SKANDIX News News regarding Volvo, Saab, Rallyesport, Spareparts, Events as well as Press releases from SKANDIX. en_US Sat, 18 May 2024 00:00:00 +0200 Sat, 18 May 2024 00:00:00 +0200 240 Saab-Saturday 2024
8th SAAB Saturday on May 25, 2024 - Germany's largest Saab day meeting

As in 2022 and 2023, "Saab Saturday", the largest regular Saab meeting in Germany, will once again take place at the Agricultural Machinery Museum in Riesenbeck.

Saab was a car manufacturer that liked to do things differently from the others. And anyone who owns such a car cherishes it. Founded in 1947, the Swedish car manufacturer filed for bankruptcy in 2011, but its history is lovingly preserved. Saab drivers from all over Germany and neighboring countries will meet on 25 May from 11.00 am at the Agricultural Machinery Museum in Riesenbeck for the 8th edition of the popular national club meeting.

In addition to the presentation of more than 300 Saab vehicles, there will be a prize-giving ceremony in various categories, Saab parts and accessories will be available for purchase and refreshments will be provided. The agricultural machinery museum will be open to visitors on this day.

The meeting is organized by the Osnabrück regional branch of the 1st German SAAB Club e.V. Prior registration is not necessary. Visitors and guests without a Saab can park at the neighboring sports field.

Further information can be found at


8th SAAB Saturday 2024

Agricultural machinery museum
Im Vogelsang 77
48477 Hörstel - Riesenbeck (Germany)

Saturday 25.05.2024
from 11.00 a.m.

Sat, 18 May 2024 00:00:00 +0200
Pivot pin for Clutch fork for Volvo 200, 700 and 900
The clutch release fork is mounted on the pivot pin. When the pedal is pressed, this pushes the release bearing forwards against the springs of the pressure plate and thus disengages the clutch. Anyone who has ever tried to operate a disassembled clutch knows what forces are required to do so.

It is easy to understand why thousands of such operations cause a certain amount of wear on the release mechanism.

The release fork often rubs through at the bearing or tears next to the release bearing, the plastic ball socket is worn through at some point The pivot pin then works its way through the fork and is destroyed in the process.

Of course, this damage only occurs very rarely; it is usually simply due to the astronomical mileage achieved by our Volvo 200 or 900 series. The handling of the clutch also plays a major role in the service life of all its components.

When the torsion pin for the release fork of the Volvo 200 and 900 from 1993 onwards was recently no longer available from the vehicle manufacturer, we reacted immediately and ordered a reproduction based on the original sample.

This meant that the pivot pin was always available and no Volvo had to stay in the garage because of this important small part.

The pivot pin is now available in our store under item number 1019214.

suitable for:

  • Volvo 240 from 1993
  • Volvo 940, 960 from 1993
  • Volvo S90, V90 (-1998)


Fri, 17 May 2024 00:00:00 +0200
Tool Solenoid switch overdrive for Volvo
The overdrive on the Volvo M41, M410 and M46 transmissions is always engaged by a solenoid valve, also called a solenoid in the parts catalog.

On gearboxes with P- and J-type overdrive from around 1969 to 1994, this solenoid valve is screwed on from the rear above the gearbox carrier and is easily accessible. If the solenoid valve is defective, the overdrive can no longer be engaged. It consists of a shift valve which is actuated by an electromagnet mounted on it. There is a 1" hexagon under the solenoid, which can be used to unscrew the solenoid with a suitable wrench. As this point is somewhat difficult to reach with an open-end wrench, Volvo offered the open crow's foot 9995172 for this purpose, but this is too thick for the solenoid valves available today and can even cause damage to the new solenoid if used incorrectly. It is also no longer available.

We couldn't find anything suitable on the tool market, so we had a tool produced for the solenoid that could also replace the original tool.

For easy replacement of the solenoid on M41, M410 and M46, the wrench with 3/8" square drive is now available in our store under the number 1090463.

suitable for

  • all models with M41, M410 and M46


Thu, 09 May 2024 00:00:00 +0200
Cable holder for speedometer sensor Volvo 200, 700, 900, S90, V90
On the Volvo 200, 700 and 900, the speed sensor for the speedometer has been fitted in the differential cover since 1986. On vehicles with ABS, this sensor is also the wheel speed sensor for the ABS.

