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440 wont start

Discussion and advice for 440, 460, 480 owners.

1986 - 1997 440
1986 - 1997 460
1986 - 1997 480

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440 wont start

Post by daisycool » Mon Apr 05, 2010 10:39 am

hi
had the rac out the other day, all lights came on the dashboard but the engine wouldnt turn over, with a push the car started first time. the rac man said i would need a new starter motor....
the next morning the car started first time and off i set. 3 days later the same thing happened, thankfully i was parked on a hill and bump started her.

its now four days later and having not driven the car for 2 days the same thing has happened again......

its a real shame as the car and especially the engine is excellent.

does anyone have any idea what the problem may be

thanks for reading



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Re: 440 wont start

Post by billofdurham » Mon Apr 05, 2010 12:46 pm

Welcome to Matthew's Volvo Site.

Sometimes RAC men give a completely wrong diagnosis but this time he may be on the right track. Before spending lots of money, however, check the battery terminals are clean and secure. Pay special attention to where the negative lead (black) is attached to the chassis as this often rusts and causes a bad connection.

Next check the lead from the battery to the starter motor. Make sure it is tight and clean at the starter motor.

If you are still having problems after doing these checks it is possible that there is a bad connection between the ignition switch and the starter motor solenoid but that check can wait until you have done the main leads.

Post back if you need more help.

Before disconnecting the battery leads make sure you have the radio code.

Bill.


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Re: 440 wont start

Post by daisycool » Mon Apr 05, 2010 2:33 pm

thank you!!! will give it a go!!

though dont have the radio code



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Re: 440 wont start

Post by billofdurham » Mon Apr 05, 2010 3:21 pm

No problem with the radio code. Your local Volvo dealer can supply this if you give him the Vehicle Identification Number (VIN) or the radio serial number. The VIN is the 17 digit number on the plate in the engine compartment. On Volvos it starts YV1.

Sometimes a phone call will get the code or sometimes it needs a visit to the dealer with documentation that proves you own the car. Whichever way you get the number, there is no charge, probably the only thing you will get free from a Volvo dealer. :roll:

Bill.


Work was good - retirement is better.

1996 850GLT 2.5 20v Estate Manual.
1995 Peugeot Boxer 2.5Tdi Autosleeper.
Previously:
1984 244DL, Manual, Beige.
1987 744GLE, Manual, Green.
1991 960 3.0 24v, Auto, Silver.
1994 940T Wentworth, Auto, Blue.

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