Volvo 240 shift problem

Discussion in 'Volvo 240' started by mark talluto, Jan 10, 2005.

  1. mark talluto

    mark talluto Guest

    I have a 1991 Volvo 240 sedan with 120K miles which I get serviced on a
    regular basis.

    My problem is that lately I have been noticing that the car is running at a
    very high rpm's the first drive of the day (typically when I get over 50
    mph). However, when I shut the car off and start it again in a few minutes
    it runs fine over 50 mph (it kicks into normal gear/OD). Last year I had
    the gear shift belt replaced, and at the last service, the technician said
    everything was ok. Any insights one could provide would be greatly

    Thanks - Mark
    mark talluto, Jan 10, 2005
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  2. mark talluto

    James Sweet Guest

    Gear shift belt?

    I'm assuming this is an automatic, I would check to see if the kickdown
    cable is binding.
    James Sweet, Jan 11, 2005
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  3. mark talluto

    Richard B Guest

    I have found the overdrive relays often fail causing the overdrive not
    to engage.

    Usually the failure is caused by bad solder joints on the circut board
    inside the relay assembly.

    On 240 models the relay is located inside the dash just to the left of
    the glove compartment.

    Remove the glove conpartment and just look to the left, the relay is a
    small box (usually orange or white) attached to the dash with a spring

    After you have removed the relay assembly, pry the lips at the base of
    the plastic cover open and slide the circut board out; you will usually
    be able to see the cracks in the solder pads where the relay is soldered
    to the circut board.

    If you, or a friend, knows how to solder you can fix this easily
    otherwise the dealer charges about $35 for this part.

    Richard B, Dec 22, 2005
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