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1993 Volvo 850 GLT Starts, Revs High, Then Dies

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Re: 1993 Volvo 850 GLT Starts, Revs High, Then Dies

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Any other ideas of what could be wrong?
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What else could be wrong?
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Re: 1993 Volvo 850 GLT Starts, Revs High, Then Dies

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Does it restart right away and do the same thing?

When was the last time the ignition parts were serviced?

I would check fuel pressure with a gauge and see if the fuel delivery system is good.r
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Re: 1993 Volvo 850 GLT Starts, Revs High, Then Dies

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After it dies, it goes right back to cranking and it will take about 10 seconds before it turns over. I don't believe that the ignition parts were ever serviced. Checking the fuel pressure and the whole fuel system what the first thing I did. Also, this is the first Volvo I've ever owned so I don't know if this is normal, but when I turn the key to the run position to get the car to crank, the key stays without me having to hold it there. It doesn't go back to the second position when you let go of the key.
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Re: 1993 Volvo 850 GLT Starts, Revs High, Then Dies

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No, that isn't normal. The key should return to position II when you release it from position III.
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Re: 1993 Volvo 850 GLT Starts, Revs High, Then Dies

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Replacing that ignition switch, electrical part, will likely cure that starting problem.
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Will changing the ignition switch also fix my key problem?
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Re: 1993 Volvo 850 GLT Starts, Revs High, Then Dies

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DaveenBavari wrote:Will changing the ignition switch also fix my key problem?
Yes, definitely. It seems that a spring has broken in your current switch, rendering it broken. You will need to get the cylinder made for your key, though. Easiest way to do that is get it through the dealer.
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2000 S70 GLT Mystic Silver/Taupe 253k
1993 944 Base Beige/Beige 221k
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1995 850 GLT Tropic Green... crushed
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Re: 1993 Volvo 850 GLT Starts, Revs High, Then Dies

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Why would I need to get a cylinder made for the key. Couldn't I just replace the switch?
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Re: 1993 Volvo 850 GLT Starts, Revs High, Then Dies

Post by bmdubya1198 »

Well, it might actually work that way. I haven't had to replace an ignition switch on this car, so I don't know for sure. I think that you just replace the switch part, now that you mention it.
I was thinking about how the key tumbler isn't springing back. That might be part of the switch rather than the tumbler.
'00 V70R Venetian Red/Charcoal M56 Swapped 200k
'03 S60 2.4T Silver/Black 118k
'07 XC90 V8 AWD Sport Titanium Grey/Black 174k
'91 944 Turbo Dark Green/Beige 175k
'92 245 Base White/Beige 249k
'98 V70 GLT Black/Beige 205k
'99 BMW 528i
'01 Mountaineer 5.0
Sold-
2000 S70 GLT Mystic Silver/Taupe 253k
1993 944 Base Beige/Beige 221k
1998 S90- Silver/Gray 207k
1995 850 GLT Tropic Green... crushed
2001 S60 2.4T Black/Black 230k
1988 744 Turbo M46 Beige Metallic/Beige 188k
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