In contrast to other vehicles, the speed sensor is quite protected at this point.

Nevertheless, after a service life of only two to three normal car lives, two weak points often occur here:

Firstly, the supply line tends to break and corrode, for which we have had the repair kit 1029612 in the store for years. This enables an inexpensive and sustainable repair of the wiring harness.

On the other hand, there is the cable holder 1068774 on the differential, which allows the cable to be routed there without chafing and has lasted so long. After thirty years, this is often quite rusty, and in the worst case it no longer holds the cable and puts additional strain on it.

This cable holder was actually supplied by Volvo until recently, but has since been discontinued without replacement. As we have been aware of the considerable demand for this inconspicuous holder for some time, we had it reproduced before our stock was exhausted. It is made from galvanized sheet steel according to the original sample.

The cable holder is now available in our store under the number 1068774 so that the speed of your Volvo can be reliably displayed for the next three years of your car's life.

suitable for

  • Volvo 240: model from 1988
  • Volvo 740, 760, 780: model from 1989
  • Volvo 940, 960: all models
  • Volvo S90, V90 (-1998): all models


Fri, 03 May 2024 00:00:00 +0200
New: 6V three-phase alternator for Amazon and PV
It is always best when a classic car consists only of original parts. Unfortunately, this is not always possible in practice - because it is a classic car. Original parts are often no longer available new, the used parts market is empty, old parts cannot be repaired or overhauled.

The latter is now also increasingly the case with the 6V DC alternators from PV and Amazon with B16 motors. The generators have often already been repaired several times and are usually over sixty years old; at some point, there comes a point where the repair almost becomes a rebuild with new windings, for example. This is no longer economically viable, and such an alternator would then have to cost four figures.

As we can hardly get any old parts back that can be repaired, some time ago we started looking for an economical alternative that would also bring improvements.

The specifications included an integrated electronic controller and more charging power.

It wasn't easy, as a 6V on-board power supply has hardly been in use for around 50 years, but we were able to find a suitable alternator.

We have developed and produced a suitable bracket set for the modern alternator, and all the necessary screws, cable lugs and a V-belt are also included in the conversion kit. Installation is therefore feasible for everyone without any obstacles.

Even in the somewhat cramped conditions in the B16B with the two SU H4 carburetors, the generator can still be fitted without any problems - we have tested it.

The electronic regulator makes it possible to dispense with the external electromechanical alternator regulator, which is rarely found in good quality these days. The old regulator must then also be omitted as it would damage the new alternator.

The 6V three-phase alternator conversion kit is now available in our store under the number 1091893.

Suitable for the following vehicles:

  • Volvo 120, 130: model up to 1961, engine B16-
  • Volvo PV444, 544, P445, P210: model 1957 to 1961, engine B16-


Wed, 01 May 2024 00:00:00 +0200
Make your classic car fit for the new season
Classic cars and youngtimers need special attention after the winter break.

Enclosed we give you an overview of the most important maintenance work before the start of the season. Plus tips and hints on useful articles that will help you get your classic car back in shape.

Without electricity, nothing happens!

Check batterySome of us will find that checking the battery is an important issue. Anyone who has neglected to connect a charge maintenance device or forgot to disconnecting the battery has something to think about now.

If the vehicle battery is deeply discharged, it usually has to be replaced. If the battery at least still manages to turn the starter motor, slow charging of the battery is sufficient.

If the battery is not maintenance-free, check the fluid level and top up with distilled water if necessary. Never top up with battery acid.

Attention when working on the battery: Please observe the general safety regulations. Wear safety goggles, avoid open fire and sparks - please also do not smoke, danger of explosion!

Tip: Check the battery poles for corrosion, clean if necessary and seal with pole grease. The pole grease seals the seam between battery case and pole under the pole terminal. Do not apply in the area between pole terminal and pole, otherwise contact problems may occur.

