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Speedometer of 1987 Volvo 240DL only works at half the actual speed of travel or less than half.

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  • basscarp Jan 06, 2009

    Because a mechanic has the Volvo right now I will have to ask him to test drive it and get back with you. Let me say this. I have been looking for an automotive repair web site to ask "how do I do" automotive questions for years. I am willing to pay for quality remedy replies. Is this a good site for automotive repair questions and maybe other household appliance questions as well??? Thanks, Mike

  • basscarp Jan 28, 2009

    I will indeed let the mechanic know about cleaning/chaging out sensors. We are looking to sell this 87 240DL Volvo. Don't know if it is economical to repair speedodometer or sell as is. Looking to get about 2,200. Has 200,000 miles on it. Thanks, Mike

  • 240cpa May 11, 2010

    Get a Haynes manual for repairing your car. This helps immensely in getting you familiar with the cause/effect issues of a problem and to let you visualize what needs to be done. I've been participating for 2 weeks and find most of the advice is pretty straightforward. I've posted a couple of questions myself and found the responses to be in line with what I thought could/should be done.

  • 240cpa May 11, 2010

    Does the needle indicator bounce up and down? Is there a noise coming from behind the speedo? I would pull the instrument cluster carefully and see if the cable is lubed and well connected. I would check the connection on the trans end too for tightness.



    I say pull it carefully as I just pulled mine last week and tore the connecting nut and now have to replace the whole thing.

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I just realized, you have an 87 that uses a speed sensor instead of a cable. You should have the mechanic check the sensors to see if they need to be cleaned or changed out.

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