89 240 hard starting , white plugs ? ideas wanted :)

Discussion in 'Volvo 240' started by mrhuntnpeck, Aug 22, 2004.

  1. mrhuntnpeck

    mrhuntnpeck Guest

    my wife has had problems starting her 89 240 the past couple of days.
    she turnes it over and it fires but doesen't catch until about the
    third try when it is cold. then it runs perfectly, idles nice.

    I completely rebuilt the engine at the beginning of this year ,
    rebored it, valve job , the works.
    a new cat and o2 sensor, right after the rebuild got it through
    emmissions. ( and dropped the emmisions by a huge ammount)
    after the o2 sensor it ran really smooth.

    it still runs great and doesen't overheat, the power is normal , no
    pre ignition noises, smooth steady idle.

    I took out the plugs and they had a whitish coating, not tan.
    I replaced them with platinum plugs hoping that might help, but must
    be too lean.

    I was thinking maybe it could be an air mass meter problem?
    anyone know of the symptoms when that fails?
    the ignition wires are new, and rotor are fine.

    anything I can check? I do have a 1990 245 as well so I can use to
    swap parts for troubleshooting. I was thinking of swapping the air
    mass meters to see if the problem moves. does it need to be calibrated
    or can I just switch them?

    or maybe there is some sort of cold starting mechanism to richen the
    mixture when it is starting, that isn't working ?
    I am baffled , any suggestions are appreciated.

    mrhuntnpeck, Aug 22, 2004
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  2. mrhuntnpeck

    Mike F Guest

    There's no calibration, just make sure the air mass meters have the same
    numbers on them. (89 and 90 should). There's a temp sensor under the
    intake manifold that tells the computer engine temperature, the computer
    uses this information to set the mixture.

    Mike F.
    Thornhill (near Toronto), Ont.

    NOTE: new address!!
    Replace tt with t (twice!) and remove parentheses to email me directly.
    (But I check the newsgroup more often than this email address.)
    Mike F, Aug 23, 2004
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