Check the liquid levels

Liquid levelsIn this respect, particular attention should be paid:

  • Brake fluid
  • Antifreeze
  • Engine oil
  • Washer fluid

Even if there are no abnormalities here, you should check the garage floor for stains before the first start. Here it should be noted that vehicles with felt ring seals may have leaks after a long period of standing, which will disappear again after the first drive.

Stains in the area of the wheels require special attention, as they could be brake fluid. This should be investigated separately - the brake pressure should be stable and should not be "inflatable". If in doubt, have your car checked by a specialist. Do not drive off cluelessly - carefully carry out a few test braking manoeuvres at low speed.

The engine oil should also be specially checked. In addition to the oil level, also check the oil label: When was the last time the oil was changed? Depending on the mileage, but at least once a year, the engine oil and filter should be changed.

In summer as important as in winter: Check the radiator antifreeze! It also acts as corrosion protection in the engine and lubricates the water pump. The special requirements of your vehicle must be taken into account here.

Furthermore, the oil levels of the gearbox and differential should be checked once, especially, of course, if stains have appeared on the garage floor in the respective area. Of course, the vehicle must be lifted for this, and special tools are sometimes necessary. If a workshop has to be visited for this, it should be done very promptly. If leaks have occurred, they should be repaired immediately.
And if you can already look under the car, then take a close look at the age and condition of the fuel filter. This is often located under the car, especially in older injection engines, and is often forgotten!

A visual inspection of the engine compartment follows. Here we pay attention to the general condition of rubber parts, hoses and V-belts. There should be no cracks or leaks.

Now we can start the vehicle for the first time. Don't be surprised, the car can start badly, because the carburetors have to be filled with fresh gas first. Make sure that the oil pressure control lamp goes out.
If you are very careful, let the engine run without ignition before the first start until the oil pressure has built up. When the engine is running, we check in the engine compartment to see if there are any leaks while the engine is running.

Now you should check the light

LightIf no abnormalities are found we can take care of the lighting. Find a helper and switch the lights on one after the other - e.g. high beam, low beam, turn signal and brake light (this is where the helper comes in, because nobody can run behind the car that fast).

Check the horn at the same time. The windscreen wipers and the windscreen washer system are not to be neglected even in fair weather cars, how often we were surprised by a rain shower on the first spring drive...

The tyres

TyresNow let us turn our attention to black round wheels. Time flies and the tyres get older and older. It is recommended to check the age of the tires, because overaged tires become porous and also the grip decreases.

Tip: Find out more about the milage of your tyres and further maintenance hints
Continental - Tire care and maintenance

The tyre pressure is increased by cautious owners to prevent the tyre from flattening out during the winter. Do not forget to lower it again for driving. Also remember the spare wheel (As a rule, air must also be filled in here ;-).

Accessories complete?

AccessoriesIf we already rummage in the trunk, we can check immediately whether the first aid kit, triangle, warning vests (best for all passengers) and tools are still complete and comply with the regulations.

If we are honest, we like to take something out and forget to put it back... veteran motorists always have a roll of wire with them, besides the usual tools and spare parts. A hand fire extinguisher is also a recommended accessory.

The final touch

Final touchIf not already done before parking, the classic car will be happy about a thorough wash and paint care as well as the care of the rubber parts, chrome parts and the interior.

Now is also the right time to lubricate the door hinges and treat any stone chips.

Now you are well equipped with your classic car.
Below we have attached an overview of useful articles.

Fri, 26 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200
Resistor Interior blower for Volvo 740, 940
The blower motor series resistors for Volvo 740 and 940 without air conditioning are available again.

You usually only find out about the existence of the series resistor between the switch and the blower motor when it has burnt out. It ensures that the blower motor can run at more than one speed. If it is defective, the motor usually only runs at the highest speed, only here there is no resistor connected upstream.

The blower switch allows the current for the motor to flow through a smaller resistor at each higher speed. This means that the voltage applied is always higher and the motor runs at a correspondingly higher speed.

Unfortunately, this resistor usually reaches the end of its life after fifteen to thirty years, which is why the vehicle manufacturer has long since sold them out.

