1996 Volvo 850 Q&A
1996 Volvo 850 Question: My 1996 Volvo 850 GLT Sedan no turbo (AKA Sweet Roll) was in an accident.
The impact occurred on the driver's side front fender. Most of the impact was absorbed by the wheel, which resulted in the following parts being replaced. 1. engine cradle 2. left front wheel 3. left front strut 4. left lower control arm 5. car was aligned 6. the drivers window had a broken track but their wasn't any visible damage to the door 7. the body damage was contained to the front bumper, cowl and fender but remember the brunt of the impact was on the wheel. My A/C was blowing ice cold air before all this happened, a mechanic reported no visible leak other than a low side, hose seal by the evaporator. I was told this was an O-ring (is it?) I was told this was located on the passenger side of the car (opposite the point of impact) I was told the insurance would not pay for this maintenance. There is also an antenna that quit working after the crash which the insurance company would not pay for. The mechanic said it was a worn or broken worm gear. When it comes to taking my money the insurance company has no problem, it's the paying out part they have a problem with. Sweet Roll has 63000 miles on her. Before the accident the air conditioning was working fine and so was the antenna . Please comment. - aduzi
The window guide is a very common issue with these so it's unlikely the accident caused it. Same with the antenna, however the issue there is that the plastic cable that extends the mast breaks. The A/C issue may be a result of the accident, but I would guess it's more likely the repair of the vehicle may have caused it. It's really hard to know with all these things because they are all very common issues with your car, so I can see the insurance company rejecting the claims. I think your best bet is to really push on them to fix the A/C issue and address the others yourself. Focus on the fact that while removing the cradle they have to deal with the A/C Evaporator, Accumulator and the lines...chances are the mechanic caused the leak. Good Luck - Bret Bodas