Advice needed - 1991 240 idle problem

Discussion in 'Volvo 240' started by Todd, Jul 11, 2003.

  1. Todd

    Todd Guest

    Hi everyone,

    I just picked up a 1991 Volvo 240 wagon from the original owners with
    147K miles. Paid $2500. This car drives great, even though I am used
    to driving BMWs (and still do). I have always loved the look of the
    240 series, and am glad I found such a great car.

    The car has one problem whose cause I cannot immediately identify.
    About every fifth time I start the car, it dies as soon as I put it
    into reverse or drive. It may take several tries to get the car
    started, since it will start right up and then then die as soon as I
    get it into gear (it is an automatic). As soon as I get it going, it
    gets going fine. The baffling thing is that the car does not do this
    behavior in any pattern - it happens with a hot engine, cold engine,
    first thing in the morning, or in the middle of an afternoon of
    errands.

    My uneducated guesses are: Air mass meter, idle control valve.

    I am not going to be doing the work myself, but I would just like to
    find out the most likely cause. The car has to be dropped off for the
    annual maintenance service anyhow, but I'd just like to know what the
    problem is and how much $$ it might entail.

    Other plans for the car: Replace driver and passenger plastic lower
    door panels, replace A/C switch, install dashboard cover, install
    floor mats, install cargo cover, install fog lights, install armrest
    with cupholders, tint windows, add CD player. I have discovered IPD
    and they have great catalogs.

    Any suggestions about the idle problem or the upgrades are
    appreciated. Thanks!

    --Todd
     
    Todd, Jul 11, 2003
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  2. Todd

    Dale Guest

    Todd

    You may want to start with having the Throttle Body
    cleaned and adjusted. It's something that needs to be
    done periodically. Shouldn't be terribly expensive. I
    just had mine done for $60.

    Dale

    | Hi everyone,
    |
    | I just picked up a 1991 Volvo 240 wagon from the
    original owners with
    | 147K miles. Paid $2500. This car drives great, even
    though I am used
    | to driving BMWs (and still do). I have always loved
    the look of the
    | 240 series, and am glad I found such a great car.
    |
    | The car has one problem whose cause I cannot
    immediately identify.
    | About every fifth time I start the car, it dies as
    soon as I put it
    | into reverse or drive. It may take several tries to
    get the car
    | started, since it will start right up and then then
    die as soon as I
    | get it into gear (it is an automatic). As soon as I
    get it going, it
    | gets going fine. The baffling thing is that the car
    does not do this
    | behavior in any pattern - it happens with a hot
    engine, cold engine,
    | first thing in the morning, or in the middle of an
    afternoon of
    | errands.
    |
    | My uneducated guesses are: Air mass meter, idle
    control valve.
    |
    | I am not going to be doing the work myself, but I
    would just like to
    | find out the most likely cause. The car has to be
    dropped off for the
    | annual maintenance service anyhow, but I'd just like
    to know what the
    | problem is and how much $$ it might entail.
    |
    | Other plans for the car: Replace driver and passenger
    plastic lower
    | door panels, replace A/C switch, install dashboard
    cover, install
    | floor mats, install cargo cover, install fog lights,
    install armrest
    | with cupholders, tint windows, add CD player. I have
    discovered IPD
    | and they have great catalogs.
    |
    | Any suggestions about the idle problem or the
    upgrades are
    | appreciated. Thanks!
    |
    | --Todd
    |
     
    Dale, Jul 20, 2003
    #2
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