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> Help Volvo 960 Wont Start, 1995 volvo 960 start problem
cheri
post Feb 10 2008, 08:42 PM
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Please help if you can.
My son purchased a 1995 960 sedan last month.
Everything has been great so far.
Today he took the hose to his car to wash down some
dust. He then tried to start the car and it wouldnt start.
It sounds like it makes some clicks in the engine when I had
the hood up and the lights are working fine, so I dont think its
the battery. I did notice his coolant was very low in the expansion tank.
I checked his oil and it doesnt look like there is much there.
I dont know if the oil would read any different if the engine was warm?
I told him to put it in neutral and we would back it up to a better spot
in the yard to keep it overnight, and realized it wont move out of park!
Can anyone give me any ideas of what to try to even get it started before
I take it to the local place to have the oil changed and fluid levels checked?
Thank you for any help you can offer.
Cheri
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danr960
post Feb 11 2008, 12:37 PM
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Classic symptom of a bad PNP switch (nuetral safety switch).

Have your son do this, put the key in the ignition, turn it to the on position, foot on the brake pedal firmly, try to move shift selector, push over ride button if needed. The override should be near the base, see owners manual if needed.
Squeeze the release that one normally does to change gears, and move the gear selector back and forth thru the whole range of gears, do this 20-30 times. Just row it back and forth. Place it back in park, turn off the ignition, and then try to start. See if that does the trick.

DanR '94 964 334,000 miles (100,000 on the new engine)
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cheri
post Feb 11 2008, 07:58 PM
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DanR.

Thanks for the info. I appreciate it.
I'll have him try this tomorrow when he gets home
from school.
Keep your fingers crossed for us!
Cheri
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post Feb 11 2008, 08:56 PM
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If it is clicking but not cranking, it could be the starter motor. I had to replace mine when it did the same thing. It's not a terribly expensive repair and I wouldn't recommend trying to replace it yourself.
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post Feb 12 2008, 05:07 PM
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Hmmmm.............well we tried as suggested to run through the different gears with
his foot on the brake and with the ignition turned on and it still wont start.
What I have found is it will start in the morning, but when you turn the car off it wont start back up. Seems it will just start one time a day and that's it.
When I turned it on this morning, I drove it down the block and back and I noticed the
Low coolant level light is on. If I add coolant to the reservoir should this possible take care of the problem?
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post Feb 12 2008, 05:26 PM
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No, any low fluid levels will not prevent starting.

So when you mean won't start you do you mean it won't crank over? Or do you mean it cranks but does not fire up?

If doesn't crank at all, I still would suspect the PNP switch, but you might also check the battery terminal to be sure they are clean and tight. If you disconnect them, make sure you have the radio code to restart the radio. Do you know how old the battery is? What is the climate like where you live.

One thing for sure about these engines, they do not tolerate being started up when cold, below 45 degrees faren. and then shut off after just a few seconds, say to move it out of a driveway. But that does not sound like your problem. I would have your battery load tested by an auto parts store.
It could very well be what the other poster said, the starter could be failing.

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danR960,

The car does crank, but wont start. All of the warning lights come on
across the dash. It doesnt sound like it is trying to start, you can just hear a click click click. I dont think its the battery as the one time a day that it does start, it starts right up like nothing is wrong.
The gal that sold the car to us said something about it sometimes will not start and she thinks it is because it is not fully in park. She said it has done this to her a few times,
but it has happened to us before. Now even when you make sure it is indeed in park it still wont start.
She also told us about something under the hood, close to the left side of the car near
the windshield that you do something to and it gives you a code and you can look up what that code is and tell what is a problem might be caused from.
Is this something that you are familiar with?
Thanks so much for your time.
Oh, and the start problem couldnt be the weather as we are in Florida and its
somewhere in the 70's.
Thanks,
Cheri
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post Feb 13 2008, 04:38 AM
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try starting it in neutral
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post Feb 13 2008, 06:16 PM
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YAY!!! Success!!!

Thanks all for the help!
We started the car. Turned it off again and of course it wouldnt start back up.
We tried to start it in neutral....no luck.

I purchased antifreeze (one that you can add to any to
any previous antifreeze in the car already).
Put that in and let the car run for a little while.

Tried the run through the gears again as danr suggested and this time
it worked!!

We drove it right up to the texaco oil change station and had the oil
changed.

The guy says most looks o.k. and noted on the sheet that it was
very low on oil and had an oil leak.

Well, when they finished it started right up!!!
My son went and purchased gas and it started right up
again.

I have gone out and started it a few times since and it cranks right up!!!

I think it was telling us it didnt have any oil left and was making sure
we didnt burn it up!!!

Next we will take it to my service guy when he gets
back into town next week and have him look it over.

So thanks all. Im so happy that this has been resolved!!!

Cheri
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post Feb 14 2008, 11:01 PM
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Hello there,
It does'nt sound like the issue is resolved, it sounds like it is intermittent.What your car is trying to tell you is: "There is something wrong with me and I am going to be nice enough to get you home today". Now is the time to fix the car while it is mobile. As stated earlier sure does sound like a starter motor or loose battery terminal. Best of luck !
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post Feb 15 2008, 09:11 AM
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Lovetohatemy850T,

Thanks for the note.
I do indeed plan to take the car to my service guy as soon
as he gets back into town next week.
He works mainly on Volvo's and took care of my 87
240 wagon for the 15 years I had it before giving it to
my brother in law.
Im very happy that the car is starting up nicely now, but
of course I wouldnt think this is my fix, and I do plan on
having it gone over to find what it might need to keep it
running smoothly.
Thanks again!
Cheri
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post Feb 15 2008, 09:50 AM
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It still could be the PNP (neutral safety switch), the transmission could be mechanically in park, but the sensor (PNP switch) is telling the computer something different, which will prevent the starter from being activated. Another tell tale symptom is the reverse lights sometimes do not light up when in reverse when the PNP switch is failing.

It is a $100 part and to have a dealer do the install is about $150.00 and can be installed by someone semi mechanical.

Happy motoring

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Hmmmm..............

Thanks for that info Danr.
I'll mention this to my service guy
when I take it to him.
I appreciate it.
Cheri
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Check the flame trap it could be clogged causing the oil leak(s).
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