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Old 17-05-2021, 05:36   #91
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Re: Volvo Penta MDI (Black Box) failures

Just a note from the field: my circa 2012 MDI box has been recently exhibiting a symptom I have seen in many of these threads. The tach/start panel would go dead when at the first 'crank' of the starter motor. Turning the engine switch on and off would often get it to work. I have been really 'snapping' the battery switch to ensure good a good connection inside the switch and with this everything works fine. It *seems* in my case that the issue may (hopefully) be a corroded battery switch and not the MDI box.

The battery switch is made by Roca and is the type that allows the 'key' to be removed. They seem to be more prone to corrosion as I'm having that issue with a 2nd (identical) switch as well.
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Re: Volvo Penta MDI (Black Box) failures

Has anyone had luck finding a dealer that will ship the recall replacement?

The dealers around CT either do not answer the phone, do not call back, or are backed up until October.

MDI has been down for a week now. Pretty frustrating.
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Re: Volvo Penta MDI (Black Box) failures

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Has anyone had luck finding a dealer that will ship the recall replacement?

The dealers around CT either do not answer the phone, do not call back, or are backed up until October.

MDI has been down for a week now. Pretty frustrating.
I may be wrong but I don't think any dealer or VP will just give you a new MDI box in exchange for a recalled one. The dealer has to pull the old one from your engine and replace it on the engine with a new one. If you find someone who will just swap it for you please let us all know who it is!
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Re: Volvo Penta MDI (Black Box) failures

I think you are right. I finally found a dealer that can help me.

He mentioned that on a recent recall swap, Volvo rejected the claim after the fact and that the owner was charged over 800 for a new box.

At that rate I will surely eliminate it and install reliable analog gauges.

This whole experience has me pretty sour on Volvo.


QUOTE=redneckrob;3450184]I may be wrong but I don't think any dealer or VP will just give you a new MDI box in exchange for a recalled one. The dealer has to pull the old one from your engine and replace it on the engine with a new one. If you find someone who will just swap it for you please let us all know who it is![/QUOTE]
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