from a physical store.
  3. I had tiny thumbnails but just figured out how to add full size pics so...here you go.
  4. Thankfully it was a quick and relatively painless install and I didn't need the extensions or universal joint after all. There wasn't much ratchet swing, but a socket/ratchet combo will allow you enough movement to remove/install the sensor and once it's broken loose, you can use your fingers to loosen it the rest of the way. It's a tight fit though, so you might have to put the socket on the sensor, then attach the ratchet to the socket, loosen it up, and then remove the ratchet from the socket, and then remove the socket. All in all, it took about 15 minutes from start to finish and the next time it'll take about 5-10 (hopefully there isn't a next time though). Anyway, got it installed, fixed a suspect looking small alternator wire, fired it up, and.........everything is all good now. The oil pressure is reading 60 psi at idle, all warning lights have disappeared, and it's good to go. I took photos to help the next person but need to load them from my phone.
  5. That's a GREAT answer! Love it The starter is another money saver...I paid $130 for an Ebay starter that came from an independent shop with a warranty. So far so good w/no problems or hang ups. The sensor will wait until tomorrow morning, I had an unexpected visit from aunts and uncles and I'm enjoying their company instead of the Volvo's for now.
  6. The sensor is located on the drivers side of the block, near the top and in the middle. It's right behind the two big horizontal plugs and is the top most of two identical looking sensors. That probably reads like gibberish but once you open the hood, you'll see what I mean. If it weren't for all the wires in the way, it'd be about a 10 minute fix. As it sits, it looks like it'll take a universal joint, a couple extensions, and holding my mouth just right to get it out of there.
  7. Hi all, There's not a whole lot of meat to this post other than to say that today my dash alerted me to an electrical fault with my oil pressure sender (2004 Volvo 780 w/D12). I verified the fluids were good, kept driving, and then the sensor gave me a low oil pressure warning which shut off the truck. To keep going, I unplugged the sensor and continued on my way. When I called the dealer to buy a sensor, it came in at $326.95 (Part # 1077574). The non-OEM sensor with the corresponding part number sells on Amazon for $18 and ships next day with Prime. At that price, some of us might think about buying one to keep in a safe place on the truck "just in case". I'll install it tomorrow and let y'all know if it solves the problem (it should but perhaps in addition to being partly made of Gold, the Volvo OEM part has some special properties).
  8. I don't see what you're getting at or where the parallels are...
  9. I agree with everything you said and yes, air bags are much more versatile than leafs. My thought with leafs was that it's an easy way (relatively) to achieve side to side articulation with a bit of up/down travel....if the springs were mounted front/back anyway. It's interesting you gave the air bag example for pickups, I was thinking for a 20K tongue weight (thinking along the lines of my gooseneck), two 8k leafs with backup air springs would give a decent loaded ride and still allow some side/side when off camber and the trailer's empty. This is based off a WAG and nothing factual, just spitballing.
  10. Thanks, I was able to look your picture which led me find out that Silver Eagle tow dollys are pretty common and was even able to find a parts diagram online. My thought was to mount the leaf springs parallel with the frame rails but they went perpendicular....now the search is on to see if anyone’s already done that. Thanks a ton for this, I might end up messing around and building one just to play with and see what happens.
  11. This is somewhat of a random question but has anyone seen a gooseneck/5th trailer hitch build that uses leaf springs instead of airbags? I found myself daydreaming at breakfast this morning and after thinking about it on the drive and during lunch, it seems like it would work with a few strength modifications. I'l likely never build it but since I dissect project ideas as my form of mental gymnastics and trying to stay sharp, has anyone seen such a thing or can point out why it wouldn't work? It wouldn't give you any front/back articulation but the side to side/compression articulation should be plenty. Actually, if you used 4 leaf springs you'd have some front/back articulation also...
  12. FWIW, I occasionally run on waste motor oil and have a couple 330gal totes full to the top and never had a problem with flexing, leaking, dripping, etc.
  13. Black

    Bumper Pull Hitch

    Good call, I forgot about the pin. Other than a vertical pin, it sounds like below the bumper it is...
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