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Old 04-07-2020, 04:54 PM   #21
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I decided today for the first time in my life to paint my brake calipers as they were annoying me the way they were. I didn't want them to stick out like a sore thumb which left me with a couple of options, silver or black. Silver paint is best sprayed and I couldn't be bothered with all the dismantling and masking so black brushed was the order of the day







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Old 04-07-2020, 05:06 PM   #22
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Looks much tidier.

The little things can make a big difference.

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Old 05-07-2020, 09:58 AM   #23
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... The little things can make a big difference.
It certainly is, the two that made the biggest difference 'to me' were

Managing to obtain a headlamp wiper nut cover and keeping the original wiper arm


Volvo decided to change the angle of the wiper arm at some point in time so buying a single arm isn't an option now if I wanted to keep the arm cover

I ordered a new headlamp wiper arm knowing fine well there was a pattern change and it may not fit into the outer cover. I tried the cover and sure enough the new arm was a different angle to the original so I had to strip all the parts from both arms and swap the new parts onto the original arm




Then there was the front bumper which the dealer had badly repaired and painted because of a bash in the n/s corner. Not only was it poorly painted but it was the wrong colour

This was the colour and finish on the old bumper




850 front bumpers are getting scarce now so it took a bit of online searching to find a suitable replacement


Removed the offensive bumper


and the replacement slipped right into place


refitted the lower section. Ignore the dead flies on the silver part I should have cleaned before fitting




then fitted a plinth for the number plate. I had to cut a couple of wedges to allow the plate to sit vertically as the bumper is at a slight angle




I also ordered the correct pop rivets for the wheel arch, the large head aluminium ones the dealer fitted were an eyesore


Looking more original now
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Old 05-07-2020, 12:29 PM   #24
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Great detail and excellent car especially for the year
Keep it up
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Lovely work, love the touch with the wiper arm. The extra work is totally worth it.

Also a big improvement on that front bumper!

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Anyone who knows the 850 will know that the OBDII port isn't actually OBDII compliant and is often referred as OBD1.5. It's pre OBDII as we know it today and therefore finding software that actually speaks to the ECU is a bit of a nightmare. The easiest way to read DTCs is to build a flash code reader and count the flashes then refer to the Haynes manual or internet for diagnosing what the problem is.

I decided to build my flash code reader into an old OBDII plug and fitted the LED and a momentary switch rather than have a bunch of wires to plug into the OBDII socket.
It will read and erase fault codes and that's pretty much all it does





Flash code reader showing a 1-1-1 code so all is clear and no DTCs



The 850 has a service light that has to be reset, usually every year or by mileage or by hours depending on how often the car is used. If it isn't reset the light stays on for two minutes after starting which was annoying me so I searched for a solution and came across an App for Android phones. Now this was where it started getting complicated. I don't have an Android so my mate gave me an old one he had. I downloaded the App and bought what I thought was the correct ELM327 Bluetooth dongle. It never worked, so I tried in on my wife's car and it worked on that. I searched high and low and eventually found what I thought was the correct dongle again... Nope it never worked either so I was now totally at a loss. I contacted the vendor and told him my problem and he said he might have something that would work on the 850 and he sent me another dongle.



The replacement worked and the App is a great bit of kit although it does connect to everything.
It does however reset the service light, the last time mine was reset was over 5.5 years earlier so it was great to have that sorted out.




The App will also tell you the correct mileage of the vehicle.
850s have a habit of breaking the odometer cog and the mileage doesn't register on the clock. My mileage is 857 miles out from the speedo reading, I've spoken to the original owner's son and he doesn't recall the speedo ever not working so I'm unsure if it was maybe a delivery mileage reset or possibly speedo error. I'll check again in a year's time and see if the mileage difference has changed any.



After going through all the hassle of getting the App to work I finally managed to find the holy grail for resetting the service light. The Draper 69007 is only for resetting the service light on the 850 and they seldom ever come onto the market, but I was in the right place at the right time. Not that I've tried it yet as the App was already used for the reset but I have it for the next time.

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Old 06-07-2020, 07:29 AM   #27
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Looking good, great read over a brew this morning

Not seen one in a long time, but do have fond memories of them...
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Rear bumpers on the 850 can suffer from drooping down at the back, this is caused by the brackets rusting out and an easy repair as new brackets are readily available.

I thought mine was no different from all the rest as it seemed to have a droopy looking back bumper. New brackets were ordered and I removed the bumper only to find my brackets although not intact were still in good shape.





New bracket in place. While I had the bumper off I decided to remove the towbar, I can't see me ever towing with the 850



I fitted the new brackets as I had already bought them and it was when I went to line the bumper up I discovered that it hadn't been fitted properly and the front end at the wheel arch had been bolted up too high.









After adjusting everything my rear bumper now sits straight again.

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That side shot. Looks brand new. Incredible.
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The original 23 year old tailpipe on the 850 was looking a bit worse for wear and starting to show a fancy laced pattern at the end where the tinwork had a feast.

I didn't take any before pictures but here are a few clips from other pictures I had



Searching online the tailpipes are no longer available although a copy part in square shape (T series) was available in galvanised steel which I didn't want.

This morning I paid a visit to my local exhaust fabricator about a repair on my XC90's exhaust and mentioned I needed a tailpipe for the 850 so he showed me a selection of tailpipes he had in stock.

I returned with the 850 and unbolted the tailpipe and he welded a nice stainless steel pipe onto the original tailpipe.















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