Because the series resistors are also slowly becoming rare on the used parts market and are often in dubious condition, we have also had these produced by our long-standing supplier.

The series resistors fit perfectly and work reliably. They correspond to the original numbers 3522313, 9171002 and fit in all 740/940 without air conditioning. The series resistors can be found behind the glove compartment.

To ensure that the blower of your 740 or 940 reliably keeps the windows free of condensation at the correct level again, the series resistors are available from our store under the numbers 1005963 or 1005900.

Suitable for the following vehicles:

  • Volvo 740 all models, 4-speed blower (1005963)
  • Volvo 740 all models, 5-speed blower (1005900)
  • Volvo 940 all models, 5-speed blower (1005900)

3522313, 9171002

Fri, 19 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200
Spring check for your vehicle
The weather is slowly getting better, the days longer - it's high time to check your vehicle.

SKANDIX shows you what you should pay attention to:

Change tyres

Change tyresNow that temperatures are rising permanently, you should put on summer tyres again. It is important to inspect the summer tyres for damage and check the tread depth before fitting. According to the law, the lower limit is 1.6mm, but the tyres lose grip even at a tread depth of less than 3mm.

If you have the tyres changed in a workshop, you should have the brakes and chassis checked at this opportunity. If you change the tyres yourself, please follow the instructions for changing wheels in the car's owner's manual, especially if the car is equipped with a tyre pressure control system.

Winter tyres should be cleaned and labelled (front right, rear left, etc.) and stored in a cool, dark and dry place (such places are usually in the cellar ;-) ). Complete wheels should be stored with increased air pressure, one above the other.

Check expiry date of tyre sealant

Spring is here, the vehicle is polished to a high gloss and ready for the cosy Easter excursion. Annoying if the journey has to be interrupted by a flat tire. Even more annoying, however, is when the tyre sealant then no longer performs as expected.
Therefore, please note our Tip on tyre sealant.

Useful things

Clean up and check accessories

Tidy upFree the car from all superfluous things - they cost storage space and quickly add up to a weight that unnecessarily increases fuel consumption. If we ever rummage in the trunk, we can immediately check whether the first aid kit, warning triangle, warning vests (best for all passengers) and tools are still complete and comply with the regulations. Since 2022, two medical masks must also be carried in the first-aid kit.

Clean the trunk and interior of the vehicle

Clean the trunk and interiorExtensive ventilation and turning up the heating while driving will drive away a large part of the moisture, a thorough interior cleaning will do the rest. Take doormats out of the car to dry, many also change from rubber to textile mats in spring. Trunk mats prevent the clean floor from getting dirty again when you buy flowers. Don't forget to clean the windscreen from the inside, streaks can significantly reduce visibility.

Check exterior wash and paint

Außenwäsche und Lack kontrollierenVisiting a car wash is comfortable and environmentally friendly. After the winter, we recommend a thorough pre-wash with a steam jet to remove road salt residue and stubborn dirt. Check the paintwork after washing. Smaller stone chips can be treated with a touch-up paint at a reasonable price.

Wiper Check

Wiper CheckWiper blades should always be cleaned and checked regularly. They should be replaced at the latest when the wiper blades become greasy or rubbed.

Caution: Defective or dirty wiper blades can scratch the windscreen!

Finally, check the washing water level.

Useful things:

Engine compartment

Engine compartmentCheck the engine oil and coolant levels with the help of the operating instructions. You should leave the cleaning of the engine compartment to a specialist, engine washing can seriously damage electronic components.

Useful things:

Now you are good prepared with your vehicle.

Below we have included an overview of useful articles and a checklist to download as a PDF document, which you can print out and check off:

Fri, 12 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200
Blower motor for vehicles without air conditioning Volvo 700/900
The blower motor is an important part of the car. Not only does it quickly provide cozy warmth in winter or fresh air in summer, it also ensures good visibility and clear windows and is therefore relevant to safety.

The original part has not been available for the Volvo 700 and 900 without air conditioning for some time, and there is now no longer a single part available in the aftermarket.

