My son who ferried a Tahoe to Alaska a few summers ago is in El Paso, TX, for a year. He has a hand-me-down 1994* Volvo 940 that we have had some adventures keeping running. I mostly provide long-distance advice.
He has discovered that the battery cable terminals are not properly tight, and it seems that he cannot tighten them because: a) they have a weird configuration that we can’t figure out how it is supposed to work (see the photo); b) some part/s is/are missing.
The bolt that tightens the terminal goes vertically through it, rather than cross-wise like all the others I’ve seen. I gather from this link (Google is our friend) http://volvoforums.com/forum/volvo-850-16/battery-terminal-fix-43815/ that there is supposed to be some special washer that (I guess) squeezes the terminal when you tighten the bolt. Is that right?? If so, I think the washer is missing on the “positive” terminal in the photo. (The other terminal does not even have the bolt or the special nut – the hole is empty!)
Is this a Volvo-specific part that he would have to get from a dealer (salvage yard is not practical)? I realize that an alternative would be to replace the Volvo connectors with after-market generics. Any other ideas for a fix?
- He originally thought it was a '95, but now thinks it might be a '93; we’re using the average. The Owner’s Manual with the car is genuine, but seems not to be original.