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Flashing arrow on my dashboard

There is an or-range colour flashing arrow on my dashboard. Whenever it appears my car does not function very well. It becomes very heavy and I have to accelerate very hard for the car to move. The arrow sometimes disappears after I have driven the car for a long time and it has heated up.

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  • jewsy2002 Oct 28, 2008

    I have the 1994 960 sedan with the same problem. The arrow, winter mode, and economy mode flashes. Car starts in third gear which is burning a lot of unnecessary gas. Does not like the cold. I do not like to drive it that way, so I flick the car on and off the remove arrow. Then when the arrow is gone, it does not always want to start up. Battery is fine. Took it to auto store to check starter and alternator, fine too. I will have to take it to the overpriced dealer soon it is getting cold.



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I have a 1998 V70 wagon with the same problem, my mechanic did a diagnosis and found it was one of the solenoids -whatever those are- and the fix was a replacement, Labor was about 3 hours and the part was about $150+-, total cost was under $500. That was the problem in my case. But I have also read that the solution could be a transmission rebuild, I guess depending on what part of the transmission is broken. Y.

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Prob gear position sensor on trans. car will start out in a higher gear when faulty, limp home mode. 3 hr shop repair that requires a lift.

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