850 won't start

Discussion in 'Volvo 850' started by anatoli.milischuk, Jun 17, 2007.

  1. I got 1995 volvo 850 glt wagon and was cleaning it on Saturday. It was
    on for a while in key turned to position II (engine not running, just
    the radio and so on) when I was vacuuming the car inside. Later at
    night I tried to start it and it would just do a "click' somewhere in
    the engine compartment and then the clock would reset and it would not

    Should I suspect a discharged battery or is it something more serious?
    I know that I should check with a multimeter but I do not have one
    right now.


    anatoli.milischuk, Jun 17, 2007
  2. My first thought is for dirty battery terminals. Not having a multimeter is
    a setback. You can test for bad battery connection (not a sophisticated
    test, but usually good enough) by turning on the headlights and twisting the
    edge of a coin in the crack between the battery post and the clamp. Sparks
    and a crackling sound are a sure sign of bad connection. Side terminal
    batteries are harder to check that way and usually less prone to bad

    Otherwise I think the battery is discharged and perhaps defective.

    Michael Pardee, Jun 17, 2007
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