Decided to take the advice offered and the new seawater filter cover etc. is being fitted tomorrow.
Now I know of the problem I will never feel safe until it is fixed.
The Volvo agent says the reason he is writing to all his customers with D4/6 is that some customers who have suffered a ruined engine suggested that as he had serviced the engine he was responsible if the filter cover leaked/ fell off as he had not replaced it correctly.
His view was that the filter cover flexes under pressure.
He too is sure it is a design fault but says Volvo are sticking it out and they say that all problems are due to incorrect replacement of the top.
He had a couple of boats outside his office who have had their engines flooded and knows of many more.
It does seem to me that Volvo have turned a fault acknowledged by their Service Agents but disputed by Volvo into a profit making system for themselves.
in your humble opinion, what is the 'bad design' that causes the lids to leak ? I assume from you username that you work for Volvo ? What makes you think that I would be able to challenge VP to make my engine good at their cost when the error was clearly mine ?
If you're ever up my neck of the woods, I'd be happy to show you exactly how they can be cross threaded.
Firstly, i have fitted the new sea water filter covers and it was easy. So don't pay for some one else to do it. Took me 30 minutes but now I know what to do I can do it in 15. Bit fiddly but really easy. My boat is 2004 and I an far from a DIY dude.
Who do i need to contact about trying to get my money back from. I know it's Volvo but would it be a dealer or a head office. Does anyone have an email or contact details.
Release the 3 12mm bolts from the strainer. Remove the old lid and o-ring. Fit new o-ring.
FIt the clamp around the housing and fit the new lid so it all lines up. Pull the new lid up to the flat edge so it seats square and do up the 5mm allen bolt and 10mm nut.
Did 2 today on D6 IPS units 30 mins for both
I dont think you would get any help from volvo as you have admitted cross threading the lid, id have kept quiet about that and tried a warranty claim as there is clearly a design fault with the strainer, maybe the poor design caused you to cross thread it.
When you say up my area where are exactly are you, send me a pm if you like.
April 25, 2017