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1993 Volvo Station Wagon, Engine Shuts Off intermittently and Turns back on after less than a minute

I have a 93 Volvo station Wagon. It has a lot of miles on it. The engine
shuts off every once in a while when driving the car. I changed the Air
Filter and which fixed the problem temporarily (meaning this did not
happen for a week or so) and then the problem resurfaced again. Basically
when driving the car it just shuts off the engine. Electrical system is
still running while the engine shuts off. Sometime the Wipers etc will be
running but the engine will just turn Off.

I have also noticed that the electricals do not activate sometimes. I turn
on the car and nothing happens. None of the electricals are active, i
cannot shift, the power windows will not work nothing. I just take out the
key and start it again everything works fine.

I am not sure if both the problems are related. I am not very knowledgable
and this is just a student car. I took this to a mechanic who charged $100
to tell me he needs more time with it.

So if some can give me some help i would appreciate it.


Thanks.

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The engine shutting down is probably a bad VSS(vehical speed sensor). The electrical problems are most likely due to loose wires and bad grounds. Clean and tighten all conections starting with the battery cables and the ground wires under the hood and under the dash. You have to find a mechanic who specializes in Volvos or you'll lose your shirt in trouble shooting and repairs.

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