740 GLE wagon - starting problem - Gaithersburg - Maryland - USA

Discussion in 'Volvo 740' started by Robert, Dec 2, 2003.

  1. Robert

    Robert Guest

    I am experiencing an intermittent problem with starting the car!

    Last week on Monday morning - the air was humid - I turned the ignition
    key - the starter did not kick in - the engine did not turn - the car did
    not start.

    I tried it on the following days - the car would not start.

    However - yesterday evening - I turned the key - after a delay of about 2
    seconds the starter kicked in - the engine turned - the car started.

    I immediately drove the car to one of the local Volvo Shops in the DC metro
    are and dropped it off.

    Today the shop told me "the car started" and "we recommend to replace the
    rotor, ignition wiring, etc."
    I had those parts replaced brand new about two months ago at another shop
    for the same reason.

    On the brickboard.com - other Volvo owners with similar problems had solved
    them by resoldering or replacing some of the relays responsible for starting
    the car.

    In fact the previous shop that looked at the problem said they also had
    "resoldered the system relay".
    I remember that after that, the car would start better.

    Does anyone have any ideas or similar experience with a resolution they
    found to permanently resolve the above problem?

    I would greatly appreciate any help!

    Thank you,
    Robert, Dec 2, 2003
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  2. Robert

    Mike F Guest

    If the starter doesn't turn, there's no point in looking at the ignition
    or fuel system. Either you have a bad starter, battery, the big battery
    wires going to the starter and engine ground, or there's something wrong
    with the control circuit. This involves the neutral switch (if
    automatic), the ignition switch and the small, usually blue-yellow wire
    going to the starter.
    Mike F, Dec 2, 2003
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  3. Robert

    volvowrench Guest

    On older 740's the first place to check for a no start/no starter is the
    motor block end of the blue negative cable from the battery. The wire at
    the connector has very little strain relief and separates from the
    connector over time. A bad battery will sometimes exhibit the same
    symptoms as well as a bad starter. First start with the basics and then
    worry about the technical stuff.

    volvowrench, Dec 7, 2003
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