Volvo automatic transmission

Discussion in 'General Motoring' started by Steven, Nov 5, 2003.

  1. Steven

    Steven Guest

    A short time ago I bought this Volvo 960 3.0 from 1991. It is a very
    beautiful car with a 6 cylinder, airco and everything.

    During the test drive everything seemed OK. One time when I started the car
    the 3 lights left to the gear were blinking. The 3 buttons are W(inter),
    S(port) and E(conomic). On the dash board there is also a arrow blinking all
    the time. In the manual I can read that there is something wrong with the
    automatic transmission. I still can drive the car, in Winter program only.
    Probably out of safty. It dissapeared one time but soon came back and it is
    still there.

    My question. Does anybody know what could be wrong?

    Steven, Nov 5, 2003
  2. Steven

    Spiggy Topes Guest

    Had just that same problem back in July with a '92 960. The thread's
    probably long gone from your news server, but you can find it through by using keywords WSE Christmas Tree Volvo.

    In short, it's most likely the gear selector switch (aka PNP switch?).
    With ours, it went from no problem to intermittent to definitely dead
    in around a week. Mike F. suggested just running the gear selector
    through the full range 15 or 20 times rapidly; may have helped for a
    while, but I suspect it was a goner anyway.

    Cost to verify diagnosis and replace at local Volvo dealer: $140 CDN
    labour, $200 CDN parts.

    If you want more detail, check out Enter
    960 PNP into the search box and you'll find all the details that you
    could ever need.

    Robert Smith
    Spiggy Topes, Nov 5, 2003
  3. a slight oil pan seal leake is no big
    the car and change the seal...5 min job w/the car
    on a lift...(imho)....tranny fluid good good, right?
    it drives ok?..reverse smooth...etc?
    ~^ beancounter ~^, Nov 5, 2003
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    Bigjon Guest

    Steven declared:
    My 940 Auto has a button on the side of the gear selector for overdrive -
    this lights up an arrow on the dash when dis-engaged.... It often comes on
    without help from me, then it's difficult to switch off, must be a relay
    sticking somewhere I think in my case...
    Bigjon, Nov 6, 2003
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    Alex Zepeda Guest

    No idea.

    Go to the brickboard, read the 960 FAQ, pull the transmission codes, and
    get back to us.

    - alex

    '85 244 Turbo
    Alex Zepeda, Nov 6, 2003
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    Olly R Guest

    My Dad's Volvo had this happen (same model, same year). If there's a fault
    in the _switches_ (bit of moisture, bad connection, anything really) it
    gives the 'gearbox fault' flashing light. His mechanic took the switches
    off, put them back in again, and no more problems.
    Good luck
    Olly R, Nov 7, 2003
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