Also because we never really liked the last available aftermarket blowers, we started looking for a motor for the original housing. A few years ago there were still a few from Bosch, but they are long out of stock and there is no new edition in sight.

After a long search and a lot of experimenting, we have now found a motor that is almost a 1:1 match for the old original part. It fits exactly into the original housing of the fan motor, has the right threads for the screw connections and the correct shaft diameter for the fan wheel. The fan wheel, housing and original connecting cable must still be used. The latter must be fitted with two flat connectors.

The motor corresponds to the original part in terms of noise development and service life.

The fan motor is now available in our store under the number 1012639.

suitable for:

  • Volvo 700, all models without air conditioning
  • Volvo 900, all models without air conditioning


Fri, 05 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200
No April Fool's joke
Is this really a reality or did we get the date wrong? This ugly car really exists!

The Youabian Puma is the ultimate challenge for any design critic.

With its extraordinary design, which can best be described as "bold", the Youabian Puma is at the center of controversy over aberrations of taste. But don't be fooled, because beneath that extravagantly sculpted exterior lies an amazing story.

The vehicle, designed by US plastic surgeon Dr. Youabian, is largely based on a Volvo C70. Despite the seven-liter Corvette engine and 505 to 650 hp, it is not particularly sporty - the Youabian Puma is far too bulky for that with its dimensions and weight, 44-inch wheels and the aerodynamics of a monster truck.

The vehicle was presented at the Los Angeles Auto Show 10 years ago and built in small series. The price of 580,000 to 780,000 euros at the time was also more than extravagant. So it's no wonder that the manufacturer's website has since disappeared into the eternal hunting grounds of the internet.

However, the reports about the vehicle itself are still circulating online years later and never cease to amaze. Not only on April 1st...

Mon, 01 Apr 2024 00:00:00 +0200
New fuel sender unit for Saab 900 (-93)
We have had two new tank sensors produced to fit the classic Saab 900 up to 1993.

The fuel tank sensor suffers with age, especially with modern fuel, which promotes corrosion with its ethanol content, and of course also with condensation. Occasionally, the resistor wire inside also gives up the ghost, so that a display is no longer possible.

The sensor for the carburetor engines also contains the suction pipe of the mechanical fuel pump. If it is heavily corroded, rust gets into the lines and the filter and clogs them. This inevitably leads to misfiring and stalling at some point.

In the worst case, the intake manifold will be corroded, causing the fuel pump to suck in air from the hole in the pipe. If you break down with a half-full tank, this could be the reason.

Reasons enough for us to have suitable sensors produced for the Saab 900, as new original parts have not been available for several years.

The tank sensors are manufactured in a modified version, with a float on a lever which actuates a potentiometer. The original solution had a float in the surging tube, which slides along a resistance wire. Depending on the vehicle and model year, only the plug on the vehicle wiring harness needs to be changed; suitable crimp connectors and shrink tubing are included with the tank sensors.

The original contact for the warning light is present on the sensor.

The new tank sensors for the classic Saab 900 are now available in the store under the numbers 1020398 (injection engines from 1983) and 1088492 (carburetor engines from 1983).

suitable for:

  • Saab 900 (-93)
Fri, 29 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0100
Team Mollitor starts the new season
The 59th ADMV Rally Lutherstadt Wittenberg is on the agenda this weekend to kick off the 2024 season.

The team, consisting of Silvio Mollitor and Steffen Sitz, has been working hard on the preparations. The parts supplied by SKANDIX were used to make the vehicle fit for the track. Reinforced by service manager Richard and chef de cuisine Helge, the team feels well prepared for the weekend and the rest of the 2024 season.

The team is competing with the clear goal of defending last year's title and is also aiming for the trophy this year. Despite the high ambitions, the fun factor comes first - "... and that's only possible with a Volvo".

True to the motto "Let's go riding gravel waves!"

We are keeping our fingers crossed for Team Molitor and will report on the results of the race.

Sat, 23 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0100
Bypass solenoid switch automatic transmission overdrive Volvo 200, 700 and 900
A bypass for the no longer available overdrive solenoid on the AW70/71 transmission is available.

