Volvo 240

Low idle? Cheap hoses

Added on by Chris Quill.

Ever wonder why the Volvo hoses cost so much more? They are made as an extruded one piece and molded. The cheaper hoses are flat sheets that are joined to make a hose. This is the flame trap hose. I had previously had problems with it splitting and the car wouldn’t idle in traffic. I wrapped it in electrical tape on the side of the highway and ordered a Volvo hose when i got home. In the picture below you can clearly see the failed seam in the hose.

By the time the weekend came ‘round, it had split out the rest of the hose that wasn’t wrapped. The car would barely idle and was indicating very lean on the wideband at idle. The LH2.0 EFI system on these cars doesn’t pay attention to the O2 sensor at idle. The moral of the story is that you either pay extra for the quality hoses - or plan on replacing them more often. Sadly, Volvo is supporting these older vehicles less and less. At some point, my only choice will be the crappy aftermarket hoses like this. Thanks Geeley!

Split Flame Trap Hose

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