FAQs— Volvo 142
I am a fan of Volvo cars; that is why, I recently got a used Volvo 142 from the used car shop. From the looks of it, it would need a thorough restoration job. Rust has chipped away large parts of the fenders and the underside of the doors. How do I fix the rust problem?
Rust is a naturally-occurring phenomenon on metal surfaces that could only be prevented and minimized through proper maintenance. Even if you take off the existing rust, you would still have to constantly guard the metal surfaces against it. To get rid of the existing rust problem you have, you can either do it mechanically or chemically. If you plan to go mechanical, then slab on some grease and use a grinder, sander, or an oscillating drill. Use them in a careful, circular motion to drill off the dust from the surface. Make sure you use safety gloves and are familiar with the safety procedures on how to use this kind of tools. The second way is the chemical treatment method. There are plenty of chemical treatments readily available in the market such as Calcium and Lime Remover or the more potent hydrochloric acid. After removing the rust, apply some primer and then cover it all up with compatible paint.
I have been using the Volvo 142 for quite some time. It is a great car! However, recently I am experiencing some vibration every time I step on the brake pedal. What is the cause of this?
Vibration in the brake pedal may greatly jeopardize your driving safety. It is best to take your car to the technician as soon as possible. Usually, this may be caused by dirty brake pads. Check if your pads are contaminated with oil, grime, or other substances. The pads may also already be warped or worn and are in dire need of replacement. Also, the brake discs may already be damaged. This will cause the pedal to shake. Another thing is that the problem may lie in improper wheel alignment and/or a fault in the suspension system. Wheel misalignment can cause the tire to be uneven and worn out leading to suspension issues. This will inevitably affect braking performance. Also, check the ball joints, wheel bearings, tie rods, and other parts of the suspension system for defects.
Why am I having difficulty starting my Volvo 142? The engine cranks and misfires every time I try to start it.
If the engine cranks but would not start, then there are two likely culprits: a fuel problem or an electrical issue. Your Volvo 142 may have run out of fuel, or that quality fuel is not making its way into the engine. The fuel pump may be defective, or the fuel filter is blocked. Check if there are bits of chrome or debris in the fuel reservoir. Bad fuel quality may make it more difficult for the fuel to be properly distributed. Perhaps the reason why the fuel is not getting to where it should is that there is something wrong with the ignition system. Check the spark plugs, the overhead camshaft, and the rubber timing belt. The fuel injector may also be suffering from low pulse signal. Consult an expert mechanic.