'96 Volvo 850 GLT cranking problems

Discussion in 'Volvo 850' started by ItJstAGame, Jun 28, 2004.

  1. ItJstAGame

    ItJstAGame Guest

    Hi,
    I recently acquired myself a very nice Vovlo. Nice because it's a
    Volvo and more so that I've only owned cars in the 80s until now.
    Anyway, it has it's problems, not the least of which is that the car
    won't crank over at all. I know that this car has crazy electrical
    systems, but it still seems that there is main red lead to the starter
    from the battery, so as long as the key is sending power to the
    solonoid it should crank. Searching previous threads it seems it
    could be a problem with the alarm system and maybe an immobilizer.
    The Owners manual says nothing and doesn't list it, but the fuse box
    lists two fuses as for the immobilizer and I have the big extra horn
    on the firewall. The security LED doesn't ever flash and the alarm
    never goes off, even when I do the previously mentioned things to
    engage it, locking and holding the position etc.

    Now I'll state the reason that it most likely isn't working and
    hopefully not be shunned for it. The car was in a collision on the
    front left, it destroyed the front left headlight, radiator and
    battery. Looking at my friends '93 850 GLT it doesn't seem like there
    is too much there that should be missing electrical wise. I did
    remove the fan and radiator, but find it hard to believe the car
    wouldn't crank without seeing that sending unit. I mean I expect it
    may have failsafes to not start in this condition, but I still
    expected it to crank.

    Please let me know any thoughts, right now I'm thinking maybe the
    security system can't be reset because maybe a door sensor isn't
    working? The owner's manual mentions that it won't engage until all
    doors are shut, but then it doesn't mention an immobilizer either.

    Thanks again,
    Chris Werner
     
    ItJstAGame, Jun 28, 2004
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