The solenoid for the Aisin-Warner automatic transmission in the Volvo 200, 700 and 900 series has not been available for some time. The transmission manufacturer has no interest in reissuing it, even though there are still thousands of these vehicles in existence.

This solenoid valve or solenoid released the oil pressure channel for engaging the overdrive; it could be locked with a button so that the gearboxes could no longer shift into long 4th gear.

Now the solenoid valve was not the only thing that caused annoyance here, the operating relay also caused occasional trouble with age. Naturally, with a minimum age of 25 years, the wiring harness for the gearbox can sometimes no longer do things that it should.

In fact, hardly any of the drivers have ever really used it, at most to protect the gearbox when towing a trailer.

So why not simply let the transmission shift automatically without intervention and thus eliminate several sources of error at the same time?

This is exactly what this bypass does, which is screwed onto the transmission instead of the solenoid valve.

In our opinion, this is a sensible and inexpensive repair solution for a defective solenoid or relay.

The bypass is now available in our store under the number 1090726 so that your automatic transmission can also find 4th gear again.

Fits the following vehicles with AW70/71 transmission:

  • Volvo 240 all models
  • Volvo 740, 760, 780 all models
  • Volvo 940 all models
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    Fri, 22 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0100
    Stud bolt M11 for the starter motor on the Volvo PV and Amazon
    The starter stud in the clutch bell of the M4 gearbox on the B16 engines is a part that you cannot buy anywhere as a standard part:

    It has two different M11 threads. Now M11 as a standard thread is already an extremely rare thing, as a fine thread it is almost never found as a standard part or vehicle part, there are small exceptions e.g. with two-wheel stub axles or cylinder head bolts.

    As a stud bolt with different pitches it is impossible to get.

    Last year, during the restoration of a B16B drivetrain, we had to wonder about the fact that the starter fastener has a different thread size than the bell fastener on the engine block. As a result, we decided without further ado to have the stud bolt turned in small series.
    After all, not everyone is lucky enough to get it out of the gearbox bell in one piece, and it might even break off.

    So that your hump or Amazon may also be on the road with the correct threads, this stud bolt for the starter mounting is now available in our shop under the number 1085245.

    Fits the following vehicles:

    • Volvo PV up to 1961, engines B16- and B4B
    • Volvo 121 until 1961, engines B16-
    Fri, 15 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0100
    Bracket Fuel filter for Volvo 200, 700 and 900
    Anyone who has ever replaced the fuel filter in their Volvo 200, 700 or 900 with an injection gasoline engine is usually familiar with the problem:

    The screw of the filter retaining clip does not want to be turned, instead the sheet metal of the clip, where the internal thread is cut into it, twists. In most cases, the relatively thin clamp is so brittle due to road salt and environmental influences that it tears or breaks off completely. Recognized early on, this fact has often led to an extra hour of tinkering with separating, drilling and thread cutting.

    As the keen hobby mechanic generally carries out maintenance on Saturday afternoons, this is a must if the car is needed again on Monday morning. You can't get parts anywhere on Saturday at 15:00 h anyway.

    This, in turn, has often led to disagreements with your better half, because you actually wanted to invite her to dinner at an Italian restaurant at 18:00 h....

    To prevent this from happening again, it's definitely a good idea to replace the clamp at the same time as changing the fuel filter.

    The clamp has not been available from the vehicle manufacturer for some time. However, as old Volvo drivers, we have been aware of the problem for a long time, so we took care of supplies at an early stage.

    The newly reproduced clamp is now made of stainless steel and is now available in our store under the number 1074113.

    Fits the following vehicles:

    • Volvo 240: from 1979, engine B21F, B23F
    • Volvo 240: from 1985, engine B230F, B230FD, B230FX
    • Volvo 740, 760, 780: from 1985, engine B204- / B234-
    • Volvo 740, 760, 780: from 1985, engine B200- / B230-
    • Volvo 740, 760, 780: from 1985, engine B280-
    • Volvo 940: all petrol engines
    • Volvo 960: until 1994, all petrol engines


    Fri, 08 Mar 2024 00:00:00 +0100