1984 Volvo 244 Cold Start Problems

Discussion in 'Volvo 240' started by Chantpa, Dec 2, 2007.

  1. Chantpa

    Chantpa Guest

    Please help!

    My Volvo, which I bought this summer, didn't having any starting
    issues until the temp first dropped to 32 in October.

    Now, it sounds like a clunker. After Thanksgiving, it wouldn't even
    start (well, it did, but after a few stalls it finally died).

    This is when we replaced the spark plugs and discovered they were
    covered in soot and grime. The new spark plugs seemed to be the
    solution to my cold start problems and all was well with my Volvo
    until today when my car had a very difficult time starting again -
    bumpy and stalling. It finally died and wouldn't restart.

    So, the spark plugs helped - but only for a week. Why is this?

    Can anyone help me figure out what the problem is with my car?

    I've read about Air Mass Meters and Fuel Pump Relays....I don't know
    where to begin and I'm not, obviously, a mechanic by any means. I'm
    just a woman who needs her car to run and doesn't want to make an
    uniformed or unecessary trip to a repair shop.

    Thanks for your help!
    Chantpa, Dec 2, 2007
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    James Sweet Guest

    So this is a US car with LH-Jet injection?

    Has the engine wiring harness been replaced? If it's original then it's
    rotten and will cause all sorts of random problems like that. Look for spot
    with exposed wires, if the insulation is crumbling from those there's much
    more hidden damage inside the black sheathing.
    James Sweet, Dec 2, 2007
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